Friday, February 27, 2015

February Craft Club

It is that time again!  February Craft Club was a huge success.  I have had such an overwhelming response that this month I ended up doing 2 workshops in one day.  I am forever grateful for the outpouring of support from my old friends and new friends with this crafty endeavor. 
This month we built sign/wreath stands inspired by the very talented ladies over at Shanty-2-Chic!  We modified it just a tad, but you can find the full tutorial for the project here.
 Originally I was only going to allow for 16 attendees because that is the amount I can comfortably fit in the space.  In the end I had a total of 19 women attend and we built a total of 28 stands!  My sweet husband helped get all of the wood precut and I had to snap a picture of the beautiful pile!
Over the course of about a week I spent time gathering supplies and getting them all sorted and organized for the ladies.  I ended up going back to Lowes and buying them out of the finials.  Sorry to anyone else in Lane County wanting to build this!
Because we were going to be painting, sanding and building, we decided it was best to protect our new floors by laying paper down.  Smart move, all the ladies had fun and didn't have to worry about getting messy.
The first set of ladies were here from 2-4pm and there was only 6, so it was pretty quiet.  I must say it was a change from the normal craft club group, but it was a great time.
I then had the 2nd workshop from 6-8pm, which typically turns into 9pm and sometimes as late as midnight!  I love my midnight crafters!
Some of these women went wild over the thought of using power tools, and I don't blame them!  I can't wait to start incorporating more of them into my workshops!
At the end of the night, this nice gentleman (the Hubby) had to come rescue a crafter who was busy building this stand for a fellow crafter that couldn't make it. 
Of course he had a solution to her problem and was on his way!
At the end of the night it is my goal to get a picture of everyone with their completed projects although sometimes we all forget!  Here are some of them on their way out the door!
These ladies did not want to be seen in their "grubby" clothes that I had instructed them to wear.
And here are a few of the posts in their new homes.  I love when my crafters send me pictures of their crafts in use!
This month was such a success and I cannot wait to do it again in March!  I also have some VERY exciting new coming up in the next week that I am dying to share with you all.  I truly never thought I would be on this journey of crafting and friendship with such amazing support!  So thank YOU for being just that!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

DIY Barn Style Pantry Doors

I'm hoping you have seen our final kitchen reveal post and got to see how it all came together!  Part of the process was figuring out a solution for a pantry.
In our original plans, half of this wall was going to come down and become an island and the other half would be a panty.  Well that all changed when we decided on double ovens and a cooktop.  I was totally ok trading an island for these babies.  We ended up creating a "coffee nook"  to also serve as a landing spot when pulling hot things out of the oven.  Creating that space left us with that much smaller of a pantry.
We had moved into our kitchen and had piles of food items on the counters and other places in the house, and I literally couldn't take it anymore. 
My husband handyman was so busy working on the whole remodel that he really wasn't interested in building a pantry, so I took matters into my own hands....
I headed straight to Home Depot and kindly asked for some help to not only load my MDF onto my cart, but to also cut it precisely to match my amazing sketch. 
We loaded it onto a cart and into the car and I was on my way.
Notice anything in this picture?  Those are the legs of said husband.  He couldn't stand the thought of me doing this against his will, so he jumped right in and helped. 
I must say.... having him there made this go much faster, and being that this house was built in 1952 the walls aren't perfect by any means so having his extra elbow grease to shimmy this in was a win!
The top portion was kind of built custom to what we have in our pantry.  Lot's of Tupperware containers, canned foods and then Misc. boxes.  I wanted to make sure there would be no wasted space.
We built both units in one day and got right into the putty and painting process!
Just having this was exciting.  We didn't have a plan for the doors at this point, it was the thought of pure function for the kitchen.  That thought wore off quickly!
About 2 months later after looking at a very cluttered pantry for too long, we decided to build some doors.  Neither one of us have ever built anything like this, and to be honest we were pretty hesitant. We drew up some plans and just went for it.   Here we are again in our workshop/living room.  I am telling you, maybe I never want furniture in the space again.
We built the frames out of regular pine boards from Lowes.  We used 2 sizes to build these.
Once the frames were built, we did fit check to make sure they were going to work.  And they sure did!
We added some bead board paneling to the backside, 3 hinges on each side, some paint, two handles and this is what we got!  They turned out WAY better than we had ever imagined.  We used the same synthetic oil paint from the kitchen and painted these with a roller.  The finish turned out great.
Ok, so here is the dirty truth.... the inside is still not finished.   I have some fun plans in there, but right now we just keep the doors closed and are happy!
Such a better space with some simple doors.  I think these doors would be amazing as sliding barn doors in the right location.  So easy, lightweight and have that barn door look.
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