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April 13, 2015

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend! We are in full playroom makeover mode over here. We spent the weekend getting supplies, staining, sanding, painting, and moving furniture. Honestly, the house is in disarray. We sold the Ikea Expedit shelf and the file cabinet that was in the office, and everything that was on shelves or in the cabinet is spread all over the house. We’re still trying to figure out what to do with everything. I did go ahead and make a temporary home for the files, because who wants important documents at the mercy of a three and one-year-old? I’m actually pretty impressed with it.

alternate fil cabinet (1 of 1)

Yes, that is our new/old coffee table that we wrote about here last week. I am a fool for organization and this makes me really excited! Want to know why? OF COURSE you do! All I used to do this were two of these:

How exciting is that?! Nerd. I know. Seriously, though. Tension rods. That’s it! No drilling or really even measuring. We were using the chest to store the kids books, but those are currently hanging out on the floor with the rest of the chaos. I put the first tension rod in the chest, then used one of the hanging files as a guide to determine where to put the second rod.

tension rod file holder (1 of 1) alternate fil cabinet2 (1 of 1)

I did have to do a little adjusting to get rods level, but other than that, it wasn’t difficult at all.

I also got a chance to rehang the decorative shutter that we made for the shed. We had previously used mounting tape to hang it (all we had at the time). Needless to say, it fell within 24 hours of hanging it. I finally found exterior grade Command Hooks at Target. I used the drill to put two screws into the back of the shutter. I used the slats as a guide to make sure the screws were even. Then I wrapped a piece of picture wire around the screws.

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(I didn’t even bother to remove the mounting tape.) After the wire was around the screws, I tightened them with the drill. Then I put the Command Hooks on the shed and rehung the shutter.

shutter redo4 (1 of 1)

I had to put the succulents back in the slats, because they fell out when the shutter fell. If you missed it, you can read the post on how I made the shutter here.

Unfortunately, there was one thing I failed at fixing this weekend. My favorite bowl.

shutter redo4 (1 of 1)

The bowl fell when Emerson was trying to grab an apple. It actually broke into four separate pieces. I was able to glue the first two pieces back together successfully. The third piece? Not so much. Somehow a small piece of ceramic got stuck between the second and third pieces while I was trying to glue them together. By the time I realized why they weren’t fitting together, it was too late. I tried to separate the pieces the next day, but despite looking fragile, I couldn’t pull them apart. I plan to keep the bowl. I can’t use it for fruit anymore, but I’m hoping that I can eventually find some use for it or its pieces. So sad. I loved this bowl. I know I already said that…

On to happier news! Here is a sneak peek of what we have been working on for the playroom:

light fixture playroom (1 of 1)

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