Friday, April 23, 2010

My First Building Project

I found this blog, Knock Off Wood, a few months ago. This girl who lives in Alaska finds furniture in stores like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, etc, that would cost a lot of money and draws up plans for the furniture for people to build on their own. Not only does it save money, but there is great satisfaction in making it on your own.

Anyway, if you know me this is right up my alley! I don't claim to be good at it, I just like doing it. So I saw this plan for some bookshelves that would go perfect in the kids bedroom. I've been wanting to build them for months, just could not find the right time to do it. So with Jack in TN for a few weeks and with Mary and Lydia's help with Lillie and Elliott the time was right! I went to Home Depot (I go to the HD in the Bronx, they were playing country music, it made me smile) on Wednesday bought the wood and by Thursday night I was finished.

Enjoy the process...

All the wood
Sides and Shelves
Side Legs
Front Legs and Top Supports
My little guy with his face smashed on the window watching Mommy.
The trim for the shelves and the top on and holes patched.
Primed
Painted Navy

(there was a smudge on my camera lens that I didn't notice till the picture uploaded)
Finished Product!
I'm really proud of my first building project. I had 2 goals. One that everything would be level and straight and two it would be sturdy. It is very sturdy and everything is level and square. Oh and one more thing, my little cordless drill wasn't very helpful for this job so I went down to our superintendents "room" and found his power drill. My drill bits fit it so I borrowed it. He doesn't know, but this would not have been possible with out it! I may have to make a purchase of my own in the near future. ;)

I'm still working on cleaning the kids room. It's amazing how one little change can make such a difference for storage. I'm thinking about painting Jack's bed this same color. I just have to decide if it will match his denim bedding enough for me to like it. I think it would add a little more continuity to the room, we'll see.

15 comments:

Glenna Marshall said...

oh my goodness--i am incredibly impressed!!! it's so cute!

Katie said...

Great job!! So impressed!

pam said...

Amazing! I love the color! You did a wonderful job. I am proud of you :)

Bo and Katie Kitchen said...

Good Job! Can't wait to see what else you do in the kids room!

Anonymous said...

Very,very impressive. Good job. Oh, and what a blast we had with Jack today. So glad that he and his pap could come for a visit. Missed seeing you and the twins, though.

Donna said...

Good job! That does not look like Elliott at all with his face pressed on the glass. Can't wait to see what your next project is.
Donna

Christi said...

Good for you, girl!!! That looks awesome!

Catrina said...

This made me want to get out my tools :) I have many projects planned for the summer...wish you were here to help!

Melcy said...

Susan! I am SO impressed! I would never be able to pull this off.

The Fitzgerald's said...

If you don't mind me asking how much the final cost was? I am really interested in make some, but I need to know it's a good deal. It looks GREAT!!

Lee Ann said...

OK Superwoman! Did you really move to New York to be near Superman? The fact that you were able to get the wood to your apartment must have been no small feat. They look great; cant wait to see what's next...

Mindy said...

I love it when a woman knows her way around a power tool (said in my best Tim the Tool Man voice). Hee, hee.

Seriously, great job!

Anonymous said...

Been scrolling through your latest entries. Such cute pictures. Love the one of the pigtails, especially. Lots of love, Antje

Ben and Laura Reed said...

Oh my goodness... that blog is a goldmine! I see some building projects in the future at the Reed house... I may delegate them out though... very impressed at your woodworking skills.

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