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Friday, August 28, 2020

Office/Craft Room Reveal

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We've had an office/craft room in every house we've lived in. Our first house was only 12' x 11' feet with a closet, so when we moved into our last (big) house, it was so wonderful to be have such a big space. I think it was 19' x 20' plus a large side alcove and door to a walk in attic. The office/craft room at our current home is much smaller than the one at our previous house, and even though I know we purged a lot of stuff when we moved, I'm pretty sure I've acquired more since then. This room is only 16 ft by 14 ft, less than half the size of our last space, where we spent many evenings together as a family, the girls doing homework, Tim doing office work and I was always working on some creative project. Link to the office/craft room at our last house is at the end of the post. 

 Mr. DIY built a worktable for me, probably 19 or 20 years ago, with a  72" x 50" laminated top and cabinets underneath for craft storage. At our last house, we had room for a separate desk for Mr. DIY, in this office but we use  opposite sides of the table for our workspace. Our dining room is just outside the door and whenever I need a large space to cut out fabric or to make a large craft, the dining room table is the perfect spot. Combine the two spaces and I have more room to create than ever before. 

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Of course I started out with a plan, and as you can see, we settled on the 4th option. 
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One of the long walls, we used a combination of Ikea Nordli modular drawers to set the TV on with Ikea Hemnes bookcases on either side.
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We found a new ceiling fan on Amazon and Mr. DIY installed it a few weeks ago. The link to the ceiling fan is a few pics down.
I found the rugs a month ago on Overstock.
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We sold the mission style ceiling fan the previous owners chose on Craigslist.

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The room might only be 14 ft x 16 ft, but the vaulted ceiling and the windows make it seem so much larger.  

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Maybe someday we'll redo the Formica and paint the wood cabinets a lighter color. I'll add it to the ever growing project list. 
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I keep the artwork our girls made while they were in school on one of the upper shelves. I brought the painted bird square in the back on the left up to our mountain cottage. 
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If you've followed me when we lived at our last house, these armoires were in our family room on either side of the fireplace. You can see how they looked in our previous house HERE .They didn't work in our new living room but they were perfect for storage in the office/craft room because there it doesn't have a built in closet. 

Each armoire holds so much. They're perfect for storing our printer, printer paper, craft supplies, fabric, and sewing supplies. The lower 2 doors and drawer in the left armoire hold rolls of wrapping paper,  gift boxes, and other gift wrapping essentials. We used to keep those items in the attic just off our bonus room office.
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The big grey baskets are great for holding large spools of ribbon (as if I didn't have enough), extra books, wreaths and miscellaneous items. I found them on Amazon, which I linked above. 
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Thanks for taking a tour of our office/craft room. If you'd like to see the office/craft room at our previous house, you can see it HERE.


Pam




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Saturday, August 22, 2020

How To Install Floating Shelves

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Last time I shared how we plan on making this bathroom into a laundry room in a couple of years, but fixing the floor and toilet became a priority, so we didn't want to spend a lot of money on the mini makeover. 

This is our only bath on the main floor so it was important to have as much storage for bathroom essentials as possible. If we were going to keep this as a bathroom, we'd certainly add a built in medicine cabinet like the beautiful one upstairs Mr. DIY made, plus we'd be moving everything around and make a linen closet too. 
See the beautiful and spacious Pottery Barn Inspired Medicine Cabinet HERE

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Mr. DIY  found some white floating shelves that were just the right size for our bathroom. They were $22.98 a piece. That price included the bracket and screws.


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The first thing to do is decide the measurement from the floor and the measurement between shelves.

After that, he marked the wall.

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The orange thing stuck to the wall is a stud finder.
He also used a level...
 I'm a stickler for making things level. So is our youngest daughter. Just ask Mr. DIY. 



He measured from the floor and marked the holes in the bracket with a pencil. (I think that measurement was 57".) Then, the brackets were attached to the wall using the wall anchors in the shelf kit. 
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Since I wanted the shelves 10" apart, he spaced the brackets about 10 1/4" apart because the shelves are wider than the brackets. 
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Here's a photo from the Lowe's website that shows how the shelf slips onto the bracket. Once the shelf is on the bracket securely, a screw attaches the shelf to the bracket. You can see a hole is pre-drilled in the shelf. He put the set screws on the bottom on the bottom shelf and on the top on the top shelf so you can't see the screws when installed.
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Perfect.
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These ready made shelves are great to add extra storage for bathroom essentials. 
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Bottom shelf holds  pint Mason jars with Epsom salt, cotton balls, Qtips and a basket of hand towels and wash cloths.  The top shelf holds extra TP.

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Storing these bathroom essentials leaves much needed space in the bathroom vanity for toothbrushes, toothpaste, a comb, brush and other toiletries. There is still room under the sink for a few cleaning products (no little ones in the house) and a few more rolls of TP. 

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If you missed my post on the bathroom mini makeover, you can see it HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pam

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