Oh boy...it seems like I am so not good at keeping up with this blog.
I have a legit excuse this time...my computer has completely bit the big one! *cry* I plan on taking it to my dad in Louisville the next time we visit, he's good at fixing computers, but for now I am printer less and have no way to upload pictures for the blog.
Wouldn't it be perfection if the iPad had a USB dock? *ahem APPLE ahem*
Please stick with me! I'll be back in business shortly and I am asking for a brand spanking new laptop for Christmas so this won't happen again.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
So when I bought this house I was still living a state away (3.5 hours) so I went all around inspecting, measuring and taking pictures of every nook and cranny so that I could start designing and building projects before my move.
...is a 22" opening in the bathroom to the left of the bathtub....Really? 22 inches? What am I supposed to do with that? Do they even sell shelving units that are only 22" wide? I had no clue.
I knew all along that I wanted the guest/kids bathroom to have a beach theme and after quite a bit of brain storming I decided to do a nautical shelving unit over there. The original intent was to store towels and extra TP and things of that nature but obviously it's more for decoration than anything now.
It was actually super easy to build. Here's the supply list.
1 - 18 foot 1/2" nautical rope (I just had lowes cut me a REALLY long length because I wasn't sure how much I would need)
1 - 8 inch wide, 6 foot long piece of wood (already had this on hand so it's what we used)
2 - dowel rods, whatever size you want, these are smaller around than my pinky
2 - toggle bolts
I simply stained and had my dad cut the wood into 3-18" long pieces (since my opening was 22" I didn't want the shelves to touch the wall on each side).
Then we measured exactly half way down on each side of the boards to drill 1/2" holes and string the rope through.
Then I just slid the dowel rods into the rope right underneath the shelf to keep them in place and separated the shelves approximately 12" apart.
Then I just tied knots in the the top of the ropes, hung with toggle bolts from the ceiling and cut off the excess rope at the bottom and tied knots there.
Once it was hung I decorated with a few things we've collected from our cruise.
The sea fan came from a cruise stop. We stopped at Blue Lagoon Island (yes, THE Blue Lagoon) and that is where the sea fans were all washed up on shore. There were purple and yellow and I kick myself all the time for not grabbing like 50 of them! I stored this one in a large ziplock and carried it in my carry-on to keep it from getting broken on the return flight and once we were home I aired it out for days (holy cow the smell was awful) and then sprayed it with polyacrylic to try and preserve the color. It's been 2 years now and still holding up! :)
The sand in the jars is from Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk islands. The sea glass and shells all came from all the various Caribbean stops. Do y'all love sea glass? I swear I could have spent an eternity looking for it. So awesome.
I love that every time I walk into the bathroom I have this wonderful reminder of our trip. It was Kev's 1st cruise and absolutely one of the best times we've ever had together!
Here's a little wider shot, so you can see how narrow the little opening is...crazy huh? That's a coconut candle on the bottom shelf. I never light it, it's just cute.
Thanks for lookin' y'all! Promise to show you the rest soon!
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Very recently we brought home a new little addition to the household...
We visited an Island called Gibbs Cay, to swim with string rays, on a cruise a couple years ago and completely fell in love with the island...so much so that we plan to get married there (nope we aren't married yet even though I call him "Hubbs"). I let him name her and after some careful thought and few few dumb names being tossed around he came up with 'Gibby'... in honor of Gibbs Cay...and I LOVE it. So sentimental for us and totally cute for her. Of course I have been calling her Gibbs for short. :)
We love her. She is BY FAR the sweetest female cat I have ever had or ever been around. She is a complete lover. I admit I absolutely wanted a male cat when we started looking but the moment we saw her we both knew she was the one!
I have 2 dogs who I knew would be all up in her business so I wanted to create something for her that could get her up high and away from them when she wanted to be.
After searching the internet I came across several forms of "cat shelves" and most certainly did not want to pay the price that some of those places were asking so like any good DIYer I set off to Lowes and Homegoods to create my own.
After texting Kev a few pictures we ended up settling on 2 boxes from Homegoods (and tons of toys and a scratching post) and 2 shelves from Lowes. We had already discussed which part of the living room would belong to her, so with that in mind I just bought what I knew would fill up the space and what I thought would work best for her.
I knew I wanted to stagger the platforms for her so she could look out of the window and also that I wanted one of the boxes up top so she could "hide" from the dogs. We figured out the layout and then just screwed the boxes directly into the wall (I used drywall mounts) and mounted the shelves with brackets. It took about 20 minutes total. I actually got him to help me right before Game 7 was coming on!
Later I cut a couple pieces of our carpet remnant and hot glued them to the shelves so she won't be slipping and sliding all over the place and then I cut the side out of the box on the top (these are made of a bamboo type material, or some kind of wood sticks, so the side came out with a box cutter and minimal effort). Now she can get in and out of her hidey hole easily.
I think it turned out exactly as planned and she uses it daily. She mostly hangs out at the bottom where her scratchy post and toys are and she tends to lounge on top of the box at the bottom unless the dogs are bothering her.
Once in a while I catch her up top...
Pretty cool huh? Grand total was $40 bucks which was cheaper than almost all of the single "cat shelves" I looked at online.
Thanks for lookin' :) ~Kris