Sunday, December 19, 2010

Operation "Spice Shelves", officially successful. Over and out.

(previously, on "Tidbits from the Tremaynes")


I don't know man. . . should I really put spice shelves into the wall??
Like, INTO the wall?
Yes?

Yes.

Yes?


Yes.

Too late now, sucka.


"OH CRAP there's wiring in this wall!"

"Don't worry, it's only phone wire. Those only sorta shock you. No biggie."


I am so not serious.

And now. . .the continuation. . .

So, I lived with two large holes in my wall for the space of 24 hours, aprés which I received a text:

"Present for you in the gay-rage. Merry Christmas."

Except my dad doesn't call my gay-rage the "gay-rage", only I do. But the rest is true. I went to investigate my present:

And here they are. Custom shelves to fit perfectly (ahem, after cutting more drywall away, and then some more, and a little teeny bit more, wedging the phone wire back further, and hammering in here and there) into the wall.

Aren't they fabulous? The backing was some old v-groove paneling I had laying around, left over from this project:


And here those awesome shelves are in the wall:

I'm liking this already, man! Added some nails from the handy dandy nail gun to keep these in place, and began adding my trim.

Now, clearly I would be trimming around and between the boxes to clean up "the look". The Daddy-o said:

"You need some small-ish fluting."

And so he made me some:

Isn't that fabulous? I don't even want to think about how many pass-throughs with the saw it took to make that. I'd have wet my pants by the end.

So I added my custom pieces of fluting, and a choice piece of molding across the top, as seen in Exhibit A:


And then came the piece de resistance:

the shelf.
This shelf has rounded edges since my kids like to bang their heads on anything that protrudes. The corners are also extra rounded for minimal noggin damage. And someone, who-must-not-be-named, had their pants on fire and couldn't wait to start putting spices in, even when it wasn't painted.

It showboats fabulous dentil molding, made, again, by the Daddy-o,

as well as my favorite trim. Which is now all over my house.

(Like here)

(and here)

(and here)

(and 5 billion other places).

But I digress.

After a thousand-hundred coats of paint, this bad boy is done.

And holy crap balls. I totally love it.

And you know what? The hubs came home from a business trip with no prior knowledge to this little projét, walked past, and said, and I quote:

"I really like this."




SCORE.







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67 comments:

Lori said...

I really like it too! Big time score, I was worried without doors, but now I see what you were going for and wow great job.

The Mac's House said...

Looks great!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Oooooh! I love it Mandi. It looks to pretty. It makes me want to cook....which says a lot because I hate cooking. Nice work Dad and you!

Dede said...

Holy awesome...I'm gonna MAKE my husband make me one of these. Love it! :-)

gina3 said...

I really like it too! I really like your Dad's work. I really like those jars and labels. I really want to put some holes in my walls and do this too!

chris w said...

Holy crap ball is right! Dang, that's good. I'm sitting here all green with envy.

Where did you get the cute jars?

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

I am wondering where you got the cute jars too. Your daddy and you did good. I am like the husband, "I really like it too".

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

You annoy me, woman.

Because not only are the spice shelves adorable, but the little jars with the labels are also adorable.

I have a spice drawer.

By which I mean, I have a drawer, and anything that falls into the "spice category" (which, you'll be interested to know, also includes leftover soy sauce and mustard packets from Chinese take-out) gets stuffed in it.

Layne Bushell said...

Not just a score, but out-u-da-park grand slam sister. LOVE IT.

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

okay...so you mentioned you were doing this...and I thought..hmm...interesting. I don't know why you want you lawry's bottle and arm and hammer baking soda box on display for all too see..but who am I to judge?

holey tomoly. adore. completely come with a little saw and steal that whole portion of wall and put it on my wall. ADORE (and I know I already said it...and guess what i'm going to drop it once more.. ADore..

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

UHM! I REALLY like this too! Can you pleeeeeaaaase {pretty please with sugar on top} send your daddy-o to my house next? I promise to feed him well, and return him {eventually}

Dara said...

OMG OMG! Awesome! I LOVE it! Will you come to my house and tell me what you would do if you lived here....then perhaps write out step by steps for me! AMAZING...Congrats!!!

Anny said...

Dude, I bet your husband is afraid to leave the house. He probably talks about all these projects you do while he is away and his boss thinks he's just trying to get out of going on business trips ;)

It looks ridiculously beautiful Mandi! I love how organized it is and how you keep sneaking molding into every part of your home *lol*

Emily said...

Oh my gosh! I love that! It looks so cool! I love the jars too!

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

That is the most craptacular thing that I have ever seen in my life. I wish I Jada wall that I could do this too... I might need to do it in my entryway or somethingg cause that's how much I love it.

Love your guts
mandi

ps if dad is missing on Christmas morning never fear Santa brought him to St George to hangout/ renovate casa de gubler.

Renee said...

WOW! It looks Le Magnifique!!! Seriously, you & your dad should be on a home show! I totally volunteer my home. :)

Where did you get all those cute jars?

WhettenWild said...

That looks SO good! You didn't leave enough room for your HUGE bottle of vanilla though. =) What to do, what to do?

Jen said...

A.MA.ZING!!!!!!!! I'm speechless.

Joanna Taylor said...

OMGorgeous. LOVE it!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Um that is incredible! I love how the jars look with all the different colored spices. You did an amazing job.
Brooke

calikas said...

I am so absolutely in love with this spice cupboard.

ITS UNREAL!

i.love.it

Carisa Knox said...

You never fail to inspire me. Gorgeous!!!

Audra said...

I echo the "Holy Crap Balls"! This is stupendous and now I want one. Love the jars as well, perfect size and everything. Where did you get the label template? Wait...you probably made that yourself, so now I am going to have to try to create something that gorgeous for my own nekid spice jars.

Once again, you truly inspired and amazed me. And the Daddy-o is a fantabulous man. Really.

btw...thanks for the kind comment. I am still trying to settle in and find homes for things and take things out that don't feel so "me". All in all, the worst is over and we are starting to settle in. I love that feeling.

Happy Holidays, can't wait to see what the new ideas you come up with in the new year.

Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

It looks amazing love! My goodness!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

total ENVY!! l love this. i love this. i love this! hugs, Cathy

shopannies said...

that looks wonderful I can not imagine getting my hubby to do such a big job

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...
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Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

What the frick, this looks so amazing. Your dad is totally Bob Villa on steroids, and if he had a blog, I would make that button and then award it to him. Awesome.

Shannon @ Why Not On A Tuesday said...

This is FABULOUS!

Pam said...

WOw...when I first looked at what was being done to the walls I was really wondering but it turned out awesome. I love it.

Cheryl said...

OMGosh! This is fantastic! Great job now I want one (pout). Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

cheryl

DANA said...

It's linky party time again! I love your blog header by the way! I hope to have you come link up and enter my $50 american Express giveaway! Happy holidays!
-Dana, Saturday Mornings

http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/12/50-american-express-giveaway-ends.html

Anonymous said...

looks cute, fyi your spoon is a bit off the center.

Teri said...

Mandi! I love it! Two comments:

1. I always assume you say "gay-rage" like "gay rahhhhj". But then it occurred to me that you might say "gay rage" and then I started picturing some really irritated drag queens. Either way, I love it.

2. "Crap balls". LOL.

Lee Ann said...

This is really nice! I bookmarked it TWICE. one went into crafting and the other into decorating ideas. My husband REALLY like this idea. So, thanks!

Ginger said...

So, can your dad come to my house next? That looks flippin' awesome! Way to go!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

What a GREAT idea!I want some :) please come on over and link up to MMM!!

Cassandra Cooper said...

LOVE it!!!

Leslie said...

LUV it!!!!! Can you come to my house and make me some to?!!! Where did you get the jars for the spices?

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

That built-in is awesome, can you please send your dad my way?!?!

Stacy said...

It is beautiful!!!

Mandi said...

To anon: will you check your email? Thank you!

Cook Clean Craft said...

Wow! That's stunning. I want one.

slommler said...

Just popping over from Finding Fabulous and wowzers! This whole space is fabulous!! Can daddy-o be loaned out? I could use some custom touches here too!! Ha!
Hugs
SueAnn

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

hopped over from Michelle's someday crafts.
cool shelf! awesome dad! you're a lucky girl.
gail

Jill said...

LOVE!! This is so gorgeous! I'm also supremely jealous of your spices being in the pretty clear containers with cute labels!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. What a creative idea. The spice jars are wonderful too. Hugs, Marty

Pretty Nerdy said...

I'm a new reader and these shelves are so awesome they are ri-damn-diculous! If I had the wall space (and the cajones) I would stalk a carpenter to make me some! And how cute are those cutout letters?! Where are they from?

mmbcreations said...

I love the shelves, but I REALLY want your dad!

Kate (Little Beach Bum) said...

Wow, just wow. LOVE those shelves! The whole look is amazing - love those jars, also!! And - between this, your indoor (outdoor) lamp and seeing your dad's projects, I'm totally blown away by all the home improvement skills on display here. This is kind of making me feel like I need to get my butt down to Home Depot and take a class on using an electric drill, or a table saw, or something... LOL!

Comeca Jones said...

Love all your little projects!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I love it Mandi! I wish I had some extra wall space for something like this. All my spices are crammed into a teeny tiny corner... Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

N @ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

Ok first things first:
Can I borrow your dad for say, EVER?

Second:
Where do you get the "favorite" molding from?

Check Out- Cheap Like A Birdie Blog

Kim said...

I agree with the hubs!!!!

Hyphen Interiors said...

You had me laughing from the header on... that post was awesome. You have a treasure of a dad! Your spice rack looks great and even better, it's so well styled. Love the jars!!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Your spice rack looks great! I can see why to posted it a a "risk" at Nesting Place. Cutting into the wall and then finding the !wire

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Amazing work!! You're so lucky to have a handy dad. :) I love the containers you used for your spices. Your risk paid off! Visiting from The Nesting Place! :)

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

OMG lady that is ballsy and it turned out awesome!! It has so much character with the molding, I Love it.

Amanda said...

So I agree with anon that it is off center, but you aren't Martha Stewart. Although it would be cute (& even) if the spoon was vertical & next to the "T". Just saying. (Don't give me a third nipple, please.)

Dixiejet said...

Where, oh WHERE did you get he little jars ?!?!?! I'm gonna get the Hubs to make one for me but I need info ! GRIN.....absolutely love it..

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

I'm sorry Dixiejet I would totally answer you back personally if I could but I can find an email/link! I used jars from hobby lobby. When they're 50% off they're not bad at all!

Cyndi said...

This is so awesome. I was thinking of doing something like this under my kitchen cupboards, but now I'm thinking make a wall of it...that's even better...couple questions - if you don't mind...

Where did you get the molding that is all over your house? I think I need some in mine? And Can you tell me what the measurements are between the shelves? and what the measurements are for one cabinet side to side and top to bottom?

Chris K said...
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Chris K said...

I love the Eat sign and spoon....where might I purchase that....love your style and your ambition!

SheLovesToCraft said...

This project makes my heart go pitter-patter!

Hippymom83 said...

I ADORE built-ins! Love these shelves! But my favorite detail?...is the cute vintage/distressed labels on the jars! Maybe I'm crazy, but I think they really add extra character! I'm envisioning a similar set of shelves in my own kitchen....hmmmmmm....

Din O'Saur said...

Wow, I'd also like to know from whence that beautiful decorative trim at the bottom of Your Rack originated! Because—in all seriousness—I bought something incredibly similar in the 1 1/2 foot range that Urban Outfitters deemed a "shelf" at about $30 a piece! Gimmie the good word, Sistah!