Sunday, 13 December 2015

Easy DIY Spice Rack..

And it really is easy. The Spice jars were taking up so much space and I could never find the spice I was looking for so I built this Simple D.I.Y. Spice Rack to fit the inside of our cabinet door. It does a perfect job of storing them all leaving lots of extra space and no more searching. So if you want to make one too - I recommend it. This really was very easy to do. And quick! I made this in a few hours one evening.Here's what you need:  (This was made before I had any power tools so it's even easier and quicker if you have a power drill and a jigsaw)

1.Wood strips. I got mine from Woodies or you can use scrap wood.

2.Tape Measure.

3.Rusty old Saw. I know mine looks bad but worked just fine. 

12 of  these 'L' shaped brackets (they come in sets of 4 in Woodies for around €2)

  1. Screw Driver (or if you have a power screw driver thing-even better)
  1. 1cm screws x 24 (that are so hard to hold onto and that's why the pliers!)
  1. 2 cm screws  x 6 to add the front bars of the rack.
  1. And a hammer

STEP ONE: The first thing you need to do is measure inside your cabinet door and check to see how much space you have so your door closes completely once the spice rack is installed.  THIS IS IMPORTANT  You don't want to make it too big so that your doors don't close properly. So cut once MEASURE TWICE.


Cut your wood strips. Measurements may be different depending on the size of your cabinetry but mine were as follows. 

For the Frame sides-cut 2 pieces @ 5cm Wide x 50cm Long

For the Frame Top & Bottom-cut 2 pieces @ 5cm Wide x 31cm Long

For the Shelves-cut 2 pieces @ 5cm Wide x 31cm Long

Use the 'L' Brackets and the 1cm Screws to put the frame together

STEP THREE: Once your wood pieces are cut just line them up as in the photos above. Make sure to leave enough spacing between the top of the spice jar and the shelf above it so that you can pop it in and out easily. You need to leave about two and a half centimeters of space here t have some 'wiggle room'. You don't want them to be too snug in there so be sure to  leave enough space and measure twice on this step also.


Next mark where you want to put your shelf. I put a little line on each piece (see above) so if it moves you can just line it back up without measuring all over again.

STEP FIVE:Screw in the corner brackets to hold your shelves in place.

Next add the front 'bars'.You need 3 strips of wood @ 32cm long x 2cm Wide.  

You will use the 2cm screws for this step. 

Sand off any rough edges. (only takes a few minutes)

Then attach the rack to the door with the same 'L' Brackets.

I found it hard to hold the tiny screw in place while holding the door, the bracket and spice rack all at the same time so I found the sticky tape handy

If you have big paws like me then this pliers is handy.

If you look closely you'll see the wood started to split where I screwed in the front bars and afterwards I learned you need to drill a pilot hole first so this does not happen. We live and learn.


Make sure your screw is short enough so that it doesn't come through the cabinet door. I measured mine carefully but even then I screwed it very slowly with my hand on the front of the door constantly checking that the door wasn't beginning to crack.  I had no problems here it worked out just fine but I'd advise to take your time on this step anyway as you don't want to ruin the front of your lovely kitchen cabinets! 

And that's it for now. Happy

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Hand Knit Bob The Builder

Remember This Little Guy?
Is anyone else fascinated by the talents of people who knit? Well I am. I cannot knit for nuts. And when Bob the Builder was all the range years ago My Auntie Claire didn't just run out and buy the plastic version  of him. Oh no - she made her very own hand knitted version of him for my son (who is now 16) so he's been in the attic all those years well over a decade now. Bob that is, not my son. Although we do have two imaginary people called Bridget and Mary who live in our attic and they're responsible for all the things that get lost or broken! But sin scĂ©al eile. So ya, this little guy gets my vote or at least the work that went into him. He even has his own ittle hammer and tool belt made separately! So cute..

Actually I just realised he even has a special little holder thingy on the back of his tool belt for his hammer. Really amazing details! So you can see why I couldn't part with him. Recently my Aunt offered to teach me how to knit so I might just take up knitting in my old age. And we all know what Bob the Builder would say...

Or was that Obama?

Monday, 7 December 2015

Super Easy DIY 'NO-SEW' - Recovered Bar Stools

The before looks really bad but these chairs were actually still so comfy to sit on and still very sturdy so I decided to recover them. 

So this a close up of the cat claw damage....  

And here's the after before the next battering from the cats of course. They're clawing as we speak. We gave up shooing them off stuff long ago. That's how it is if you have cats.

I use an old cushion to get a more plump seat
It was just meant to be a quick fix but I think they turned out really great and took so little time to do (approx one hour per chair).  Oh! and I stuck in an old cushion to each stool to make them a bit plumper as they had gotten a little deflated over the years.

One other thing I did was use the reverse side of the fabric.  Here's a photo of the 'right' side of the fabric and while it's really nice I just didn't think the white stripe would be suitable for kitchen use so I flipped it and luckily the reverse side had a black fleck of thread going through the white stripe which gives it a more grainier look and I think it looks just as great and will be easier to keep clean.

The flip side...

This is all you need. A good Staple gun and sissors.

Here's a close up of some stapling and tucking details. You can barely see that one staple unless you are up close and scrutinising! 

You can just see one staple there on the black stripe but I can magic marker over that. The other staples are either hidden or landed on the white stripes so they're almost invisible.

Kevin giving me a helping hand for this part..
And here's Kevin helping me take this next pic just to show you how to flake those staples in there good and strong. I'm even seeing some pug hair on there already!! Oh yeah did I mention - we have two pugs also:-)

Here's a closer look of the above photo. I thought I'd have to add some piping here to cover the staples but because I added an extra cushion under the fabric - the seat puffed up and covered all those staples saving me that extra step.  Horray! You can see also I didn't have to cut and match up my fabric for this part. It's all one long piece of fabric. Well now wasn't that just handy dandy as that police officer lady  would say in 'Fargo' What was her name... anyway great movie.. must watch that again.

And here's a shot of the underneath. Pretty ugly but who cares it's all stapled good and tight and no one gets to see this part only aforementioned cats:-)

I'm very happy with them.Now I need to decide what colour to paint the legs. Any suggestion?