New Year ~ New Projects

Happy New Year!!

Well, it's time to start back to the reality of life and get back on schedules. We sent Aaron back to work today, and he didn't seem very sad about it ๐Ÿ˜‚.  Honestly, I'm pretty jazzed about trying to get organized for 2018! 
Me getting organized๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช (Victor standing randomly in the background)
At home I have projects here and there that we have been working on to improve the interior of our home.  I am not a super organized person, but I absolutely crave functionality!  In August I dreamed up a master plan of DIY projects we could do on a tight budget in our house to improve function and also mirror the mountain cottage look of our house. 

Over the break, Aaron๐Ÿ˜ made my dreams come true by completing Number Two on my project list by building a set of shelves in an area of our house that I call the Weird Hallway (also, Stupid Hallway and sometimes Worthless Space Hallway).  Which is a hallway between our dining room and kitchen, below the picture is taken from the kitchen through the pass-through, you can see the dining room doorway on the right there and to the far left is the doorway to the mud room.  

We've lived in this house 10 years now, and I have never been able to make anything work in this corner!!! I am serious, I have tried almost every piece of furniture you could imagine here. 

I was inspired while visiting my best friend in Connecticut this summer, she is kind of a design genius (more on her later).  She has some beautiful built-in shelves in her kitchen that house her special dining pieces, cookbooks, and some drawers on the bottom for extra storage.  SO, with that in mind I wanted to use these shelves as a place for my pretty cookbooks, and colorful kitchen pieces that normally sit hidden in a cabinet.

To put together this project, we purchased the following:
-10 Black decorative shelf brackets (originally bought 15 to have 3 brackets per shelf, but once we got started felt confident that we only needed 2 brackets and a lip/brace at the corner wall)
-5 Whitewood boards 1" x 12" x 6' like these (honestly the boards are personal preference, you just need to find what you like best for your area)  
*you can stain or paint your boards for added detail, I was just so anxious to get the darn thing put together I figured I would do that later 
*Note Aaron used 2 1/2 inch flat head cabinet screws like these to secure into the brackets into the studs instead of the hardware that came with the brackets.

Next Aaron cut each board to fit our desired area, keeping the scraps to fashion braces for the corners.

Securing the brackets.
Securing the brackets, making sure all is level. 
Aaron is so good at making things level (unlike myself ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Fitting the boards.

Fitting the boards.

Boards on, now ready to secure to the corner.

Corners secured!

I could hardly wait to start trying different things on the shelves.

This was a super simple project, and cost us about $150 in materials to complete (we already had the screws from a previous project).  I am ready to tackle the next project (but will give Aaron some time to recover ๐Ÿ˜‰).

Well, thanks for joining my circus!!  I'll have to share with you my Number One project from the plan soon too ๐Ÿ˜Š!!