Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thoughts On My Pantry

So I've determined that I am all over the place with what I plan on tackling next in The Palace.  I was hoping for my master bedroom closet but I'm thinking it's going to more than likely be the pantry.  Whomp whomp.  Recently, I've been searching Pinterest from some ideas on what kind of changes I'd like to make.  Honestly, just ripping out those ugly wire shelves would be improvement enough.

Obviously I needed some sort of shelving in there.  Cuz I'm not about to be leaving my food on the floor.  I mean, this is America.  Not happening.  I just needed to decide whether it's only going to be shelving or if I should add in some sort of cabinetry on the bottom with shelves on the top.  I also want to throw in a few extras- like a built in wine rack and a slide out basket for my potatoes so that they are no longer on the floor.   Wait, what?  I thought this was America?  Busted.

So anyway- a girl can dream right?  I mean, the pantry is walk-in, but by no means is it a large area.  The space is under 4 ft. wide and 5 ft. deep and the left wall is totally unusable since my water shut off for the entire house is there and it can't be covered up.  Therefore, I have to be very strategic in what the final plan is.  Here are some of the must haves:

  • Storage for counter top appliances- ie. blender, Ninja, Crockpot, mixer, food processor, etc.
  • Open storage so that I can SEE the food
  • Flat surface
  • Organizational bins for various items
  • Pretty factor
I know that last one shouldn't be a "must have" but to me, it being pretty is important.  I'm shallow.

Here are a few of the photos that inspired my initial idea for the space:


As you can see, I'm going more towards the storage/cabinet on the bottom and having open shelving on the top.  I also love the look of the wood brackets, kind of like what I did with the laundry room shelves- just not as chunky.  Here's a little drawing of what I came up with so far.  

{obviously, not drawn to scale}

I will take some photos of what the pantry looks like now when I actually start on the project.  But for now I'm prolonging you judging me.  I don't want you to see just how OCD I really am.  It's a sickness.  What's that movie with Julia Roberts where her abusive husband has OCD and she fakes her own death and runs away, then finds love in a hippie college professor and they dance to Brown Eyed Girl and then her husband figures out she's alive and hunts her down and turns all of her soup cans so that the labels are facing forward?  Yeah, that's me.  Labels forward.  

So for now, I'm good with the above plans.  The shelves and lower cabinets will more than likely be white and then I'd like to stain the counter top dark walnut so that it has a little contrast and makes it more visually stimulating. Also I'd like to paint the walls since it's all a lovely shade of Psych Ward White at the moment.  Since the pantry is in between the powder room and the laundry room, it'll either go to one of those colors.  Or something very similar.  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snowed In... Therefore I Will Show You My Laundry Room

I mean, that makes sense, right?  No? Just me?  Bueller?

Anyhoo!  Back to the laundry room.  Remember way back to December 2012 when I ripped out the wire shelf in the laundry room and replaced it with gorgeous dark walnut stained wood shelves with gorgeous brackets?  No?  Well you can read all about it by clicking here
.  And now that you've refreshed, remember when I said that I was going to find some cute baskets to decorate those shelves and take down the wood key chain holder that now clashed with the luscious dark walnut stain?  Yeah.  Oopsie.  Over a year later I finally got on that shit.
Technically, I've had the baskets and bins for a while now, I've just been pretty lazy on posting about them.  The wicker baskets I found at a store here called Gordman's.  They were pretty cheap to begin with- I think about $4 for the smalls and $7 for the larges plus I had a coupon for a percentage off.  Can't remember at this point, but they were well worth the money.  The round bins I found at TJ Maxx shortly after and they too were super cheap, probably $7-9 each.

Each basket has it's own purpose, housing random things as well as the laundry supplies.  You can see the small basket on the bottom shelf has the dryer sheets and the left basket on the middle shelf has my smaller laundry detergent and bottle of bleach.  The other basket on the middle shelf houses my running gear- my iPod armband, running belt and headbands to hold my hair off of my face.  The small basket above that one holds all of my batteries rather than using up valuable drawer space.  Other things in the bins are all of my hand soaps from Bath and Body Works- you know those semi-annual sales where you buy like 10 bottles because you think they won't have another semi-annual sale and you HAVE to get 10 of them- yeah that's me.  So they are all hidden in there.  As well as some clutch purses for when I have to go to work the Colts game and need to switch out my purse real quick.

Well today, since I had a snow day and didn't have anything else to do project wise, seeing as though I haven't gone to purchase any wood or tools, I decided to take down the key chain holder and get going on it.  Since I always have the stain on hand, I quickly took off the screwed in hooks, whipped out my orbital sander, and gave her a good sanding in the very cold garage.  Brrrrrr.  Then I applied two coats of the dark walnut stain.

After letting it dry for a few minutes once the second coat had soaked in, I wiped it off and screwed the hooks back in and hung her back up.  Before you couldn't see the wood grain with the old brown color on it.  Now you can, just like the shelves.

And here is the room in all of it's very small glory.

Isn't she purttty?  No idea why it took me over a year to do that because it was so simple.  It was probably having more to do with having to clean the laundry room to take a presentable picture than it was actually redoing the holder.  But that's just semantics at this point.

Oh and I'm thinking my next project is going to be my master bedroom closet makeover.  We'll see.  I'm scouring Pinterest for ideas and hope to share this week what I'm thinking.  Very excited for it though!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014, Bitches!!

I know it's been quite some time since I've posted anything so hopefully this year I can get my ass into gear and keep on top of this blog thingy.  Sometimes it's just way too exhausting having to be funny.  Plus I'm super lazy.  And then there's that damn job that I have seems to be taking up much more of my time lately than it normally does.  The good news is that things are slowing down so here comes the project list for this year- obviously to be added to and modified at my discretion.  You know, cuz I can.  Since I'm President and CEO of this thing.

Some of the projects are things that I've already told you about but it's now the time to stop typing about it and actually getting 'er done.  Others I've just come up with so that I have more than 2 things on my list of projects for the year. You know, to justify actually having a DIY blog.  

  • The stairs.  I don't care who the hell tells me that I can't redo my stairs- I'm fricken doing them.  I hate the carpet and I'm obsessed with my idea.  And that obsession won't go away until I rip the carpet off and tackle 'em.  It could very well end up that I need to rig up a pulley system to get my fat ass upstairs since I won't have any stairs.  But I need to at least ATTEMPT to do my vision.  
  • Build a dining room table.  Yes, I know that I already have a dining room table.  But I don't like it.  So I will build one that I do like.  
  • Build outdoor furniture for the patio.  Can't wait to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer and what better than furniture that I've built to sit on?  Plus I've already purchased the cushions so I guess I need to have something to put them on.  Am I the only one who does that kind of thing?
  • Paint the garage.  Enough said.  I'm over looking at drywall and mud and tape.  
  • Add more shelving to the garage.  This dumping area garage needs to be organized.  
  • Rip out the wire shelves in master bedroom closet, install new wood shelves and add a dresser/storage piece.  I'm trying to be all fancy and shit.  In my closet.  I want glam and pretty and upscale.  With a Goodwill budget.  Let's see what I can do.  
  • Rip out the wire shelves in pantry and install cabinets and wood shelves.  I need storage.  And for my cans to not fall off the shelves because they don't sit right on the wire shelves.  I'm not looking to make the Great Alfredo Jar Break of 2013 an annual event.  That shit was everywhere.  So not cool.  
  • Install an RF extender in the living room to hide the cable box and dvd player.  OMG did that just sounds a little too techy for this blonde?  
  • Install a gasless/ventless fireplace in master bedroom.  This will happen.  We're abotu to get romantical in the bedroom.  Bow chica bow wow.  Next up, satin sheets.  
  • New tile in master bathroom shower and tub.  I hate the builder grade tile that is in there now.  Plus it's cracking.  And more than likely getting mold behind it.  And it's 5 feet from my bed.   Ew.  Gag.  
  • Floor tile in both master bathroom and hall bathroom.  I want sexy dark espresso wood looking tile.  Roarrrrrrrrrr......
  • Build fire pit in the back yard. Ummmmm may have already started on this.  Surprise!   
  • Get a load or ten of top soil for back yard, re-grade it and seed the soil.  Want.  A.  Back.  Yard.  With.  No.  Weeds.  I want to be able to play games and look at a nice pretty lawn.  
  • Fix the rest of the grass and re-seed.  It's a hot mess.  Between the bobcat tracks and the dead grass and the enormous mound of leftover dirt.... I'm that neighbor right now.  I need to fix it.  It's embarrassing.  Big time.  
So now that I've put it in writing...... that looks like it'll keep me pretty busy.  We'll see just how much of this I get done in the year.  Plus I'm sure I'll be adding other fly-by-my-pants projects into the mix throughout the year.  The good news is I got a few Lowe's giftcards for Christmas and I still have money left over on rebates at Menards so hopefully I can get some of my supplies for "free"- technically speaking.  One thing I'm eyeing right now is a Kreg jig.  That will make my life so much easier when building the table and outdoor furniture.  So we'll see.

Now I just need to figure out what I'd like to tackle first!!!  Decisions decisions!!  What do you want to see me attempt?  Have you made your house project list for the year yet?  Have I inspired you to attempt anything yet that you want to change in your house?  No?  Nothing?  You just read this for my sparkling personality?  Clearly that's a lie.