Friday, October 21, 2016

Some Building Projects

Wanted to share some of the projects I did in the past. I got these accomplished last summer and learned some things while building them!

Here is a before picture of my cutting table, it was an old office desk and it worked well just was always a mess!
And another picture of my old cutting table.
 Here is my new cutting table.  I knew I wanted to build something that had a drop down table that I could fold up when I was not using it.  I searched and searched the internet to find a pattern and could not seem to find what I wanted with instructions.  I did find a picture of something similar on pinterest but with no instructions so I knew I was stuck just going with what I wanted on my own.  I measured my wall and went to cutting learning along the way.
 The table is made out of 3/4 inch plywood.  I started by deciding how big I wanted my table to be and measuring the wall so it would fit to my wall.  Then I went and started cutting, it is made out of 1 by 12's. 
 Another view.  I don't have a picture but I later added a cutting table to the top that I attached with duct tape all around the edges.
 Not really liking the legs but it is what I had at the time, they are two by fours and are attached with hinges so they will fold up. 
 This part was the most challenging.  I wasn't sure what to use to make these, was going to use 1/4 inch plywood with bead board over it but was worried about it being able to hold up since the doors are so big and heavy.  So I went to my kids old shop teacher and asked him. He suggested I make frames for the beadboard with my table saw to give it stability.  I have to tell you I am not a fan of the table saw and had not used it much. I was kind of afraid of it and could not cut a straight line when I used it.  He gave me some pointers and said this was the best way to do it.  So I decided I would go for it!  I took his suggestion and placed a brace to hold my boards in place I slid them across the saw and was amazed at how well it worked!  I was even able to cut the indent for the frame!  To do it I took a piece of 2 by 4 and clamped it to the saw up against the wood I was sliding across the saw.  I really need a lesson in building!  I bet there are tons of ideas that would make my life easier when I am building things!
 Here it is all loaded with my stuff!  And the table folded up, it is held in place with latches.

 Next came an update to my computer desk!  Here is the before picture.  What a mess!
 This was a very simple project.  The drawers are file cabinets with picture frames glued to the fronts with E6000 glue for decoration and then spray painted white.  The top is made out of 3/4 inch plywood with trim around the edges.

 And the last project was my shelving for my utility room which is way too small so I had to do something!  These were kind of challenging as I had to make them in this small room!  I was going to add doors but decided they were better left open.

 I have since added hooks to the front pieces for hanging coats and snowsuits.
And that is it for my projects from last summer!  I had a lot of fun and learned a ton about how to build.  I still have a ton more to learn and really need to take the time to watch some youtube videos on the subject!  If only I had good internet to do it.  But we can't have everything, right?
I hope I have inspired you to try something new!  I never would have thought I could accomplish something like this 5 years ago but when you decide to put your mind to something it is amazing what you can do.  Now to apply this to the other areas of my life!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A new look for the kids' bedrooms!

Time to get back to my blogging after a too long absence.  I started a project in my kids rooms early September and finally finished them up about a week ago!  The floors were looking horrible in their rooms and really needed improving and I hate carpet!  So I went to work in Cecilia's room with plans to put laminate flooring in.  After moving everything out of her room I decided it needed a paint job before I did the floors.  So I bought the paint color she chose and set about painting, let me tell you I do not like to paint, but it really needed it and I figured it was better to do it now before I put new flooring down!  And it made a huge difference in the look of the room.  So glad I did it!  Here are some pics of the paint job and the laying of the floor.
 Here is the color it use to be!  It really needed a new look!
I did not take a separate pic of the paint job but you can see the nice grey color in this pic.  This shows the underlay for the flooring.
 And another one of the underlay.
 This is the beginning of the flooring.  It really isn't hard to do, I did this by myself and was able to do the entire floor in a day.  The hardest part is emptying the room to prepare!

 Here is another one.

 Here you can see the little green spacers you need to place between the flooring and the wall.  It is considered a floating floor so it needs this space to expand.  In the end it gets covered up with trim so no worries.

When you get to the vent, the part I hate, you have to measure and cut around it!
 To do the cut on the inside you just drill a hole big enough to fit the jig saw blade and cut across.  Don't stress over it looking perfect as it will be covered by the vent.

 Here it is all done and my uneven cut with the jig saw does not even show!  If you are thinking of doing a floor don't be afraid to go for it.  If I can do it anyone can!  The first floor I did was my living room and I learned how to do it by watching a you tube video!  There are some great ones out there!
 Here are some pics of the room all finished.  I built the window seat out of 1 by 12's.  I wanted cubbies for all of her stuff.  And she picked a Paris theme.

I still have a wall decal to add of the Eiffel Tower.  I really like the black out curtains over the blinds that use to be there.
After completing Cecilia's room Donald came home and asked if I would do his.  I told him if he emptied it I would.  So I did his next, no pictures of his.  Then on to John's.  He picked red for his room which I was a little sceptical about but when I finished it I thought it turned out looking pretty nice.  Here are some pics of his all finished.

He chose an area rug for his.  I think he chose this one because it will make great dividers for his farm!  I made him a shelf for under his window.  I still have a few things I want to do in each room.  I want to make a cushion for Cecilia's window seat out of Paris themed fabric and I have to paint the door trim and cut a 1/4 inch off the bottoms to fit the floor height but I am done for the most part and can now focus on some fun projects I have been wanting to do!