Bonus Room Built-in Unit

BEFORE

I have been so excited to share this project. We started it back in December and put the finishing touches on it by mid February.

My husband and I were talking about all the projects that we want to tackle in 2017. It just so happen we were upstairs and my husband pointed out a dead space area. He said “This would be a perfect area for a built-in, right?” Of course I did not disagree. My organizational mind kept thinking of all the possible items this thing could hold. Well, to break it down, we were able to eliminate two small (3 shelf) bookcases. Their main purpose was holding board games and old VHS that we cannot just bare to get rid of. We also eliminated a “stand alone DVD rack.” We also eliminated a “shot glass cabinet” which was a really great place for it (out of the way.)

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Custom Pantry Renovation

Custom Pantry Renovation(1)So this is it, what was suppose to take us about a month, turned into a summer project. This project has been on our to do list for quite sometime.  I tried to take as many pictures during the process. This was our first “big” project since baby, my husband did 80% of this project by himself, while I did the 20% which was painting. But in between many baby naps, we finally completed the project and we are so happy with the way it turned out.

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DIY: West Elm inspired Branch Shelves

This is currently our big project, we have never really worked with wood crafting. I wanted something other than wall canvas art for our family room, I found this picture online and looked EVERYWHERE to see where I could buy it. It turns out that the place that use to sell it does not sell it anymore…so I was out of luck. I talked to my husband about it and he being the encouraging person that he always is said “Sure you can do it!”

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Wood Staining (Hook Shelf)

I bought this hook shelf to hang in our laundry room, I forgot to get the “before” shot, but I really liked it because it was simple, however I did not like the color of the wood, so I thought I have some dark cherry stain, lets revamp it!

Here is what the wood like before I sanded and stained:

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Old Toy Chest

I really need to get in the habit of taking more pictures, I wish I had taken pictures of my husband’s old toy chest in the original form.

It was painted brick red and we were looking for it to flow more in the house. We decided that staining it would be the best way to go, so we went with a dark cherry stain. Little did we know what a huge project this would turn out to be.

Here are a few pictures during the process:

This was before it was sanded, we had to use paint removal to get all the red paint off the toy chest. This was a very tedious job that took endless hours! We had to use a toothpick to remove all the red paint in the crevices.

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