Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rustic Plate Rack

Hey there how are ya?  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was good, we hung around home and I was able to finish one project and start a few more.  

I built another shelf.  I mentioned in a previous post that shelves are my favorite thing to build, I wonder why that is?  All I know is it's like therapy for me.  So I'm feeling pretty good right now;)

The whole shelf thing started about two years ago.  I built a bunch of them and went to a few Holiday bazaars to sell them.  It was a great experience for me.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and put my stuff out there.  At one of the Bazaars I met a photographer who told me that people aren't always ready to buy the first time they see things so if you really want to do this you need to make business cards and maybe a website so they can find you when they are ready. Great advice but I wasn't ready to do that yet.  Still not quite ready but maybe soon..... This blog world has made me realize how much I want it.  This sounds familiar doesn't it? So many of you out there have gone through or are going through a similar journey.  Every time I read someones story it inspires me a little more. 

Ok back to the plate rack.

This plate rack is for my friend Michelle.  I staged it a few different ways with some plates I have.   As usual I broke one & chipped another.  Good thing the ones I broke were from a thrift store.  The blue and white plates were my husbands Grand parents.     

Michelle's tastes are more modern so I can't wait to see what she does with it.  She wanted chrome hooks instead of pegs.  I think it would look great with some brightly colored or funky patterned plates also.    

This shelf style is one of my favorites, it's simple, a little rustic-shabby chic, the perfect size to display a few of your fav plates or platters.  I painted it black and sanded the edges.  I used 1x4 pine for the sides and shelves, bead board for the back and few hooks.   

I have been collecting creamers and I love how they look hanging on these hooks.  I can't wait to give it to her.  She's been waiting a while. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Got Rocks?

Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got, I'm still Jenny from the block.... or eh Mimi from the Block I guess.  We got our rocks for our rockery, Yay!  So now every time I drive by the pile that J-Lo song plays in my head. 

Guess what me and the hubs will be up to this weekend.  He is so excited.

You may notice I decided to paint the garage door blue to match the blue roof on the cabin and uh, not so sure about it.  Sorta not looking "Coastal" now.  Kinda looks like the blogger dashboard colors huh?  I will wait til I have my rockery and gravel and maybe a few plants and decide what to do then.  It's only paint right?

Have a great weekend! 

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

DIY Trellis Over the Garage Door

What a great weekend!  beautiful, sunny, warm, just what Summer should be.  I even got a little sunburn on my shoulders while I was working my butt off.  For the last two weekends I have been working on a Garage makeover. 

A couple months ago my husband tore down an ugly "shed" that was built onto the front of the detached garage. It provided great storage but wasn't pretty to look at. 

ugly shed with corrugated plastic windows, very fancy.

Going, going,


Hubby tore out the concrete too, it was in rough shape.  See that black line across the front.  It's tar from where the old shed roof met the Garage.  Removing that was the hardest part of the whole thing.  I had to use a heat gun and a scraper to get it off.  Uggh!  It's hard to tell in the pictures but the original paint color is actually smokey blue. 

I painted the Garage Bonded Asphalt Gray in Satin finish from Walmart's Glidden line.  The trim is Oyster Shell also by Glidden.  I haven't painted the door yet.  I am going to paint it blue to tie in with the blue roof on the house.  I would really rather paint it dark charcoal but until we get a new roof on the house, blue it is.  

To make the Garage more interesting I built a Trellis.  I found a few inspiration photos from google images.  I didn't find any plans though so I had to wing it, but that's okay cause winging it's my favorite!

The brackets are made up of a 2 x 4 for the back, the top is a 2 x 8 and the support piece was cut from a 2 x 6.  The overall measurements are 25" x 25"  I built the brackets first then mounted them to the garage with screws.

* edited to include measurements.

Here's the measurements.  I eyeballed everything but I went back and measured for you.   The white dashed lines represent how I cut the shape out of a rectangular piece.  The top is cut from a 2 x 8. 

The angled piece is from a 2 x 6.  I started by cutting one end at a 45 degree angle.  The measured 12" and cut another 45 going the other direction.  Then I cut the points off at a 45 degree angle. Then made the extra notch at the bottom, then draw a curve.

Next I attached the joists (or whatever they are called) using 3" screws. I screwed in at an angle from above on the back side of the joists.  They are simply 2 X 6 X 12's with a decorative curve cut out of the end.  To get that curve I matched what I had done on the bracket.  

The 2 x 2 x 28" pieces finish it off.  They are attached to the 2 x 6's with screws from above.  I attached them after installing the 2 x 6's but in retrospect I would do it on the ground and have someone help me lift the whole thing into place.  Less work on a ladder.

The paint alone makes a huge difference but the Trellis makes me smile, I Love it!

We still need to replace one more fascia board but I couldn't wait to post so hopefully Hubby will replace that next weekend.   Then we need some gravel, some large rocks to build a rockery, then I wanna make a patio, then plant some much more to do.  The projects never end do they?  But that's the whole point right?!?

Have a great week!

Update- Garage Door is Painted!

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