When I said it 21 days ago that I wanted to post daily about my recent renos and projects I was wondering where I'd start and I figured go big or go home but it took 21 days to get here! Oh boy! I had thought about all of the things I could write and how I could write them to tell my interesting little stories but I think I'll actually start at the end. The grand daddy of all my projects!
First off I have to tell you why I wanted to build this piece of furniture. Here it is... I have a really tiny kitchen. If I could stop right now and edit my font smaller I would just to prove the point. Small kitchen? Tiny kitchen. Horrible storage space, horrible cupboards, heck even stained cupboards which I'll post about another day! What makes my kitchen so awful is the lack of storage space and the fact that I had a totally empty wall that was very badly used for storage. I hated my kitchen and that made me sad because I love the look of a well decorated kitchen. I love using a nicely decorated kitchen! So because of me having this tiny pill box of a kitchen I hated being in my kitchen, I hated cooking in it and I most certainly hated cleaning it! Dishes would pile up, things would be covering my counter and it was all because I had nowhere to put anything! So after fighting and fighting for the last few years at different storage solutions I decided to build.
After several projects that went surprisingly well that I'll blog about later, I decided to tackle building something to help ease up my cupboard space for my kitchen. I figured those wine glasses barely get their use unless my friend Kathy and I decide to use a couple during a good chat on a Friday night and the bread box is just a modern junk drawer for all my useless stuff. That microwave hogged up a lot of space on the counter at one time too.
So I designed a piece that could leave me room for my floating shelves on top and all the storage I could get out of the area on the bottom. I measured my wall, I measured the existing shelf and what I wanted to put on it. I went to Lowe's had my wood measured. I accidentally measured the six slats I needed wrong and that lead to another can of worms. Lots of useless wood that wasn't going to get used and the purchase of yup... a circular saw. I gotta say that I can help you gut a fish, I've seen my dad skin animals long ago when he was a trapper, hauled wood, picked blueberries in the back of the bush (no not the "forest" the real bush) and I've assembled all the furniture I've ever bought but I have never used a power tool in my life! I may have done all of those things but I am essentially a pretty big girly girl. If you follow me on twitter you'll find that I actually tweeted after using the circular saw (and finally even getting the blade figured out and put on right) that I had to use my lint roller immediately afterward just because of my nature to get rid of the unwanted from the pretty clothes I decided to wear while working. Yup. Girly girl. Anyway....
Here's a collage of the final product. I'd say the overall cost was about $100 and since making it I've had two or three people ask me if I can make one for them as well! I have to say I love my kitchen more than I thought I could considering its awfully small size but I'm now happy to be in it. Now keep your fingers crossed I can keep this sucker clean! ;) But truthfully I am thrilled beyond words when I look at the shelf and say "I MADE THIS!"