Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:36:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Media Cabinet into a Locker http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/media-cabinet-locker/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/media-cabinet-locker/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:15:02 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61038  Hey all!  It’s Corey again from Sawdust2Stitches.  Now that kids are back in the routine of  school, and parents have had their parties,  it is time to get back into the swing of things. One thing I have noticed is that the “drop zone” has become a hazard area. *Drop Zone  n. – Area at […]

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 Hey all!  It’s Corey again from Sawdust2Stitches.  Now that kids are back in the routine of  school, and parents have had their parties,  it is time to get back into the swing of things. One thing I have noticed is that the “drop zone” has become a hazard area.

*Drop Zone  n. – Area at which any, and all things are dropped, or discarded  in the front entry way*

I kid you not,  my 5 year old is down to his underwear before I even shut the garage door. (Where is that speed when we are picking up Legos ?! )

Moving on… The drop zone can  become an unsightly danger zone at an impressive rate. I present to you a solution for the mayhem, enjoy!

Turn a small media cabinet into an organized mudroom locker system @Remodelaholic #beforeandafter #makeover #repurpose


 

Turn a Media Cabinet into a Mudroom Locker

DISCLAIMER:

 Unfortunately this is not a tutorial with detailed blueprints.  The purpose  of this post  is meant to help spur ideas,  help you think outside the box,   and RETHINK THE POSSIBILITIES!… and all the jazz.

A good friend of mine picked this up at a garage sale for $10!  For an all wood cabinet that was a good buy!  What  you can’t tell from the picture is that the original owner had  given a good attempt at trying to  give it a face lift.  They  had tried…  and kind of failed.  There were several layers of  paint.  No problem.  We can work with that!

Locker makeover  Cabinet  remodelaholic First step  I took in the process, was ripping it completely apart!   I took on this project as if I were taking it apart to use it for scraps.

locker dismantle remodelaholicRemove doorslocker  deconstruct Remodelaholic While I had everything in pieces I sanded EVERYTHING.  It is so much easier to do it  when it is in pieces then when it has funky  angles and corners the sander won’t fit.

locker  cut up 2 remodelaholic  The last thing I wanted, was for this to look like a cabinet someone repainted, and stuck hooks it.  In order to give it that “Locker” look  I wanted,   I  needed to give it a seating space. So, I cut out part of the frame to make it recessed.

suuport locker remodelaholicWhen I started putting it back together I started with  front and back supports and went from there.

beef up base Locker Remodelaholic The cabinet seemed really short to me.  No problem. I  added a  little bit of height to the base of it.

add trim locker remodelaholic I  then proceeded to trim it out.  Basically,  covering any ugly spots.  When in doubt,   just cover it with trim.  It will look pretty. I also added the center divider at this point as well.

construct  top editedAlthough I had added a little bit of height to the base,  it was still too short for my taste.  That and so many lockers  i had looked at,  had overhead storage.  Extra storage it always a bonus!  So  I constructed a frame and fastened it to the locker.

 If I had simply set crates on top for storage it would have looked like an after thought.  By adding the frame it looks like storage belongs and gives it height! All accomplished with using the wood I already  had.

  I also added the bench seating area.

backing remodelaholic  Adding paneling to the back was the last step before priming!

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   I  primed the unit and decided to  go with a little two-tone action and stained the bench slats.

 Once the primer dried I painted it Ultra Pure White by Behr.

 

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  I  made a few custom crates,  and stained them  (Jacobean  by Minwax)  to match the bench seating.

The last thing I did was added some the  hooks, handles, and knobs!  Ta-Da!

 

Turn a small media cabinet into an organized mudroom locker system @Remodelaholic #beforeandafter #makeover #repurpose

 

So pretty.

Turn a small media cabinet into an organized mudroom locker system @Remodelaholic #beforeandafter #makeover #repurpose

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So, before you  toss that dated cabinet out on the curb,  or walk past one sitting on the curb.  Take a second to rethink it’s potential !  (At the risk of sounding like a motivational poster.)  The possibilities are limitless!
Take Luck,

Corey

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Love giving old furniture new life! See how to put your entryway to work as a drop zone/mud room with these other creative ideas, too:

Make a Hall Tree With Bench from an Old Dresser

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Free Building Plans for a Corner Mudroom Benchcorner mudroom bench building plans, Remodelaholic

Turn a Closet into a Mini Mudroomhall closet to mini mudroom

Update an Old Hall Tree BenchSouthern Revivals | Vintage Halltree Makeover on Remodelaholic

Turn A Bookshelf Into a Locker Storage Unitdiy laundry room storage locker tutorial

Build a Simple Storage Entry BenchBench_Tutorial_Remodelaholic10

DIY Built-In Entryway Mudroom Locker Cubbiesentryway mudroom cubbies with locker dividers, Home Heart and Hands featured on Remodelaholic

 

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Dark & Moody Room Decorating

Click here to see all the sources for this Olioboard Mood Board.

Hello again! I’m Dawn, from DesigningDawn.com, back this month with another mood-board for your decoration inspiration. If you’ve missed any of my previous inspiration posts here on Remodelaholic, you can always check those out here.

I have to confess that Halloween is one of my very favorite times of the year. Besides the beautiful early fall weather of October, it’s fun and spooky and I have an excuse to buy candy. It’s hardly my fault if I overbuy every year. :)

Anyway, as soon as the weather changes, my mind starts wandering to costumes, and pumpkins, and all things haunted. Which is why, this month, my moodboard reflects my dark and moody state of mind. You know… in a pretty way.

Check out some of the gorgeous inspiration shots below to see how deep dark hues can create a definite atmosphere in a room, Halloween or not!

 Found on decor8blog.com

Found on decor8blog.com

 Found on apartmenttherapy.com

Found on apartmenttherapy.com

Via the style files on Flickr

Via the style files on Flickr

 Found on inthralld.com

Found on inthralld.com

 Found on husligheter.se

Found on husligheter.se

 Found on interiordesignipedia.com

Found on interiordesignipedia.com

 Found on houseandgarden.co.uk

Found on houseandgarden.co.uk

Seriously!? I tend toward the light and bright when it comes to decorating, but these photos make me crave dark and moody. They just look so cozy and inviting don’t they? With all that inspiration, I got to work on a living room moodboard with a deep color palette:

Dark & Moody Room Inspiration @Remodelaholic #moodboard

Click here to see all the sources for this Olioboard Mood Board.

How to Design a  Dark and Moody Room

As with any decorating style, there are some make or break elements in all these dark rooms. So I’ve rounded up some tips on decorating dark:

• Take advantage of natural light. Something to notice about all of the inspiration shots above is that there is tons natural light flooding into each one. To pull off a room this dark, you have to start with a space that has good lighting, or you’ll end up feeling like you’re in a cave.

• Use bright tones sparingly. By bright, I mean bold. (Check out my color term chart for more on describing color.) When paired with dark tones, which are naturally devoid of light, bright colors seem to pop out even more than usual. This can be great to draw your eye to a feature of the room, but can also be tricky. The intensity of the dark room combined with too many intense bright colors can become overwhelming and quickly start to make the room feel cluttered rather than cozy. In the moodboard, I chose to sprinkle aquas and oranges in sparing pops throughout the room.

• Use metallics warm things up. Dark rooms can feel cold, so an easy way to counteract that, and bounce a little extra light around too, is to incorporate metallic accents. I prefer warm metals, like the brass lamps in my moodboard, with cool dark tones, like the charcoals and blues above, to keep the visual chill at bay. :)

• Texture and pattern go a long way. When decorating in a mostly monochromatic color scheme, texture and pattern step into the limelight as one of the main visual attractions in the space. In the moodboard above, the texture of the coffee table, pillows, blanket, books, and even the visual texture of the chalkboard wall, work together to create a space that feels layered and inviting, rather than flat and boring.

• Don’t forget the fun! Dark spaces can tend toward the serious, so adding in some personal and fun elements to lighten the mood (if not the color!) can balance out the feeling of the space and make it more welcoming. It could be something as crazy as a giant skull painting or pumpkins for the seasonal appeal, or something as simple as a bouquet of flowers, but whatever it is, make sure to bring in your own personality!

So there you have it! I hope you all have a fabulous and safe Halloween this year. As always, thank you to the Remodelaholic team for having me here each month. If you like what you see, be sure to visit me over on my blog, DesigningDawn, or follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. Have a great day, friends!

-Dawn

 

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Check out these other posts to get you inspired to use dark colors:

Black Furniture and Home Decor

black paint colors

More Ways to Use Black in Your Home

BLACK Trends in Home Decor via Remodelaholic

Navy Blue Home Inspiration

Best Colors For Your Home - Navy Blue via Remodelaholic

and see how we painted our brick fireplace black (and we love it!)

How to paint a brick mantel

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Hey there Remodelaholics! It’s Thalita again from The Learner Observer, back with another DIY for you! You might remember me from projects like the 80’s unit I turned into an entertainment unit, or the time I painted my entirely tiled bathroom, or how about last time you saw me here, when I made over some plain folding chairs into gold and marbleized beauties? Well I’m here today with a super simple, non-painting project for you! It’s is so easy, I could hardly believe it myself when it was finished in a matter of 15 minutes. That’s right… 15 minutes!

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.com

The materials for this are super easy to find and inexpensive, to boot! I got everything I needed at a hardware store and spent less than $10. Now I say that’s a major win for a project that can be used all year long and can be moved around to different rooms of the house as well – heck, it can even be used outdoors!

How to Build a Decorative Rope Ladder

Here is where we start:

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comThe wood I used was about $2 each because they’re just nailing strips! I went for the knotty ones, non-pressure treated and they can be a little wonky – literally! Make sure you look for the straightest ones possible.

After cutting them in half (which most hardware stores will do for you, free of charge), measure where you want the holes to go. I measured 1.5 inches from the edges for all of mine.

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comNow drill the holes in the center of the wood (or as close to the center as possible). You’ll notice some of mine aren’t perfectly centered – the knots in the wood kind of got in the way! No big deal, though…

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comI sanded the strips lightly and sanded off the remaining bits of wood in the holes. Now you’re ready to “build”!

In all honesty, I didn’t measure the length of the rope. I know… bad blogger! It was about 6 feet long, give or take a couple of inches. I folded it in half and made a little loop on the top.

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comI taped the ends to make threading through the wood strips a little easier. This also ensured that the rope didn’t fray while threading it through the strips.

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comAfter the first stips, I made a knot under the wood about a foot below the loop. Repeat on the other side, then again with a new strip and another. They each have about 1 foot of rope in between them so that there’s enough space for whatever is hanging on this ladder to be showcased properly.

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comThough I had 4 strips of wood, I only ended up using 3. That’s because the odd number felt a little better – a little more natural, if that’s possible for a ladder? It just seemed like the length was more manageable with just 3 strips as well, but depending on your space, I’m sure 4 or more would be fantastic!

The last thing you’ll need to do is cut off the ends and/or remove the tape. I simply cut mine off so there’s only about 1/2 an inch below the last knot.

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comNow the best part about this project is its versatility. I styled it two different ways to show you just some of the possibilities.

First, I think this would be so great in a bathroom! A cool and rustic towel rack can bring in a touch of warmth to a bathroom, and happens to be a little decorative as well!

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comThe large hook isn’t necessary, but I figure it helps in making the whole thing a little nicer looking, don’t you? I love the beachy vibe of the rope, which is great for Summertime and also makes this a great potential for use outdoors! Imagine this hanging at your cottage or even beside your pool with some beach towels. Pretty great, right?

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comNow, I know it’s not Summer, so let’s think about a season we’re all becoming familiar with: Fall! It’s the time for blankets and hot cups of tea, so why not use this rope ladder in your living room to store some extra cozies?

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comEasy access and makes for a great addition of some texture to your walls! The wood is smooth, so the blankets don’t catch on it and it’s super light so you don’t have to worry about the whole thing being too heavy.

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comI love how it comes off the wall and I think it looks so great from all angles! I might just have to make a whole bunch of these and start hanging them everywhere!

Ok, so to give you a better idea of materials and cost, here’s exactly what I used:

Not too shabby, right? The great thing is that if you decide to make more, you don’t need to include the cost of the rope because there’s enough rope to make about 9 of these! Also, the sandpaper can be used over again since I cut 1/4 of the sheet. So next time I make one this will cost all of $4 for the wood. One more reason to make more of them!

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comOh, and for all you Pinterest addicts (ahem, like me!), here’s a fun image for you, in case you’d like to be reminded of how to make this in the future!

Using just rope and some 1x1 wood you can make a great towel or blanket rack in 15 minutes!  Via The Learner Observer for Remodelaholic.comHope you’ve enjoyed this super simple project! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, and if you have ever made one of these yourself!

Also, if you like easy projects like this one, come see how I turned a plain old box into a little Kate Spade-inspired beauty using electrical tape and how I then took that same tape and made some geometric jewelry dishes. I’m also in the middle of a full master bedroom makeover if you’d like to follow along!

Until next time, friends!

 

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Try your woodworking skills on these other easy wood projects, too!

Hotel Style Key Rack

hotel key rack

Easy Floating Bedside Table DIY floating bedside lamp shelf tutorial, Turtles and Tails featured on Remodelaholic.com

Wood Stake DoormatWood Stake Doormat cropped

Easiest Rustic Wood Shelves

rustic wall shelves

DIY Floating Frame for CanvasFloating Frame 1 - for Remodelaholic

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House Frame Twin Bed Building Plan http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/house-frame-twin-bed-building-plan/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/house-frame-twin-bed-building-plan/#respond Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=62141 Hi it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back again with another build project.  If you’ve been following along with our build series, you’ve probably noticed a few ‘house’ shaped projects.  We have made the cute Playhouse frame for a fun reading nook.  A little more recently, the house headboard.  The house project that takes the cake is the amazing […]

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Hi it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back again with another build project.  If you’ve been following along with our build series, you’ve probably noticed a few ‘house’ shaped projects.  We have made the cute Playhouse frame for a fun reading nook.  A little more recently, the house headboard.  The house project that takes the cake is the amazing Bunk Bed Playhouse.  When an Australian magazine, Home Life showed off this fun House Frame bed, we had to add it to the collection of ‘house’ shaped tutorials, right!

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

How to Build a House Frame Twin Bed

This bed is designed to fit a twin mattress and box spring 39″ x 75″, with a no box spring option.  Here are the overall dimensions of the bed.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

Materials Needed

  • 9 – 2″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
  • 3 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
  • *5 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual 3/4″ x 3 1/2″)
  • *1 1/2″ screws
  • 2 1/2″ pocket screws (self tapping)
  • 2″ brad nails
  • Pendant Light
  • wood glue
  • wood filler
  • sand paper
  • Paint and primer or wood stain

* No box spring option

Cut List

Quantity Board Type Length
4 2×4 61 5/16″
4 2×4 34″ see diagram
2 2×4 35 1/2″
4 2×4 77″
3 2×2 77″
1 2×2 11″ see diagram
1 2×2 7″ see diagram
1 2×2 5 1/2″ see diagram
5 1×4 39 1/2″ *no box spring option

Cut diagram

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom(Make sure to save your extra wood pieces for crafts like holiday block crafts.)

Step 1

Cut the boards according to the cut list and cut diagram.  First we will assemble the front and back house shapes.  On the vertical boards, measure and mark 6 1/2″ from the bottom.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

To join the boards, we will use pocket holes set for 1 1/2″ material.  Apply wood glue to the joints and secure with 2 1/2″ pocket screws as indicated.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroomStep 2

Drill pocket holes in each end of the 5 – 77″ boards.  The 2 lower 77″ boards are mounted 6 1/2″ up from the bottom.  Secure with 2 1/2″ pocket screws as indicated.  (Don’t use wood glue if you want to disassemble the bed later.)Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

Drill pilot holes in the 2 – 77″ 2×2 boards in about 4 or 5 places, spaced along the length of the board.  Attach the 77″ 2×2’s flush with the bottom of the 77″ 2×4’s.  Secure with 2 1/2″ screws.  The box spring will sit on this ledge.  For added support, use the extra pieces of the 2×2’s and install them on the inside of the front and back 35 1/2″ boards.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

 

For the *No box spring option:

Cut 10 1″ x 4″ x 39 1/2″ boards for bed slats, you may have to trim the length a little to fit.  Drill 2 pilot holes in each end of the bed slats.  Space the bed slats approximately every 3 7/8″, starting with a space at the top and bottom.  Secure the bed slats on the 2″ x 2″ supports with 1 1/2″ screws.

House Frame Bed bedslats

 Step 3

Assemble the chimney pieces.  Use 2 1/2″ screws and screw from the top down into the vertical pieces.  Use brad nails and wood glue, and attach the chimney to the front roof about 13″ down from the peak.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

 Step 4

Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to nail holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry.  Sand the wood filler and house frame until smooth, finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper.  Stain or paint and prime as you like.  It looks like the bed in the inspiration picture was whitewashed.  For tutorials on whitewashing see Whitewash Planked Ceiling and White Wash vs Dry Brush.

The little details are what make any project.  I love the little pendant light hanging from the roof.  IKEA carries light cords for $5 that plug into an outlet.  They also carry cords with fun colors for $8.  Add a pendant cover/shade that fits your decor and you have the cutest House Frame Bed on the block!

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

———————————-More fun kids’ bed ideas:Camping Tent Bed Canopyhow to build a kids camping tent bed canopy, The Ragged Wren on RemodelaholicHanging Loft Bedkids hanging loft bed, featured on RemodelaholicDIY Daybed Cornice and Canopydiy-canopy-cornice-remodelaholicBunk Bed Cottage PlayhouseBunk-bed-playhouse-remodelaholic

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Sliding Barn Door Pantry Makeover with Wood Slat Shelves http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/sliding-barn-door-pantry-makeover-wood-slat-shelves/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/sliding-barn-door-pantry-makeover-wood-slat-shelves/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=51646 We love good-looking and functional pantries! I see soo many amazing kitchen pantries to drool over at the home shows I gawk at. But many homes, especially older homes, don’t come equipped with dream-worthy pantries, so inventive DIYers have to make their own solutions! Our guest today took a boring and awkward pantry and added some […]

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We love good-looking and functional pantries! I see soo many amazing kitchen pantries to drool over at the home shows I gawk at. But many homes, especially older homes, don’t come equipped with dream-worthy pantries, so inventive DIYers have to make their own solutions! Our guest today took a boring and awkward pantry and added some awesome wood slat shelving and a vintage door to create a fabulous barn door pantry!

DIY Pantry Makeover with Vintage Sliding Barn Door and Custom Wood Slat Shelving | Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic #beforeandafter #pantry #barndoor #diy

Inside a pantry, you can decorate with fun patterns:

and reorganize (always reorganizing, right?).

But then you can always hide the potential pantry chaos behind a pretty door like this DIY screen door:

and these lovely pantry doors:

Pretty Pantry Door Ideas featured on remodelaholic

And here’s Lindsey to show off her awesome pantry makeover — you are going to LOVE what she used to make that barn door hardware!

Sliding Barn Door Pantry Makeover + Wood Slat Shelving
by Lindsey of Girl Meets Carpenter

barn door pantry makeover, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

Hello:)  I’m Lindsey from Girl Meets Carpenter.  At first glance, my blog suggests that I’m your ordinary housewife with a talented carpenter husband, Jordan, and therefore I am lucky enough to be able to dream up designs and the hubby makes them happen.  But I hope that my blog is so much more than that!

When we were dating, I didn’t know the difference between a flat head screwdriver and a Phillips.  Ten years later, when my husband asks me to pass the jigsaw, I don’t bat an eye.  I have done things around my home that I never thought I’d have done (board and batten, tile cutting, trimming, dry-walling, demolition, etc.)  My hope is that my blog empowers men and women alike to step out of their comfort zones, out of the ordinary, and to try something new.

You CAN use a nail gun, you CAN draw on your closets, you CAN spill paint on your floors… and I have come to realize that I don’t need my master carpenter for every single job!  And I hope our blog teaches you how to do it yourself and on a budget!  Don’t get me wrong, there are many, many jobs that only he can do!  But why not try to add your own personal style into your home however possible?!  We just have an ordinary ’50s ranch but over time, we have made it special and unique.  It’s work but it’s achievable and it’s rewarding and you can do it too!  This pantry makeover is one example of how a minor change can make a big difference with just a little time and money.

When we bought our house, this is what this pantry looked like.

pantry before barn door and new shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

It’s a terrible before picture, I know.  And here’s another one.  (Disregard the play-dough-muncher!)

pantry with bifold door changed to barn door, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

We used to have this bi-fold door and we replaced the top portion with chalkboard panels.  Which was really useful.  But we had been wanting to incorporate a sliding barn door somewhere.  We decided that this would be a great place.  We sought out a door from our neighborhood antique flea market and we also found some gliding wheels there.

The door was too short (most old doors are!) so Jordan bought a sheet of metal and wrapped it around the bottom to add some height.  He then distressed it with muriatic acid which made it look authentic.  We had a local steel supplier cut off a 1/4 x 3 flat stock aluminum, it was inexpensive enough at $30.  We purchased a certain magnet lighting system so that when the door slides open, a light comes on.  At the same flea market, we found wheels that were used in meat processing… we cut the meat holding hooks off and just used the wheels from them.  And this is something that can be purchased online for way cheaper than your normal barn door hardware.

use meat pulley for sliding barn door hardware, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

vintage pantry barn door with screen and automatic light, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

vintage door turned barn door for pantry, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

pantry barn door from vintage door and meat hooks, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

sliding barn door for pantry using old meat hooks, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

use pipe fittings to space a sliding barn door rail off the wall, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

We used galvanized pipe fittings to space the flat rail off the wall.  One inch cuplers.

make an antique door taller with sheet metal, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

vintage pantry barn door, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

Jordan also made some new shelving prior to the barn door project.  Previously, there was just this crazy space that was hard to make functional.  We had added some slanted shelves so that we could still reach towards the back.  Our house has some crazy nooks and crannies that are completely useless!  But we finally have a perfectly functioning pantry.  The shelving is pine, 1×4.  We ripped them to 2.5 inches wide and they’re 2 foot deep.  After the shelves were in place, I rubbed them down with poly-urethane and they continue to wipe down nicely.  Now, there was a time where I naturally stored our food in here, but it always looked like this.

new wood slat pantry shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

pantry storage on wood slat shelves with sliding barn door, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

 Yuck!  Disorganized and not much to look at.  So I switched it up: plates/glasses/bowls into the pantry, food into the cupboards out of sight.  A simple solution that I wish I had thought of from the get-go!  And there is absolutely nothing special about my dishes.  Just think if you’ve got some great pieces to display.  It’s smart and good-looking!

use pantry wood slat shelves to store dishes instead of food, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

diy wood slat pantry shelves with dishes, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

store dishes in pantry with built-in wood slat shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

wood slat shelving in pantry, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

use a hook for plastic bags, barn door pantry, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

underneath view of wood slat pantry shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

detail of diy wood slat pantry shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

wood slat pantry shelving diy, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

And remember those awkward shelves way back in the corner:

pantry before barn door and new shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

Those shelves are still there.  It’s still kind of a silly space that doesn’t make sense.  But at least it’s not wasted space either:

use for awkward pantry shelves, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

… or is it wasted? ;)

Overall, the cost for the shelving was less than $70 and it took an afternoon to complete it.  The total cost for our one-of-a-kind barndoor was $100  ($30 door, $20 hardware, $30 aluminum rod, maybe $20 more for miscellaneous screws and fittings) and it was done in a day.

I hope that this inspires you to do something creative with a forgotten space in your home.  ESPECIALLY if it’s a focal point of some sort or can be turned into a focal point!

Thanks for featuring the Girl Meets Carpenter blog, Remodelaholic!

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Thank you so much for sharing with us, Lindsey! Love your outside-of-the-box barn door hardware and those shelves are awesome!

Remodelaholics, check out Girl Meets Carpenter for more of Lindsey and Jordan’s projects, like her super cool craft room

Girl Meets Carpenter craft room

and their amazing half bathroom redo — LOVE that sink!

Girl Meets Carpenter bathroom makeover with wooden floating sink pedestal

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Favorites from the fall 2014 Pottery Barn paint color collection.  Remodelaholic.com

Hi Remodelaholics, it’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back with this month’s paint color palette.   Last month, I shared my a few of my tips for choosing paint colors for children’s spaces.  This month, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the fall Pottery Barn paint collection from Sherwin Williams.

I love it when a home decor store like Pottery Barn does a paint color collection because it helps so much to know paint colors used in rooms in their catalogs. Envision colors in a space is so hard and seeing a color on a wall in a decorated room makes all the difference. By the way, some of the most popular paint colors over the last few years have came from colors in past Pottery Barn paint collections.

Pottery Barn and Sherwin Williams recently came out with their fall 2014 collection and as usual, I pretty much loved every color. Just look at this color goodness:

Pottery Barn 2014 fall paint color collection.  Remodelaholic

source: Pottery Barn

Not only are these colors beautiful, they are also very reliable and most of them work very well in a variety of lighting situations.

So today, I have gone through and picked a few of my favorites from the fall collection for this month’s color palette.  Here are my fav’s and this month’s color palette:

Favorites from the fall 2014 Pottery Barn paint color collection.  Remodelaholic.com

 

I am really loving Heron Plume right now and it’s only recently that I started seeing it being used.  It’s really quickly becoming a favorite with designers and home builders:

Heron Plume from Sherwin Williams

Heron Plume Sherwin Williams

 

I also love Requisite Gray because it’s another fresh transitional warm gray that has a nice mix of warm and cool undertones that will work well in almost any home:

Requisite Gray from Sherwin Williams

Requisite Gray by Sherwin Williams

 

Naval is a gorgeous navy and it’s one of the most popular dark blues being used today:

Naval from Sherwin Williams

Naval from Sherwin Williams

 

I was excited to see Extra White by Sherwin Williams used in the collection because it’s probably one of the best true white paint colors on the market today. Extra White has a very neutral undertone and it picks up the hues in the space:

Extra White from Sherwin Williams

Extra White by Sherwin Williams

 

Svelte Sage is a new color to me but I really love it because it’s a transitional light green that has a warmer gray undertone that helps to neutralize the green:

Svelte Sage from Sherwin Williams

Svelte Sage by Sherwin Williams

 

There are so many great colors in this collection and you can also look through the Pottery Barn website for examples of these colors used in their spaces and catalog here.
If you’re looking for more color inspiration, you can find tons of color palettes and room examples on my blog here. Also, be sure and check out my “Pick a Paint Color” board here on Pinterest for almost 500 paint colors and more examples of rooms painted in these colors.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!
Cyndy

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Don’t miss out on Cyndy’s other paint recommendations:

Choosing Paint Colors for Kids

Tips for choosing paint colors for kid spaces. Remodelaholic.

Choosing the Perfect White Paint Color

Quick Tricks for Choosing the Perfect White Paint Color. Remodelaholic

Most Popular and Best Selling Paint Colors. Remodelaholic

Best-Selling Paint Colors

Tips and Tricks for Choosing Bathroom Paint Colors. Remodelaholic

Best Bathroom Paint Colors

Trends in cabinet paint colors. Remodelaholic

Cabinet Paint Color Trends

Tricks for choosing bold paint colors and subtle ways of incorporating them into your home. Remodelaholic

Tips for Choosing Bold and Bright Paint Colors

Easy paint color strategy for the whole home {Remodelaholic}

An Easy Paint Color Strategy for the Whole Home

Palette of paint colors that are great for mixing warm and cool tones. Remodelaholic

Transitional Paint Colors for Balanced Warm/Cool

Trends in Paint Color for 2014 {Remodelaholic}

2014 Paint Color Trends

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