December 12, 2006 - Welcome to Me, My Shelf and I
Is the stuff in your house taking over? Don't you wish you had more places to put things? More shelves or storage solutions? More shelving everywhere to help you and the rest of the family keep everything neat and tidy?
Wouldn't it be nice to get some quick and easy ideas for sprucing up your existing shelving without spending a fortune? How about building your own shelves or buying some really snazzy new ones without breaking the bank?
If you're looking for storage and display ideas to help you keep the clutter at bay you've come to the right place. Follow along as I set out on my mission: to boldly find a place to put every single thing in our house. That's quite some challenge!
Along the way I'll be writing about how to make the most of what you already have, coming up with new and unusual ideas for fun and useful shelves and searching out all kinds of innovative storage solutions.
And you'll get to see real projects in action. Our home is the poster house for this blog. A delicate balance of carefully ordered chaos is about to be transformed into clutterless heaven.
Stay tuned for my adventures in house taming.
December 13, 2006 - Hidden Treasure Recycling Old Shelves
I'm always on the lookout for castoffs. Old shelves or bookcases which friends and neighbors (and even strangers) don't want anymore. Today was a day rich in undiscovered treasures.
I happened to notice a post on my local town email list from somebody who was giving away some old shelving. Anytime anyone gives anything away, it's spoken for within about two minutes. Sometimes less. It's a veritable frenzy of readers hungry for a bargain. This time I was the lucky winner. I'm quite sure there must have been dozens of people elbowing for a chance to take home some cruddy shelves.
My prize? Five wood shelves ready for makeovers. OK, so they're not in exactly the best shape. Perhaps they're even a little dirty. But they're perfect for me to practice my shelf overhaul techniques on. A lick of paint here, a varnish there, some decorative features stuck on with glue, and they'll be good as new.
If you're big on home improvement and short on cash, stay tuned to see my progress on the transformation-of-the-shelves and other goodies. While you're waiting for the next installment, why not take a look at everything you need to build your own shelves.