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I hope you have enjoyed meeting some of my blogging friends these last few weeks of guest post. I am so thankful for the help and relief these ladies have brought. Life as been quit chaotic and having them stop by and share a little something with us has been such a blessing.
Today I would like you to meet Jessi from the Doctorate Housewife. She is stopping by to share some of her DIY knowledge with us, but check out her blog for more on food, life and fitness too.
Hi Everybody. My name is Jessi and I blog over at Doctorate Housewife. I’m honored to be guest posting for Brenna here on Life After Laundry. I love her mix of crafts, DIY, and food. It’s everything you need really. My blog has a similar eclectic style. You see, I finished my doctorate, got married, and then Hubby and I started renovating our little nest. It made more sense for me to stay home to manage the renovations then to go out and find a job, and so I became a Doctorate Housewife. The blog is the story of my adventures in cooking, DIY, and fitness – with a little social science thrown in for fun. If that sounds like your cup of tea, I’d love it if you’d come visit. Just click on the picture below =) Today I’ve got an easy DIY project for you. It all started when Hubby realized that he is allergic to dust mites. Dust mites are ugly little microscopic bugs and they’re EVERYWHERE! Don’t fret though, if you’re not allergic, you’ll never notice. If on the other hand, you are allergic, life becomes more complicated. One of the things you can do to ease the suffering is to eliminate all sources of dust, especially in the bedroom. That means no carpets, no curtains, and no open flat spaces. The carpet part was easy – we didn’t have one to start. The curtain part was ok with me – I never liked our bedroom curtains anyway and I have spartan tastes. The flat spaces, on the other hand, was a bigger challenge. We’d gone for open bedside tables, which we use all the time. Enter the need for a bit of DIY =) I didn’t want to buy new bedside tables when ours worked perfectly well, but I didn’t want to end up with some ugly fix either. Happily for me I could match the wood by stealing a shelf from another old Ikea piece – our TV table. I was moving the shelf anyway (it used to have a VCR on it and since it’s just kinda been in the way) to make room for the printer. Now all I needed was a handle and some hinges and I could make a door to close up the open bedside tables and make them more allergy friendly. Luckily a trip to the hardware store yielded a knob that matched almost exactly. Time for the sawing and drilling =) It must be said I’m no expert in either of those areas. A lot of my DIY adventures are lessons in trial and error. So here’s a couple of lessons from a beginner:
2. Always drill a hole one size smaller than your screw. Yes this is drilling 101, but if you don’t have the right drill bit and are tempted to fudge it… don’t, just don’t. Trust me, you’ll end up playing with glue and it’ll never be quite right.
Anywho… while I was in there I decided I’d add an extra shelf for better storage, much like I did in this project. Who doesn’t want more storage space?! I had a couple of extra pieces of MDF in the basement. I cut one to the right size, bought the little tacks and pulled out my measuring tape, level, and drill. Time to make more holes =p For my first real project in woodworking, I’m pretty pleased with it. They look cute and they do the job. What do you think? Thanks for reading and don’t forget to come visit me =)
Thank you so much, Jessi, I’m so glad to have you here today. I love how some of the best projects come from just trying to make do with what we have. Your project is a great reminder to stop and look around to see what you might have laying around that can be used. DIY and Saving money, sounds like a plan to me.