Thursday, October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween 2013
Here's a look back at some Halloween cuties
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Labels: Halloween pumpkins, owl pumpkin, pumkins, white pumpkin
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
enough was enough
The family room carpet was supposed to go first...well it will go soon. I now plan to clean out this room and put up one of those plastic construction zippered doors. This room will become my flooring work room, I will cut in here , store the flooring in here also. Then when the family room flooring is complete I will start the ceiling in the dining room , coffered ceiling, lots of crown moulding then a built in and then the dining room flooring , hoping for all of this to be complete before Christmas. It is time to order the pine flooring I think.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Simple box drawers for the workbench island
When I headed off to the store to grab some hardware they did not have the hardware I had planned on getting , they only had three and I being impatient and this being a work space I kept looking until I found something that will work. I honestly don`t know what this is used for but I thought it would work as a pull and at .98 cents I gave it a try. I picked up washers and nuts for the back to make them work as a handle.
I can use the money I saved to buy other things I need after all.
I was short two of the card holders so I did order more for this drawer.
I had 4 card holders or label holders laying around for years , why not use them here I thought.
Thanks for stopping by , have a great day !
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Labels: box drawers
Monday, October 28, 2013
DIY workbench/island for under $150
It is not totally complete but it could easily stay as is a be a great work space. I would like to add big "pot" style drawers to both side to hide away the clutter. That will come soon, I am sure...
I was thinking I may even include a long drawer to hold big rolls of wrapping paper , what a great spot for gift wrapping.
I thought just in case someone is still reading this blog and my posts I would include some details on how I built this project.
Here is how it all begins, I bought 6-2" x 4" x 8' studs, I cut each piece into 3' and 5' lengths. I connected them as shown with my Irwin corner clamps. 3' x 5'3" approx is this frame. Then I pre-drilled the butt joints and attached them with 2" wood screws.
These Irwin corner clamps are amazing for built-ins and drawers it keeps corners square and it acts like that third hand you can always use in carpentry.
Ryobi impact driver. I wanted one for Christmas but I mistakenly asked for a Ryobi mini driver , it is nice but does not have the strength of the driver, it is what I have been looking for all along and it's even cute and a bright happy color. I got it and then picked up the Ryobi Combo kit with drill and circular saw as well as the battery pack and charger. Ryobi is my go to brand for tools since we have moved here almost 2 years ago , great tools at fair and affordable prices.
quick change bit holder by Dewalt which I like very much. Nice fast bit changes I can go from drilling to driving in a flash.
That's where I realized I could not just slip the plywood in because the frames were in the way, silly me. But luckily I didn't use glue so I could easily remove the one side of the corner legs allowing me to just slide in the plywood and re-attach the legs. Easy peasy. Although it wasn't a step I thought of ahead I would construct it differently. I then went back off to get the top cut just slightly larger than the frame. 40" x 67" , I attached each shelf to the frame with 2" screws 8 of them evenly spaced , at the half way point and the corners. You could use thicker plywood but I didn't see the point. It is as strong as a can be .
We will soon be carving pumpkins down there...it's a great space to spread out and get things fixed , created and repaired.
You could do it for less especially if you use chip board or OSB, knock off $60 . But like everything materials may be more or less where you are.
If you would like to make it with wheels just make the legs 3" shorter , you will loose a little shelf depth keep that in mind. I like I said before I will be adding drawers where the shelves are to keep things out of sight.
It is a pretty easy project and will allow for ease of creating lots of other projects in the future.
3 sheets of plywood
2" wood screws medium size box 80 screws or so
I would love to hear your thoughts about my latest project....and thank you for stopping by.Just to be clear this post was NOT sponsored at all , this is just my project using the tools I have bought and the items I like to use.
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Labels: DIY, DIY for workshop organization, DIY work bench, Home Depot, Home Depot Canada, Ryobi, work bench island, workbench
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I have a dirty little secret
Because I didn't really spend enough time creating proper storage it became a complete disaster zone. So yesterday i went on a search to start the process of cleaning and organizing this space so that I can work indoors a little over the very cold months ahead.
My garage is where I prefer to work because all my big tools are out there and there is a good amount of room for me to work. The garage is not insulated or heated so I can't do work out there during the cold months. I added a little heater to the ceiling but it only helps if I stand directly under it, so that doesn't work so well.
I found these shelves at Home Depot for $37, they are light but sturdy and very easy to put together, 5 min and no tools needed. I will be heading back to get more of these.They fit all of our things, having a spot for our stuff will help get things off the floor and keep things better organized. I really love having a rough basement space for all the storage, we need a lot of it. We also Have a little workout space down there.
I have found I really need to donate a lot of items that have been collecting dust down there, like old brass hardware I removed and lots of cans of perfectly good paint that just didn't work out for me.
I am also going to get it together and do a post on all my favorite tools and must have gadgets. Soon.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
ok now it's really complete
I am going to take a little break and catch up on some cleaning and organizing around the house, this place can use some real attention.
So long for now , I will be back soon to hi light some of the moulding I used on these built-ins.
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Deep grey for the living room
Actually Zinc is a lot deeper because I asked for a sample at 50% strength and it was perfect.
I was inspired by these two images I found on Pinterest the one on the right really with that dark ceiling and beautiful mouldings, I am thinking I may also do some major trim as well, eventually. I am going to tackle crown moulding in there, I have never done a whole room before, that should be fun!!!
This living room is a night time room so I thought it could be really cozy with a deep color. So not my normal choice. I should also start painting the master bedroom and I need to rip out the family room carpet already and install more pine flooring , all before Christmas. Don't hold me to it...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time to move on.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Carpentry projects, updates
Well there you have it....more built-ins, up next floating side tables.
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Back to building benches
The photo below was my inspiration for this window bench I am building. I needed to allow adequate air flow for this rooms heating vent.
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Labels: carpentry, DIY bench, window bench
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Vanilla Ice Goes Amish on DIY network Canada
My lovely and beautiful cousin came with me as my date , how sweet was she? We made our way into the city and after my map app sent us on a ridiculous wild goose chase of sorts we finally made it to the intimate event just in time. We enjoyed a little wine and snacks until the screening of this Sunday's premiere episode 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm October 13th 2013 on the DIY network Canada.
I thought the episode was great and fun , I will definitely be watching this series.
Make sure you tune in to the DIY network and watch the new series Vanilla Ice Goes Amish this Sunday at 7:00 pm , like the DIY network isn't already one of your go to channels when you have a little time to relax ! I know it is one of my go to channels....not a surprise right!
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