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Living It Up

Jennifer —  May 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

Five Years Ago we loved into our house and this is what the living room looked like:

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I loved the large bay windows and how the room was open to the kitchen. Last Wednesday I shared you the Google Image of our house before we bought it.  It had a massive tree in front.  You can see a winterized version of the tree here.

Living Room

This was how the room looked for a little while.

Living Room

Our living room was the last on the lis to rehab.  Mostly because I just couldn’t decide how I wanted it to look.  Here is the transitional stage.  (Sorry for the bad picture)

Living Room transition

The fireplace was what was throwing me off.  It was very red and I don’t love the color red as the main focal point in the room.  I do love read accents but this red was defining this room. It took a little patience to get Lee on board with painting the fireplace but when I finally did, the room just came together naturally.

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We built the bookcases to flank each side of the fireplace and I covered the Ikea Lack floating shelves with fabric. I was nervous to do it, but I am so thankful I painted the fireplace, and Lee is too.  We use it every winter so painting it did hinder its purpose.  I never could decide what to put on the mantle.  I tried different things but everything I could find was too big or too small.  To be honest, I kind of liked the minimal look.

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This is my favorite little nook with my rock star chair that I found on Craigslist for $50.    I read my bible here every morning.  I blog here.  Its my favorite spot.

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Here is an up close shot. I made the bible poster and the book cover art here.  I also have a stack of all my favorite design books.

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The other side has our television and all of our electronics.  We don’t have cable but we do have an antenna.  See how we installed that here.  Read here and here on how we watch television without cable.  I also found this chair on the side of the road and recovered it.  This chair is my husband’s favorite chair.  He usually pulls this back to the couch and watches t.v. in this chair.

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Here is the view of the living room from the kitchen.  I bought a carpet remnant and cut it to fit the room perfectly.

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I built this ottoman/coffee table from an Ikea Lack Coffee table.

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I made a tray from an old cabinet door and it is the perfect place for coffee and drinks.  That is Lee’s car that he made to race when he was little.  Are you impressed?  I am.

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I needed extra seating but I did not want to block the window.  We bought a love seat originally but I returned it.  The hubs built me a bench and I made a cushion.  Its extra cushy and I love laying on this bench and taking a nap.  The bench is as big and as deep as a love seat.

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I also made these curtains out of fabric scraps I had on hand.  They are all different weights of fabric.  The trick was to make sure the heaviest weighted fabric was at the top and bottom.  I had to calculate my stripes based on how much I had while still making the two panels identical.  I didn’t have enough blue and white for the curtains to be long enough…so I added black.  Random, but I love them.

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Here is the view of the room from the fireplace.  You can see how our hallway goes back to our bedrooms.  I found my couch at a local store called Brashears.  Around here, leather and tan couches are king so I was thankful to find a grey couch with modern lines.  The pillows are from target and Ikea.

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In this picture you can see how the living room flows into the kitchen.  I love how open and cozy it all is.

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If you have followed this blog long you know I have a love for all things Danish Modern.  I had no intention of getting a new entry way dresser until I found this dresser for $50.  I made the chalk board quote wall out of framed drywall.

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I style this area often, but this is how it has been for a while.  I found the F sign for $1 at a flea market, I love vintage books and the jar is full of the Christmas cards we received this year.  I like to pull one out every once in a while and pray for that family.

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Speaking of drywall, I used fabric covered pieces of clearance drywall and ikea frames to create this gallery wall.  You can see here what all the art is on the wall.

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The frames go all the way into the hallway.  I love how it turned out and I ofter catch my self looking at them all and smiling.

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Its been a progress and I have loved this room, especially on a cold winter night with a fire.  It looks much different today because we have started packing it all up.  I wish I could put it all back.

Have a Great Weekend,

Jennifer

Our New Desk

Jennifer —  September 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

I posted on Wednesday that we decided to change our desk arangement from two desks to one long desk.  The goal was to be modern, white and not bulky.  We wanted two work stations with storage in between.  Here is what it looked like before.  I explained here why this wasn’t working.  In short, it was cute but not a workable system.

Here is the space cleared out.  We wanted the desk to go on the left-hand wall. (Please excuse the mess.  Scary things come out when you move furniture)

We were willing to spend enough for it to be done right, but we also didn’t want to spend a ton, so we of course I headed to Mountian Country Homes of Hope and got this sliding closet door for $5.

I chose an old sliding closet door for two reasons.

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Past to Present

Jennifer —  July 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

In Jane and Tanya”s house their bathroom was a blast from the past:

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All of you readers know that I love me some Ikea bookcases.  To be honest with you I think that its one of the best things that they have out there.  You can’t find a place that has more options for a cheaper price.  I have an expedit book case in my living room.  (Sorry, my house was mid project before christmas)

I have two Billy bookcases in my bedroom serving as folded storage.  I had to buy the extension piece to make it tall enough.

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I have one Billy Bookcase with doors in my kitchen that serves as my pantry.

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My Guest bedroom has Wal-Mart Mainstay bookcases.  Ideally, I would have chosen to buy four billy bookcases that would have stretched to the ceiling with the extension piece, but I already had two black bookcases when we moved into the house so I bought two more at Wal-mart.  I must say that the Wal-Mart Mainstays $25 price is pretty appealing.

 

My favorite design of Ikea Lack bookcase is my favorite.  I like its clean modern lines.  I have big plans of somehow incorporating it into a kitchen as open shelving.  I love this kitchen, for example, found on an Apartment Therapy House tour:

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Much to my dismay Ikea discontinued the Lack bookshelf.  Darn you Ikea.  Didn’t you know that was your best bookcase?  Maybe your sales told you differently but my heart misses it.  Then I found this post on Ana-White’s website that opened the idea that I could maybe build this thing.  My only problem with these plans is that 2X12 wood is really not 2 inches wide.  You can always shave about 1/4 inch off of any width of wood advertised.  The Lack bookcase shelves are 2 inches thick.  I think I have a way in my head to recreate it but it would take a lot of time and patience.  Sadly its not a project for this house.  Although, a modified version of what the Ana White plans was in fact in the works for my living room.

Here is my living room in transition. (Please forgive this photo, it was pre-new camera)  I used my phone here.

The fireplace is not painted and I bought some lack shelves a few years ago to fill the space. We bought a tv stand from Lowes which worked for us for four years.  I also painted the mantle black with some leftover paint I had in from the kitchen cabinets.  It was much better than the  original, but it didn’t satisfy.  As I have explained before it worked and it wasn’t priority.  To be honest, I was just happy to have a “sane” place in the house.  Not a aesthetically nice place but not screaming loudly for a rehab like the kitchen, master bathroom,  and laundry room.

Now that all the other projects were the done the living room started screaming lounder.  So I painted the fireplace and started my plan of completion for the living room.  I needed something symetrical to flank the fireplace.  I thought about building full lack bookcases, but it seemed silly when I knew that I could use the shelves that I already had.  So….I used the Ana white post as a guide, changed it up to fit my needs and built (with the help of the hubs) two lack inspired bookcases.  (The half version).  I will post soon how the Hubs and I made these bad boys.  He helped me because they had to be sturdy to hold our t.v.  Here is a picture of them after we primed them

 

Here is the picture in their new home: (taken with my new camera!)

 

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Stay tuned and I will show you how they were built and painted for a little over $30.00.  That beats Wal-Mart!

 

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

Jennifer

 

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Hollister Rehab:  My Guest Bedroom

I am in the middle of reorganizing the laundry room right now and I have lots to show you in that room, but I am not quite ready yet. Today, I wanted to share with you an EASY rehab I did in the house the hubs and I flipped.  I have told you before that we literally gutted this house…new windows, floors, bathrooms, roof, heater, central air, gutters, updated exterior…you name it…we did it.  I would have love to do something fun to the fireplace but the moolah was just not in the budget to do so.  We had to have the fireplace checked during the inspection and it was functionally working well but it was soooo ugly to look at that I could not stand NOT doing something to it.  Here it is in all its glory.

 

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If you walk into my house you will see a theme….stripes.  In some rooms there are small doses like in my guest bedroom pillow and sheets.  You will find some in my kitchen, my hallway and finally….my master bedroom.

Just for old times sake, here is a picture before:

Here is a picture in transition:

Here is the almost final stage of my master bedroom.

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My Master Bedroom has been a work in progress the past three years.  It started out like this:

The only structural thing we have done is we replaced the matted, old carpet.  Here is the floor plan of our house so that you can see where the master bedroom fits:

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Garage Rehab: The Finale

Jennifer —  May 13, 2011 — 5 Comments

I had hoped that the hubs could write this post today but I didn’t realize he had such a jam packed day!  So I am sad to say that its just me again!  I am excited to share with you the final post on our big Garage Rehab.  If  you have missed out on our other posts then please check them out here:

Just for old-time sake…here is the before pic of the garage.  It is not at its worst so you can imagine how bad it was before.
Finally, Here is the main wall of the garage after our big rehab:
For some reason I can’t explain I couldn’t get a close up pic of all of it so here is what is on the other side of the cabinet.
The storage consists of ceiling cabinets that the hubs built, old school lockers I found last weekend, and a wall span of peg board hooks.  Lets get down to business in explaining the ceiling storage.  I think the hubs did a fabulous job.  We got this idea from the house that we flipped.  The garage was the only thing we didn’t have to rehab and we loved the storage because you could walk under it and it wouldn’t hinder space for your car.  We had planned to put doors on them but we decided against them.  We like being able to see what is up there and not have to deal with a door when we are trying to get something out.  Here is a closer look:
This is where we store tools and bigger items that we don’t use on a regular basis.  We have a miter saw, wet saw and nail guns stored up here along with drill cases and other equipment.  Underneath, we have organized the things we use on a regular basis on the peg board.  The peg boards where there upon move in,so a few years ago we just went to Lowes and got a variety of peg board hooks.  All of these things we use more often so we hung them in a way that we could see where they are quickly, and more importantly, put them back easily.
The school lockers were a great find.  I went to garage sells last Friday with my best friend and boss (who happens to be the boss of both of us)  We went to help her find some dining room chairs to rehab.  Both of us had no intention on purchasing anything.  At the end of the day my boss bought a motorized scooter and I bought these lockers!
I found them at the Mountain County Homes of Hope Warehouse Store.  It is like a good garage sale everyday!  They were $25.oo.   I was going to buy some plastic shelves, but they were a little bulky and not as clean-looking as these.  I can store lots of stuff and then close the door.  In here we store our dog food, trash bags, gardening clothes, tarps, and wet/dry umbrellas.
I have always wanted to rehab some lockers to put in a little kids room or even a mudroom.  If my life transitions that way then I will clean them up a little more, slap a fresh coat of paint on them and move them inside.  I like to buy rehabs that can transition.  There it is, if you don’t want to know how we made the ceiling cabinets you can move onto the next place in your web/blog surfing adventure.  The last part of this post will be the cost break down and the “How To”.  Before you go, I want you to know that this garage rehab has been good for the soul!  I will leave you with the full reveal shot.  We will call this the “Neighbor View”.  I hope their eyes can rest easier when we have the garage door open and maybe we will start “rehabbing” our reputation  from being the “junky garage neighbors” to the “neighbors who maximize their garage space .”
Cost Breakdown:
  • Craigslist cabinets and paint:  Free**
  • Supplies and chalkboard paint for cabinets $20.00
  • Sports Storage, Lowes: $70.00 with tax.
  • Brackets for wood pile and trimmer: $6 for two
  • Lockers: $25.00 at MCHH
  • Peg Board Hook Kit, Lowes: $15.00**
  • Wood for shelves in nook:  $20.00**
  • Cleaning supplies storage, Wal-Mart $3.00**
  • Wood and Supplies for Cabinets:  $85.00
**These projects were done two years earlier
Total for the entire project: $235
Please note that we really only went $27.00 over the budget we set last month for this project.   $58.00 was spent a few years ago, and I couldn’t resist the $25.00 lockers.  Take those costs out we spent $152.  Our budget we set a few weeks ago was $150.00.  So, not bad.
Okay for those who want the “How to”, let me first explain this is how we did this.  There are probably many ways to do this but this is what worked for us.  Our goal was a cabinet 20inch depth that was super sturdy, especially because our cars were going to be parked underneath.  Here is what you will need to make this happen:
  1. 5-6 2X4s depending on the size you want your cabinets to be.
  2. 6-7 Sheets of cheap plywood for cabinet fronts and bottom.
  3. 3 inch wood screws.
  4. 4-5 Medium Sized L-Brackets
  5. 3-4 Large L-brackets
  6. Wood Glue
  7. Chalk Line for leveling
  8. Level
  9. Stud Finder (Some people can do it just by knocking on the wall and hearing the hollowness behind the wall)
Step One:
Clear the area
Step Two:
Determine your dimensions.  We were dealing with a light fixture in the way and we wanted to be able to walk underneath them.  Ours are 22.5 inches tall and 22.5 inches deep.  The entire cabinet spans 9 ft wide.  Once you have determined your space then figure out the amount of wood you need and buy it.  If you don’t have saws at home them you will have to know your dimensions exactly so that Lowes and Home Depot can cut the wood for you.
Step Three:
At the edges where you want your cabinets to end measure four inches down.  Use your chalk Snap to make a line.  If you don’t know how to do that this is a great tutorial.  Use this line to line up where your top 2X4s go.
Step Four:  
Find your wall studs then find your Ceiling studs.  When you find them mark them with painters tape.
Step Five:
Screw in a 2X4 horizontally (ours was 9 ft)on the wall the width of the cabinets at the top.  And then screw in the  beams that are vertical on the wall right on the studs.  Ours were 16 inches tall
Step 6:
Screw in the ceiling beams right on the ceiling studs (see above pic)  These beams were also 16 inches for ours.
Step 7:
Line up the 4 inch side of a 2X4 with the bottom of the vertical wall beams.  Wood Glue and screw into the bottom of the vertical beams.
Step 8:
Line up the four-inch side of a 2X4 with the exposed edges of the ceiling beams.  The 2 inch side should be touching the ceiling.  Wood glue and screw it into the ends of the ceiling beams.
Step 9:
Now you are going to work on the front of your cabinet.  These 2x4s don’t need to line up with the vertical beams on the studs.  These are the edges of your doors/openings so spread them part.  They do however, need to be the same length as the vertical beams on the wall (ours were 16 inches).  Wood glue the edge of each vertical beam into the bottom of the front vertical 2X4.  Screw into the top beam at an angle.
Step 10:
Now wood glue and screw the 4 inch side of a 9ft horizontal 2X4 to the bottom of the front vertical beams. Line up the 2 inch edge to be flush with the front horizontal beam.   You now have part one of the bottom of the cabinet front.  The two bottom 2X4s are screwed in on the wider side to create a lip fora more sturdy plywood bottom to you cabinets.
Step 11:
stabilize the cabinets where you see fit with your medium-sized L-Brackets.
Step 12:
For more stability, screw in 2×4 beams to the bottom of the cabinet.  Ours were 20 inches and they spanned across the bottom and were screwed into the bottom of the two horizontal bottom 2X4s.  You can see them in the pic below.
Step 13:
Measure your plywood for the inside of the cabinet bottom.  It will rest on the lip you created with the horizontal 2X4s.  Screw it in.
Step 14:
Measure your plywood for the sides and screw it in. (My advice is if Lowes or HD is doing the cutting save cutting these pieces until after you have your cabinet skeleton up)
Step 15:
Measure you plywood for the facing of the cabinets.  We did two long horizontal pieces and four vertical pieces.  Screw or nail gun it in.
Step 16:
For extra stability the hubs put a bottom layer of plywood on the bottom beams.  Now there should be no 2X4s exposed on the outside
Step 17:
For extra stability screw in your large L-Brackets under the bottom of the cabinet.
You are done!  I hope this helps.  Thanks for reading.

Jennifer

My neighbor came over tonight while we were in our garage.  He looked around and said “I never thought you would ever fit all this in your garage!”  I was so excited how impressed he was but after he left I got to thinking…that proves how bad it was.  His  statement means that he noticed how bad it was, and probably commented on it.  Sigh…….  We have the best neighbors.  They take care of us and check on us and we are thankful for them.  I am sad if I have been an eye sore in the neighborhood, but at least you couldn’t see it unless the garage door was open. :)  Now the garage is clean and I am ready to show you the next part.  Monday I showed you the left side.  Today, you get to see the right side of the garage.  Friday I will show the major undertaking of the entire project.  I am hoping the hubs will write the post and tell ya how he did it.  Here is how the right side  turned out:  (can you see the spray paint stains…yeah, that is my fault)

The concrete is the other side of the fireplace.  We were able to hang a few items on the concrete.  The hubs built the shelves.  He used scrap plywood and some cheap 2X4s to make it happen.  You can see by the full view that there are small nooks on either side of the garage.  The left side where the trash can set was at one time not a part of the garage.  I didn’t know I would be blogging when we first moved in and I regret to say that I don’t have pictures.  So I made one of my fabulous artistic sketches for you.  Can you tell I got my degree in art?  Just kidding…sorry my sketches are so amateur.  Here is the garage layout before:

We inherited this great space that used to be part of the garage.  A previous owner turned the backside of the garage into a long room and the potential was limitless.  The problem is that the layout of the renovation was a little weird.  First of all, there was an angled wall in the garage hindering a car from being able to pull in and when you went in the angled door you found yourself in a large, unfinished, ugly, used to be part of the garage, room.  Once you had entered the room, to your left was the room and to the right was a weird angled corner.  To get in the house you entered in a french door….even weirder.  Why would someone want to have this view from their kitchen french door?

You can see the angled wall here.  The other side is the garage.

It had to change.  So this is how we changed the layout:

I will post more on this when I reveal our laundry room/craft room, but I am telling you this now that changing this allowed more room in the garage.   We now have this little nook to the left of the concrete wall.  This is perfect for our trash cans.  The attic door is above it so we didn’t want to put any storage that could hinder that entrance.  Some day That wall might be used for more wall storage, but for now its stays empty.  Behind the door was perfect storage for our cleaning tools.  They are hung by a $3.00 storage rack I found at Wal-mart.

The right side of the back of the fireplace is a little nook.  Here is a closer look at the shelves that the Hubs built.

They were super easy according to the Hubs.  He bought one big piece of plywood and used some 2X4s that we found in the pile that the previous owner left.  We made it sturdy by screwing 2X4s into all sides of the nook.  He rested the cut piece of plywood on top and screwed it in to secure it.  In case you don’t know you have to use a mason bit and mason drills to screw into concrete.

This area allows us to hold bigger things we use all the time.  See the kitty litter?  The hubs and I don’t have a cat, but we do have a box of kitty litter on hand at all times.  Weird right?  Is it more weird that I think that all DIYers should have a bag of kitty litter on hand?  Why?  Because of this:

You can’t throw away paint.  The trash man will leave it on your curb, and landfills/transfer stations will arrest you if you try to dump it.  (just kidding, they won’t arrest you but they will stop you)  What is a DIYer to do with extra paint never to be used again?  They answer….kitty litter.  Just pour it in the paint bucket and leave the lid off for a few days.  The paint dries up in about and hour and the extra days makes it come out of the bucket easier.  Once the paint is dry you can throw it away and the trash man will gladly take it.  Genius! An extra added plus is that the Kitty Litter smells good and makes the garage smell great!   Thank you to the Taney County Transfer station worker who gave me this life changing  garage changing tip!

There you have it…part two.  I am hoping the next post will be by the Hubs!  Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading

Jennifer

MY BLOG HAS GONE CRAZY!!!!  For Some reason it is showing all the wrong pictures  and its showing the same picture over and over.  I am trying to figure it out.  Sorry for the confusion. 

First of all its 90 degrees outside!  It feels like the middle of summer and I am lovin” in.  My job is an outside job all summer and an indoor job all fall, winter, and spring so I am getting excited to be outside!  I hope everyone had a great Mothers Day!  I am not a Mother so I just celebrated my mom.  My Dad and his wife (my stepmom) came to visit.  My dad is a HUGE THOR fan so we all went to see the new movie THOR.  I loved it!  My dad was like a kid in a candy store so it was fun to see it with him.  Yesterday we finished the garage!  YIPEEEEEEEE!!!!!  I can”t tell you how much I have opened the door to the garage just to see it.  I sigh every time I walk in it.  Its been three years of Chaos.  We moved in and the previous owner left us piles of goodies and trash.  Thanks.  Note to self: If I am selling a house….clear the garage of my junk.  The new owner does not want it, even if I think its cool.  We remodeled the house so that made the pile even bigger.  Then…we cleared it.  But then, as we continued to remodel and do things, we would acquire more tools and supplies with no storage to hold them.  This resulted in new piles.  Then, we flipped a house.  The garage was empty for a while but when we finished, all of our tools and some new tools showed back up.  Still, we had no storage.  Of course, we recently acquired hand me downs when the hub”s mom sold the house he grew up in alongside a few DIY projects I had going like this one and .  Until now, we had not made the time to create usable storage except for this project .   I am a person who simplifies.  So…first things first.  GET RID OF WHAT WE DONT USE.  I did just that in the garage sale a few weekends ago.  That didn”t help much because we literally use everything in our garage.  Here is the before pic:  (This is not even at its worst. Imagine one big junk pile on the left side of the picture…no blue cabinets, lots of wire shelving that made no sense, and bulky cabinets that kept a car from fitting in.  That was the scene on move-in day. Plus, you can tell the drywall is new by the door.  See the piece of wood on the ceiling at an angle.  That used to be an angled wall.  Only one car could fit back then, but really none because of the bulky cabinets.)

I am going to reveal this garage in three posts.  I am doing this to make your reading time shorter and still give good explanation of what we did.  Today you get to see the left side of the garage.  This side now is known as the sports corner and supply closet.  Here is the view of the entire wall.

I posted here about these free Craigslist cabinets that I got off of someone”s curb .  The hubs and I reorganized them.  They now are the home for our paint, nails, screws, lawn chemicals, plumbing stuff, car cleaning stuff, smaller tools, extra saw blades, painting supplies, tool accessories, and all sorts of other goodies.  Of course after reorganization I wrote what was in the cabinets on the chalkboard painted fronts.  The hubs has found two things without having to ask me.  (I am the “finder” in our relationship).  Here is an updated pic:

Underneath the Cabinets is my project wood supply.  I am always needing wood for a project and I plan to make frames out of extra trim so we had to find a place for it.  We found these brackets at Lowes for $6.00     We screwed them in on studs, laid the wood on top and “Voilà” wood storage.

Then, we needed a place to store our trimmer.  So I took two bungee ropes that we had and made two loops (all you people who went to camp with me in the summer, knots class paid off yesterday) and got that bulky trimmer out of the way.

The blank space underneath is for our expandable ladder.  It is at our flip house right now.  It will rest on this concrete lip and be held up by some hooks. Finally, our lawn mower (that is currently in the shop) will sit sideways on the floor underneath the cabinets.  When we pull the car in we still have plenty of room to get out and walk around the car.  Someday we want to build a shed in our backyard.  When that happens all the lawn supplies will be out of the garage.  That project is way down the list though.

The hubs had great plans to DIY a sports organizational system.  He started all the plans that included shelves, hooks, pegboard, and wooden bins.  We started pricing and it was starting to become about a $100-120 build.  Not bad, but since we wanted the entire project to stay under $150 we started rethinking it.  We didn”t have to think long because we went four feet down the garage organization isle and found a store-bought system for about  $70.00!  It had all we wanted and it would take us about 10 minutes to assemble.  DONE!  Here it is:

Missing from the picture is the hubs golf clubs and shoes.  He might golf today after work and its well deserved because he worked so hard.  The clubs fit in that open space and the shoes go right under his cycling shoes.  This also houses my tennis rackets, some workout gear, the hubs cycling gear and tools for his bike.  See the makeshift “leg Raiser” on the right side of the system.  The concrete lip I mentioned above  can cause a few obstacles.  (You can see it in the pic) To maximize space we placed the system on the concrete lip.  All but one leg made it and the hubs rigged up a scrap-wood leg raiser.  Not pretty…but it works AND we get storage underneath.  The hand-held weights are staying.  The hubs uses those.  Our garage can fit two cars easily but reality is that we will only use it for a one car garage.  We will use this side of the garage for a “workout” area, but if the weather is bad…both cars can be in!

The bike is held up by a sturdy hook that we got at Lowes in the garage storage section a few years back.  We screwed it into the cabinet and it helps hold the bike.

Did you see the glimpse into our college “glory” days?  Here, take a closer look.

I found these in a sentimental box when I was reorganizing for my “be ready when disaster Happens” project.  Yes, I was a sorority girl and the hubs was in a frat.  We never went to a date party together because we went to rival schools. I went this great school.  He went to the other. Not only that, but I am older (insert cougar joke here).  We did graduate the same year though….Nevermind that I was graduating from college and He from high school! (Insert another Cougar joke here).  Let it be stated that I did NOT meet the hubs until way after college.  We met in the summer and our first four months of dating were in his half a semester victory lap of a senior year.  (It took him 4 ½ years to graduate)  Anyway, all you Pi Phis out there “Ring Ching”.  I doubt there are any FIJI”s reading but I have no lingo to throw at ya.  I decided to hang the paddles because it made me laugh.  What do you do with these outside of college?   I loved my college days and I loved Pi Phi, but these would be something I would leave behind if I had to get out of the house quickly.  In fact, unless I had a week to get out and pack my stuff….these would be left behind.  Do you have any funny memorabilia in your garage that you don”t know what to do with, but you really can”t give it away…and just don”t feel right tossing it?

Here the cost breakdown of this project:

  • Cabinets and Paint:  Free  (see here for details)
  • Brackets: Lowes, $6.00 for two
  • Sports Storage:  Lowes, $70.00 (that includes tax)
  • Bungee Chord:  Free (had it)
  • Learning to tie knots:  years of camp tuition.  (this was the most expensive thing :)
  • Bike Hook:  Lowes, Free (we had it, but they are like $4)
Did you see the weights are missing?  Yep, they are not gone yet…but soon.  I got my workout in while moving them to get all the shots.  Now I have to go move them back.  Stay tuned for more to come!  I hope you can get some ideas.
Thanks for reading!

Jennifer

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