Sunday, November 15, 2015

TV Stand

We felt the need to build a TV stand that fits the rest of the room after we couldn’t find what we wanted at an affordable price. This was a quick and fun project for JT, I did not participate in the project other than when he needed my opinion on the design. He started with a computer sketch and then moved on to a cut list. The project took 5 hours to build.  We hardly bought any materials for this project because we used left over white melamine shelf boards from the wall-to-wall built-in storage. We are happy with how it turned out. Enjoy

JT's Design (He even included my favorite TV Show)

JT's cut list

Boards getting ready to be cut and assembled

TV Stand assembled

Peg board installed behind to allow air in 

Making wall mount for Sport Center decal
Testing the fit for the storage cubes

Light installed in TV stand

Final TV Stand Reveal 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Dining Room Wall - DIY Floating Shelves and Cabinets

This year we took on one of the many projects that had been bothering me for a while! Our Kitchen / dining area had gone through multiple transformations already but none of them pleased us.

Dining room wall before
We wanted to redecorate with storage and d├ęcor in mind so automatically the ugly storage cube had to go.  The only item we wanted to keep was the large painting we got from one of our many “moms” as a house warming gift. JT came up with an idea that I was not initially on board with but since he was providing the labor and had his mentor “Papa T” to guide him, I figured we could give it a shot. We decided to add floating shelves to the sides of the painting and built-in lower cabinets for additional storage. 

We got the floating shelf idea from shanty2chic and used prefabricated upper cabinets as base cabinets. The project took us 3 weekends to complete and it turned out to be one of the best updates we have done to the house. Enjoy the pictures.

Prewiring for floating shelf lights and outlets
JT was very particular about having a clean connection so we don't have wires showing
Floating shelf frames in 

Ready to install cabinets to the wall

Base for cabinets and toe kick

Floor cabinets installed

Face plates for floating shelves routed
Light wiring inside floating shelf

Checking the fit of the shelf board
Stained shelves and counter top (yup I did some work too)

Dining room wall now (I LOVE IT)

Can you tell I really love this space!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello June - Bench Refresh

Hello lovelies, I have been on a blogging break for the last month just having some personal downtime.

June is one of my favorite months of the year. It signals the end of the 1st half of the year, my first nephew was born in June, we got married June, I started my job in June and above all June is the start of summer and bright colors.

One of the first things we ever had built was this wine holder bench. JT had a friend at work who built it and we just had to stain and seal it. Our friend Mo with Mococulture made the pillows and bench cushion. I used the cushion for knee support during one of our projects and that was the end of it.

1st "DIY" Project
We have been without a cushion for a few weeks now and I wanted an easy way to make a new cushion. I came across different tutorials online that used a plywood base, foam, cloth and staple pins. I noticed that the benches at work were made this way too.

It would have been easier if we had plywood that was the right width but we had to patch pieces of wood together to build the base.

12 in pieces of plywood

Added 5 extra inches and staggered them for extra support
All we did was arrange the plywood, spray some adhesive, place the foam on it (we waited about an hour for it to stick) and then we covered it with the fabric and voila, it was done.

Getting ready to Wrap

All wrapped up

Pillows arranged

Pillows re-arranged

Table set
I love how bright it is and how much of a difference the floral print makes.

Monday, April 6, 2015

I Heart Map

This post is in honor of the recently held elections in Nigeria. I am thankful for a transparent and peaceful outcome.

On one of my random Pinterest escapades, I came across pictures of maps of different US states made with string and nails on stained wood. Immediately I knew I had to have one with my twist on it and as always relatively low cost to make.

The project was so easy, we worked on it while we were watching TV and hanging out. We started out with some yarn but decided to use sewing thread instead (the yarn was too thick for the nails). The hardest part was knocking in the nails to trace out the map, this took about 30 minutes to complete. This project cost next to nothing because we already had the wood (leftover board from the built-in shelf), nails and thread.

We used the Rasterbator wall art generator online to print the map on 4 pieces of 8.5 X 11 paper.

We placed the heart in the Southwestern part of Nigeria because we were both born and raised there. We chose orange thread because it added the best pop of color against the white board.

Here are pictures of the process.

left over 15.25 X 22 melamine board

Side view of melamine particle board

Had to paint the sides that we covered with iron-on veneer

Map made of 4 pieces of paper

My big baby & I waiting for JT to make the keyholes

Keyhole bit 

Keyholes for hanging 

Measuring out the wall space

Added some reinforcement to the wall since we are not hanging on studs

Everything is level even if the picture is not

Started out with the gold nails

Almost done with the nails

I Heart Nigeria 

Rearranging the thread

Added a gold washi tape border to finish
Have a great week !!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Laundry Dresser

There are some people who love to do laundry and enjoy sorting, washing, folding and putting it away. Sometimes I am one of them and honestly most times I dread doing laundry.

We decided to build something to keep laundry tucked away and found this plan on Shanty 2 Chic... I love their website so much and we have gotten quite a few ideas from them . We used their plan for the Laundry Dresser with a few tweaks of our own.

The supply list is identical to what they used for the most part except we decided to create 2 false drawers instead of 3. We also used simple knobs instead of the cup drawer pulls to match our existing dresser and side table. JT routed the top of the dresser to soften the sharp edges.

We used hooks and cable wire to hold the doors to the dresser so the fronts don’t just fall to the floor when opened.

Here are pictures of the process. Enjoy !

It's all about the base

3 compartments

Basket Holder

Almost done with the 3 compartments

Adding the 2 false drawer fronts

6 False drawers

Straight edges before routing

Added some curves

Close-up of routed edges

Testing the dresser

Sanded and Primed the top

Fully primed

Hook & wire holding up baskets

Hands free to pick up laundry 

Ready for some Laundry or not !!!
Have a great week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!