Posts tagged ‘Lowe’s’

This is what I get for not being an architect…

Or maybe it’s what I get for not taking measurements. Anyway…

When Chris and I bought our condo the dining room measurements were listed as 8’x8′ on MLS Trend. When we got our condo appraised, the floorplan drawn up in the paperwork also noted the dining room as 8’x8′. When I bought a 16′ piece of wood from Home Depot and had it cut in 2 for the dining room bench, I assumed both pieces were 8′. So when I bought four 8′ pieces of wood for the bench back this week, I assumed they would fit.

Well it turns out our dining room is actually 7’10” x 7’10”.

The wood is still 8′.

Uh oh.

So after 3 trips to Lowe’s in 2 hours Wednesday night, the bench back is secured and upholstered..and standing on its side behind the dining room bench.On the bright side, the bench is reupholstered in this beautiful, more appropriate, more luxurious fabric. The brown pleather was nice in theory, but it was purchased before we painted the room. The red washed out the brown and it just looked cheap. I stapled the new fabric right over the pleather plus another layer of batting, so it’s plusher than ever.The Instructional:

I laid down the fabric first, smoothing out all wrinkles. The batting went over that and the wood over that. I utilized Chris to make sure the wood went down in its place in 1 try, as to not snag or fluster the batting. I didn’t think of how I would secure the 4 long pieces until I got home with the wood and realized I would need to lay a thin 1 inch piece perpendicular. This photo shows the 2″ pieces that I purchased as the bench sides, but they were too thick. So began my 1st of 3 journeys to Lowe’s.I purchased three 1″ thick pieces of wood to secure the four 8′ pieces. To ensure a tight fit for the fabric, I stapled the batting and fabric around all 4 sides before screwing on the 3 smaller pieces.Since this couldn’t safely rest on top of the bench, I had to head back out to Lowe’s for a picture hanging kit (This was actually the 3rd trip as the 2nd trip I forgot my wallet…where is my head these days?). I partially hammered the rings in until they were tight enough to screw in (a screwdriver can’t be used with these). After tying the wire through 3 rings it was ready to hang.The kit also included U-brackets to hang the wire upon. Each of these can hold 75 lbs. I used 2, 1 for every 4 feet.Re-upholstering the bench was a breeze. I pulled the bench a foot away from the wall, turned it on its side and laid the batting on top of the pleather.I repeated this step with the fabric and turned the bench on its other side to staple the bottom.Since the back was way too heavy and Chris wasn’t home, it took me about an hour of maneuvering and pivoting until I realized the back was too long. My shoulder muscles ache today just from getting it over the bench to its upright position.Being the optimists that we are, we didn’t let this snafu hinder us from enjoying Chris’ birthday dinner in our dining room. Truffle fries, grilled sausage with carmelized onions, and filet mignon à la Daddy Mims. Delicious!Excuse the lighting..Ambiance isn’t captured well on film.

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The pantry just doubled my kitchen space

Remember the before. Cluttered, messy, disorganized, and every other word that implies we moved in and threw everything in here that didn’t have room elsewhere.

The during:

The Present:

The shelves are from Lowe’s. It was (2) 9 ft shelves for $20 each, cut into several 2½ feet shelves. The brackets were $2.50 each.

 

The laundry basket is from Home Goods: $25. The shelf that is now resting on it will be mounted a foot higher and will hold laundry detergents. The towels will decrease in quantity and the lucky ones will be mounted on a shelf above the coat shelf seen below. The 3 drawer component is from Lowe’s for $12. Plenty of storage for a lost & found (whatever falls out of pockets in the washing machine), plastic bags, toilet paper, workout gear, umbrella & miscellaneous. I’m still looking for a space for the weights and yoga mat other than the floor.

Enough room for the 2 of us to hang our coats plus more for company. The scarves are kept above the coats and the 3rd shelf will go above the scarves with about 2 feet of room for the towels.

I’m still interested in painting this room to give it some more character, but I don’t want the white hardware to be obvious. It’s not exactlt high priority but I daydream about colors here and there.

I would also love to cover the water heater but I don’t know how safe that is nor do I know what I could cover it with as I’m not fond of cheap canvas-like curtains as room dividers. And luxurious, plush curtains wouldn’t really go here…

Moving forward on the pantry plans

My previous post about turning my laundry room into a pantry really got the ball rolling. It was something I’ve been thinking about since we moved in, but kept putting off for financial reasons as well as time consumption. Here are the ‘before’ (and current) photos, followed by a blueprint for the ‘after’:

It doesn’t look this bad all the time. With the transition from summer to fall the laundry has been flooding this room (although I can’t say the floor is always spotless either). The problem is we don’t have a laundry basket yet. It sounds like there would be a simple solution to this, but we also don’t have a place for it. I like a hidden hamper. Our rooms are too pretty to be spoiled by a basket of dirty clothes against the wall. Under the bathroom vanity would be possible, but that creates a new problem for my beauty products.

This room probably seemed like a great idea during the planning stages. It’s a small condo, so presumably for 1 or 2 people, room is only needed for a coat rack and extra linens. But this is our only storage in the unit.

We do have alot of towels, unnecessarily. We’ve acquired many over the years and why throw out a bath towel? We have the essentials for storage: baskets, shelves, hang bar. But we lack the necessities for change. I’m going to need to buy several more shelves for my plan, which are pretty inexpensive at the local Lowe’s.

These shelves proved satisfactory for a while (an old Walmart 9 cubby unit with the verticals removed). But if I plan on storing food and wine and opening up room in my kitchen for more gadgets and barware, a major change needs to happen. Here are the “blueprints”:

I have 4 feet across to work with, 2 feet in depth, and 9 feet in height. I plan on using the left for a pull out laundry basket with a shelf on top for detergents and fabric softeners. The coat rack and extra linens will also be on the left. The right will leave room for wine, food, winter accessories such as hats and gloves, bath tissue and paper towels, and workout gear. The bottom right will be a small shelf used as our own “mud room.” If room allows, we will also keep our biggest gadgets in here: a popcorn popper, juicer, and Magic Bullet blender. While browsing Lowe’s aisles last night, I discovered that RubberMaid has an interactive tool on their website where you can design your dream closet, and print out the shopping list. It doesn’t provide as much custom configuration as I would like, but still a neat tool for others. I will be making another trip to Lowe’s tonight and hopefully buying what I need this time.

The Master Bedroom

Our bedroom was used as storage for the first 3 weeks, with space reserved against the wall for an air mattress. That’s right. An air mattress. For 3 weeks. My back is only now just recovering. (This is not our bed. We ordered our cloud-like bed, along with our couch, from JCPenney during their Memorial day sale). I’ll save the details of what went into decorating our bedroom for when I post the ‘after’ shot.

Although it’s still a work in progess, I am in love with how it’s turning out and probably only have about 15% to go.

Our master closet

(You can catch a glimpse of our bed set in the photo to the left).

Boxes of shoes and bags of clothes filled the room until the closet was ready. I wish I had a ‘before’ photo but I wasn’t thinking this far ahead at the time. One measly shelf sat wall to wall. About a foot and a half lower than where the new shelves sit, it was hung too low to hold a few maxi dresses that fit my 5’9 frame.

So I gutted it and rebuilt it to my standards, all for about $100. Now I have room for everything! (Shoes shown are only flats, heels are a whole other closet).

All shelves are from Lowe’s. Center unit is comprised of 4 separate components from Target.

**It may look like his side is unfairly small, but the closet protrudes further to the left than shown. I swear, it was evenly distributed.

Organization comes easy with space

Our old closet was a DISASTER. It was a “walk-in” with an angled ceiling that went from 6 feet high at the door, to 2 feet low in the rear. It was 3 feet wide, with clothes lining both sides. It was like crawling into a cave every time I needed something from the back. Needless to say, any attempt at organization was useless. But NOW! Now, everything is within sight, making wardrobe choices much easier in the morning. Laundry doesn’t pile up from fear of the closet exploding. Life is easier.

The 2 baskets to the left of the photo are from Walmart. The rattan basket on the right (which I will photograph at a better angle later) was a flea market purchase from the Basket Lady.

You can see other items from The Basket Lady here. http://www.basketlady.biz/

 

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