It feels so good to be back! You may have noticed I have been MIA for a little bit. First, I started a huge project, I wasn't planning on, which is what I am sharing today. And second, I was gone for almost a week to my Grandpa's funeral and my nieces wedding. It was so good to be with family and wish my sweet Grandpa goodbye, he would have been 98 in November! Life has been crazy, but it is so nice to be home!
Before I went on my trip I hit a breaking point, we have been tripping over a roll of carpet in my basement for months, and I was done.
I am all about free, as you know. So back in the spring when my friend asked if I wanted a remnant roll of brand new carpet for free, I took it gratefully. With family vacations in June and a broken hand in July/August I never got to it...until a few weeks ago.
It was totally spur of the moment and I really didn't have time to do it, but I couldn't stand seeing it on the floor in my basement ONE MORE MINUTE! And....because I changed the carpet in my storage room, it led to me building these...
You know how one thing leads to another? I really thought I was just replacing the carpet.
On the right is after I cleared all the stuff off the shelves, it took FOREVER, and I kept thinking why was I compelled to do this?!
Anyway, here is the carpet all laid, I cut some out of the room and pulled it in to cut the rest. On the back wall I replaced the brown trim that was already there, and cut and nailed up some white baseboard scraps on the two small walls you see above. I added them to help hold the carpet down, and cover a few jagged cuts in the carpet. Yes, I did this all by myself, and no it wasn't easy. I have no idea what I am doing! But, I got it done with a utility knife and measuring tape, and I am just fine with the imperfections. I laid it on the bare floor, no glue, no carpet tacks, no pad, this is a storage room, and I was just wanting a clean new and less ugly carpet. It looks so much better!
I was now ready to move stuff back in, but I couldn't do it. I knew that I would be swimming through junk again, and the metal shelves were only good for food, not my bins. So I waited for the next day to decided.
After some research I pulled up "How to store your stuff" from DIY Design Fanatic, and used that as my guide. Check it out for some good building photos I did not provide. I modified it a little but it is the same awesome idea, Thanks Pam!
I didn't have 2x4's that were long enough so I bit the bullet and bought new wood. Shocked? Me too! But with only a few hours to do this and a trip coming up I had limited time and using my reclaimed wood would have meant taking more time to cut and make things work.
So with three little ones in tow we headed to Home Depot and bought the wood. I got 10 8ft long 2x4's and two sheets of OSB at just under 1/2 inch thickness. The OSB sheets are 8 ft x 4 ft, so I just had the guys at HD rip them in half lengthwise and it gave me four pieces at 8 ft by 2 ft. I also bought a box of 2 inch wood screws, and it totaled $56 dollars. The only thing I didn't buy were the 2x4's for the middle and end supports, so if you have to by those this project would be just about $60! Not bad.
Perhaps it's because I won't have to go to the garage for bins in freezing winter, because all my bins are now in the house? Or maybe I am just so happy I attempted a big project that I have needed forever and did it all by myself, that feels pretty good too!
Regardless, I swear I couldn't walk downstairs for the first few days with out taking a trip to admire my new storage shelves!
I have already reaped the benefits of this wonderful creation, and I could sing a song every time I effortlessly reach reach for the bin I need and then just as quickly place it back! Yippee!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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