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Monday, October 6, 2014

diy industrial garment rack - tutorial.

You all remember the DIY Industrial Garment Rack we made last month?
Click here if you missed the story and's a wee insight into our household dynamic.
And my often wacky brain :-)

I promised you the tutorial so here it is!  This was a lot of fun to make and not only did it work perfectly for our overflow of guests last month, it looks awesome too.  Well, according to me at least...

Let's start with the materials. I'm listing the prices for everything [even items I already owned] so you can get a true cost of the project.
materials list and cost:
[1] galvanized pipe [cut in 2 for the vertical bars] @ $14
[1] galvanized pipe [for the top horizontal bar] @ $9.28
[2] galvanized elbows @ $1.62 each = $3.24
[2] galvanized flanges [the cool circle things in the image above] @ $5.17 each = $10.34
[4] casters/wheels @ $3.44 each = $13.76
[8] bolts @ $0.24 each = $1.92
[8] washers @ $0.11 each = $0.88
[8] nuts @ $0.06 each = $0.48
[1] 2x6 radius edge cedar plank* [cut in 3 for the base] @ $11.07
[1] 2x6 whitewood stud plank [cut in 2 for the underneath supports] @ $4.26
[1] can Minwax dark walnut wood stain [already owned; used about 1/4 can] @ $4.78
= $74.01 total out of my pocket, not bad!
[*I could've easily used another whitewood stud plank which would've been $7 cheaper, but I liked the rounded edge on the cedar plank]

optional materials, highly recommended:
GoJo pumice hand soap [easiest way to clean the pipes; already owned] @ $3.29
clear spray paint [for sealing the pipe; already owned] @ $3.76
= $81.06 total with optional items

Why I recommend the optional materials:
Have you ever handled galvanized pipe? It's dirty and greasy!
Since this garment rack was going to hold...well...garments, I definitely didn't want dirt and grease anywhere near my guest's clothes. So I wanted to clean the life out of the pipes and fittings, hence the GoJo which worked a treat.

Fair warning: the GoJo will make the pipes shiny so if you don't want that, don't use the GoJo...
but the alternative would be scrubbing those pipes with soapy water for *hours*.  I didn't think I'd like the shiny pipes but I ended up liking the contrast against the rustic wood so it all worked out.

All right! Let's get cookin', shall we?
1. measure and cut the 2x6 cedar plank into [3] 32" long pieces. these pieces will become the base of your rack.
[measuring and marking at 32" long].
2. measure and cut the 2x6 whitewood stud plank into [2] 15" inch long pieces. they will be used on the underside to join the base planks together.
3. lay the 3 top planks upside down and place some nails between the boards to provide a little spacing
4. place the the [2] 15" inch long pieces across the 3 top planks.
5. screw the 15" long pieces to the 3 planks. so not only are these 15" long pieces being used for joining, they're adding extra weight and stability to the rack.

winner winner!
[underside of the wood base].
6. screw the wheels to the 4 corners.
7. stain the wood your desired color; I dry brushed it on so the finish is a bit rustic.
8. flip the base over so it's right-side up.
9. screw the galvanized pipes together, placing the elbows at the top and the flanges at the bottom.
10. have someone hold the pipe setup on the wood base so you can see where you want to secure the flanges to the wood.
11. mark and drill the bolt holes:
[drill holes for flanges].
12. we'll be attaching the metal flange to the top of the rack with bolts, washers, and nuts. optional: drill out a recessed area so the washer is sunk into the wood. again, this part is totally optional; the washer sitting flush against the wood is completely fine.
[totally optional: drill recessed area for washer].
13. drop the bolts through the holes, slide a washer on, and tighten the nut:
[underside with bolt, washer and nut].
And voila, you have yourself a unique industrial garment rack...with wheels. shazam!

Don't you just love the base?

Thanks friends, hope this all makes sense! Of course please ask any questions you like in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer them.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

forever fall, feeling vintage.

There's something truly magical about October.

It's that first cold snap. The smell of fires burning in neighborhood fireplaces.
It's that time of year when I start eyeing my sweaters and vests. I can't wait to start layering.

And though I love decorating with vintage goodies all year round, when October comes I seem to reach for and appreciate them even more. I guess it's that sense of history and sense of place. I yearn for it in the Fall.

Today that meant nestling some vintage doorknobs and door plates in with my white pumpkins.
Absolutely adore the sparkle on those doorknobs!
[white pumpkins with vintage door hardware].
We picked this hardware up about 15 years ago at an architectural salvage store.  Salvage stores are wonderful treasure troves...I can spend hours there.

It's also where we scored some gorgeous vintage salvaged windows, like this one we hung above the fireplace:
[vintage salvaged window].
Here are the instructions for how we hung it ; it was easy and she has a good story!

Everywhere I look lately, I'm spying incredible vintage happiness. Like this Volvo in East Portland:
[volvo, east portland].
Amazing, right? What I wouldn't give to cruise around in that baby.

While not strictly vintage, this adorable little creamer I found certainly has that vintage vibe, not to mention delicious Fall color:
[vintage-style creamer].

Of course there is always and forever the wonderful home section of Anthropologie, where this delightful beauty shot to #1 on my wishlist:
[oh Anthro, you got me. again.]

Last but not least...I was installing a server at a client's new office last week.
I about fell over when I saw this salvaged sliding barn door:
[salvaged sliding barn door].
You guys would be super proud of took every fiber of my being not to rip it off the track and run out the door with it. But I didn't.

Only because it's too heavy for me to carry.

I did, however, get the name of the guy that sourced and installed it  :-)
I'm not *completely* insane.

Till next time, friends!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

diy industrial garment rack - reveal.

[diy industrial garment rack].
11:02 pm.  here I am again, lying awake thinking about all the projects I'd like to make with galvanized pipe.

[what do you mean I'm the only one who does this at night?! that can't be true.]

11:11 pm.   oh nuts! I just remembered we've got guests coming and there are more of them than there are guest rooms in our house.

11:26 pm.   I guess someone will have to sleep in the Mr.'s office...we can move one of the guest beds in there.  that's cool, but there's no closet in that room.

11:39 pm.   eureka! we can make a rolling garment rack out of galvanized pipe!  they can hang their clothes up and there will be a base for their suitcase, or shoes, or whatever.

11:40 pm.   zzzzzzzz....

I woke up the next morning and couldn't wait to tell the Mr. all about my great and wonderful plan...

"Guess what?" says I.
"Uh-oh, what now Lucy?" says he.
whenever I get a totally awesome idea, for some reason, I Love Lucy leaps to his mind.  I don't understand this.

"I'm going to make something" me, all smiles.
"Okkkkk" like a fool, he cautiously wades in.

Yea, that's kind of how most projects start around here.  So we went from this:
[the supplies].
to this:
[diy industrial garment rack with shelf].
I am in love with this industrial garment rack!

Now before you think I made it all for form and no function...well maybe I did.
...after our guests all leave, I'll be taking this wonderful rack for my very own.

Winner winner!
[diy industrial garment rack].

I'll have the tutorial and supply list up soon.
**EDIT** here be the tutorial! hooray!

But as always if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to ask them in the Comments below and I'll be happy to answer them.

Thanks for reading, friends!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

diy: black and white velvet pumpkins.

[easy diy velvet pumpkins and pillow cover].
Happy Fall, friends!

I don't know about you, but I simply couldn't wait for Fall to arrive.

Even though Fall doesn't officially start till the Autumnal Equinox on September 23, for me the first of September is my signal to start thinking about jeans tucked into boots. vests over turtlenecks.  cool days followed by cozy nights under a blanket.  my first pumpkin spice latte of the year.  yummm.

And of course velvet pumpkins!

A couple of years ago, I created a ton of oh-so-easy velvet pumpkins [click here for the detailed tutorial]. I made them in delicious colors like silvery-blue, deep olive, champagne, burnt orange, and rich chocolate brown.
[the original batch of velvet pumpkins].
I still adore that first batch, and you bet your knee-high boots I already brought them out and scattered them around the house. But this year I wanted to create a black and white Halloween vignette so I whipped up some black and white pumpkins using crushed velvet from Joann's and real pumpkin stems I've been hoarding since last year's [real] pumpkins hit the compost heap.

[easy diy velvet pumpkins and pillow cover].
Did you spy that delightful skull pillow in the back? I made that easy-sew pillow cover with some black and white skull fabric [also from Joann's!]
Pillow covers are a super-simple, inexpensive way to change out your decor for the seasons. If you want to make your own, here's the detailed tutorial including measurements.
[easy diy velvet pumpkins and pillow cover].

Thanks as always for reading, friends!  Here's to another wonderful Fall season!

Please let me know in the Comments below if you have any questions and I'll happily answer them if I can.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

a splendid summer - hiking Cape Falcon on the Oregon Coast

[down to the beach]. 
Whew! It's been a hot summer here in Portland. how has yours been?
To escape the heat, we've spent a lot of days hiking at the Oregon coast.

[Did you know that the entire 362 miles of Oregon's coastline is public land? Dang I love this state.]

One of our favorite hikes is at Cape Falcon, located in the Oswald West State Park about 10 miles south of Cannon Beach. We've done this hike 3 times and I'm ready to do it again!

Very important side note.

Now this is critical, pay close attention.

If you go through Cannon Beach, you must stop at Bruce's Candy Kitchen for the bestest saltwater taffy ever. Flavors galore! My favorite is the Marionberry of course. Jim's is vanilla. Three to five pounds seems to be our sweet spot.
[saltwater taffy, oh my!]
Ok. Now that we've loaded up the obligatory taffy, we can motor south to Cape Falcon.

There are a couple of trails here, the one we like is an easy to moderate 2.5 mile out-and-back hike [5 miles round trip] to the top of the Cape. At the top, you're rewarded with incredible views to the north and south.
[at the trailhead].

This trail winds through dense forests so it's wonderfully cool and shady. Perfect for those hot summer days. The trees are all gorgeous of course, even the fallen ones. Maybe especially the fallen ones, like this beauty:
[gorgeous trees and nursery stumps].
The trail is lovely and well-maintained.  It's described as family-friendly by and I'd definitely agree.
[on the trail].
We splashed through a couple of creeks and came upon a nice view of Blumenthal Falls, which feeds directly down to the ocean...

Just 1 more mile to go at this point, and then of course there's the big payoff at the top.
Where you can rest and eat taffy and listen to the waves and the birds.
[north view from the Cape].

What about you guys? How have you stayed cool this summer?
If you have any favorite trails, you know I'd love to hear about them!

Till next time...get outdoors and keep hiking!


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