Kitchen update – DIY Shelving

We did it!  Which actually isn’t true.  The truth is Forest did it!  He made my shelves and they’re on the walls!

Several months ago (probably in September or October…) I showed him the picture below and asked if we could recreate the idea for one of our kitchen walls.  He liked the look of the shelves so we started planning.

Image via this blog.

We got a Lowe’s gift card for Christmas and used all of it (plus some) for the hardware in January.  (Yes, we’ve had a bag of hardware sitting in the kitchen waiting for 3 months.)  This is what we bought: 4 each of the galvanized floor flanges, pipes, and caps.

DIY Industrial Shelves

Two weekends ago Forest must have caught my ‘get-it-done/spring cleaning’ bug because he was ready to knock out all kinds of projects.  He spray painted the hardware we purchased so instead of the dull, silver color they were now shiny, hammered black.

DIY Industrial Shelves

DIY Industrial Shelves

But we didn’t have the lumber yet.  We would look at lumber every time we went to Lowe’s but kept making excuses and never actually purchased anything.   But two weekends ago Forest ran to Lowe’s and came home with grass feed and lumber!  The width of the board could only be 7.5 inches (the same width from the floor flange on the pipe to the knob) but the only boards available were 8 inches or 6 inches wide.  Forest picked the 8”x2”x8’ board and had the guy at Lowe’s cut it in half.  When he got it home, he marked and cut off 1 inch so the width of the board was 7 inches, a much better fit for the width the pipes would allow.

Last week he sanded, stained and sealed both sides of the two boards.  We already had the stain and polyurethane from our DIY desk in the den so we had no extra expenses there.

DIY Industrial Shelves

After church on Easter Sunday, he hauled the boards inside (he’s been doing all of the smelly work and letting everything dry in the shed) and grabbed the screw gun and laser level.  He had already marked the studs on the wall the night before so we just had to decide the height of each shelf.

DIY Industrial Shelves

DIY Industrial Shelves

We knew we wanted the shelves staggered so they would take up more of the wall but we totally eye-balled the height of each one.  Then Forest screwed the pipes into the studs, placed the boards on top of the pipes, and we stood back in gawked at how beautiful they looked.

DIY Industrial Shelves

Seriously.  Is it normal to be so impressed with your husband’s DIY skills?  I love love love the shelves.  And I love love LOVE my husband for executing my idea just from looking at a picture.

I corralled all of the items I have been hoarding for months specifically for the kitchen shelves and started throwing things up there.  This is what we have right now (via phone picture):


It’s nothing fancy and I wish I had real flowers in the vase up top but I just worked with what we had.  I think it brings the perfect touch of spring to the kitchen.  And I may or may not be planning how they can be re-decorated for every season and holiday – it’s going to be so much fun!

Until next time — Cindy

a wonderful weekend

This weekend was the kind that I wish we could just stay in.  The kind that doesn’t end.  Forest, at one point, told me to just soak it all in and I did.  I enjoyed every second of our beautiful weekend.  So, for our future selves, I’m going to record it here.

Friday – Good Friday.  My manager said we could leave early if we wanted to so I happily skipped out at 3:45 instead of my usual 5:00.  I stopped by a few stores on my way home: I bought a skirt for Easter, a few short sleeve maternity shirts, and a super comfortable zip-up hoodie that I want to wear every single day, a picture frame for a print I bought at the Grand Ole Opry, and coral craft paint.

I got home at 5:00, we made pizza (Friday night, pizza night) and played in the backyard with Indie for a while.  We headed to the movies at 7:30 to see Furious 7.  I cried multiple times during the movie, I wasn’t ashamed.  And I’m pretty sure I would have cried just as much if I wasn’t pregnant and hormonal.

Saturday – we ‘slept in’ till our usual 7:00 am wake-up whine from Indie.  With cereal for breakfast and a movie on tv we lounged around for a little bit until Forest went outside to finish draining the pool, feed and water the yard, and put the final polyurethane coat on the kitchen shelves.  I painted the dresser drawer knobs coral at some point in the morning.  We had PB&J for lunch followed by an eye appointment for me and a trip to Target afterwards.  We were on the hunt for a rocker/glider in the nursery and didn’t find one at Target but we didn’t leave empty-handed.  We found an area rug and curtains for the nursery.  We debated the curtains for the longest time before going with our first pick.  Forest hung the curtains and un-rolled the rug that evening.  I’ll be posting about our progress soon.

We had brinner for dinner – biscuits and gravy with sausage.  YUM.  And enjoyed a nice, although really windy and chilly, walk around the neighborhood.  Forest made brownies for dessert and he watched tv while I dug into this book that I ordered to help me understand Lightroom.

Sunday – Easter Sunday.  Resurrection Day.  We went to the 8:30 am service at church, like we always do.  The ensemble they had singing sounded beautiful and the songs they chose were perfect.  I’m so thankful that He is risen!  I was sent a picture of our nephew, Chansler, in his Easter outfit.  (I wish I could squish those cheeks more often!)  We finished and hung our kitchen shelves (you’ll see a post later this week) and spent most of the afternoon outside.  It was still so windy but the sunshine was perfect.  We just sat in the swing while Indie sniffed around the backyard and played with her toys.  We FaceTimed with my parents for a little bit before we dyed a few Easter eggs and then spent some more time outside before we headed out for dinner.  Forest chose Texas Road House and it was so good, especially their red raspberry lemonade.  We had very meaningful conversations about raising our children and some light-hearted moments talking about bowling and co-workers.  It was perfect, the two of us.  We ended the evening FaceTiming with Forest’s parents, Forest attaching the drawer knobs on the dresser, and watching the season opener baseball game Cardinals @ Cubs.  I went to bed before the game was over (I always do…) but the Cardinals won!

It seems so mundane written out like this but it was one of those weekends that I don’t want to forget.  And maybe, when I’ve been up for too many hours with a sweet little baby in my arms, I can re-read this weekend and remember how beautiful it was and look forward to the countless other weekends that will become just as mundane and memorable.

Until next time — Cindy