Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation...

Summer is my favourite season by far, but because I don't have a basement, workshop or garage, summer is the season when I work the hardest, desperately trying to complete every DIY project I have been dreaming about all winter before the snow flies again! Coupled with the fact that summer means my kids are busier than in the winter, up later and there's nothing good on T.V. so we end up watching Netflix every night, it seemed like I was never near my computer for more than a few minutes at time.

I have spent limited time swinging on my wonderful Hanging Daybed and hours and hours swinging a hammer... and holding a sander! But the good news is that I have accomplished quite a bit, I have a lot to share and best of all, I finally managed to get over my fear of power tools and I made one project all by myself!

So, I am hoping to get back into my regular routine and start posting again but for now, here's a little sneak peek of how I spent my summer vacation...

Numbered Wall Cubbies Plan by Ana White. As soon as it popped into my email, I had to have it! I made mine a bit bigger so the cubbies are more roomy and because that's the size of scrap wood I had on hand!

I measured, cut and assembled every bit of it myself. I used a nail gun to put it together but added some black nails to give it some more character

Painted with the technique Ana describes in her post - black spray paint, covered in white paint and distressed with a power sander.

I really love the finish and have used the technique twice since.

The numbers font is Century Schoolbook (Uh, ya, the same font and colour as my Numbered Staircase - geez, what is my thing with navy blue numbers???) printed on to paper and traced with a pen so I could follow the indent to fill in with paint.Waited for it to dry and distressed the front again with the power sander.

 Finished the whole thing with furniture wax and I absolutely love it.

We hung it in my son's room and he quickly populated the cubbies with his treasured possessions!

 Who can blame him?

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  1. That is freakin' amazing! Looks like it's about 100 years old (and I mean that in a good way!)

  2. oh my goodness - I absolutely LOVE it!!

  3. This is wonderful! So cleverly and beautifully done. My gosh you did a great job.

  4. How cute and clever is that! Absolutely perfect. Found you via Simple Home Life. Toodles, Kathryn

  5. This is gorgeous. And there are so many possible uses... LOVE it!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking A Mother Seeking...

    My City Backyard Garden

  6. Absolutely darling~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  7. That is a nice change of pace for the summer. I am thinking doing the same with the bench.


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