A Shelf and Wall in ONE

Finishing major projects in 24 hours is amazing. I LOVE IT.

Maple and I have been subsisting in a relatively shelfless existence. We have a few, scrapped together from TS finds but they are cluttered, dusty and generally frustrating. The shelf below holds all our pots and pans and lids (located out of sight behind the stacked pots), all our toiletries and first aid gear and all our tupperware, growlers, water bottles and cookie cutters. The shelf is also roughly 3’x4′.

945364_791950104122_163234075_nClutter, clutter, clutter. Always clutter.

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Maple and myself have dreamed of a big, giant, comfy shelf for months. The only real roadblock to this reality has been Maple and myself refusing to spend the money to build the shelf. In the same spirit of savoring, of creating the space we want now, we bit the bullet and spent a good portion of our Homebuild reserve on installing actual running water in the Garagehome (blog post on that coming as soon as that project is completed!), and building a dividing wall/giant shelf in the Garagehome that separates the kitchen area and the living area.

BAM.

BAM.

Maple and myself started this project at 10 PM on Friday and worked til 2 AM. Maple was purchasing plumbing supplies with a buddy (who had already installed plumbing in his house so was going with Maple to help him out) at 8 AM, so we started on the shelf again as soon as Maple got home at 1 PM. We finished the shelf at roughly 10 PM and then cleaned until 11 PM. The whole project took roughly 24 hours and the end result was so worth it. Maple and myself are dealing with something completely new in the Garagehome: extra space. We simply don’t know what to do with it.

If you click through the following photos really quickly you can watch the shelf be built in real time.

The supplies.

The supplies.

More supplies.

More supplies.

A shelf will go here.

A shelf will go here.

Maple surveys this chunk of concrete for the last time.

Maple surveys this chunk of concrete for the last time.

We begin.

We begin.

Measure, measure.

Measure, measure.

One end built.

One end built.

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Frame is up.

Frame is up.

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Blurry busy.

Blurry busy.

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Beginning to look like a shelf...

Beginning to look like a shelf…(I love how the mask is peeking through.)

Cutting the backing.

Cutting the backing.

All done!

All done!

We splurged on the nice plywood.

We splurged on the nice plywood.

Orange 2x4 filled the gap.

Orange 2×4 filled the gap.

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Upcycled wood from the TS acts as a base to hang pots from.

Upcycled wood from the TS acts as a base to hang pots from.

Making braces for shelves.

Making braces for shelves.

Using the pneumatic stapler.

Using the pneumatic stapler.

Shelves beginning to go in.

Shelves beginning to go in.

SO MANY SHELVES.

SO MANY SHELVES.

It is late. We are tired. But the shelf is built.

It is late. We are tired. But the shelf is built.

Due to the muddy nature of our yard building outside was not an option. Which meant that we lived in an absolute pigsty of a clustermess of chaos for 24-hours-that-felt-like-72-hours. Everything got covered in a thick layer of sawdust (Who didn’t think of covering up everything with sheets? This entrepreneurial couple.) On the bright side, that’s a mistake you only make once.

This is what everything looked like.

This is what everything looked like.

This much sawdust. On everything.

This much sawdust. On everything.

But we go this. So worth it.

But we got this. So worth it.

We painted the outside on the Wallshelf a lighter green than the surrounding walls. It’s the perfect color of pale green (though it didn’t show up on my cameraphone very well.) The last step was sanding down and covering up all the screw holes.

Just one last coat of paint needed.

Just one last coat of paint needed.

All finished.

All finished.

Cheers and Love,

Maple and Me

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6 thoughts on “A Shelf and Wall in ONE

  1. I so get this. Our house had very few shelves in the beginning too. This life is a great work in progress. Nice wall, shelf, good work!

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