Posts tagged "DIY"

Sometimes even the simplest DIY projects become complex

<strong>Location</strong>: This under utilized power outlet is the ideal location for a charging station because while it is in the center of the kitchen, it is also off to the side and has enough counter space to support an iPad in an upright position.
On a recent visit to my in-laws, my FIL gave me a spare USB Charging Electrical Outlet they had lying around.  As much as I embrace technology, I didn’t really feel like I need one of these in our house any time soon.  But since they gave it to me for free, essentially saving me... Read more »

When to hire out and when to DIY

<strong>Before:</strong> The gate was rusty and an ugly green
I’m happy to report that one of the many home repair and improvement projects around our house has finally been completed. We finally got someone to paint our Wrought Iron Gate and Basement Access Doors (known affectionately to us as our Wizard of Oz doors). A good rule of thumb is if you hate a... Read more »

Fixing a broken fence gate on the cheap

This gate was starting to rot and would not open or close easily
The back gate that leads to the alley was in need of some repair. While the wood itself was still serviceable, the gate had somehow shifted and it was hard to open and close.  There was also some wood rot and structural disintegration that prevented me from simply patching it with a few new boards.... Read more »

How to build a Fence Gate on the cheap

The other day I decided to take a crack at fixing the gate between my deck and the side fence in my yard.  Technically there isn’t much need for a gate here but as Previous Owner had one,  I figured maybe there is a reason.  Perhaps once every full moon it becomes a portal to... Read more »

DIY Pipe Shelf Pantry

<strong>Before</strong>:  This is what the area looked like, just a small 8" ledge.  That thing is a Shelf with baskets that I got from Hobby Lobby.  It's good for storing Onions, potatoes and more onions.
Update: if you want a more formal set of instructions, here is a similar project I found. My feelings will not be hurt if you use this instead, or take something from either post. We had a bit of underutilized space on our basement stairwell.  so we decided to install some shelving so that we... Read more »

How to fit a Queen unto a King

King bed without headboard
Not what you think.  After years of sleeping on queen sized mattresses, my wife and I finally upgraded to a king.  The change has been amazing.   We now have room for both of us and two cats, although for some reason they still insist on sleeping in our air space. Only one small problem:... Read more »