Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hall Closet Makeover

Do you ever have those moments when you can't take something any longer?  You have just had it.

And you have to do something about it...NOW?

That was me and my hall closet a few weeks ago.  So...I ripped it apart and put it back together, the right way.  Ahhh, I feel so much better!
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
Yep a Hall Closet Makeover.  Love.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, before
This is the before. A typical closet with a rod, hangers and a couple of shelves.  Oh, and a laundry shoot, maybe that part isn't normal...
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, before
The problem?  Well first off, nobody could would hang their coats up.  Something about not being able to reach the hangers?  Ok, half can't reach...not sure what everyone else's excuse was.

So the coats would collect at the bottom of the closet.  If the laundry shoot happened to be open...yep you guessed it, the coats would end up sliding down into the dirty clothes.

See the baskets on the shelves?  That is where all the winter gloves and hats are located.  Right. Problem number two.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, old storage for gloves and hats
Kids can't reach that high either.  So I would set the baskets out in the morning for the kids to dig through to find their stuff.  Can you see what's coming?

After the rush to get them out the door to school I would turn around to find the baskets empty and the remaining unused contents scattered ALL OVER THE FLOOR.  Should have taken photo of that, I mean it happened everyday.... not sure how I missed that opportunity.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, ripping out old closet
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I have been wanting to get this closest fixed for a couple of years now, and I finally snapped.  I knew if I ripped it out, I would have to put it back together.  Right?

Sometimes a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.  So I cleared it out dumped it all in my husbands office, and began the demo.  My five year old took that shot of me unscrewing the rod, pretty good eh!?

I used a crow bar and mallet to pry off the shelves and support board.  I also tore off a bit of wall texture...oops!  I forgot to use a utility knife to score the caulk before I ripped it out, lesson learned.  Then I attempted to patch it up with watered down spackle and tried failed to match the wall texture.  In the photo on the right it is still wet, but it wasn't too bad of a patch job. :)
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, bead board and bead board wall paper
After I fixed the wall I remembered that I had some bead board (top left) that I had picked up for free off of Craig's list, so I pulled it out and was planning on using it above the bench I was going to install.  I built the bench support and the bench seat, and then decided that the bead board was going to be too short.  Dang. (I knew it was all along, but some how I was hoping...it would...grow?...)

I really didn't have a big budget (since I did this on the fly...) but I really wanted to cover the walls. (ahem) After a few hours of stewing about it, I remembered that I had gotten some bead board wall paper from the Restore a while ago and it was just collecting dust.  Sa-weet!  It was a decent sized roll and I got it for $3.  Bam!
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, drilling pocket holes
Now if I had realized I was going to used the beadboard wallpaper, I would have put it on the walls first.  That would have saved me at least an hour.  But I didn't, so here is how I built the bench support.  I measured the walls for the bench support frame and cut scrap 1x2's, then I drilled pocket holes with my new Kreg Jig K5 (awesome new model of the Kreg jig that my husband got me for christmas!).
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, how to build a support for a floating bench
Of course the walls were not straight and I didn't want to have to use shims like I did in my Master Closet Makeover Floating Shelves, so I added the back piece to the wall first (top left) instead of building my frame first.  I made sure it was level and screwed it into the studs.  Then I attached the side pieces directly to the wall into the studs (top right), again checking for level.  

Because I like to over do things I also drilled pocket hole screws into the back support board.  This step isn't necessary because I drilled into the studs, but since I had drilled the pocket holes I figured I should use them. :)  

Next I attached my two middle support boards with the pocket hole screws (bottom left).  To finish I attached my front board, again with pocket hole screws.  You could do this project without the pocket holes, you would simply need to pre-drill holes and screw the boards in from the ends, and build it before you put it on the wall.  
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, reclaimed wood for bench seat
I love stained 2x wood and I had recently gotten some from Craig's list for free so I hurried out to the shed to see if it would work for my bench seat.  I had started sanding it down when I remembered that I needed a before shot.  I wasn't digging the finish on it, but it was a quick job to sand it all off.  I drilled pocket holes on the back and attached the two pieces together. 
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, how to measure crooked wall for fitting a bench seat
Since I knew my walls were not straight I made a template out of my son's art paper that I stole from his Pull Down Art Desk.  I taped it on the bench support and drew lines where I needed to cut on the sides to match the wall.  I cut out the paper right on the lines.  Then I put the paper on the boards I had just put together for the bench top.  I lined up the back flush with the edge of the board and then traced along the sides where I cut  the paper so it would match the shape of the wall.  I hope that makes since!  Then I used my circular saw to cut on the lines.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, testing out floating bench seat
And it fits!!  Ok, I did have to cut a little more off the very back ends at an angle, and then it fit!
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, measuring bead board wall paper
Then I proceed to measure and cut the wall paper.  I used Southern Hospitality's post as my guide to install it.  
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, putting up bead board wall paper
I got each piece of wallpaper totally wet by dunking it in a bathtub of water, then I put it on the bathroom floor (glue side up) to set for five minutes while the glue activated.  I set my watch timer so I wouldn't forget, and after five minutes I put it on the wall.  I made sure it was straight, and used a sponge to get out any air bubbles.  It was pretty easy, but it would have been way easier if I hadn't installed my bench support first.  I had to do a lot of measuring and cutting to get it to fit under the bench, because I was using the last of the wallpaper scraps, I barely had enough!  Phew.MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
Since I got my beadboard wallpaper from the Restore it is a little different, and I actually like the kind you get at HomeDepot much better, but I was using what I had.  It is pretty inexpensive and I would totally use it again, it looks great! 
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, attaching support boards
Now to install the top shelf, I reused the boards I had ripped out of the closet, and attached them to the studs with screws, and checked for level.  You will notice I first nailed the board into the studs then added the screws, it just makes it easier.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, adding support boards for shelf and hooks
I added the top shelf with nails into the support boards.  I realized I would need a little more room for hooks, so I added a 1x2 (middle) just under the support boards (that was the last of my scrap 1x2).  Then I added a lower support board the same way.  It will be for lower hooks (right) and you can see I left a space off the left side for cubby storage that I built.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, drilling holes to attach bench seat
I got everything caulked and ready for paint, then I remembered to drill holes for attaching the bench seat from the bottom later.   I figured it would be easier to drill from the top than the bottom.  And it was because I attached the bench with self taping screws. 
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, fixing oops paint with behr ultra pure white
Here is where you get to learn another tip from my mistakes!  I had a gallon of oops "white" paint that I had gotten from Home Depot.  I decided to use it so I wouldn't have to buy paint, and I did.  But it was soooo wrong.  I spent all that time painting and I knew it was too blueish.  I let it sit for a couple of days and I stewed over it, until I reconciled with myself.  It would drive me crazy and I wouldn't love it, so I bit the bullet and bought Behr ultra pure white and re-painted.  

It was totally worth it and I hardly used any paint so I can use this white for future projects.  It is all good.  You can see the middle section above of how blue the oops white was.  Eeew.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, bronze hook, D. Lawless Hardware
Next up Hooks!!  I was given these Bronze Wall Hooks to try from D. Lawless Hardware and I LOVE them!  They were the perfect size and had a fun color, not to mention they are a great price.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, how to hang hooks evenly
I used the following method to hang them in the same place on the top and bottom rows.  I cut a strip of newspaper the length of the wall.  Then I calculated where the hooks should go so they would be evenly spaced (see the tape measure in the top right photo), and I marked on the newspaper the center of each hook.  I taped the newspaper to the wall and used the marks on the news paper to mark the wall boards where each hook should go.  I centered the hook on the mark and used a pencil to mark where the screws should go.  Next I pre drilled holes and screwed on the hooks.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, Bronze coat hooks, D. Lawless Hardware
Looking good!  
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
Plenty of hooks for all our coats, this picture makes me happy!  Doesn't it look pretty!
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
Here is a shot of the left side of the closet and my cubby storage rack.  I will be sharing a tutorial on that another day, this post is already too long!
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, and laundry shoot
Speaking of tutorials, you have to hop on over to My Repurposed Life and check out my contributor post on how I made my Leather Belt Crate for under the bench storage.  Oh, and I thought you might want to see into the laundry shoot.  Now I won't have to worry about coats falling into it, woo hoo!
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, bench close up
This lovely bench is not only to cover the laundry shoot, it makes a great place to sit too. Ha ha!  It is also for stepping on to reach the crates on the top shelf, and I think it will make a perfect spot for someone to sit while playing hide and go seek!  Who knew a bench in a closet could have so many uses!  

For those who are wondering I used pre wood conditioner, one coat of Rustoleum's Kona stain, and three coats of poly (sanding with 400 grit between coats 1 and 2) to seal the bench.  It is my favorite part (just like in my Master Closet Makeover) and I like to keep the closet door open so I can see it when I walk by.  I know, I am weird.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
Here is a shot of my top shelf and the crates I put there.  I actually got these at At Home (previously Garden Ridge) and I love them.  They have great prices for home decor, but it killed me to spend money on crates when I love to build them.  I guess sometimes time is money...right?  And I was out of time for this project.  
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, cubby storage
My cubby storage rack was a super fun build and it is doing a great service.  Each kid has their own cubby and I made sure it would fit their gloves and hats perfectly.  Eeek!  
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover, cubby storage and leather belt crate
Now they have no excuse not to put them away, and not to make a mess getting them in the morning.  At least in theory anyway!

My leather belt crate is holding the excess hats and gloves.  Hmmm why do we need so many extra?  It can also hold shoes too, but I am not good at making my kids take them off at the door.  I guess because I am a shoe person and always have mine on!
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
Here is a shot with some coats...
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
And the other side.  Please excuse my photos, I am saving up to buy a new camera, so I like to take shots outside to get good ones....obviously the closet wasn't going anywhere. :)
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
I had to do a real life shot.  Because lets face it, 8 people equals a lot of coats.  Even if the kids have License Plate Coat Racks in their rooms, they have more than one coat.  That is how it goes in Colorado, you need a heavy coat, a warm jacket, and light jacket for winter.  One day it will be bizzarding and the next it will be 70 degrees...true story.
MyLove2Create, Hall Closet Makeover
And that is is!  See why I feel better?  

Nothing beats being organized, and this is such a doable project.  It is easy and effective, perfect for anyone wanting to take the plunge and try some DIY!

So?  What are you waiting for...get to work, it's easy, just start ripping things out... :)

Hugs,
Mindi

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Large DIY Storage Crates

Last week I shared with you my collection of DIY Crates with a promise to share my large DIY Storage Crates, that I first shared on My Repurposed Life last fall.

I have six kids...and with lots of kids come lots of toys...which up until now have been stored in old laundry soap plastic tubs.  My problem was that the laundry tubs, although a great repurpose, were a little too small for some items.  And who wants to have several tubs for blocks when you can store them all in one crate?  

I knew it was time to just build some large crates to fix my problem.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
I was able to make them fit my space exactly, and they are doing a fabulous job in containing blocks and weapons (5 boys).  Plus, they are WAY cuter than laundry soap containers...Way Cuter.  (is that even a word?)
old nursery wood for crates
This is a glimpse of where these babies first started...well at least from my house.  This pile of awesome wood came from and old old nursery in Boulder, CO.  Free reclaimed wood on Craig's list always catches my eye, and this is a small part of my reaping form that blessed day.  I haven't even scratched the surface.

Anyway... I used this wood and some scrap 1x2's to build the crates, you could use pallet wood, fence wood, pine, whatever makes you happy.  Free makes me very happy. :)

I cut my 1x2 boards to the height I wanted the crate to be, and then the side boards to the width I needed.  To fit the space my crate is almost square, two sides are 18 inches and two are 17 inches wide.  
attaching wood to 1x2's with wood glue and nails
With all the boards cut all I had to do was glue and nail them together.  I added glue to the 1x2's and then nailed on the side boards with my Roybi air strike nailer.  I choose to use a thick and thin board since both of them together were almost the same height as the 1x2's.
adding wood
Glue is the most important thing, it is what will hold the crate together.  The nails are to secure it until the glue dries.  I love using Gorilla Wood Glue for a nice strong hold, and my kids love that it is called Gorilla Glue.
sides built ready to attach other sides
With my sides attached to the 1x2's, you can see them standing in the back.  I have them so you can see front and back, I made two for each crate.  This wood was pretty rough and I sanded it really well after cutting the wood, for me it is easier to sand before I build.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates attaching other sides
I stood up the two sides, and glued and nailed on the front and back boards.
crate box complete, just needs a bottom
Which gave me two of these.
fitting boards for bottom of crate
Since I just figure things out as I go, I tried some wide and thin boards to see what worked best for the bottom of the crates.  I ended up with two wide boards and a thin one for the middle that I am marking in the photo above to cut.  Since I don't have a table saw (sigh) I used my miter saw. I cut one side and then flipped it around to cut the rest.
adding bottom supports
I am sure you have noticed the thin wood I am working with, it is about a 1/4 inch thick or less, and because of this I added some scrap plywood strips for support and for a place to screw the bottom pieces into.  I just glued and nailed them on.  

If I was paying attention I would have realized that these pieces that I was attaching should have gone on the other side.  I had intended the short boards to be on the top of the crates.  I had already done the damage when I realized it, and wasn't going to rip the boards off...That is why my crates are different.  Maybe you didn't even notice...  My brian was in la la land.
attaching bottom of crate with screws
Now I was ready to attach the bottom pieces.   I made sure to pre drill holes and and then screw them on.  Even with pre drilling, I had to drill very slow so I didn't split the wood.   I had a few split that I had to glue and clamp.  That is the joy of working with old reclaimed, super thin, wood. :)
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates, inside of crate
Here is a shot of the inside.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates, crates ready for paint or stain
At this point I debated for about a week whether to leave them like this or paint/stain them.  I asked my kids and they helped me decide.  Stain it was.  I used Rustoelum's Weathered Gray.
staining crates
I started with the insides, and then the outsides.  This wood really soaked up the stain, and I used way more than I expected.  If you want to see it on a different type of wood you can check out my Old Deck Wood Laundry Crate, it worked better on the plywood.
dry brushing on white paint to add texture
Because it soaked up the stain so much I didn't get as much wood grain showing as I wanted, and it looked kind of boring and gray.  I figured that a little white paint might give it some dimension and help perk it up a little.

I grabbed a large chip brush and some white acrylic paint and very lightly dabbed the ends of the brush into the paint.  I wiped most of the paint off on the paper plate and then I did long light strokes onto the wood.  You can see the one on the right in the photo above has the white and the one on the left doesn't.  It made a HUGE difference!  
adding roller ball bearings for easier sliding
When I took the crate to my boys room to see how they fit I realized I made them about a half inch too tall for adding casters.  Ugh!  They actually slid on the carpet just fine, but I went ahead and bought these Roller Ball Bearing things that were only 5/8" tall which was perfect.  Plus they were only 89 cents each a Harbor Freight.  I had these self drilling screws from another project and I loved not having to pre drill my holes, I just zipped them right in!
Using a dog toy for handles
Next up were the handles.  I had decided on regular rope handles, but at the last minute I spied my dog's chew toy rope and had an idea.  I made a quick trip to the dollar store and bought two dog toy ropes (I am only showing one in the photo) which came to $2.  I untied the knots and split each rope into two.  Then I tide knots on the ends and frayed them, giving me 4 rope handles.
marking and drilling holes for handles
I made a template to mark where to drill and then I drilled two small holes close together, making a total of 4 holes on each side. 
attaching rope handles with wire
I drilled small holes because I was attaching the rope handles to the sides of the crate with wire.  I put the wire through the holes securing the rope, then pulled them tightly from the inside with pliers, and then twisted them securely. 
nailing flat excess wire and sealing it with hot glue
I clipped off the excess wire, hammered it flat and then used hot glue to cover the exposed wire.  That way I avoid snags and sharp wire hurting little hands.  I thought about covering the wire with leather or felt, but decided to see how the hot glue worked first, and it has been fine!
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
It was fun to try a different way to attach the handles, I think it looks cute, they are sturdy too.  I love that I could have fun rope colors for the kids room by repurposing the dog toys.  There are tons of different dog toy ropes in lots of colors at the dollar store, image the possibilities! 
adding stencils to crate
I couldn't resist adding some words.  Letters and numbers seem to make everything look better.  I thought these were perfect for the contents involved.  I cut them on contact paper with my cricut and very lightly stenciled them on.  If you don't have a cutting machine you could free hand or use pencil transfer like I describe Here.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
And, as a mother, what harm is there in adding some subliminal messages as well?
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
You won't see the words on the side where these are being stored, but who cares, you will be able to see them when they pull them out to play.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
Besides, I will eventually re-do their closet, and then maybe these will be used somewhere else.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
I think this way would be cute.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
But for now, here is their new home.  I think they look great!  And just so you know, I am very "happy" and I "smile" every time I see them in their room.  (wink wink)
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
Plus they are doing a great job.  No more blocks spilling over the top of "too small" laundry soap containers...
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
Or tripping over light sabers and air guns.
MyLove2Create, Large DIY Storage Crates
I love being organized!

Speaking of being organized, I have been working on my tiny entryway closet to make it more effective and cute.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a before shot of when decided to take the plunge and just start!

I am so glad I did because it is going to be awesome I can't wait to start using it!  It was a pretty simple closet redo that anyone can do, so be sure and check back!

Hugs,
Mindi

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