I shoulda blogged about this a long time ago. It’s one of those things that just got pushed to the back burner. But I don’t want to forget the little things about the old house…and this little thing was one that needed to come off the back burner before it got charred into oblivion (like the rest of my cooking).
Introducing our former basement closet. We made it extra big because we knew that bedrooms need storage and basements need storage and Bowers need storage. Hence…we built it a little bigger than the norm for the storage space…but as you can see, we lacked actual storage surface area. With no spots to put stuff, we simply slipped things into our filing chest or put them on the floor. Finally we said enough is enough…let’s build some cheap shelves.
So the first thing we did was empty out the space and then run to Lowe’s for some MDF. MDF is uber cheap (under $5 for a big piece) and great for projects like these. And if you are cool you can call it PDF…like me….just don’t go to a Lowe’s worker and ask them where the PDF is…they will give you a look like you are crazier than Charlie Sheen.
For all of the shelves, we paid under $20…which is wicked cheap compared to wire shelving which would have cost well over $100 for all seven shelves.
We simply measured the width and cut the shelves accordingly. We also cut the extra so that we could create supports…I think that this is pretty self explanatory. Afterall, the pictures speak a thousand words, right?
It’s kinda important to make sure that shelf supports are drilled directly into studs…so make sure that at least one of the screws is in one. For our situation, the shelves were only 11 inches deep – making it impossible to hit two studs…so we used Wall Dogs. They are our favorite drywall anchor. If you plan on hanging anything in the near future and can’t find a stud or want your item in a studless spot…this is your screw. And no – the Wall Dog peeps don’t know who we are or care about the Bowers…they wouldn’t show up at a house-warming party even for the free food.
After our shelves were in, it was time to paint. When it comes to painting PDF, (ahem, MDF) it is really important to have a little thing called patience.
PDF is highly absorbant. This makes it a little frustrating to paint because it practically sucks up anything you put on it immediately after applying it…making it seem like your work was a ridiculous waste of time. Do not fret. Or throw things. Or cuss like a drunken sailor…these actions apparently do not do anything except make you want to throw things at the dent you made in the wall from throwing things. It will take two coats of primer and at least three coats of paint…but in the end, you will have painted PDF.
And those painted shelves will hold everything and anything crucial to survival…like several gift boxes, photo albums and boxes filled with bits of ribbon that you pull off from tags on new clothes and rubberbands that come on your newspapers. Collecting stuff is a curse and I blame my mother. Love ya Ma.
The other side had extra deep shelves – we just doubled the shelves to fit the space. And it turned into the perfect spot for sewing and gift bags. Why I have so many gift bags, I have no idea. But gollygee I will be ready if all my friends have babies, birthdays and weddings. Seeing as how most of my friends are already married – that last one could pose a problem.
So there you have it – the skinny on my Master Craft closet.
Nothing too fancy or expensive but it did the job. Now my craft stuff is slung across the house…in the dining room, in the garage, in random drawers in random rooms. It’s total chaos here at the Bower abode…maybe tomorrow I’ll take some photos to show ya what we’ve been up to. Let me tell ya, it’s about as exciting as a root canal. Although there is one thing that really gets my motor running – pun totally intended. But until I find the spare minute to do all that, tell me, what crafts have you been up to lately? Any links you love and want to share? Because there ain’t nothin that I love more when the mess is a tornado in my home than to do something meaningless but oh-so-pretty.