I’ve tried a bunch of layouts in my small but versatile studio. The one I like best basically means that my bed has been using the back of my loveseat as a headboard for the last year or so with … Continue reading
Oh man, do I love my new dish-drainer. Weird-o, right?
Probably, but just wait until you see it to decide:
Yeah, you can’t resist either, can you? Maybe I’m not so weird after all!
No, it’s ok. Don’t worry about it. I know I’m kinda weird already. With a mother and father like mine, I had no hope!
Where did I get it you ask? Well, I met a very nice woman who was cleaning out her mother’s house, when I spotted this. I asked if anyone wanted it, and when it seemed there weren’t any familial grubby mits for it … I asked if I might give it a good home.
She said, YES!
There were lots of pieces pulled out of their display locations and put to use as I prepared for Hurricane Irene, which meant a lot of work for my new favorite thing. Here are some more pictures.
Ok … ok … one last photograph because I cannot get enough, which means you can’t either!
And with that … I leave you and your envy to go back to the top and revisit my new favorite thing!
It’s true, I’m an addict.
It started as an interest. I do it occasionally. No pattern. No regular effort.
Then, it became a weekend thing.
At some point, it became a daily thing, but I still thought I had it under control.
Now. I’ve come to realize. I’ve lost any control over it I had.
I’m an addict of design blogs.
And I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss Ready Made. I lived for the arrival of each issue!
Today, on Twitter, Apartment Therapy posted:
Moving Out: A Top Secret Note for the New Tenants – http://ow.ly/5L3Qu
What? What’s this?! Top Secret Note??? Tell me more.
I can hardly do either recounting justice. If you’ve made it this far in my post, I hope you’ll click through to both posts. They are touching and inspiring. If you only pick one, go ahead and click through to Daniel’s at Manhattan Nest … you will not be sorry!
There’s this small space between my front door and my coat closet. Originally, I’d thought I’d find some Anthropologie-esque (but not as expensive) shallow hooks to provide somewhere for visiting dignitaries and my friends to hang their stuff when they visit.
Then, I saw a post on spice racks, and thought, “Aha! I’ll build a narrow spice rack for that space, and reclaim the cabinet above my stove where I’m not supposed to store spices, anyway!”
… Back to the lumber yard I went …
… On my BIRTHDAY …
My plan required:
- Moulding (11/16″ x 1 1/2″) cut to size (for my purposes, 2 pieces 54″ tall, and 8 pieces 9″ wide)
- L-brackets for the shelves (6 packs of 4)
- Corner, L-brackets for the encompassing rectangle (2 packs of 2)
- 1*2*3 Primer + Paint
- Anchors & Screws to attach to the wall
One, fine Saturday morning, I began construction on my spice rack back laying out the pieces.
Now it was time to get to work. The pieces were in their places, the spacing figured out, and the hardware acquired!
First, I used the corner L-brackets to create a sturdy rectangle using the two longer pieces of moulding and two of the shorter pieces.
Frame completed, it was time to add the remaining 9″ pieces ladder-like to create the ledges on which the spices will sit. Each ledge used four L-brackets, two per side. The reasoning for this was to ensure each ledge was stable for the jars about to be placed on it.
Once the building of the “ladder” was complete, it was time to clean it off, and then paint on two coats of primer + paint.
I let the primer + paint dry overnight. The next morning, I installed the spice rack in the selected location. As you have probably noticed, my cat’s no exception to the curiosity rule. For this reason, I intended to install the rack higher rather than lower. I put it in place, ensured it was level, and used a pencil to mark where the holes should go. Finding the middle ground between holding it securely in place and marking up the wall (scraping metal against paint leaves marks) wasn’t easy without help.
Voila! My new spice rack is installed! With any luck, it looks built in, though I guess showing off my effort here will bely that … Now, to find me some lovely spice jars to replace my plastic, grocery store ones…
One of the reasons I chose the paint color I did was because I had a photograph I wanted to blow up, print in quarters, frame, and install above the loveseat.
I took this photograph while on Holiday in Labrador, and I thought it would provide a nice endless view thereby enlarging the tiny space that is my apartment.
Only trouble was, the file wasn’t large enough to print at the size I needed. This means I’m still on the hunt for a photograph. I’m hoping to capture something on my next trip armed with my new-ish DSLR.
Without a photograph, I must admit I wasn’t very motivated to go through the installation process. At the same time, I was tired of having the task hanging over my head.
Yup, I’m the crazy lady with a black cat who bought a white slipcover.
Now, I’ve read all the helpful hints about mapping the installation out with butcher paper or similar. I didn’t have butcher paper. I had something else I could use, but then got frustrated because these IKEA frames have hanging wire on the back not easy to measure mounts. So, I took the best measurements I could and hoped for the best.
Unsure why that photograph turned out so funky. It’s the kind of thing that happened pre-digital camera.
Measurements, in hand, I taped them to the neighboring wall so I could see them clearly while measuring, marking, and hammering.
Honestly, and because I feel like bragging, the first round of the installation turned out well, except that the vertical space between the frames was considerably narrower than the horizontal spacing, which is what the following picture is supposed to demonstrate.
The horizontal spacing has been fixed.
Now, to fix the no-photograph situation.
A few posts ago, I wrote about reclaiming my coat closet. It was a great moment, but I was short on matching storage baskets to fit the space.
I admitted that I build the shelves to fit a (not yet acquired) Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. What I didn’t tell you was that I had built the middle shelf specifically to fit baskets from IKEA. Only problem, IKEA was out of the baskets.
Quick reminder of the installed shelves:
Over time, the storage was used, but not as I’d intended:
For some of the baskets, such as the one shown, I made labels out of empty cereal and granola bar boxes.
Two fruitless visits to IKEA later, I found myself passing a Pier One that was “closing for renovations”. Uh huh. We’ll see about that. What it meant for me, was that I found lined, bamboo baskets that were just the right size for less than IKEA’s out-of-stock option.
While I’m busy with the total renovation of my apartment, my toolbox (that woven basket with the (more traditional) blue toolbox on top is where my (unacquired) KItchen Aid Stand Mixer is going to go.
The closet isn’t as streamlined as I’d like it to be, but it is so much more functional! Wow. I can close the door! I can get to stuff! Not only can I hang my coats, I can hang my guests’ coats!
I thought I was moving up in the world. Not only did I have my own place, but I picked up a set of Rev-a-Shelf’s tilt-shelf offering sponge (and a little more) storage under the sink.
First, there was the original kitchen without a tilt-shelf.
When J was over to scope out the “About a Bed” project, I mentioned this acquisition to him. Before I knew what happened, he was under the sink asking for a screwdriver.
Gotta love that!
On a recent shopping spree at IKEA, I saw the EKBY GRUVAN shelf, which I thought was super cool. The only problem? It was too long for the wall against which stood my desk.
Then, one day while perusing the IKEA website, I discovered there was a smaller size! Perfect.
On the very next IKEA shopping spree, I picked one up. This weekend, I installed it.
Here’s what the space looked like when I started:
I’d already made one attempt at improving my Home Office Nook. It was fine; better, even, than what it had been. It could be better, though, and the EKBY GRUVAN shelf was the answer.
At first, I thought it needed to go above the knife rack I’m using as an office organizer. While that is true, the brackets can flank the magnetic strip rather than go above it (making the shelf really, really high).
If you look closely, you can see where I had to patch the wall above the magnetic strip. Then I made the final attempt, and installed the brackets on either side of the magnetic strip, which still puts the shelf high enough but not too high.
And then the final, with the desk and the magnetic strip back in place and the shelf put to use.
When I first looked at apartments in my current building, I saw one where someone had turned the coat closet into a pantry. At least, that’s how I thought of it when I saw the floor to ceiling shelves in the closet instead of a clothes rack.
The apartment I ended up with, though, had a legit coat closet.
Pantry envy convinced me to turn my coat closet into a pantry. It’s a (pretty) well built building, and the clothes rack is a wood rod built into wood railings that line the interior. I wasn’t about to put in the effort to remove it. So that shelves went in underneath, and the closet acted as:
- cleaning supply closet
- luggage storage
The various layers of the closet:
Needless to say, there was a lot going on. The closet was cramped and overwhelmed. Accessing anything inside was a chore, and forget closing the door!
Around the time I put up the shelves, I tried to put shelves all the way up. I ran into some unforeseen trouble with the upper portion of the closet, and gave up.
Part of reclaiming the closet meant the shelves moved from under the clothes rack to above.
First, I had to “build” the shelves. When I say that, what I mean is, I couldn’t bring myself to buy more lumber (there’s a veritable lumber yard under my bed). That said, I had the right length, but not the right depth. So I put two pieces together using mending plates.
Shelves – check.
Braces – check.
Time to get the tools ready and on-hand.
When I “designed” these shelves, I made sure to make a dedicates space for a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer I don’t have, yet. I’d also like space for a sewing machine I do have … just at my mothers. However, I’m not sure this is the right spot for the sewing machine.
A couple of nails put in place with a few whacks of the hammer, and the braces were up:
Voila! Nailing braces into the sides of the closet was so much better and fast than the first time I tried this!
Now, to find baskets for the shelves.