How many of you guys have those wonderful wire shelves in every closet in your home?  Well, we do, and I’ve decided they must go.  Everything is all good when you are storing large items on the shelves, but as soon as you put something smaller on them it is a disaster.  Stuff starts falling through the gaps, things won’t balance on the shelf evenly, and forget about “sliding” anything over because it is not going to happen.

So, during our small bathroom makeover guess what I did…

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lego table with storage
After stepping on Lego’s for FOREVER, I decided it was time to build my son his own Lego Table with storage, putting me one happy step closer towards the completion of my son’s Superhero themed bedroom.  If you remember last summer I made him the really cool Superhero Toy Box, then it was on to the Superhero Wall Posters that we decoupaged onto wood, and now I get to share this really cool Lego Table.  This table is multi-functional with lots of storage for thousands of Lego’s.  First, it has storage both underneath the Lego table top, a storage pocket off to the side of the table top, and a shelf underneath.  The Lego table top is removable and portable and can be carried anywhere your little one wants to take it.  So, they can sit at the table and play with Lego’s or on the floor with the removable tray.  Long gone are my days of stepping on Lego’s (hopefully)!


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garage organization shelves
Even though it feels like spring will never get here, I have decided to share some garage organization DIY shelves that would be perfect for spring cleaning.  Whenever that may happen!  I actually installed them in our garage last spring (pre-blog), but they have made such a huge difference in space and storage that I had to share.  The best parts are they are super strong, and they are budget friendly at under $200 for all of them! And we have a lot of them. 

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Toy Box; Girls toy box
One of our family friends decided they wanted a personalized toy box for their precious little girl, and they did not want to pay the high store prices.  So, after showing me a picture of the dream toy box I was more than happy to help build them exactly what they wanted.  Just let me also add that this toy box is huge and super solid, and the good news is that it is easy to build.


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Here is the picture that they wanted the toy box designed liked....minus the ballerina slippers and ribbon:)  (photo courtesy of pinterest/fb53f2bfd3cc763cfb773828e2b86b10)


 
 
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I am so proud to finally be able to present my new entryway built-in to help complete my hallway transformation!  I am even happier that I will not have shoes scattered all over my kitchen floor, book bags and papers on my kitchen counters, and coats on my table.  It is truly a glorious day:)  And I have managed to build this for less than $150.00!  It has everything we need...shoe storage...coat rack...and shelving for storage.  The best part is that it is easy to build and I'm going to show you how to do it!  If you missed Part 1 of the hallway transformation click here. 

To start with, this entryway storage is built by building three pieces; two shelving units and a bench.  Then, they are all mounted to the studs in the walls and then all the trims and extras are added to create the beautiful built in that you are seeing now. 



 
 
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So it is officially the first day of fall, and I thought I would celebrate with a cute DIY pumpkin box.  Fall is my favorite season, and I would be doing it a complete injustice if I didn’t have at least something that represented what I love most…everything pumpkin.  Now, for all those who know me, I have to make it my own, so it’s an abstract pumpkin box that is super easy to make and has really cute storage for maybe some candy, keys or miscellaneous items that don’t yet have a home.  The best part about this project was I was able to use scrap wood!  So, high five for no cost to me!  I’m sure you can find some scraps laying around also…it really doesn’t take much at all.



 
 
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By the end of this project I hope you are like me, sighing relief!  I am so happy to finally have something to rest my computer on besides my legs, and a place to put my some of my supplies.  This desk was actually very simple, and it took just some of my scrap wood that I already had on hand.  My children have already taken over, of course. So, I'm sure I'll be making a lot more in the future!


Supplies:
1- 48"   2x2
1- 6'     1x4 or 1x3
1- 24"x11 1/2"  3/4"plywood
1- 24" 1x2

1 set of hinges

Cutlist:





4- 11" 2x2
2- 21" 1x4
2- 10" 1x4
1- 11 1/2"x24" 3/4" plywood or 1x12
1- 24" 1x2



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To begin...Once you have cut all the pieces, drill pocket holes on both ends of each 1x4.  Then, take the first 1x4 and attach it to the inside of the leg and flush with the top.  There should be a 3/4" gap to the front of the 1x4.  If you note in the picture you will do this to all the 1x4, so basically they will form a "box in the center when you are done attaching them all.  Note that both 1x4s meet together at a 90 degree angle, and if you were to look from the front view you should note a 3/4" gap.  Tip:  When attaching the boards, it may difficult to leave the gap, so it will make it easier if you rest another board of the same thickness as the 1x4 underneath.

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This is an example that I took from another project just to show you how to help keep the distance you need from the edge when attaching the sides to the legs.


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Now, once all the sides have been attached this is what it should look like.  You should have the beginning frame of your beautiful desk.  At this point, it is important to check for square and adjust as needed. 


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Take the 1/4" plywood board and cut a 3/4" square out of each corner.  This will allow the plywood bottom to not only cover the drawer, but to also make sure there are no gaps.  Of course, if you cut too much you could end up with a blooper just as myself....see below.  What can I say?  You win some and you lose some.


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So, after I repaired the blooper with some wood filler and then attached a 1x2 board to the top edge with glue and screws.  This will act as the support ledge for the desk top and is where you will mount one side of your hinges.  You will want to make sure that this board is attached securely.


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To finish off the table, you will want to stain or paint all the parts, to include the top that is not attached at this point.  Once this has been done, then attach the top to the desk with the hinges.  As you can see in the picture, I used modge podge and attached card stock to the top of my desk.  I also then let a little stain smudge into the edge to give it and older look.  All in all I think it turned out wonderful....just check out the pictures below!  It would be even better if I could get it back from my children:)

 

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