As I mentioned in my previous post, a California King bed is something we had wanted for a long time. But once we realized how expensive a nice frame would be, it was time to get building. Of course I found this project to be the perfect excuse to finally get a Kreg Jig! In terms of actual materials, one of the first things I ordered was a set of tapered furniture legs from DIY Upholstery Supply. These were the widest I could easily find – 2.5″ at their widest and 6″ tall. We picked through various types of wood at our nearby lumbar yard and eventually settled on hemlock. It’s a soft wood, but even toned and doesn’t have any knots. We purchased […]
We recently used our wedding money to get bicycles and a Cal King mattress set (#MoneyWellSpent). Eric is over 6-foot tall, and had been longing for a cal king bed for quite some time. But when we were looking into getting a new bed, I almost had to crush his dreams due to the lack of bed frames out there. There’s plenty for regular king-size mattress, but very limited options for a California King. Not only that, but we would be looking at spending a minimum of $800 to $1k! I realize we could get a standard metal frame and a headboard, but I’m looking for something a little more […]
Finding barstools for our kitchen’s tiny eat-in area was a bit of a challenge. My goal was to have two stools, that when tucked under the overhang, wouldn’t stick out too much. But that only left us with with less than 30″ in width. As petite as some barstools looked, they measurements proved otherwise. Finally I came across a barstool at Target that was 14″ x 14″ at it’s widest. While the measurements were perfect, the overall appearance was quite underwhelming. Fortunately the seat attached pretty simply to the base, and we realized we could replace it with a simple […]
I feel like I’m cheating a bit with this one. Because it’s not DIY at all. I know I’m all about ‘BUILD’ what you love, but sometimes you just have to ‘BUY’ what you love. And that’s exactly what I did when I decided to turn the odd living room bump-out into a focal point. There are TONS of awesome DIY faux mantles (everything from simple shelves to full-size fireplace frames) on Pinterest, but when I came across a […]
Gosh I love our kitchen. When I purchased the house, I wanted to immediately remodel the cabinet-lacking, pink-floor-tile, formica-covered, non-opening-window, excessive-bump-out, lack-of-counter-space kitchen. However a co-worker had strongly suggested to me that we wait it out, live in the house, get to know it, and then take on the kitchen. Ultimately, I headed her advice, and we waited over 2 years before tackling the project. And I’m very glad we did, because […]
1. Measure twice, buy once. Make sure the room template where you designed your space is accurate – make sure all your room measurements are correct, and you’ve accounted for any obstacles. If you are going to be changing any walls, make sure to account for the thickness of studs, drywall, etc.
2. Count twice, buy once. Make sure you have the types of cabinets you really need. Do you have a space for utensils, for pots and pans, for pantry items, etc.? I initially got carried away and later realized […]
After the ceiling and floor of our basement laundry room were painted, we moved on to adding MUCH NEEDED storage to the space. However the only open wall to use was covered with HVAC, sewage, and various other pipes; so we couldn’t exactly put a free-standing shelving unit up against the wall. And then I found out a great wall-mounted shelving option. Which meant we were off to IKEA…! Well actually we first took measurements and did some research into what our ALGOT options were. The ALGOT wall storage system is pretty simple, fortunately. There are […]