Monday, July 21, 2014

Planked Wall and Barn door!

Last post I finished my barn door and was ready to hang her up!!  
Of coarse it can't be that easy!!!!
 We needed to mount a board on the wall to mount our hardware to. Les didn't like the board just sticking out of the wall all alone so I suggested we plank the wall.  
(I have secretly been wanting to try out a planked wall, so this was the perfect opportunity.)
We decided to use the boards we already had, remember our 94 boards we bought on clearance!! (You can check that story out here!)
We used a 1x4 peice of  pine that we already had and cut it down on our table saw to match the width and thickness of our MDF boards.  We leveled and then attached the wood board with long wood screws into every stud it spanned.  Then I glued and pin nailed one long MDF board at the end of the wall to give it a nice finished look.  I then cut an MDF board to extend our pine board.  Then I just worked my way up to the ceiling, using nickels as spacers, and then down to the floor.  I used wood glue and pin nails to attach all the boards.

This went surprisingly fast. I did this whole wall in one day.  I really only needed my kids to help with the really long boards that went over the door.  
(Ashlee was pretty impressed with my wall, can you tell! I think that's a photo bomb!) 
You can plainly see the wood board before the paint, but not after I painted.

After painting the whole thing I had to go back and fill in this little space on the far side of the door.  Originally I thought it would be fine just painted white, but I am way too detail oriented.
 I ended up going back and cutting 27 one inch slats for that little sliver of wall!!
  I must be crazy, but it looks so much better!!!!!

Now I am ready to attache that awesome door!!!!
We were going to make our own sliding door hardware when I found a kit at Home Depot for $149.97, I went for it.  It was very easy to install and glides like butter!!! 
 Once the door was in place I just needed a knob. 
 I had the perfect one I had picked up four years ago for $5
(OK it came with another door for that price! That's so the Batchelor Way!!!).  
(Go here to see the knob and door it came with!)

Here's my new laundry room door, on it's new track and with it's antique crystal knob!!!!
I must say I like this combination!!

So what do you think?

I once again can't decide if I like the function of this door or it's beauty more!!
I have one more thing to add to the door, 
What do you think it is??

I will be back next week with the big reveal of the finished Laundry Room!!  
 Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Scary Laundry Room Door!!

Remember way back here, when I started the laundry room.
 I took the door off in order to use the wall space behind it.
  I promised I had a plan for a new door. 
 Well here's is my NEW DOOR!!!

Do you not like it?
Too scary?
 Come on,
All that laundry is killing me!!

OK, this is a door that Jaysen had gotten donated to his Haunted house that he did for his Eagle Project here.  I have kept this door with bloody hands on it for three years, because I could see past the red hands to an awesome door!!
 First, I took off all the old hardware: knobs, deadbolt, and hinges.
Then I spent a couple of days stripping the door down to the bare wood.
(Can I just say this is not a fun job!!)
Next, I had to fill all the gaping holes left over from the hardware.  I cut out plugs for most of the holes and used wood filler to fill in all the little gaps and hinged sections.
After it dried I spent some time with my friend Electric Sander!!

I was really happy with my progress and couldn't wait to paint it.  I started looking at paint chips trying to decide which color I wanted, then I remembered some left over paint I had.  It was pretty close to the colors I was looking at, so I slapped some on one side of the door.  Once it was dry I took it inside to see how it would look.  
I loved the paint color,
 but noticed another small problem!  
My door was too SHORT!!!!

Yeah, I had measured to see if my door was wide enough, but not tall enough!
(Don't assume all doors are the same height!  Especially older doors!!)
I was looking at about a 5 inch difference!!!!


After throwing a small fit, and consulting with my darling husband,
 We decided to add to the bottom of my door.
Here is how I did that:
1.  I made a "U" shape with 1x2s that equalled the width of my door and the height I needed to add.
2. I then added a thin board to one side.  I actually used a scrap of bead board turned backwards.
Note: I had to rip down my 1x2's so that they, plus two thin boards, equalled the thickness of my door. 
3.  Next I attached the this piece to the bottom of the door with about four screws right through the 1x2.

4. Then I attached my second thin board with glue and a pin nailer.
5.  My door would be running on a track, so I cut slots in the bottom of each 1x2 side, and added small bottom strips to continue the slot or track on the bottom of the door extension.
Once I had the extension to the door on, I finished painting the whole door, distressed it, and added a brown glaze.

Looks good to me!!
Crisis averted!!!

Next time I will show you my project that I had to do so I could hang this door!!!
Thanks, for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Build a Scooter Stand!

One day while cleaning out the garage, Les and I decided we were fed up with scooters all over the place.  Les came up with this awesome scooter stand.  I  posted it and it has become one of my most viewed posts!!  I guess it just goes to show we are all more alike than you think, everyone must have scooter parking problems!!!

After multiple requests for some sort of how to, I finally made one. 
Tomorrow is my birthday and I will be skyping with the host of Studio 5 on KSL about my scooter stand.
I thought it would be fun to re-post my How To post.
So here it goes.
Keep in mind we tend to build with what we have.  
You can alter this and use almost anything you have. 
 But I will tell you what we used.

We basically made a fork out of 2x4's. 
 We had five scooters so we made it to fit five.  
Our end piece was 21 1/4 inches long.
The tines on our "fork" were 19 inches long.  
We used six and spaced them  2 1/2" apart.  
(Keep in mind that some scooters are larger than the ones I have shown here.)  
(We have a extra large one now that is a very tight fit.)
I suggest you use your scooters to determined the spacing.

We used a quarter inch thick piece of scrap pressed wood for the bottom.
  It helps keep everything straight.
We used wood screws to put it together.  

You could paint it to make it look oh so pretty,
 but we just needed it ASAP! 
I did eventually paint it gray!
It's very simple yet it is easy to use and fairly sturdy.
 Good luck!
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