First Official Project: Complete!

I’ve long since been a builder of things like puzzles, shoe collections, tensions, drama, etc. But today I can add another item to the list! Shelves!

Since we got the kittens almost a year ago, it’s been pretty clear to me that I needed to come up with a better litter box/laundry/towel storage solution for the kids’ bathroom. I had a simple IKEA shelf tucked into the little cave-like area, but that only gave me a place for towels. So, when I finally decided to start actually getting things done, this was #1 on the To-Do List. Sadly, I don’t have a good before picture. I’ll have to remember to snap pics before I start a project in the future. But I do have an after picture! (Of course)


So, four shelves, the bottom two are longer  in order to cover the litter box and hold the laundry basket. The rest is for towels and, naturally, my giant rubber duckie. (A staple in many homes, I’m sure.)

No, it isn’t a work of art, but I’m insanely happy that it’s done. Since it’s the first thing of this nature I’ve ever built, I know there are many things that can be improved upon and done differently/better. For starters, my next project involving large boards should also involve a table saw, so now that’s on the shopping list. Some gaps between board a wall are a bit cringe-worthy, but those three walls aren’t very straight, so the task was even more frustrating for my inexperienced self. Primed, painted, sealed, installed, and never coming out.

Onward to the next project!!

Evil Kitties v. Sucky Succulents

Ok, we’re going to start things off with a small project that has waited a large amount of time to get done. Upstairs in the master bath there was a built in planter between the huge tub and window. When we got the house, there was an assortment of cacti in said planter. Even though I am a fan of most green things that also double as air-purifying devices, I wasn’t a fan of these.


So, they had to go! Except they didn’t. We did cut them down at the base, but we left the dirt and roots to sit. It became one of those “it’s not really in the way so I’ll do it later” kind of projects. Then, last summer, we got us a pair of super cute kittens. Once they discovered this super cool box of dirt, well, I think you can guess what happened. So now we had a stinky planter that really needed to go.

Version 2

How can you say no to that cute face? Let me tell you, it’s remarkably easy. They’re terrors, especially this one. ^^That’s Jimmy^^

Fast forward to today:



And it smells much better too 🙂

Now the bathtub that isn’t attached and that we don’t use can at least look a bit nicer until we redo the bathroom (5-10 yr plan). Yay for baby steps. I celebrated with a cookie.