Sunday, March 25, 2012

Just about finished...

 Before I get to the closet progress...here are some nice flowers from around my house
 Forsythia and I think the other is from a Redbud.  They look great together!
 Now, here's the closet!  We are so close to being done
 Today I finished up some trim to just make it look more polished, created handles for the drawers, caulked, and put up the coat hangers. 
Check out the custom drawers I made!  These are for shoes.  Last thing I need to do is touch up some paint and create the pad for the bench.  I've got to get some foam and pick out some fabric (that's the hardest part!).  So check back soon to see if I've finished, for good!

I'll leave you with this picture of our closet before...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Built-ins

This weekend Alex and I started putting together our new closet.  Here we are just putting together the frame for the bench
 Here's a quick jump ahead to when we got the shelves up and the bench done

I looked everywhere for bins that would slide under the bench but there was nothing!  So, I had to make my own.  This was my first attempt at any type of "wood-working".  I'd say it went pretty well!
Here are both bins, side by side.  Oh, and the best part, both bins/drawers cost me $30 for all material (including stain and paint brush for staining)

I found a wonderful, dark stain

This is the front of the drawer.  Tomorrow I will add some rope for handles; not sure where I'll find the rope as Home Depot didn't have quite what I was looking for

Here's a close-up of the shelves and cleats that hold up the shelves


Here it is all painted up, bead-board on the back wall and baseboard at the bottom of the bench.  I think it makes it look more built-in.  I have a bunch of coat hooks to mount on the back wall and some bins that will fit on the top shelves.  I also plan to make a nice pad for the bench-top, then toss some pillows on top.  It's coming along!  I will post some more pictures once it's totally done.

I got my motivation from this blog I found.  I had to change some things to work for my closet but I definitely used her idea for the storage "drawers" under the bench.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring at Mason

 Mason during the springtime is amazing!  Everything is in bloom.  I just didn't expect it this early
 I would love to know what type of tree this is; perhaps some type of magnolia?
 I know this is a tulip magnolia.  Beautiful tree!
 Of course the daffodils are up

 And this kitty couldn't care less
 I discovered a cherry blossom tree growing amongst the bamboo near my office
 It makes me so happy to see it!

I cut some for my office :-)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Whoa mama!

 Several weeks ago, I did a maternity shoot for a good friend of mine.  I'm pretty happy with the results!  Here are just a few from that day
 Elizabeth looked absolutely fantastic!

I can't believe the little one will be here practically any day!  I'm so excited to meet him or her