Archive | March 2012

Shabby Bookcase turned Fabulous Vertical Storage

I am all about free furniture so when my grandmother told me she had an old bookcase she was getting rid of I knew I could find a use for it.  The dresser I refinished in Callie’s room is very deep so I have toyed with the idea of adding a bookcase on top of it for additional storage.  I LOVE me some storage and in the kid’s tiny rooms it’s essential to maximize the vertical space.  The last bookcase I refinished was too wide for the dresser but my grandma’s old bookcase was a perfect fit and thus the DIY began.

Here is a picture of the bookcase in it’s original state.  Basic, boring, not so hot.

I decided to dress up the basic box by adding a top and some trim.  I also added trim to the bottom which you will see later.

After a light sanding with the mouse sander, I added my favorite Allen + Roth paintable wallpaper to the back of each section.

I then primed the entire bookcase excluding the wallpaper.

A few days later I painted the bookcase white (Sherwin Williams Pro Classic) of course.

I painted the wallpaper panels pink to match Callie’s dresser and give it some girly flair.  In this photo you can see the trim that was added to the bottom.  I needed to eliminate the arch so that the bookcase and dresser appear to be one piece rather than two.

I love, love, love how it turned out and it stores a ton of stuff.

Tiny Dresser Re-vamp Reveal

The dresser I posted last week is finally finished!  After a few coats of white paint (Sherwin Williams Pro Classic) and some new girly hardware it is ready to be put back in the baby’s room. Someday I may add a marble top to it.  We have several remnants of old Carrara marble we found on Craigslist a few years ago.   I am ecstatic with how it turned out.

I am currently working on a bookcase for Callie’s room that will go on top of her dresser.  Stay tuned for that post in a few days.

Tiny Dresser Re-vamp

There is a small dresser in Callie’s room that has been in my family for many years.  I believe it was my grandmother’s when she was a child.  It served as a dresser for my doll clothes when I was little and now it resides in my little girl’s room.  It needed a re-vamp as the finish was in less than great shape and the knobs were dated.  I found inspiration on Pinterest and I began working on it.  The project is not yet finished but I wanted to show you my progress thus far.

This dresser was my inspiration for my project.  I have loved this transformed Hemnes dresser from Ikea since the moment I laid eyes on it.

Here is what my dresser looked like before.

I began by removing the knobs, filling the old knob holes with putty and giving it a light sanding with my mouse sander.

I then primed the base and drawers with a spray paint primer.

Since I have been a bit obsessed with paintable wallpaper lately (see hutch), I purchased some more from Lowes to complete this project.

I then cut my wallpaper to size.  The trim pieces were purchased from Home Depot along with a miter box since that is the only way to cut trim this thin.

As you can see above I was working outside on our spa and left my materials out overnight.  BIG mistake!  It rained and my pre-pasted wallpaper was drenched and thus needed to be applied in a flash the next morning.  Some of the edges did peel up quite easily after the wallpaper dried so I did add some wood glue underneath them for better adhesion.  I have not had any issues with this wallpaper adhering in the past so I’m sure the paste was in less than stellar shape after sitting in the rain overnight.

I then began to measure and cut my trim pieces.  This was time consuming with the miter box but worth the effort.  I glued the trim down rather than nailing it because the pieces are so thin and fragile.  I used painters tape to secure them while they dried.

Now it’s time to caulk some of the gaps between the wallpaper and the trim.  I will also caulk some of the mitered corners that have gaps.  A little paint and new knobs and this baby will have a whole new lease on life. Check back next week and see the finished product.

This entry was posted on March 14, 2012. 3 Comments

Fences, Fences, Fences

My husband spent another beautiful weekend in the yard building fences.  This time he had some help from our neighbor building a shared fence between their backyard and our front yard.  He was on his own building a pedestrian gate and fence to close off our side yard.  I didn’t help much as I was on kid patrol but the fences turned out great!

Here is a picture of the side fence before.  The photo was taken during a tree pruning expedition last summer.  Needs a little work, huh?

In this photo you can see that our original fence was set WAY back from the front of our home.  The new fence is set back only three feet so we have more usable space in the backyard.  Again, this photo was taken last summer before we painted the house. 

Yet another look at the original fence in ill repair.

The new fence we share with our neighbors was raised up a foot to give us both more privacy.  Our kitchen windows look directly into one another.  My husband and our neighbor used metal support posts called Z posts to prevent rotting.  You can’t even see them once the pickets are up which I love!

Before we didn’t have a gate on the left side of the yard and now we do!

This photo was taken from the backyard looking forward.

More fence work to come and we still have the remainder of the left side to finish plus the back fence and the right side.  Fun, fun, fun…

Gift Wrap Organization

I have been wanting to find a better organization solution for my gift wrap, ribbon, tissue paper, and bags for a while now.  I have seen many solutions on Pinterest and other blogs so I bit the bullet and tackled my own storage solution.

I began with an inspiration photo to emulate.

I recently used a back of door/wall hung organizer from Target for the garage and I knew it would work perfectly for this project.  The organizer is Closetmaid and is only $35.  I originally wanted two since I have a double door closet in my hallway but I settled for one and I am glad I did because the hanger is too long for one door and I was able to break it up and hang part of it on each door.

I began trying to hang the rack from the door with the door hangers that came with it.  That was a bust.  My door wouldn’t close all the way.  So I needed to screw into my hollow core doors to attach the rack.  How do I do that?  Google search begins.  Hello new best friend, hollow core door anchors!

Next step:  Have husband pre-drill door holes.

I use a phillips head screwdriver to screw the anchors into the holes instead of the drill to avoid over tightening.  We placed four screws in each door to support the racks.

I attached the “extra” rack to the other door and filled them with wrapping supplies. Ta-da!