DIY Rustic Kitchen Island

Kitchen island; made to order!

Kitchen island; made to order! (That is Sherlock. He’s my inspector Kitty!)

You are gonna guess it right…my wood scrape pile is fairly large. With that said, I’ve been needing an island in the kitchen. As you all know I am short and after a big day of chopping and mixing on my kitchen counters, it starts to wear on my shoulders. So, I decided to build this island to give my shoulders a bit of a reprieve.

This post is to basically tell you if something isn’t working, build it to suit!

I built the top of this island first. I know, not very conventional, but I'm not conventional either! :P

I built the top of this island first. I know, not very conventional, but I’m not a conventional person either! ūüėõ

The top of the island is basically 1×4’s. And a ton of screws! I really need to get a jig so I can make pocket holes. (Please Santa send me a kreg¬†pocket jig ! I’ve been a really good girl!)

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I cut 2×4’s to the height that would work for me! And used 1×4 cross pieces for support which will also support a shelf.

I am not certain I like this color, but for now it will do. Mind you, I do love orange, just not sure about this particular shade. So one day on a future post you may see it a different color!

I am not certain I like this color, but for now it will do. Mind you, I do love orange, just not sure about this particular shade. So one day on a future post you may see it a different color!

Yep same as the first pic. As you can see there are two shelves. I used 1x4 cleat for the bottom shelf too.

Yep same as the first pic. As you can see there are two shelves. I used 1×4 cleat for the bottom shelf as well. ¬†Notice the kitchen cabinets and floor. I am hoping this year to get to refinishing both! Stay tuned! ūüėÄ

This island dubs as a laundry folding center and has been a great computer table. When I use it as a computer table I take off all the bottom slats and one slat on the top shelf for leg room, still giving me a shelf for books and things. This could also work as a potting table outside. Just remember to coat it with a few coats of polyurethane to protect it from the elements.

So you see, scrap wood isn’t just for kindling…This was a simple project using 1×4’s and 2×4’s for legs. It can be done with 1×2’s, 1×6’s…4×4 legs would be awesome, really limitless in what you can build with just a basic table idea.

You too can do this! I believe in YOU!

Side note: The weather has been beautiful. I hope you all find the time to go outside and enjoy the sun. Read up on how important vitamin D is for you! Sunshine is so uplifting. Sadness just has a way of seeping away as the sun warms your skin. So get out there take deep breaths and let the rays fill you with happy!

I appreciate every one of you liking, sharing, and following me. You are like the sun! Peace, Koko ‚̧

DIY Garden Gate Peace and Roses

Busy weekend, but still made time to smell the roses…

I’ve been enjoying reading up on the great blogs you all have. ¬†This weekend had me in a frenzy getting the house ready for a party. ¬†Fun, fun, fun.

I built the third gate. ¬†This gate should have been the first one. ¬†It’s the most important one; well to me it is. ¬†It leads to my garden. ¬†I open my back door and about 30 steps away is my sanctuary.

I am getting better at building these things. ¬†Faster too. ¬†With each one there have been tiny hic-ups because each is a different size and I needed to account for the weight because of the wider widths as well as land sloping up or down. ¬†All in all, it’s been fun building them. ¬†One more to go! ¬†I am hoping to have that built by next week and then…Chicken coop! Can you say, “bwok, bwok?” I can’t wait! ūüėČ

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Third gate. Zucchini plant to the left; I can already smell the zucchini bread!

The party went off without a hitch.  Great fun and lots of live music.  I finally went to sleep; 4 am came fast!

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Smelling the roses.

I so love all the pictures you all have on your blogs. All of you out there that can grow roses…I take my hat off to you! As you can see this plant has the dreaded black spots. All my neighbors tell me you can’t grow roses around here. I am starting to agree. When I lived on the west coast my roses grew prolifically. I miss them very much. My father-in law grew them and I was happy to have the chance to take over the job of caring for them. It’s one of the things I miss very much when I moved down south. Here in my garden, I am happy I got one to smell! I know this plant won’t last, but for it’s short life, I am thankful. ¬†Hope you all had a great weekend! Make the time to smell the roses. Life is short!

Thank you for your kindness and support through comments and follows!

Peace be with you, Koko‚ĚÄ

DIY Easy Garden Gate How To

Garden gate…two down, two to go!

Here’s my second gate. ¬†This one took me less time to build than the last one. ¬†Progress! (about three hours counting painting) This gate is wider than the first one, by over a foot, ¬†so I had to build into it a little more support. ¬†I also added an extra hinge in the center. ¬†I don’t know if it was necessary, however five years from now I don’t want the gate wobbling or sagging. ¬†(Though five years from now it would be nice to be living near the beach again…oh how I miss the ocean.)

Measured out the width of gate and where I wanted the bottom and top slat to be.

Measured out the width of gate and where I wanted the bottom and top slat to be.

Laid boards out and measured out the distance apart I wanted.

Laid boards out and measured out the distance apart I wanted.

Screwed all boards and drew a curved line at top of gate. I cut it out with a jig saw.

Screwed all boards and drew a curved line at top of gate. I cut it out with a jig saw.

Added cross pieces for more stability.

Added cross pieces for more stability.

Finished and painted. That's my garden behind that gate! One of my favorite crepe myrtle trees on the left. Love the blossoms!

Finished and painted. That’s my garden behind that gate! One of my favorite crepe myrtle trees on the left. Love the blossoms!

Do you enjoy building things? I’d love to hear about a project you’ve done! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read. I hope this finds you happy and healthy and that you are doing something that makes you smile. Peace, Koko‚ĚÄ