Hello again! While I’ve been working on renovating our stairs (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), my mind has had lots of time to think about other projects I want to tackle and have a new furniture project in the works. It never ends around here, guys. For every project I complete, I come up with 10 more I want to tackle. This time, I’ve decided I want to make a teeny tiny bookshelf/tchotchke holder for the hallway right next to the staircase. Since it needs to be 8 inches deep and 11 ft 8 inches long, I knew it would have to be a custom build.
Since this is a two part post, be sure to go back and read Chapter One about installing the cabinets before you read on, otherwise a few things won’t make sense!
Hallelujah! We had countertops. I actually kind of liked the look of the raw wood but knew since we were going to put in dark hardwood floors someday, I wanted to stain it dark. You can also see we hung our monitors and hid the cords (the left one has skewed to one side in the picture above, but it just rotates back into place. Here’s the mount we used, and here’s the cord hiding mechanism. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually against code to put any sort of regular plugs behind a wall because it’s a documented fire hazard. I’m glad we spent the extra money to do it the right way.
I know, I know…where are the stair renovation pictures? Well, they’re coming, but finishing up that project is taking awhile. Soon, guys, soon! Promise!
When we moved into our house in March of 2016, I knew the first project we needed to do was update our home office. There was a perfect little nook in between two drywall columns that would fit a double desk really well. I started dreaming but knew it had to be on a budget. We had just bought a house after all, and I wasn’t ready to drop a few thousand more dollars on custom cabinets or anything of the sort. But something had to be done. We decided on installing IKEA cabinets.
We’ve lived in our current home for about a year now, and our kitchen windows have never been covered. They face the street and our neighbor’s home, but they are obscured enough that you can get away with not having curtains. But after having a baby, I’ve been craving a little more privacy. The windows are also a strange height, making curtains harder to find and more expensive. I toyed with the idea of frosting the windows,
bought the stuff and tried it with NO success but decided against it. I just wanted some cheap sheer curtains that would let the light in, but block any prying eyes.
My parents taught me pretty much everything I know about DIY. They took their 1980s home from a pretty rough shell (smelly dog carpet, chewed windowsills, and squeaky floors anyone?) to a beautiful space, including a massive great room renovation. And they did most of it themselves. When they bought the house, the basement was unfinished. They framed, drywalled, painted…you get the point. They’re basically awesome. They have a wonderful saying though, “The right tool makes the job so much easier.”, and they are so right. Especially when it comes to power tools.