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Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 | 7 comments

RIBBA to the Rescue

RIBBA to the Rescue

In the past 7 years living in my Del Ray rowhouse, I’ve tried so many ways to organize my small galley kitchen. Where do you keep the stuff you hardly use that takes up lots of space like your electric mixer, blender, and Cuisinart? Where do you store plastic containers whose lids and bottoms never seem to match? What about various oils, vinegar, and spices that you only needed a teaspoon of for a recipe you made six months ago and probably won’t make again? It’s an unending battle. I’m constantly simplifying and sorting. My latest attempt at organizing occurred this past weekend when I installed narrow shelves on an unused wall by the door to the basement. Here’s the before shot of this wasted space, screaming for attention: Without a pantry, I wanted a place to store frequently used items like pasta, rice, flour and sugar, and open up more space in the kitchen cabinets for rarely used items. I thought using clear containers would be both functional and...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Reader Submission: Basement Workbench

Reader Submission: Basement Workbench

Local resident Landall Proctor shares how he turn a cluttered corner of his basement into a functional, well-designed work area: As a competitive cyclist and general bike lover my wife and I have a lot of bicycles. There are four in the basement that should be kept in the house for security and neurotic reasons and two in the shed. I do all my own maintenance work and was getting a little frustrated with the lack of workspace I had in our basement for bike repairs. This past weekend I decided to better utilize the small space we have in our basement that I have taken over as my “bike room.” Here’s the before picture: First, I wanted to do this project on the cheap and my first thought was to use some old lumber from other projects I have tackled. Unfortunately none of it would quite get the job done so my wife and I took a trip to Community Forklift to try and get some inexpensive, recycled materials to...

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 | 1 comment

The Instant Mudroom

The Instant Mudroom

As I look forward to the weekend, my mind always jumps to “I wonder what kind of quick project I could do this weekend?”  (Husband is now rolling his eyes.)  But really, it’s amazing what a little change can do for your home.  To get all of you into DIY weekend mode, here’s an easy project that took about an hour. I have issues with”stuff” all over my house and porch. I love the look of the Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel “mudrooms” but they are too big and frankly too pricey to be in a porch. So, I decided to make my own out of a bookshelf that I found on Craigslist for $15. I put contact paper (but would recommend wallpaper) on the backs of each shelf and used 3M hooks for jackets, hats, umbrellas, etc. Then I bought a standard cooking tray from Walmart and used it for boots and soccer cleats. Voila! You have an instant mudroom. Don’t forget to add fun colored baskets for extra...

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