my DIY high
There's nothing quite like stepping back and saying, "Yes, I made that."
Knobs are sometimes overlooked, but when they aren't there--you miss them! The cabinets look slightly unfinished and nothing is super easy to open. Knobs and handles can be expensive. But not if you go to my favorite shopping place. That's right, Amazon. I went with a chrome/stainless steel look. I chose knobs for cabinets, and pulls for the drawers.
That long bar? I use it as a kitchen towel holder under my sink.
Now, I have my knobs and pulls in hand. I realized...I have no idea what a normal height or setting is for a knob on a cabinet. Then I started looking everywhere I went. They all looked weird. Every last one of them. It was like when you say a word over and over and that word starts to sound weird. That's how I felt about the knobs I noticed.
After reading what seemed like every article on pinterest about proper cabinet knob placement, the difference between knobs and pulls, modern measurements and traditional...I found this bad boy and said to heck with it. They're all in the same place, and they look great. Word of advice: it just really doesn't matter that much. Go with your personal preference.
UP NEXT: covering the cabinet bottoms
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It's the end of the day on the first Friday of 2018. Anyone else still have a 2017 calendar on their wall, or am I the only one?
For anyone else that's been in a fog this new year, here's a free 2018 calendar to get you going. Print it at home on regular 8.5 x 11 paper.
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I raised my kitchen cabinets for many reasons. One of those reasons was the microwave. In a small home, you have to utilize every inch of space. I couldn't waste precious counter space with a clunky microwave. I needed an over-the-range microwave. As you can see in this before picture...unless I wanted to rest my head on the microwave as I cooked, there was no way it would fit.
Painting. Some people love it, some people loath it. I'm somewhere in between.
Painting is the easiest way to quickly change the feel of a room, but sometimes it can be tedious, messy and a general pain in the rear. Especially painting cabinets. Did I care? nope. Did it anyway and I don't regret it at all!
When we moved in, our entire house was warm colors: the floor, the walls, the counter tops. I'm talking brown. Brown and dark yellow. I couldn't resist the 2017 dusty blue/grey trend. Here are my paint colors throughout my entire house:
Obviously, as soon as we moved into our house I had a to-do list a mile long. I wanted to do EVERYTHING as soon as we unlocked the door for the first time. Here we are, over a year later, with a to-do list only a quarter of a mile long :)
Our first huge project was the kitchen. I knew if we put our dishes away without doing our kitchen renovation first...it would never, ever happen. So! It became my top priority and the first step was to remove the cabinets.
If you haven't been following along, you should know that I have started a series on updating my kitchen. Find the original post by clicking HERE!
Domestic Imperfection gave me the confidence to actually do this. Luckily, my cabinets don’t involve any corners, so it was actually really easy. I say that...It was easy because I had lots of laborers helping to remove them. Please do not try to remove or reinstall your cabinets by yourself. You’ll undoubtedly break something; either yourself or your cabinets.
When you're a hoarder and you own a tiny home (it's not actually that tiny!) you have to get creative with storage and organization. I knew I wanted a smaller home for several reasons: a) it's less to clean and b) we couldn't afford anything bigger
I wasn't super happy with the layout of our house. We live in a "cookie cutter" neighborhood with three layouts of the most adorable houses ever. One of the three layouts has an AMAZINGLY OPEN kitchen. The other two...do not. They have "galley" kitchens. Now that I'm thinking about it there are definitely more than three layouts to the houses in my neighborhood...
Anyway, I found a GREAT step by step tutorial on how to raise cabinets and add a shelf. Now I LOVE my kitchen.
Here's the original tutorial from Domestic Imperfection:
Basically, I copied their entire kitchen. I so badly want the butcher block counter tops, but I just can't justify ripping out our granite tile. Or our stone backslash. It makes me very sad, but I've learned to deal with it.
Photos from the home listing:
Those cabinets look like an awesome white/grey color. They were not. They were definitely baby blue and weird. A good attempt, but just...no.
MY KITCHEN NOW:
Here's a quick tutorial on how I created our house numbers for our METAL door.
Pinterest caught me with their "suggested pins" of BEAUTIFUL front doors with amazing, modern address numbers here and there. I loved anything I saw with these great modern brushed metal letters.
Here's a throw back for you!
Several years ago I found this awesome cane back couch on the side of the road (of course). It didn't fit in the cube very well...(you'll learn that I think my cube is amazing and I pack it chock full all the time). Don't worry, I only drove it like this for a few blocks.
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In my last post I said it was the easiest DIY I've ever done. This floral wreath is a close second.
I've no idea what the "proper" way is to make a wreath. I actually never know the proper way to do things. I legit trial and error EVERYTHING I do. I think the only thing that could make my wreath DIY difficult is the glue gun. Some people just can't do it. They get stringy glue all over the place and burn the tips of their fingers off. Fortunately, I love my glue gun. I can't say I've never burnt the tip of my finger off though...
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
WHAT TO DO:
Thanks for watching!
This is probably the easiest DIY I've ever done.
A) Under $10 for four painted wooden utensils, or B) a DIY project in under 30 minutes?
How about BOTH!
What you need:
What to do:
Drum roll please...
There you have it! The easiest and quickest DIY ever. I hope you enjoy your dipped utensils. Don't forget, handwash only!
We've all heard stories of reclaimed wood used in new houses, right? Maybe a pretty accent wall from 100 year old oak? I LOVE when people re-use and re-purpose things, but I never stopped to consider how in the world "reclaimed" wood could look so good. Well my friends, reclaimed wood most likely went through a wood planer. I know, what the HECK is that?? It's an amazing machine that shaves the rot off of old wood.
When my friend told me about wood planing, I didn't quite understand what he meant. It's basically a magical machine that feeds the wood through and scrapes off all the ugly. Everyone should have one. It's amazing, and really simple to use. They're a little pricey, but totally beats sanding!
Literally, you feed the wood through a few times on each side and twirl the little knob to control the thickness. That's it. Video for proof:
I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial! Stay tuned to see what we made with our freshly planed wood :)
Does anyone else have a ridiculously hard time getting back in the swing of things after the holidays??? It's literally been over a month since I've posted. This is the beginning of the downfall. I am so sorry.
Just kidding, we're gonna make this thing work, BECAUSE! I have so many projects I want to do, and I need an excuse to do them. For example: this rolling cart that I really don't have room for in my house.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 long afternoon.
THINGS I'VE LEARNED:
So through this tutorial I have learned quite a bit, but two very major things.
I SHOULD HAVE FOUND THIS IMAGE ^ BEFORE RECORDING THIS VIDEO:
What you're seeing in the video:
STEP 1: Remove all non-metal parts
This was actually a tad tricky. Removing the top piece was a cinch because it still had the original screws. The previous owners attached the wooden piece to the bottom...they used random screws that didn't match, both with flat head screws.
STEP 2: Sandblast the rust off!
As you can see in the picture below, the wheels were extremely rusty. The cart still functioned, and the wheels aren't the most important piece to be painted...so sandblasting isn't a necessity if you don't want to go through the trouble. However, you will need to sand down all parts of the cart for good spray paint bondage.
I should have a whole tutorial about how to buy a sandblaster. Actually, I should have read a whole tutorial about how to buy a sandblaster before buying mine.
I don't regret buying this particular blaster from Harbor Freight, because I plan to use it for more "delicate" projects in the future. It worked fine for me for removing the rusty bits off the wheels. I feel certain if I had bit the bullet and purchased a nicer, more expensive blaster, I would have been able to blast this cart with no need for painting after.
STEP 3: wipe off all the sanding particles
I used lysol wipes. Quick and easy.
STEP 4: spray the primer!
Thin layers, people. Thin layers. Drips are not okay! Let dry completely before step 5.
STEP 5: spray final color!
Again, go for thin layers. I went on and sprayed the wheels. I'll let you know how that turns out on down the line....
STEP 6: attach the cutting board and re-attach other shelving
Make sure your screws are short enough that they won't go through your cutting board!
STEP 7: all done!
This is my FIRST EVER VIDEO TUTORIAL! Woohoo! Way to step up my game, right???
Please excuse the shakey cam and the cut off beard. It's a learning process and a work in progress.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Well, what'd you think? I'm thinking it isn't too shabby for an impromptu first attempt at a video tutorial!
Here's how I jimmy-rigged it:
If you want the play-by-play:
I started by placing my hat on my wreath form to know how far your beard should go. I put it on like a hat, but I suppose you could just glue it flat to the wreath if your from is too big? Try it and let me know.
Next: get to gluing those scraps down! Personally, I love hot glue. Some people are really awful at it. Don't be awful, and don't burn yourself. It's a delicate art.
After I got about halfway done with the beard, I decided to go ahead and glue my hat down. I glued the insides shut.
My little santa was looking weird without a mustache. I fiddled and found the longest scrap I had to reach across and connect.
Then I decided he needed some eyeware....
Seriously though, everyone has a pair of these laying around the house somewhere, right? Or am I just a hoarder?
Punch out those 3D glasses and rip off those ear pieces!
Add a little hot glue....
and hold them in place!
In hindsight, I wish I had thought to use fishing line to hang the glasses in the middle of his face...in a pench, this will do.
I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
For a little frame of reference--I'm a hoarder. I used to work a few doors down from an interior decorator that constantly tossed fabric sample books! Much to the amusement of my co-workers, I loaded them up in the Cube. Every time I saw them. I have LOTS of fabric sample books...
Here's a handful of projects I've made with trashed fabric sample books:
The best use my fabric samples have ever had:
I've never done a blog before, so bear with me. Ten bucks says I'll post this, and then three months later I'll realize I haven't posted anything in a while. Anyway, people have been asking for pics of my DIY ventures so I'll give it a shot. Sorry if it sucks!
This is me, pretty soon after I was gifted this saw. I borrowed it so much from my father-in-law that he just gave it to me :) I've basically used it every day since then...
I pick up other people's garbage and take it home.