I have been doing a lot of thinking the past few months about the state of this little blog of mine. I don’t even know how many of you are still coming regularly as daily readers or if most of you are popping in from another site and then leaving. It seems that blogging is evolving and either way, whatever way you are here…I want to thank you for your continued support.
I feel like I have pulled away a bit personally on here and in large part it has been due to some personal struggles which I have been dealing with over the last year. This last year has been a doozy and I am ready to put it behind me.
But, as far as the blog goes, I have decided that I need to interject myself back into my site more and involve you more with some of the behind the scenes and our family life. I realize that blogs show the prettiest pictures with scenes that have been carefully staged.
I feel like there may be some of you interested in HOW I come up with creating a design to go in my home or how I go about working on a design or a creation. Are there any of you who may be interested in this? I realize this puts me in a more vulnerable position as you see things in real time.
So…with that said, I would like to share how we built a kitchen hutch for displaying dishes. We recently remodeled our kitchen last year and I just shared how we added wood planks to our ceiling. The reason I have not shared anymore is because the kitchen is still not completely finished. Five kids, work schedules and family life has a way of making it hard to find time to get everything finished…but we are getting really close. I thought I would share more of the step-by-step process.
I tend to always get these ideas in my head of how I want something to look. I first started visualizing a dish hutch in my kitchen when I spotted this picture. I LOVED the idea of having white dishes displayed in a white hutch. I am obsessed with white lately!
So I drew up a plan to build a hutch knowing I couldn’t fork over the dough to purchase the one I really wanted…like this one from Restoration Hardware. I also have a fairly small area in my kitchen where it would go and we needed it to fit some specific dimensions so that we could fit it next to our table in the dining area we have. We also are able to fit it to our specific needs and tastes.
Since we could no longer find this particular image on the RH website anymore, we could not get the specific dimensions which we could use to plan our own. So my math whiz of a husband, Mr. Idea Room, took measures (literally) into his own hands. Don’t ask me how he figured it out, but he came up with a proportional design.
Then with a basic drawing and some measurements, we head to our local hardware store and spend some time looking at what is available and picking out the type of wood and molding pieces we will need to give us a look as close to what we are picturing in our heads.
Sometimes this involves a lot of discussion that we must carry out while sitting in the molding aisle. Yep! Pretty classy right?! Because sometimes we think we both have the SAME idea in our head only to find out we don’t. The employees know us well and often help us in our planning sessions. Ha ha!
Sometimes they will even cut our plywood in nice straight lines for us so we have perfect cuts to make sides and shelves for our hutch. Thanks Nathan! This was part of our Friday date night.
Then first thing Saturday morning we get started. Lots of cutting wood, gluing and measuring and measuring again.
And here you can see where we usually work on our projects…right in the garage where my car is supposed to go. We actually have TWO separate projects happening right now. One project is our kitchen table that is almost done (which is a miracle in and of itself considering we started it last November)!!! The other is the beginnings of the kitchen hutch.
We built the bulk of it in about 7 hours on Saturday. This included the time it takes for the glue to dry and set before being able to move on the next portions.
Since we do have 5 kids, we usually are working while trying to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble. So we have encouraged them to work right along side us. We have a big box of scrap wood that the kids are allowed to use for their own projects.
They have built boats, stools, “creative thingys” and so forth. This particular day the two girls decided to build a doll house for their La La Loopsy Dolls. We cut all the wood for them if they want the wood to be a certain size but they do all the hammering of nails, wood glue, screws and painting themselves.
But, the kids are not always this entertained with building. Sometimes they build a big huge fort in the house or play outside in the sprinklers…and I always have a big mess to “help” them clean up afterwards.
Then this past Wednesday, we had a state holiday. My husband had the day off from work so we decided to spend the first half of the day finishing up the hutch and more of the kitchen table. We had to just some finish work and then the sanding and painting. I think this picture my daughter took of me painting is pretty hilarious. I had no idea he was back there relaxing while I was slaving away :)…figures (hehe)!
I can’t wait to share the final picture. Oh…and we might have accidently banged the top on the door when we were carrying this beast into the kitchen…so a minor repair must be made before she is ready to show…oopsie!