Ava's room

When we bought the house, there is one room we referred to as the 'stupid room' as it was the smallest room, biggest closet, and 2 doors. We set it up as an office and library. Worked great.

With Ava, we decided that the time had come, the office is going away, it's the nursery. We'd discussed the very thing when we bought the house. 

So, this had the last of the original carpet. So I replaced the carpet. Katie ordered a wall decal set that I made work with the crib. 

Today I hung adjustable shelves so the largest closet in the house can be put to better use. It's a mix of baby stuff and kitchen stuff. 

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The new carpet is much better. I put down extra padding so it should be extra soft for babies and standing changing diapers.

I really like the decals. It makes the room look nice.

And the closet. With this installed, I am DONE with this room. Only a 6 month project?

Some nasty dirty carpet. I painted the walls before replacing the carpet, knowing I didn’t care about the old stuff.

Did a pretty good job of getting the carpet the right size. Not much left over.

I’d bought carpet laying tools when I bought the house and layed the other carpets. I am 1 extension set short. So I improvised.

My little Diva

She LOVES the mirror section at a store. I don't know where the hands behind the back came from, but she is adorable!

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I made a shoe rack for behind the front door

I bought a bundle of fifteen 1x2s for $12. There are some pretty twisted, gnarly looking boards in the bundle. My dad taught me how to selectively cut with the twists and kinks in mind so the project turns out in the end. I've only 1 wonky spot I am not happy about. I used 3/4 of the bundle of wood with only a dozen of so 6 inch scraps left over.

It's built with tools my wife has gotten me over the last couple of birthdays. I love tools.

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The shoe rack is designed to fit behind the door. I’ve notched it to fit around the baseboard. It’s extended across the heat register to dry gloves and is rounded so I don’t bang my lag on the corner.

The inner space worked out to be perfectly square. Not sure how that happened, but I will pretend it’s planned.

The door opens flush against the table.

The lower shelf is angled so big shoes can fit toes towards the back.

Gloves, hats, shoes, & boots all fit on the little table. I think I like it.

I made a home made potty seat for the toilet

Bella is telling us when she's gone poop now, asking for a diaper change. Time to see if she's ready to potty train now.

She won't sit on the toilet and go (You will need to ask Katie the story on that one when you get a chance). Theory is she feels like she will fall in.

So I made this seat out of a 1/4 inch acrylic I had gotten it to use as a face for my router table. I guess it has other uses now.

I probably shouldn't mention that I dreamed up this design…

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Laying out the plexiglass to trace the toilet to make the potty seat.

This is the only circle bit I have. It’ doesn’t work very well, but it got the job done and it only cost a couple of bucks.

The edges where sanded on my belt sander after I cut them. This leaves a smooth but tetured surface.

Gotta LOVE flame polishing acrylic sheeting.

Leaves the edge very smooth, clear, and no micro-cracks to start a big crack in the future.

Letting the inspector examine my workmanship. See the oblong shaped ‘business end’?

This snaps on for easy cleaning. This is just a nylon strap with snaps on each end.

It closes flat and makes it look professional.

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Isabella at 1 year old – the weekly uber-cute

Starting today, every week for 2 months, I shall post a photo of Bella. Why? Because Thursdays are good, and so are these photos!

Bella Looking through the Deck Railing

This photo was taking by a friend of mine, Isiah. You can see his work on his facebook page..