Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Little DIY: Wooden Shutter Shelf

It's so hard for me to believe we've lived here a year. Last night my Bible Study group had a cookout with our families and two incoming interns and their wives came. They are getting settled in and figuring out where the grocery stores are and so nervous about the upcoming year. That was us a year ago! It seems like yesterday and five years ago all at the same time.

Ryan has been off this week and so we decided to be productive and tackle a project that's been on the to-do list. Our little laundry room is one of the most used areas of the house. It connects the backyard to the kitchen and thankfully traps a lot of the red dirt that comes in from outside. I have a bar cart in there that provides some storage but we needed a bit more. After a year of searching for the "perfect" shelf to put above the washer and dryer, and we finally settled on using an old shutter I picked up off the side of the road a couple of years ago.

Here's the before:

Step one: Cut shutter to the right length.

Step Two: Hang the brackets. Our only expense were two brackets ($8 a piece) from Home Depot. Ryan made sure they were in a stud. He finds my picture taking very helpful and never gets frustrated when I say "wait just a sec" ;)

Step 3: Making sure it was level. 

And the finished product:

At first I was a little concerned that the shelf was too high but the bracket was already in the wall. But I'm glad to have the room to hang dress shirts and other ironing items. And a lot at the opposite side of the room. 

We're headed to Gatlinburg to meet some friends tomorrow and then it's back to the real world next week! This is our first trip to there so please let me know if you have any suggestions on what to do or where to eat?

1 comment:

Lee and Kim said...

Wow, that looks great! You're so creative! I love Ryan's facial expression in that one photo- you can totally tell he's not really interested in being photographed! ;) He was still probably a better sport than Lee would've been. ha!