Sunday, July 28, 2013

Laundry Organizer Tutorial

Last weekend was Operation Clean-Out-The-Garage. Our garage was getting so cluttered we needed to get stuff out of it, including the pile of wood I had gotten for free off Craigslist a few weeks before.

I started out by drawing up plans and making calculations. Oh yeah...check out my AWESOME drawing skills!
I took measurements of what I wanted it to be, then worked out how much wood I had, to be sure I had enough.
I knew I had enough but I would have to get creative for the shelf, bottom, and top.

 Making cuts with the miter saw.

Assembly starting! I used 2 and 3 inch screws to attached 2x4's together.

Main frames together, ready to be attached together.

I didn't want the screws to show from the front, so I got out the Kreg Jig and set it up for 1.5" boards. To set it up you use the Allen wrench to adjust the length of the drill bit.

Then set the height on the Kreg Jig to 1.5"

Clamp the jig down and start drilling!

 Attaching the pieces together with the pocket holes.

A bigger view of the project.

Then we added 2 x 2's for the middle shelf, and chicken wire for the basket section.

The chicken wire was stapled in with a basic staple gun.

The bottom of the basket section was a leftover piece from a desk. I sanded it down to distress it. It matched perfectly

Almost done, here it is so far . . .

The top of the piece was made from wood left over from another project. It didn't have the worn reclaimed look so I used the vinegar and steel wool mixture to age the wood.

The aging process with the above mixture

 After just one day of work it's finished!

Completed with my homemade laundry soap and clothes pins.

 Loving my new laundry stand/organizer and loving my slightly less cluttered garage! On to the next project!


This past week I also set up my website to showcase all of my projects. It shows what we have done and can do for any future customers.
I have also added a For Sale section. I'll be adding more to it as time goes by. Please stop by and check it out!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Electric Run 5k

 I  signed up to do the Electric Run with my co-workers!

Here we are chilling inside as we wait for the race to start. The temps were over 100 degrees that day!

We were all decked out in glow in the dark paint, light up accessories, and bright colors!

One of my co-workers son and his friend. They were loving this experience!

And here's some pictures of the rest of the group and some of the course. I'm glad it was a night run, but it was still HOT!

I survived my first 5k!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pallet Chalkboard

My latest DIY project was something I was really excited to try!

It started with this pallet. Unfortunately it was a new pallet - not old and beat up looking like I prefer. 

To make it look old I used the steel wool & vinegar solution and brushed it on the wood to give it the aged look I wanted.

After that I sanded the front boards down really good, filled in spots with wood putty, and primed them. To finish it up: 3 coats of chalkboard paint, 3 days to cure - then rubbed the chalk all over to prep it for use.

This was for a friend/client, so we took it over to her house and installed it!

Here's the results!

Loving the new idea, and the way the pallet structure works perfectly as a weekly calendar!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Anniversary Trip to San Antonio

In June we celebrated 4 years of marriage! We were able to take a trip to San Antonio to celebrate, and see some friends that were in town! Corey had never been to San Antonio so this was all a new experience for him! Loved getting to take him there!

 Corey and I having chips, salsa and drinks on the Riverwalk!
(Tip: Casa Rio is the best Mexican on the Riverwalk!!)

 Then we headed to Hemisfair Park...built for the 1968 World's Fair!

Then dinner at the Chart House located at the top of the Tower of the Americas!

View from our table

Corey was really impressed!! :)

Our anniversary dinner!

The view at night, and our hotel the Hilton Palacio Del Rio cheering on the Spurs! Look closely and you'll see it says "GO SPURS"

 The tower lit up at night!

A gazebo in Hemisfair Park.  Very fitting since we got married at a gazebo!

Our friends Holly & Alex! They also just got engaged so we were able to help them celebrate too!

We visited the Alamo! 

The Alamo at night! looks like it's haunted!

We got to take a river tour!

 We ate at lots of restaurants while we were there. This is at Dick's Last Resort. A very interesting place with very interesting drinks!

Corey's drink doubles as a piggy bank! It's now his tool fund!

We also visited the Mexican Market, and of course Corey had to buy a cigar.

 By the end of the second day we were beat from all the walking and heat!
Our doggies missed us and we headed home.
Happy Anniversary honey! It's been a wonderful 4 years! Can't wait for the next 40!



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