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DIY Lockers as DVD Storage

We went through a phase early in our marriage — before Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime — when we figured it was a better use of our money to purchase movies from the Blockbuster previously viewed section than to rent movies.

Often nearly the same price, and we could watch the movie more than one night. We were so brilliant and financially responsible. So now, even though we have gone through a few movie purging sessions, we still have A LOT of DVDs.

At least considering we've never really had a place to put them. In the practice house we kept them in these bins with lids on a shelf. It sort of worked. Except that to get a DVD out we had to figure out which bin the DVD we wanted was in, pull the bin out, get the DVD and then put the bin away. I'm sure you can already spot the biggest problem here. DVDs NEVER got put away. So we had stacks and stacks of them on the mantle below where our TV hung.

When we moved to the new house? The bins came with us, but they just sat on the floor in a stack below the TV. Also with stacks and stacks of DVD cases that never got put away. So, when I purchased my Lockers awhile ago, it seemed like a pretty great solution to my DVD problem. The DVDs can be HIDDEN, but yet EASILY VIEWABLE. Win! Win!

Using the existing shelf as a template for the measurements, Mr. Maker and I cut a bunch of shelves from some plywood we already had on hand, using a table saw.

Then, I used #10 1/2" screws & 1" L Brackets in the existing machine drilled holes for the shelves. This was actually a little time-consuming. Especially since I put the brackets in the first locker before realizing that, of course, the screws used on the interior wall for one locker were the same screws that needed to be used on the adjacent locker. Duh. So I had to take them out and add an L Bracket to the other side of the wall.

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Still working on decorating, etc. around them, but I did pick up a globe while on our trip to Bell Buckle especially for the top of the lockers. It makes me happy.

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I'm loving them! And sort of wishing I had another set to put in the front entryway by the door for shoes...

DIY Industrial Curtain Rods

So I'm assuming you noticed the AWESOME curtain rods we made for our lovely new curtains, right? If you're like me and don't really love traditional curtain hardware, this is a wonderful option!

And really easy! 
I like easy.
The most difficult part was finding someone at the home improvement store to cut the pipe for me! OK, even that was pretty easy.

For each curtain rod, you'll need

[2] 1/2" black iron floor flanges [2] 1/2" x 1" black steel nipples (longer if you'd like your rods further out from the wall. in the picture above we used 2.5", but have switched to 1") 
[2] 1/2" black iron elbows [1] 1/2" black steel pipe cut to your dimensions
Mineral Spirits
Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Hammered Metal

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At the home improvement store you'll find the steel pipe in various shorter lengths, but also in something like 10 foot lengths as well. They can cut all of the pipe and re-thread it to work with the fittings. This is especially good to note when doing more than one window. Much cheaper to have 1 10' pipe cut down into 3 sections than to use the almost-correct-length shorter pipe.

The pipe in particular will be greasy. 
This isn't Pottery Barn. :) 
This stuff is made to be put in the ground for gas lines. So, use mineral spirits to clean it up, along with the other pieces.

Go ahead and screw all the pieces together in the arrangement shown above. With the hammered metal spray paint, give the whole thing a good coat and after it dries, give it another.

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Once it's completely dry — I'd give it AT LEAST 24 hours, longer if you can stand it — and you're ready to attach your curtain rod to the wall!

You will need to put your curtains onto the rod before hanging them. You won't be able to change out your curtains easily. However, if this is a must, I recommend using rings with clips to hang your curtains, but you'll still need to thread the rings onto the rod before it goes on the wall.

I'm perhaps a tad paranoid and hate putting anything on the wall that isn't attached to a stud, so I highly recommend anchoring your rod to a wall stud. Building codes dictate that you'll have about 3" of wood on either side of a window opening, which is helpful to know. If you don't anchor them into the stud, make sure you use the proper hardware to attach them to the drywall, just like you would need to with any curtain rods.

Once it's up, step back and enjoy!

You might even want to start practicing saying, "Thanks! I made them!" cuz you're going to start hearing it a lot. ;)

xoxo Lori Danelle

New Curtains!

I'm looking forward to a week enjoying my NEW CURTAINS!!!!

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Yes, despite Mr. Maker and I both being sick, we finally managed to get these things up! And what do you think of my fancy, DIY curtain rods??

Perhaps not everyone's style, but they are PERFECT for us. I LOVE them so much!

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The bright colors are making me so happy! I really don't think there's a more perfect fabric out there for me right now.

I really want to keep our spaces light, open and airy, but I'm a bold, bright color kind-of-gal, so I was craving some loud colors! The curtains completely changed the room. I think I'm going to spend my week sitting on my couch just staring at how wonderful they are.

Yeah right. As if I had time for that. . . or could actually sit still for any length of time!

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What I'm actually itching to do now is re-finish our dining room table!

And hang some of the artwork & pictures that have been piling up in our drawers instead of being put on a wall.

Yeah, I'll probably tackle that one before the table. :) 
How about you? What are you exited for this week?

xoxo Lori Danelle