Projects Around the House

Just wanted to share couple of small projects I've done recently. We were at Ikea couple of weeks ago when I saw that they now carry picture rails in their picture frame section. I have been wanting a landing strip, a small shelf by the door way to put my wallet and mail when I enter the house. I was going to make something like a picture rail but the Ikea one was only $10 and saves me the time so we just bought it.

This wall desperately needs some art work or something, but I haven't found the right thing yet. 

Having a dedicated place for my phone and wallet by the door means I will be not forget them on my way out. I am thinking maybe getting another picture rail above this one. 

I tried to be productive on those days that little D is in daycare. I got off my lazy behind to do a little painting since we have so many left over paint samples sitting in our garage. This is one of two little Ikea tables from our apartment days and was looking a little tired and beat up. I did a quick sanding over the weekend to rough it up a little. All I had lying around was primer in a spray can so I did one thin coat just so the paint would have something to stick on. 

I was going to paint the whole thing grey, but decided at the last minute to try something different.

It already looks pretty good after the first coat of paint. I will sand it with a fine grid sandpaper before putting on a second and final coat in couple of days when little D goes to daycare again. Nothing like a coat of paint to give new life to an old 

New Gate

It's about time right? Calling in the professionals to get the job done was the right decision. They got it done in half a day. Even with a jack hammer it still took them over an hour to break up concrete blocks holding the posts in place. As much as I like the experience of doing things ourselves, it feels even better to watch the pros get the job done right. The two workers that were sent to build the gates were polite and nice but they didn't do a very good job clean up after themselves. They scattered the broken up concrete in our yard and didn't clean up a piece of glass they shattered in the grass. I supposed you get what you pay for. We paid $565 for the double gates, it was the lowest of the three bids we got.

Someone decided to add some "art" to the front of our fence recently. I hope they leave our new gates alone.

The new gates look really out of place right now but they will turn grey like the rest of the fence in a year or so. 

I can't wait to give our new gate a more finished look by adding an arbor on top. Yay, more DIYs in the coming weeks.