Last week I joined the Heap of Change Challenge put on by Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors.
Donna put out the challenge to change an area in your home, to declutter, to reimagine, to simplify. The party has been going on the entire month of January but I only decided to join in last Thursday. That is when I showed you the beginnings of my workbench makeover. To give you a recap, this is what my workbench looked like before.
My husband and I had moved our workbench from our old home into our new home 23 years ago. It was still as sturdy as the day it was built (30 years ago) but it needed a little makeover. So, last Thursday you saw the beginnings of my workbench revamping. Keeping the old workbench in place, I added two extra feet, giving me 6 square feet of new usable work space.
This week, the first order of business was to make shelves to sit above the workbench to hold bins for all my nails, screws, hooks, wire, tacks….everything that was previously in drawers sitting on top of the workbench will now be elevated off the workbench to give more workspace.
The above pictures show my shelves in process. Three 1×6 by 6ft lengths as well as thin plywood (this was originally 2ft by 4ft) were all painted white.
Used 2 scrap pieces of 1×6 by 12 1/2″ to make ends for the shelves. These were nailed and glued into place.
Used my stapler which can also shoot tiny little brads and glue to attach the backing to the shelves (this was the thin plywood cut in half)
In progress…the shelves are made. Had to take the pegboard down from the wall behind the workbench. Doors are down from the cabinet for painting and the pegboard on the side has been given a coat of paint.
Checked out a few stores before finding these great bins at the Dollar Tree. All together I spent $12.
It took several hours to move all my bits and pieces over to my new bins and label so that I can find what I need when I need it. I’ve never been more organized in my life. These bins make me happy.
This is the cabinet that sits above my workbench. It’s an old kitchen cabinet that my brother had pulled out of a house he was rehabbing years ago. Besides painting it hunter green, nothing had been done to the cabinet since it was installed, also 22 years ago. (Hunter green was popular then, don’t judge me)
Painted the cabinet white and headed over to The Graphics Fairy and found this cool vintage advertising graphic of a rubber stamp factory in Baltimore. Since I used to work in Baltimore, this would be perfect for my cabinet.
In Publisher, I blew up my image to the size of my cabinet and then printed it out on tissue paper.
This was then modpodged onto my now white cabinet. Big change!
The last project for this side of the room was to do something with this pegboard. I knew where everything was, but if I look at it objectively, (or even not objectively ) it’s kind of messy.
Yes, that is the same pegboard all painted white and reorganized.
I have decided that I don’t particularly like painting pegboards though. If you use the normal back and forth painting motion you’ll fill in all the holes. It probably would have been easier to take down and spray paint it .
My tiered server that I showed how to make last week now has a new home. It makes a great paint caddy.
The shelf is now installed. Also added a rusty iron thingy found in Maine and a magnet board made from old roofing tins. (I’ll show you how to make one for yourself in a future post)
I now am so organized and have so much workspace I don’t know what to do with myself. In all this organization, however, I’ve lost my main hammer…how can I be so organized and lose my hammer?
Next week I’ll reveal the wall to the left of the workbench which houses my miter saw. It’s looking awesome, just not ready for it’s big reveal yet. Stay tuned.
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