One Room Challenge | Week 7

Garage Edition

Welcome my friends to week 7 of the One Room Challenge (ORC). I am back on track this week and feeling AMAZING! Since we are pretty close to done with this garage renovation, I’m just going to do an overview of everything that we’ve done over the past seven weeks.

The Motivator

I think the following pictures will explain everything about why I chose to do this space first… I need organization in my garage to have motivation to take on projects, so this was a no brainer for me.

Week 1

Week one of the garage renovation was all about preparation. This week we focused on clearing out the garage and prepping the floor with the cleaner & degreaser, followed by the concrete etch to assist in the epoxy adhesion to the concrete.

Week 2

Week two of the garage renovation was all about the concrete repair and epoxy process. I also started painting the walls and storage rack to match, installed most of the cabinets, and installed the Craftsman Versatrack system.

Week 3

Week three was not as productive, but we focused on the details. Here is what happened this week: painted the cabinets, added pulls to the cabinets, installed the end panel, and had my logo installed on the wall!

Week 4

Week four is the half way point and the garage is starting to take shape. This week I tackled cutting a mitered corner on the butcher block counters…. not to mention I free hand cut it with my circular saw. Proud moment for me. Was it perfect? nope! Did it still look good? You bet it did! Wood glue and saw dust were the real heroes! I also started measuring and planning for the PRX performance system.

Week 5

Week five was all about the gym. We got the stringer boards and PRX rack installed as well as mounted the TV and build some shelves to go under it.

Week 6

Week 6 was a bit of a slow down and break kind of a week for me. We did manage to get the gym all tidied up and ready for use though.

Week 7

That leaves us with week seven, phew! I am burnt out at this point. I took on readying the studio apartment above the garage for family to stay this week. So it has just been one project after the other. This week I changed out all of the doorknobs and dead bolts as they were all broken. I also finished installing the trim, used the left over butcher block to build the rest of the shelves under the TV and organized a little.

That leaves us with Week 8

Week eight will be focused on readying the space for photos. I am leaving Wednesday for my dad’s memorial service. So I will need to plan ahead for once in my life, haha. I have had so much fun with everyone participating in the One Room Challenge. I have met some pretty incredible makers and friends through this challenge, and to me, that is what its all about. Be sure to check out the other participants for the ORC. As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out here.

DISCLAIMER: 

Please use proper safety precautions and do appropriate research when attempting projects. You are responsible for your own safety.

One Room Challenge | Week 6

Garage Edition

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy my awkward pose holding this workout ball. Ha! Just kidding, welcome to week 6 of the ORC! I am slowly getting caught up with the blog part of this. I am all gas and no brakes and getting me to sit down and write about things I’ve done is… well, I’d rather wash dishes πŸ˜‚. Honestly though, if what I’m writing helps even just one person out there, then I’m happy.

Anyways, not much happened this week. I took a mental health break and basically just tidied things up in the garage and got ALL FOUR PODS EMPTIED!!!! I got super motivated to get them out of here after recieving a charge for over $800! Part of the PODS content was all of our gym equipment. We had to call on uncle Tom for his tractor and fork lift attachment to help lift my giant elliptical out of the pod and into the garage.

THE Uncle Tom

That wonderful man pictured below… Not my wonderful man, the one on the tractor. He is the engineer that helps me understand everything. He should honestly win an award. He will literally stop whatever he is doing to help whoever is asking. I have never met such a selfless and giving person!

We received the rest of our rubber mats. Josh got those all laid out. I finished organizing all of our little things on the rack wall. I’m not sponsored by any of the brands that I list on my blog, FYI.

Craftsman Verstrack

I bought the rack/slat system from Lowes, the Craftsman Versatrack, and I honestly love it. It has all sorts of accessories available and it was super easy to install. Not to mention, it wasn’t expensive. It was $9.99 for one track. You can buy a kit or purchase one at a time and go at your own pace to keep up with your budget. I would give it a DIY beginners level grade.

Be sure to check out the other ORC guest participants and featured designers for week 6. And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out here.

One Room Challenge | Week 5

Garage Edition

So, I’m still over here playing catch up. Welcome to week 5 of the ORC (Tomorrow starts week 7😬). Sorry guys, we’ve had lots of family stuff going on and family always comes first in my household. Let’s just dive right in, shall we?

This week was all about the gym side of the garage, and to be honest, I didn’t accomplish all that much this week. But you know what? Progress is progress! I’m taking my time with this so I don’t burn out and never finish.

PRX Performance Rack

One thing that I am super excited about, is our recent squat rack upgrade to the PRX Performance rack. It was a little bit more complicated to install than I anticipated, only because I was limited on where I could (or wanted to) mount it. The support beams have to be precise, otherwise it won’t fold up correctly, or at all. As you can see, we added stringer boards so that the rack could fold up without hitting the garage door opener or the window sill.

Stringer Boards

These stringer boards are 2 x 8, typically stringer boards are 2 x 10, but that wasn’t necessary with this application. With stringer boards, you want to have two bolts or lag screws per stud. In this case, we were installing this over four studs, so we have 8 3.5″ Lag screws per board (I did talk about electrical safety when using anything longer than 2″ screws on my previous post). I did use a spade bit to create the depth I needed for these lag screws to sit flush within the stringer board, so that I could install the PRX support beam over the board.

Support Beam

Once the stringer boards were installed, I used another four 3.5″ Lag screws to attach the support beam to the stringer board and stud. This thing isn’t going anywhere. The support beams can’t be more than 1/4″ off, otherwise this won’t work properly. My anxiety was high with this install, I am by no means a perfectionist when it comes to DIYing, and this required me to be. Now that the support beams are up, we used a plumb bob to ensure that they were perfectly aligned and finished tightening all of the Lag screws down.

Josh took over from here with the PRX installation while I went over and worked on installing the TV wall mount bracket and shelves. I used a 1 x 2 for my support and screwed that into the studs. Then just used what I had left over from my butcher block counters to make some shelves under neath the TV.

Building some shelves with the left over butcher block I had from the counter install
Josh finishing up the Squat Rack and I’m starting the TV wall bracket.

I want you all to just appreciate how close that rack was to the garage door bracket… Look below

There was less than 1/4″ clearance 😳. I wish I could take credit for having perfect planning and measurements but, this was all pure luck! I totally forgot to account for the bracket πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ but luckily it all worked out. How crazy is that?!?

So far, this space is turning out to be pretty awesome for us and I may actually end up using it! πŸ˜… Thanks for joining me here and following along on this renovation. Please be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge guest participants and featured designers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out here!

One Room Challenge|Week 4

Garage Edition

Well, week four has already come and gone and I am just now writing up this post for the One Room Challenge. I missed the blog link up but I’ll at least go over what happened 😬. Sometimes life gets loud and crazy over here and the last thing on my mind is sitting down at the computer to write. A lot has happened the past couple of weeks.

Week 4 seemed fairly stagnant but there were some big accomplishments for me. Like, the butcher block countertop that I miter cut! Seriously! I DID THAT! Something I had never done before and kicked butt at, if I do say so myself. Did it go smoothly? Nope. Did I figure it out? You bet I did!

Let’s take a look at what we have accomplished since week three:

  • Cut and installed butcher block countertop
  • Painted and installed kick board
  • Measured and marked where support beams will go for the PRX Performance Squat rack

Let’s talk about the PRX Performance squat rack. The measurements for the support beams can’t be more than 1/4 inch off otherwise they won’t retract properly. So I have been taking my sweet time with this because I have a tendency to rush things to get them done as fast as possible. Once I marked the studs and determined where the beams will need to be installed, I cut holes in the drywall. I used a 3.5″ hole saw for this. Why, you ask? If you recall a few posts back, we talked about electrical code and why you shouldn’t use screws that are longer than 2″.

Holes from hole saw to allow for reaching in to feel for electrical cables that may be running through the stud, rather than down the side of a stud.

I have to use 3.5″ Lag screws for the support beams. So I cut holes into the drywall in between the studs so that I could stick my hand in and feel for any electrical cables that may be running through the stud, rather than down the sides. Fortunately, there weren’t any cables running through where my beams would be installed, so I am in the clear to continue.

And yes, before you attack like the many trolls on Instagram did, the outlets are painted. I used a dry brush to avoid excess paint. This was BEFORE I knew that this could potentially be a fire hazard, even though this has been done by interior designers for decades… The reason it can be a fire hazard is, if paint got in between the prong and the metal contact plate, heat could build up and cause a fire. I know some people are very opinionated about this topic, so lets just remember that this is my home and I prefer for the outlets to not be an eyesore here.

That is about all that was done this week. Thank you for listening to my rant. Please be sure to check out the other guest participants and featured designers for the One Room Challenge.

First time I have EVER seen my garage organized!

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DIY Your Own Basket Light

How to Make a Basket Light For Less Than $40

Let me show you how to make your very own basket light for less than $40. Presently, basket lights have been trending and I have been wanting one SOOOOOO bad. However, when I started searching for a fixture that I liked, I wasn’t loving the price tag that came with it. See below

Can you believe that?!? No thanks! As a result, I started searching for baskets that I could transform. I’ve made light fixtures before and knew it wouldn’t be difficult. I found a basket a Hobby Lobby when they were having a 50% off sale and bought mine for $25! Additionally, Home Goods, TJ Max, and Marshalls are all great places to find cheap baskets as well. Then I started searching for a pendant light kit at local hardware stores and subsequently ended up finding what I wanted on Amazon, which is linked below.

Links and Materials

Although I could not link my exact basket, I did link another option. I found this adorable basket on Amazon. All you would need to do is remove the handles! Anyways, the basket and light kit was all that I needed to purchase to make this light fixture, the rest of the supplies I already had on hand. (Materials listed below). To make this for even less, just look around your house for a basket you love and see if you can transform it into a light fixture!

Questions I have been asked about this DIY: Is it safe? Yes, as long as the bulb is not actually touching the basket, you are good to go. I was worried about this as well and tested it by leaving the light on all day and checked the basket for heat. Guess what? NO HEAT!! In fact, if you refer to the images below, you will see that the bulb itself does not actually come into contact with the basket.

Materials Needed:

  • Basket of your choosing
  • Pendant light kit (which comes with a mounting bracket)
  • Heavy duty shears
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  1. To get started, measure the center of the bottom of the basket and mark it with your marker.

2. Then, you will outline where your light kit will go with your marker

3. Then, you will use your shears to cut a hole just big enough for the light bulb socket to fit through.

4. Lastly, after you have cut your hole, fit the light bulb socket into the hole all the way to the base of the mount and then proceed to screw on the shade ring onto the bulb socket.

In short, the shade ring will hold the weight of the fixture and will prevent the basket from falling off of the bulb socket. To illustrate this, refer to the below image.

In summary, this is probably the most approachable DIY for beginners. It took me less than 15 minutes to put this together. If you aren’t particularly comfortable attempting this with a hard wired light kit, they do sell light kits that have plugs on them as well.

In addition, if you mess it up, you can just fill the basket with something and use it as decor instead! The most important thing for you to remember, above all, don’t be afraid to try new things, we all fail at some point, but there is always a way to fix it. As Walt Disney would say “If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there’s some way to do it”.

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DISCLAIMER

Please use proper safety precautions and do appropriate research when attempting projects. You are responsible for your own safety.

One Room Challenge | Master Bedroom Reveal

Here it is, the master bedroom reveal! Better late than never, right? So this wasn’t the grand reveal I was hoping for, but I still love the new look. As you can see, I’ve been absent since Week 4 of the ORC and here is why…. You ready for it??

WE ARE MOVING!!!! πŸ˜†

In the middle of all the renovation chaos, we were like “I kind of think we should go look at this historic home”, and by we I mean my mother-in-law and me! (We are trouble when we are together) Next thing you know, we listed our house for sale and had a full price cash offer on the sixth day on the market. Can you believe that?!?! During the listing period I also took on renovating our master bathroom and half bathroom as well… Do you see now why I haven’t been posting on the blog? πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

The flooring did not come in time, which ended up being a blessing in disguise. We were originally just going to replace the flooring one room at a time. If I had started that, I would’ve had to come up with $$$$ to finish it and then install it myself! The timing would not have worked out, so thank you shipping delays!! The beams didn’t show up till reveal day so I’m just going to take them to our new house and find a place for them there.

Why We Are Moving

We decided to move for several reasons. The first being that this property is just not suitable for our horses. I have nowhere to work them and they have no pasture. When we bought this house last year, I didn’t realize that the pasture was not safe for them (Rookie). Second, we don’t have the money to hire a crew to maintain a proper fire break around the house, so Josh has been doing this all by hand.

The land is too steep in most areas for our tractor to get to. I tried helping him this spring but I am severely allergic to poison oak and had a huge break out that required four weeks of steroids. As Ella gets older, she has become so attached to her “Nini” (grandma), and we want to be closer to her.

I will miss our incredible views on top of our little Madrone Mountain but I am VERY excited for our next adventure. Flipping this house in one year provided us with this opportunity to move into a gorgeous little farmhouse less than a mile from our beloved Nini and Pops.

Let my DIYs be a lesson to you all. Sometimes, when you put in a little (or a LOT) of elbow grease, it pays off in the end and opens bigger and better doors for you. You just have to jump in and do it!

Be sure to follow along on instagram for behind the scenes and daily life in stories. Links provided in image captions! The rug is linked on my Links and Discounts page, head over there to get yourself 10% off, and yes, it is WASHABLE!

Check out the before and after shots below

Here’s a link to our bed frame: https://amzn.to/3zQtPIx
Link to Nightstand: https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Carbon-Loft-Mulgrew-Distressed-Walnut-Nightstand/27742985/product.html
Link to the sconce: https://www.overstock.com/Lighting-Ceiling-Fans/Copper-Grove-Leighton-1-light-Copper-Bronze-Swing-Arm-Wall-Lamp/20461187/product.html
Link to Loveseat: https://www.furniturerow.com/pd/Durango-Loveseat/prod2220117

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