Monday, August 17, 2015

An Ikea Hack with Besta TV Units

The day was sunny, and unbearably hot.
The Boss was young, cute, extremely chatty and somewhat demanding
Her crony was an amazing cook.
The job was an Ikea hack.
This is our story.
My niece who will be referred to as Crony from here on out, was
 looking for a built-in bench to put on her long blank wall.

After a month long search for BUDGET FRIENDLY, over the fridge cupboard units, the Boss and her crony, came across a sale on Besta TV units from Ikea.  The measurements were pretty close to the size we needed with a slight modification (cutting the whole center unit down.)

After hours of measuring, a few nappy changes,

and deciding on the perfect layout,


 us minions went to work while you guessed it, 
the Boss went to her office for some number crunching.

We built a frame for the three units which would raise them up to chair height. 
And nobody chopped their fingers off!! 

There really was three units but all the pics seem to show two. 
The Technical (Read if you are really bored))
To modify the center unit, I cut approx. 1 1/2 inches off the top, bottom and back piece. 
 The side was joined to the cut pieces  using regular deck screws secured to the solid wood.
  It would have been a lot more work if the end of the unit was visible, but luckily for us,
 it tucked in neatly between the two larger units so the unfinished side was no problem.

This whole bench unit can be easily removed with only a few screw holes to fill so
instead of rewiring the outlet, we decided to just drill a hole through the modified cupboard, add a desk grommet and a power bar.    
 Perfect for hooking up a few glue guns for those crafting parties.

1/2 inch shim material was used so we wouldn't have to cut down the baseboard which we salvaged from the wall.

The units were secured to the base and to each other

A two by four was placed on the back wall (not shown). 
 This supports the back edge of the plywood.

Baseboard and plywood installed!  Voila!

We had to wait for the boss's approval which consisted of a quick monster battle on the carpet and then a drink at the Mommy Bar (not shown)

Yep, Boss approved!
Stay tuned for part two.
A door, some paint and stain!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Happenings and Root Beer Floats

I have an excuse for being MIA......
Really I do!

Mr. FT is on his "Workcation" 
 and you know what they say,
"When the cat's away the mice will play"

So I kicked up my heels by adding on to the wood shed

and painting......

and hanging ladders

and more painting......

and some shingles were applied thanks to a special helper who no longer has a butt cuz she worked it off!!

Unfortunately I lost my helper for the other side due to weather conditions and timing but the good news is, I too no longer have a butt!
A bit of sheathing on the bottom edge, fascia board and a few sistered rafters were doctored in for a safer roof
.  Note to self....Don't let things get this bad EVER.

Old shed doors were fixed and what the paint for you too shed!

and aluminum fascia was installed.

and a gas line and dryer were installed thanks to my awesome manchild.
Thanks Manchild!
You can see the start of the laundry room HERE and HERE......

and maybe one day there will be a link for the finish of it!

and some homemade laundry soap was made...see the glass jar below!
I used Nana Diana's recipe which I couldn't find as I was rushing about,
 but here is the link to her blog!
It is amazing!

I was glad to rip this out of the wall.  It was the old birds nest  dryer vent!
and buttoned it up until we decide what siding the house will wear.

and baby gifts were made

and some soap was made which means new soap recipes are coming soon....

and had a surprise Zombie Karaoke Birthday bash with family, thanks to my dear children....
They just couldn't let it go that their momma turned twenty nine for the UMPTEENTH time.

BTW, you ever notice how well you can sing after a few beers?

and Mowed and Mowed and MOWED lawns...about 6 acres worth.....over and over and over again.

and built some new steps off the less used side of the deck with some
 scavenged supplies from around the old homestead.

and tended to all the plantings, praying they don't die before Mr. FT gets home.
He's got the green thumb and he actually cooks with this stuff...who knew!  

and dressed up the wood shed with a star my sister made me. I might have scared the neighbors too with my pentagram blue grass.  That's right neighbors....don't pi$$ me off or I will cast one of my evil spells!
I did this for all my American friends....ok that's not true.  I just like the way the blue pops against  red.  This star needed a safe place until the house is sided and where better than the wood shed.

And stayed cool in my craft room working on more wedding bouquets.
yep that's a skull for a goth or biker or just one cool bride or groom!
and mulched some new tree plantings to help in this drought.  On the upside, mowing duties have slowed down considerably!

and more branches were cut to make way for our forest trail.

And some healthy juicing was done...

and wasp nests were destroyed and then angered....yes turtles can move pretty quickly when they need to

and lastly....the start of an outhouse in my north pasture....just in case some brave campers come!

  Perhaps I will get it done in time to post before summer is gone.

Stay cool, keep laughing and I apologize for my absence!
I disabled my comments link now that I know how to do it!
  I will be away from the internet for awhile but not too long!

I really miss you all but I will be back in the fall!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Wood Shed

In the creation of this wood shed, I actually learned a few things:
Joining the ranks of wood burning is
 less romantic than it seems and
 shed building, as I have discovered,
 isn't as easy as YouTube makes it look.

The Easy Shed
and my inspiration picture.

You are probably wondering
 how safe a turtle built shed could be, I thought I would
 add that no children or pets will be housed in there
 although I am not opposed to Mr. Turtle occasionally
 seeking residence, but only when he can't see things my way!

Also, I think Mr. FT hides his chainsaw in fear of me sawing my head off,
and chocolate flavored cereal is just wrong!

Saddled with my tool pouch and cordless drill, I went to work.

With the roof all done,  I climbed up top the next morning with great pride,
  to see trusses more crooked than a corkscrew!
After a lot a bit of cussing and making sawdust

 this happened!

And this

And this

Then temporary paint until I can scrounge some siding.

 Mr. FT is home tomorrow!
Hopefully he will have kind words about the shed
 or he might
 have to take up residence  and eat chocolate flavored cereal.