Saturday, September 20, 2014

Building a Cubby Organizer

My boys LOVE legos.  We have pieces in every nook and cranny of our house.  I'm sure some have found its way into our vacuum.  When I saw this cubby organizer at my neighbor's house, I knew I wanted it.  At the time, they didn't sell the cubby organizer any longer so I was a bit disappointed.  However, a couple of months ago, I was mentioning to my other neighbor about the organizer and she said she saw online.  It was a modified version of the one they sold a few years back, but the concept was the same.  I waited patiently for a friends and family sale and voila, it finally came.  Did I buy it?  Nope.  I was so disappointed they didn't sell it in the store and when I tried to purchase it online, adding in the shipping and surcharges didn't make it worth it to me.  I decided to build it myself.  Do I love it?  That's a BIG whopping YES!

I measured E.'s wall where the cabinet would hang and decided to make it to the dimensions of the one that was being sold.

I drew out how I was going to build it and it just so happened my dad came to visit that week and saw my drawing.  He decided to help me out.  We bought 1x6x8's and ripped the edges so they would be around 5 inches deep.


Then, he made notches in the wood so that the shelves would slide into place.

We contemplated if we wanted the shelves to be removable, but in the end, I decided to nail them in permanently.


One row done, 4 more to go!

I then puttied all the nail holes and then sanded everything down.



It sat in my garage for the longest time because I knew the next part would not be fun.

I had to stain, polyurethane, sand, then polyurethane and sand again all 25 cubby holes.  This was so tedious and I seriously contemplated whether or not it needed a second coat of polyurethane.  Of course, the perfectionism in me would never allow me to skip that step, but I was pretty drained with all the work that went into this project and that thought did cross my mind.

The total project was $17.  That's a great savings, but I did spend about 10 hours from start to finish.  In hind sight, I would have to say this would be a project that is WORTH purchasing over making.  If you have the time, its a great project to do.  If you don't, it's SO worth cost of the item plus shipping and surcharge.  I only say that because what I made is basically what was sold.  Had it been a custom piece that needed certain specific dimensions, that would be a different story. I did build a cabinet for E. on the other side of the bed that was custom and SO worth the time and effort, but that project will be saved for another post. 


For now, my kiddos have a place to put all their Lego creations.  Currently, it's home to all their Mixel creations.  I think it is super cute and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out.  I'm happy that all the hours I put into building it created a piece that I am proud of.

The bed and all cabinets are built!  3/4 of the room is done.  Only 1/4 to go!  E.'s room is turning out to be simply a hand-built room and I love it!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

No Sew Baby Infant Tutu

Before my niece was born, I was off on a mission to figure out how to make a baby tutu for our first photo shoot.  Most tutus I found in the store were too big for what I needed so when I found this simple method, I was ecstatic.


I used my 50% off coupon at Michael's to pick up a roll of tulle.  I had 1/4" elastic at home already that I cut to 13 inches.


I sewed the elastic ends together so that it created a 12 inch band. I didn't know how big she was going to be so I just measured a newborn onesie.


Next, I cut strips of the tulle, folded it in half and tied a slip knot in the middle of the tulle.


I continued until the entire bolt of tulle was gone, placing the tulle evenly spaced around the elastic band.


I made a little tulle flower on the waist for a little extra touch.


Then, I made a matching headband.  I didn't know how to present it to my sister so I found one of A.'s teddy bears.  I thought it looked ridiculously cute.

And the final result of our photo shoot with the tutu turned out to be simply adorable.

Not bad for a 15 minute tutu I made during A.'s piano lesson.  Total cost for the tutu is $1.50 for the roll tulle.

After the blue tutu came a pink one which turned out to be just as cute.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Introducing Miss Madeline

I am excited to say that I am officially an aunt!  I am so thrilled to introduce my very first niece.  Miss Madeline was born July 5th, 2014.  She so graciously let us celebrate the fourth of July and then decided to come into the world after 16 hours of labor.  I was there for the 16 hours, but I am so happy I wasn't the one in labor.  She definitely was well worth the wait because she is the most adorable baby in the world.  At only 5 days old, here is Miss Maddie. 
Isn't she adorable?

Less than a week old and she definitely already shows a personality.

I love all her faces she makes.
I tried different filters on the images.
You can definitely see the difference.  These are the same images, but with different filters.

To set up for this photo shoot, I used a coffee table with a couch cushion on top.  I love couch cushions!  Lets zoom out and see what it looks like.  What a world of difference a little zoom can do, huh?  Yes, my son was watching cartoons while I was snapping pictures.

Snap and this is what I got.  She's wearing my blue tutu I made for her.  Tutorial will be coming up soon.
My brother in law took a picture of me working.  Doesn't she look so tiny laying there?

Once again, here's the close up of the picture I shot.

I've taken a picture of a babies before, but she was the best baby model ever.  I can't say that she cried once.
I'm ready for Halloween!  Can you guess who I am?
Taking a break, I placed her in this basket and then decided it would make the perfect photo.

I took hundreds more, but this post would be too long to show you all of them.

I'll end this post with M. giving a little sass!  Thanks so much for being such a wonderful model for me.  I had a great time.  This is only the beginning of many photo shoots I will have of one will definitely be you and your cousins! 

I want to congratulate my beautiful sister and brother in law on their new addition.  Thank you so much for giving me the most perfect niece in the world and thank you for loving me so much that you gave her middle name my name.  Love you.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Converting a Box Spring into a Platform Bed

When I was thinking about all the different kinds of beds I could make for E.  My main goal was to reuse as much as possible.  I already have 3 bed frames in my garage and I did not want anymore.  I had this vision of reusing the box spring. I figured reupholstering it and adding legs could turn it into a platform bed.  This is how it turned out. 

I can't say how much I love this bed.  I've made every bed in my home and I think this is my all time favorite.  This bed was a pure calibration between E. and I and that made it super special.

 I started out shopping for fabric.  These were our top three choices.  I like the top right one the most, but we only 3.5 yards, I didn't think we had enough so we went with the bottom gray.
Here's E.'s box spring.  I removed the corner plastic protectors for a clean finish.

Next, I wrapped the fabric all around the box spring because I did not want a single seam.

I cut the fabric 4-5 inches from the edge.

I pinned and stitched the corners together.

I originally planned to sew the fabric right to the box spring.  However, after a few stitches and some throbbing fingers, I decided this plan was definitely a no go.  I searched through my fabric remnants and found a piece that was nearly the exact size of the box spring so I decided to sew that piece of fabric together with my gray fabric.

After sewing all around, I flipped the right side out.

I laid it over the box spring and stapled it into place.

Next, it was time to pick out some legs.  Traditional?

Nope.  How about this?
Nope.  How about mid century?

Yes!  However, they were too tiny in diameter to support my bed.  So I ordered these babies.
These are 6 inch mid century legs.  I love them, but since they were a little pricey, I didn't purchase them for 3 weeks.  Now it was time to attach them to the bed.  I used these furniture leg plates I found at the hardware store.

In the midst of the 3 week wait, I decided to change the fabric on the box spring again.  I went with my first choice (the fabric that I only had 3.5 yards of).  I made it work with a seam on each side of the box spring.  I know I didn't want a seam, but I loved the fabric too much.  I barely notice the seam so I'm happy with the choice.

Just love the linen look.

Back to the bed legs.  I cut the fabric where the screws were going to be and then predrilled some holes.  I then screwed the plate in place.  Easy peesy. 

Next, I attached the legs.  I already love it.

I decided to buy some glides for the bottom of the leg so that it would protect the wood at the same time allowing me to push the bed into place.
I love the addition.

I added some supports to the center of the box spring as well.  Since I didn't have enough wood to attach the leg plate, I added a scrap piece of wood.

Here are all the leg placements.  The center legs are different because I didn't want to splurge on mid century legs that wouldn't be seen.  Instead I got the cheapest 6 inch legs I could find. 

After flipping the box spring over, I get my semi-mid century bed.

I would have been happy to stop there even though I had originally planned to put nailhead trim on the box spring.  I showed E. his bed and he said, "I love it..but I think it would nice if it had the same trim as the head board."  I guess he was thinking of the exact same thing I was.

Therefore, I hammered the trim into place.

We started with this setup when E. moved into his new room last month.  A mattress sitting on a box spring which sat on the floor.
A little inspiration and a lot of research gave us this:
E.'s reaction was, "this is SOOO awesome Mom.  I love it."  I love it too!  I love every bit of it.
Here's he run down of converting the box spring into a bed:
Fabric - $2.25
Bed Legs - $42.91
Furniture Leg Plates - $14.18

Total cost - $59.24

I also made the head board.  You can find the tutorial here.  The final total cost of the complete bed is $122.17.  That's a little more than what I anticipated on spending, but I find the areas that I did splurge (nail head and bed legs) to be completely worth it because in the end, there is nothing I would change about the bed because I simply love it.

Here's where I bought everything:
Nailhead trim direct from the manufacturer.  I bought the #5 French Natural Nailhead Trim.
6 inch tapered Mid Century Furniture Legs were bought here
Square Furniture Legs for the center of the bed and Leg Plates were bought here.
All the bedding was bought from Target except for the grey quilt which is West Elm's Frayed Edge Quilt.  The striped shams were taken from a duvet set which I converted into the striped curtains you see.  Tutorial for that can be read here.  The green pillows, throw and rug were also purchased from Target.

Bed is done, now we need some artwork on the wall.  Once we tackle that, we will face the other side of the bedroom.  I can't wait!  The room is slowly coming together.
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