“THERE IS ROOM IN THE SMALLEST COTTAGE FOR A HAPPY LOVING PAIR.” ~ FRIEDRICH SCHILLER

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY - Bathroom Cabinet



Bathroom storage can be a challenge..  Solving the problem can range from adding a wall cabinet -- to a total bathroom remodel.  That's fine if you own your home.  But what if you're renters like we are,  and the only storage available is two drawers in the vanity?



When we moved into our apartment last July I liked our nicely fitted bathroom. 



It's dressed up with beadboard.



 
It has a nice shower.
 

But there's that only-two-drawers-in-the-vanity thing.  Definitely lacking storage in this bathroom.
 
 



Between the shower and the entrance door is an open space.  We could have placed a chest there, except that's where the heater vent was installed and it needed to remain clear.

Fortunately, the heater is just above the baseboard with clearance on either side, so my very creative husband built a cupboard to fit the space and clear the heater .



He picked up the pine material at the lumber yard.  The doors were made from shutters we found on clearance at a local shop; we paid $10 for the pair.



Interior shelves hold all our essentials and extra towels.

I chose to leave the wood natural, as it fits in with the light wood in the bathroom.  When we move, the cabinet can be used in Dennis' studio or my workroom. We may decide to paint it at that time


This primitive cupboard is cute and joyful.  It solved our storage problem inexpensively, and Dennis says it was fun to build.

How have you solved storage solutions in your home?




I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Every Room In The House at A Joyful Cottage
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What We Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow Pond
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
 




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

First Quilt Completed -- On to the Second

Hello my Cottage  Friends,

I hope your week is off to a great start.

As for me, I'm happy to have completed a project.  Remember the quilt I started last October?  I finished the quilt top in my beginners quilting class, and it's been sitting in my workroom waiting for me to take a machine quilting class to finish it.  Several weeks ago I completed a class in free motion machine quilting, and last week I used my October quilt as a guinea pig to try out what I learned.  The quilt was already pretty wonky -- my piecing skills have improved considerably -- so I didn't hesitate to practice some radical free motion quilting.  It's pretty amateurish, but that's okay.  I learned a lot.


I finished binding the quilt this afternoon, and washed it.  I love the way new quilts look after they're washed the first time -- the crinkly look they acquire.

So yeah, I'm happy it's done.  And now I'm ready to begin my second quilt.


 
 
It's a 63" x 74" quilt in the Piece of Cake pattern.  I'll use the 3 Sisters Lario Layer Cake by Moda to make this quilt.


I've got the pieces cut out and plan to start sewing tomorrow.  Anything that's a "piece of cake" sounds good to me.   We've been so busy with house plans and getting bids that I'm worn out.  (More about all that later.)   

How about you?  What are you doing this week?

On another note, if you have a bathroom post you'd like to share at Every Room In The House, please do.  It doesn't have to be a recent post.  We're partying in the bathroom the entire month of April, and I'd love it if you'd join in the fun.  Here's the link: Every Room In The House Party - #4



I'm sharing at these lovely parties:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What We Accomplished Wednesday at Green Willow Pond
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage