So almost a year ago I installed a wall mounted ironing board in my living room. I know that I’ve already posted about this, but I a ton of you weren’t reading my blog last year. So I thought, lets post it again. Besides, I’m super proud of myself!!!
Even if I were to give my dear husband a ”Honey Do List”, it wouldn’t get done until he was good and ready to do it. My husband is definitely one of “It’ll get done when I want to do it” kind guys. I don’t really blame him though, he’s busy at the office and when he comes home he helps out with Ellie. It doesn’t really give him a lot time to actually do these projects. So home projects normally sit half until we call a handy man to come in and finish them. With the economy the way it is, we’ve put all the projects on hold.
Today while watching Handy Manny with my daughter I thought to myself “Why do I need to wait for him? Why should we even spend the money on these projects? Why can’t I do it myself?” So that’s it, I’m going to do all the things on my “Honey Do List” myself.
So where do I begin? I’ve never done any kind of ”Home Improvement” projects on my own, unless you count hanging a few pictures and painting a bathroom or two. To my credit I have mastered putting together Pottery Barn or Cost Plus furniture so how hard could a few home improvement projects be?
First Project – The Laundry Room
I’ve always dreamed of a HUGE laundry room with a deep sink, plenty of room for an iron. Well… I have a deep sink and enough room to fit both a washer and a drier.
That ironing board you see in the picture is the Iron Board from HELL!!! It will collapse everytime you’re ironing, it takes up the whole laundry room, it’s always in the way and did I mention is collapses everytime you’re ironing? My laundry room is a disaster area and I HATE going in there. I have sink that I don’t even use. Any given day you’ll find me soaking hand wash items in the bathroom. So that’s it! Today is the day I clean up and organize my laundry room. The major component to this project? To knock out the back wall and extend the laundry room into my husbands “man room”. Just kidding Honey!! Seriously, a wall mounted hide away ironing board.
I gathered my tools or should I say, I borrowed my husbands tools…
Put a movie on the TV, filled up a sippy cup with juice, and made a kid friendly snack for Ellie. Then I was ready to be Handy.
So I never actually cut out a piece of dry wall, actually I’ve never even picked up a saw, but how hard could it be? I found my studs and they were conveniently 16? apart just like the direction said they would be. I measure 27? inched off the floor made my marks, measured some more, leveled and after about 5 minutes of trying to figure out how to turn a very scary look tool on, I started to cut. Take note, make sure you were SAFTEY GLASSES because dry wall is messy!! I’ll be pulling dry wall out of my nose for days. So let me tell you, this wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be.
My cut out isn’t the as symmetrical and perfect as I would have liked it to have been, but come on, this was my first time ever cutting into dry wall! So the hard part was done. From here it was a piece of cake. I attached the door the cabinate and then fit the cabinate into my cut out. I made sure it was level and I secured the cabinate to the studs with a few heavy duty screws and…
there you have it!
If I had to do it again, there’s a couple of things I would have done differently.
1. I would have covered the Washer and Dryer in Plastic. The Drywall was SUPER messy.
2. I wouldn’t have gotten a manicure the day before. My nails are a mess!
For my first major project I’m really proud of myself. My cut out wasn’t perfect, but you’d never know unless you took the cabinet out of the wall. I think the intimidation factor has always stopped me from tackling these kind of projects in the past. I’m really excited to be successfully done with that first project and I’m ready for more.
My next project? Turning the master bathroom cabinet into a pull out hamper.