Category: DIY

Craft Room Update – Pegboard!!

A while back I told you about a trip to the hardware store where Cupcake and I picked up some stuff for a new project.  But then I left you hanging.  Because I had some hanging to do.  And well, I needed some extra hands to help with hanging.  At least I thought I did.

Weeks went by and spiders made their home in my new piece of pegboard and I finally got annoyed at seeing it every time I came down to the craft room and I got tired of having a mess of sewing notions everywhere.  And I was waiting for my KnitFix fabrics to arrive, so i got to work on my craft room organization.

Clean Craft RoomAnd like the slacker blogger I can sometimes be I didn’t take a true before and after picture.  But as you can see above I had a black bookcase in the middle of my wall of storage.  I moved that bookcase over to the right so I had this blank space in the middle.  This freed up a lot of wall space!  The perfect place for a pegboard!!!

Craft Room Pegboard installation #diyI started by attaching two furring strips to the wall.  One for the top and one for the bottom of the pegboard.  I attached them to the studs with really long countersink screws.

Craft Room Pegboard installation #diyThen with the assistance of my ironing board and some scrap wood I attached the pegboard to the furring strips.  I used washers to make sure the screws didn’t go all the way through the pegboard holes.

Craft room with pegboardAnd then I got to hang everything!  The magnet board, the magnetic strip and the rail are all from IKEA.  The spool holder is from Joann’s. 

Craft room organization with Thirty-One #thirtyone #ohsnapbins #organization #craftroomI love my Oh Snap! Bins for organizing my notions and tools!!!  I was so happy these were on special last month so I could get this place organized.  All these notions were just tossed in one big bin before and it was really hard to find things (hence the reason I have so much elastic!).  The only downside is my scissors were a little too heavy for the bin, so I had to hang my Ginghers on a hook. 

But I love having all these tools within my reach.  And everything has a place!  And everything goes back to it’s place!  There’s actually already a change since I took this picture.  I picked up another spool rack at Joann’s last week when they were 50% off (with an additional 20% off your purchase coupon).  It’s for my serger cones and it’s sitting above the other thread rack.

Craft room with pegboardAnd the whole space.  It’s not Pinterest perfect, but it works perfect for me right now!  Well, except the tables.  I’d like new tables.  And one more pink Your Way Cube for that upper left square of my Expedit.  And well, I suppose I’d like it to be this clean again.  I’ve been sewing a lot lately…………


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Bye Bye Fluorescent Light!

Happy Wednesday!  It totally doesn’t feel like a Wednesday.  #longweekendproblems  I hope you had a great long weekend.  We had a great weekend at the lake.  I had hoped to get this post prescheduled before we left, but well, packing…….. 

So, remember when I painted the kitchen cabinets and then the light fixture stood out like a sore thumb?

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYYeah, that big oak thing up there.  But well, I was doing things in phases.  And I wasn’t sure I wanted to tackle lighting in it’s awkward position, not knowing what the ceiling looked like underneath.

Then one day I decided I couldn’t look at the oak any more so I painted the box.

Painted Light FixtureAnd it was kind of nice that it blended in.  It still wasn’t my favorite light fixture, but well, it was less tacky looking.  But then one night, in the middle of the night, the plastic cover fell and broke.  And suddenly I had a project to work on

Kitchen lightLuckily I was able to see that the ceiling above the light looked to be in pretty good shape.  It has the texture like the rest of the ceiling.

kitchen lightSo I started out by taking the light bulbs out.  Then I removed the box, which was just held in place by two long screws. Then I had to pop the center cover off.

Kitchen lightAnd then I did a little happy dance because the hole in the ceiling didn’t look too large and it was centered in the light fixture.  So my plan was going to work!  Thank goodness because I was quite tired and sweaty from taking that light fixture down by myself.  And hubby was tired of flipping the light switch and no light appeared. 

Kitchen lightI picked up a few pieces of SANDA track lighting from IKEA and set to work.  This track was so easy to install.  Just a few screws to attach the clips to the ceiling, then you snap the track into the clips and done.

Kitchen lightAnd I realize I’m lacking in the photo department, but I also picked up a few lights to go on my track.  And the cord for the light was way long!  Like 71″ long.  And I really only needed like 12″.  So I enlisted the hubby to shorten the cord for me.

kitchen lightThen I had to attach the lamp to the line voltage adapter instead of the ceiling cup that it came with.  Once I got my cords in and the adapter put back together they just snapped into place on the track and we had light!

IKEA track lightI centered the two lights over the island, which is what I’ve always wanted.  And no their not quite the pendant lights I wanted, but this is the closest I could get without hiring an electrician.

IKEA SANDA track lightI do love having the light over the island!  And these lights are plenty bright!

IKEA SANDA track lightingI just had to patch the holes in the ceiling and I was done! 

I’m really happy with this solution.  Track lighting wasn’t my first choice, but it has definitely grown on me!  I like it! 

Now, I just need new countertops……………..

DIY Hook Rail and Shelf

Spring is coming!  The weather is warming up, the sun is out.  It’s windy.  It’s DIY weather!  I spent some time in the garage this weekend and whipped up a hook rail and shelf for the entry way!  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I’m so glad I had the wood and hooks at the ready for the beautiful DIYing day!

So to show you where I started here’s the before (but after I painted the hallway).

Entry before

As you can see the bench was a dumping ground for purses and coats.  It was always a mess!  And there was all that unused wall space!

I measured the length of my wall and cut two pieces of 1″x6″ pine to construct my hook rail and shelf.  Two quick cuts with the jigsaw was all I needed.

#DIY hook rail and shelf Once I had my two boards cut I marked where I wanted my hooks to live.  4 hooks.  One for each member of the family. 

#DIY hook rail and shelf

Then I attached my shelf to the top of the rail.  I screwed them in place because a) I don’t have a nail gun and b) they’d be sturdy c) no one will see the top so it didn’t really matter that they weren’t hidden.

#DIY hook rail and shelf Next I measured how high from the bottom I wanted each hook and marked the holes for the hook screws (the circles) and where I was going to drill for the screws I would be using to attach it to the wall (the plus sign).

#DIY hook rail and shelf And drilled my pilot holes. 

#DIY hook rail and shelf Then using a larger drill bit I made countersink hole because I didn’t have countersink screws on hand. 

I primed and painted my hook rail and shelf and put anchors in the walls.

#DIY hook rail and shelf Once the paint was dry I hung that baby up!  And she’s level.  🙂

#DIY hook rail and shelf I attached the hooks which hides the screws and I have a pretty and functional hook rail with shelf!

#DIY hook rail and shelf My mirrored monogram has found it’s new home.  And I scrounged up a candle from the living room and added it as well.  I’ve still got some accessorizing to do.

#DIY hook rail and shelf My Fashion Week purse looks so good hanging on my hook!  And so does the girls jackets and snack packs.  I love that everything has a place now!  And the coat closet isn’t exploding with jackets! So simple. So effective.

And just for a dose of the reality that is my house……….

#DIY hook rail and shelf That was going on in the next room while I was installing and photographing my pretty new rail hook and shelf! 


Friday Fitness: Race Medal Hanger

Happy Friday!  Do you have big weekend plans?  I’m looking forward to the heat wave coming!  Temperatures in the 40s just in time for my long run!  I thought with half marathon training going on here I’d start doing a Friday Fitness post to help keep me on track.  So, welcome to the first one!

Saturday I ran a snowy 4 miles with my running buddy, Jessica.  We hit up a local path, that had not been cleared of the snow and had a fun adventure!  And ended up with some sore legs! (more…)

JOY Holiday Marquee

Hey!  How was your Thanksgiving/holiday weekend?  Do anything fun?  We had a very low key weekend.  The girls pretty much hung out in pajamas all weekend, I got some sewing done (and broke my serger), did a little Small Business Saturday shopping, and we put up the Christmas decorations.

We added a new decoration this year.  I went to the Do It Herself workshop at Home Depot a week and a half ago to make a holiday marquee.  I came home with this.

Joy Holiday Marquee #diy (more…)