My husband does not care for the times when boredom clutches me in its nasty grasp. Usually, when I can find nothing else to do, I go hunting for power tools. If you have read any of my previous posts about me, power tools and ladders. Those two, plus me, is not always the best combination. It seems that men have a natural instinct and ability ingrained in them that allows them to operate power tools with virtually little effort. Me, on the other hand, I pick up, plug it in and expect to work magic. I do have to say, that after four years of house remodeling, I have learned that, for different applications, you have to have your tools on the correct settings. Coming this understanding has made my life a whole lot easier! I might write Power Tools for Blondes some day.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Yesterday, I dropped Steven off at a friend’s house at 4:50 a.m. because the ‘boys’ were going white water rafting. I was home by 5:15, absolutely awake and decided to take advantage of the somewhat cool morning. Out came the belt sander, rotary sander, drill, chain, boards, brackets and columns. I wanted to make a shelf to go behind my sofa so I could store magazines, decorating books, Bibles, scrapbooks all within easy reach, but out of sight. I looked high and low for one already made, but most of them were particle board and very expensive. Besides, I could not find a short shelf that was five feet wide. So, I made a plan in my head, got the materials and yesterday put it all together. It was fun picking stuff out at Home Depot. My husband was following me around while I puttered. He could not see the design I had in my head, so he just followed and did the heavy lifting. A clerk in Home Depot asked him if he could use some help, from the other end of the aisle I heard him mumbling something about his wife and her projects…lol.
Steven had already cut the boards in half for me before he left. I sanded the boards down, sanded the edges and rounded the ends of the boards. I then beat them up with a chain (to make the boards look older) and stained them. Once they were dry and wiped them down, I used brackets to hold two boards together. I could not find a board wide enough, so Steven suggested I buy a smaller board and strap the two together…GENIUS! I kinda like the rustic mixed with industrial look. So, I may leave the brackets up and showing. I found columns at Hobby Lobby for $5.99 each. I put the first finished board down, put non slip grip dots on the two columns, then placed the columns on each end, stacked the next board and repeated. Hobby Lobby has their displays set up the same way, except they use glass shelves. It is very sturdy and I like that it is stackable. That means I can break it down and move it around easily in my house. I am always rearranging and moving things. I may make a couple more for other places in my house. I was very proud of it. I did it all by myself and no one got hurt! 🙂
The total cost:Boards $16.97 Brackets and non slip dots $8.00 Columns $47.92 ___________________________ Total: $72.89
Not bad considering the least expensive shelf I found that I like cost $250.00.
Hope everyone is having a happy Saturday!