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Basement Storage Ideas

Basement Storage Ideas

Basement Storage Ideas – It’s Not Fancy, But We all need it!

Basement Storage any one?  As you all know, we moved into a villa this past year, and after being here for a while now we are finally starting to add usable storage to our basement area to house all those things we don’t use today, but just may tomorrow.  While on winter break, hubby and I got to work on building some much needed basement storage.

Basement Storage Ideas

We set out to find plans that would be functional and hold all the Rubbermaid bins we have acquired over a 28 year marriage – yep you read that right 28 years – and he’s still the love of my life – after all, how can you not love a guy who will help you build storage for your décor ;-).  We built, because some store bought shelving looked flimsy or too hard to assemble, not to mention the expense!  We built our storage for around $70.  This price was because our builder, Fischer & Fritchel homes left us all the unused 2×4’s from our basement build at our request, after all you paid for them already – you may as well use them!  Thanks F&F Homes – we could not have asked for a better builder!

We decided to build 4 separate areas to store.  The first one you see here is where I store all my extra décor items like lamps, pictures furniture piece that we are not using right now, but just may in the future (we built this when we first moved in).  This area was constructed using simple 2 x 4 framing, and plywood shelves.  we bought our lumber from The Home Depot.  The bottom floor area we laid carpet, and created the standing area you see for all my large frames and photos.

Basement Storage Ideas

The next three areas consist of Utility shelves also constructed from 2×4’s, for the legs and under shelf support, and builder grade plywood for the shelves.  We did a simple glue and nail of the leg supports, using 2 inch screws, supporting the structure to the walls. We clamped the shelves into place, evenly spacing, making sure they were all level, and secured with the 2” screws.  We measured the height and width of our Rubbermaid containers and constructed the shelves to hold 4 to 5 each shelf, toping it off with 3 shelves.  The under storage on the bottom left open is great because I can get Christmas trees in the rolling bags set under with easy access to pull them out.  We used our Rybobi 10″ Mitter saw, and our Ryobi battery operated drivers.

Basement Storage Ideas

Our storage came out to be 8’ long x 78” tall x 24” deep.  We left two openings 28” long, and the remaining opening at 19” long, allowing 5 Rubbermaid bins to slide into an 8 foot long shelf.  Once completed, we slid in our bins (which were 24” x 16” x 16”) for safe keeping.  We used Rubbermaid bins because it’s a basement.  We felt this would keep our items protected.

Basement Storage Ideas

You can see I also have a food storage area unit.  I have some additional storage ideas in the works to help this area function better, giving us double the storage for those great sales at our local Dierberg and Schnuck markets – so stay tune to see the next add on that will help us with organizing our food storage area better!

Basement Storage IdeasThis storage was easy to complete, but you should have a partner to help you because of the size of the structures and holding the piece level why securing the shelving.  The beauty of this storage, if you do not have a basement like we do here in Missouri, you can easily install this same model into your garage or out door work sheds.  It truly allows you to be creative! Make sure you use safety gear to protect your eyes, you just never know when something my go flying! Look for plans in The Family Handyman – we did, and look what we built!

Until our next post!  Happy basement storage ideas everyone!

– Linda 🙂

DIY Tile Project

DIY Tile Project

DIY Tile Project

Hope your holiday was great everyone – Today’s post is about our DIY Tile Project. We are still working in the Master Bathroom as we make our way to our DIY Tile Project.  We finished up our other 4 posts in the master bathroom with Storage, board & Batten wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), framing the mirror and our magazine rack (featured on Bob Vila Nation).  We are completing part V of the bathroom makeover by showing you how tiling a vanity back-splash can change the whole feel to your room.

DIY Tile Project

We purchased Daltile 3 in x 12 in Snow Illusion Decorative Accent tile that is timeless, gives that cottage feel we were going for, and the best part – our readers helped us choose the tile!  We started by finishing our board & batten wainscoting by bringing it around the sink area to tie all the walls into together in our master bath.  After we framed the mirror, we wanted to add a pop with some tile, so we came to our readers and asked your opinion on a tile choice that could help give the vanity that subtle pop we were looking to achieve.  We gave you two tile choices, and the small mosaic grey/white/dark grey won with an over whelming 89%.  Thank you all who stopped by our Facebook page to join in on the voting fun.  Once we had our tile choice we got to work gathering what we needed to complete the job.

Project time:

Our DIY Tile Project is a moderate skill level, took us a weekend to complete (due to dry time), and cost us about $75.00.

Here’s what we used:                                                                                                              Thin set, Tile, trowel, rubber grout float, spacers, white grout, sponge, large bucket, caulking, black sharpie, and tile saw.

Here’s what we did:

First we figured out the pattern on the back-splash area of how we wanted to lay out the DIY tile project.  We drew our lines using a black sharpie marker to cut our tiles.  We then cleaned and prepped the areas were we tiled.

DIY Tile Project

Next, we cut the tile pieces (this is our first tile job, and we do not have a saw for this job so we cut them with the help of our good friends at Lowe’s).  Once the pieces were cut, we refitted the pieces and marked the backs with a number pattern to remember where we wanted them.

DIY Tile Project

Then we buttered the back of each tile with the Thin set product we purchase from Lowe’s and set the tiles directly to the back-splash – we started behind the sink faucets first so we could set the first row of tiles.

DIY Tile Project

Once we set this row, we cut the extra tiles down the middle into rows of two’s and added the pieces above the first set of tiles we installed.

DIY Tile Project

When we finished the back wall area, we moved to the right side and then the left side of the vanity, installing each set of Tile the same way. (Note: We made sure to use spacers to give the bottom of the tiles the space we needed to fit in the seal at the bottom to prevent water from absorbing under the tiles.  And we cleaned our grout free of Thin Set to make sure it did not dry on the tile overnight.)

DIY Tile Project

The following day, we removed the spaces and grouted the tile with a Bright White simple grout purchased from Home Depot.  We used an unsanded grout with our tile to prevent scratching. We applied the grout using a float made for our area size.  Using a 45-degree angle, we applied the grout working it into the tiles, removing the excess grout with a damp sponge.  We continued to clean until all the grout was gone, changing our water a couple times to make sure the grout would not stick in the sponge.

DIY Tile Project

Our project came out just as we wanted.  The new tile helped give that little amount of pop our master bathroom needed to bring part V to a close.

DIY Tile Project

We hope you enjoyed out Master bathroom DIY tile project Part V of our Master bathroom makeover series.  We will be wrapping up our series in a couple days to show you the whole bathroom and all we did in one post with all the finishing touches.  Until then, happy DIY tile project!  Post you soon and thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here to read our posts.

Linda 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity – Part III Master Bath Makeover

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Welcome to part III of our master bathroom update on updating a bathroom vanity.  Yesterday, we shared how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), and our master bathroom storage we build in the first two parts of the master bathroom makeover.

Today, my post is about the updating a bathroom vanity, that was builder grade, with a splash of color.  I never liked the lighter cabinetry when we purchased our Villa, and I knew I would be updating a bathroom vanity as soon as I could with paint – there is nothing more dull then a vanity you dislike!  So let’s get started on making this dull vanity shine. 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s what you will need for updating a bathroom vanity, which can be purchased from Lowe’s and The Home Depot :

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s the process Hello I Live Here used:

First, we cleaned down the vanity and let dry. Next, we removed the hardware, doors, drawers and false fronts.  Make sure you use painters tape to keep your walls clean if your vanity touches them.)  Then, I used liquid sand and let dry. (Our vanity had a clear finish, using liquid sand before I painted, helped to adhere the primer/paint.)

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Once dry we applied our primer to both sides of the doors, drawer fronts/false panels, and the frame.  We lightly sanded in between the primer and paint color.  Using a tact cloth we removed the excess sand dust and put added the paint color to the vanity.  Once dry repeat a second coat.  After the drying process (the next day) I added two coats of quick dry polyurethane for protection.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Finish the project by reattaching the doors, drawers/false fronts, and adding your new hardware.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Your project is now ready for you to enjoy!

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

I love painting pieces, but the most important thing on a bathroom vanity is to take your time and prep the vanity properly to make sure you don’t have to redo the piece.  I hope you enjoyed Part III of our Bathroom makeover series.  I will be back tomorrow to show you what we do to update the vanity top and mirror/lighting in Part IV.

Have a great night everyone!!

Linda

Board and Batten Wainscoting

Board and Batten Wainscoting

Board and batten wainscoting for your bathroom

Are you a board and Batten fan?  Today’s post is picking up on part II of the Master bathroom Redo.  You remember our post on master bath storage when we built the in between stud cabinet?  Well, that one cabinet started what my husband refers to as the ripple effect – Every time I use this awesome cabinet, I felt like something was missing.  This cabinet gave our bathroom the start of a cottage like feel, so the next thing we did was a logical choice, we installed Board and Batten Wainscoting of course!

Master Bath Storage Post

It was a fun project but took a little time, about a week or so to plan.  After the cabinet build I changed the wall color to Valspar’s paint color “Shaken Not Stirred” (very James Bond I know) purchased from Lowe’s.  Once this grey color hit the wall, that cottage feel was a little stronger.  So for over a week, I would walk in and stand there thinking what do I install next? Then this little room gave me the answer, and that’s when I ran to Home Depot and purchased my next project – Board and Batten Wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

This one tiny change opened up this small room, and I love the effect, and if you try it in your bathrooms I know you will love it too.  It’s very easy, but time consuming due to the cuts.  Here’s how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting:

1. First I removed all the baseboards, and then prepped/primed/painted the wall.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

2. After the paint dried, I trimmed out the bottom of the wall with 1x4x12.  I cut all the pieces to match on a 45 degree angle on an inside and outside corner method.  I attached to the foot of the wall using caulking that lined the top, bottom and sides, then nailed to the wall with my Ryobi nail gun and 2” nails.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

(Note: use the caulking on the back of the Board and Batten Wainscoting to make sure you get a tight seal – because it’s in a bathroom you don’t want any moisture creating any problems of mold build up behind the board).

3. Next, I cut two 1x2x8’s in half giving me 4” vertical pieces.  Nailing to wall after adding my Caulking as I did above.  I started with the corners and measured my board spacing each one 10 ½” apart.  Then I finished adding the vertical boards creating my board and batten wainscoting.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

4. Then, I moved on to the top of the vertical pieces using 1x3x12 on a 45 degree angles.  Using a 1x2x12 as a cap piece I turned this piece to give that finished picture rail look.

Board and Batten Wainscoting

5. To finish the look of the Board and Batten Wainscoting, I caulked all the cracks, covered the nail holes, and let cure overnight.  The following day, I finished adding the last coat of bright white paint.  Because I used pre-primed boards, I did not have to prime.  I simply added my bright white paint and let it dry for the pristine appearance.  Just a side note, I love bright white paint, so I have Porter paints mix my white, adding three drops of black paint.  This one little technique brightens the white and you can tell where your white paint stops and starts.  What do you think of the Board and Batten Wainscoting look?

Board and Batten Wainscoting

I want to thank you all who participated with the paint colors and red pop choices through our Facebook and Hometalk discussions.  As you can see I value your input in my design.  I am glad you follow our blog and are so active with helping.  But most of all I hope you enjoy trying the installation of board and batting wainscoting.

Post you tomorrow the next updated Master Bath Redo Part III!  Have a great night everyone!

Linda

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench from Hello I Live Here

Hi everyone!  Hope you’re all doing great and keeping warm today! Sorry I had no post yesterday, but I was working on some Old chairs that became a beautiful DIY Chair Bench for our dining room.  I know, I know, I just ordered new chairs and your right.  If you remember not too long ago, I built a three pedestal table (since sold to a friend who just had to have it), but the awful thing, every chair I just ordered all fell apart and they were only 3 months old! 🙁  No worries, the company made it right by refunding my money, so all is happy with the world.

However, it left me with no chairs, and I could not toss the old ones until the new ones arrived.  Then, we received the notice our new chairs were not coming, back ordered until June of 2014.  With Christmas coming and a Villa full of guests, I took matters into my own hands and comb one of my thrift store haunts, I decided to look for thick ladder back chairs for the perfect DIY Chair Bench, which guess what – I found on the first stop – Insert happy dance here!

Hello I Live Here - DIY Chair Bench - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Once in the door it was like the light shining – there they were, six lovely all wood ladder back chairs staring right at me as I entered the door.  The construction was just what I wanted, and let’s face it for $40, and my time, I knew they would work 🙂   When I returned home with my great deal, Hello I Live Here got to work and made a new DIY chair bench first.

DIY Chair Bench

There were two tall back chairs for the head of the table.  It was my decision right then and there, to turn them into our DIY chair bench seating to fit the back of the table.  Here’s how we did it:

First, I removed the old bottoms and stored them away, and washed down the chairs to remove the sticky debris.

DIY Chair Bench

Then, I sat the two chairs side by side, and added 4 pilot holes with our Ridgid driver from The Home Depot to join the chairs with 3 inch wood screws purchased at Home Depot.

DIY Chair Bench

Next, I added the broken pieces to the bottom and sides of the chair (I only need 4 chairs around the table so the broken chair was used for parts.  I added these piece using Titebond glue and my Ryobi nail gun, both from The Home Depot.  What I did not use went to my scrap wood pile for later use).

DIY Chair Bench

After that, I added some beautiful molding purchased from Lowe’s to cover the joined lines in the wood, and carried the molding to each side of the chair, the front, and the bottom.

DIY Chair Bench

Using Elmer’s wood filler, I repaired all the cracks, then sanded it down with my Ryobi sander.

DIY Chair Bench

To complete the chair, I did an Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint and brown wax mixture.  Once dry, I sealed the stain with Minwax quick dry polyurethane, and let dry.

DIY Chair Bench

While drying I recovered the chair bottoms.  Joining the bottoms together with two braces, and screws on each side between the seat cushions helped to keep them together.  Then I upholstered the bench with some great fabrics on sale at Hancock Fabrics, and reattached to the bench seat.

DIY Chair Bench

Flipping over the bench, and placing it into its new home why it waits for the three other chairs and new table to be finished.

DIY Chair Bench

I hope this post encourages you to try your own version of a DIY chair bench that would go perfect in a dining room or an entry way.  It was amazing just watching the piece come together.  Well, that’s our post for today – but remember, before you ditch those old chairs that have breaks, just remember the great DIY chair bench they all could make!  Thanks for stopping by – happy DIY everyone!

Linda

 

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