Installing Open Kitchen Shelves

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Open kitchen shelves are a good addition to your kitchen. You can use them to improve your kitchen décor, or make a fashion statement. Or you may want to replace some of your old cabinets with these open types. These types of cabinets are ideal for small kitchen areas because they seem to expand the available space due to their open nature.

Another advantage to open kitchen shelves is that they are easier to install. You don’t need to really be a professional handyman to be able to install them. But if you want the open kitchen shelving to look like they have been installed by a professional, you still have to follow certain rules of the trade. It also means that you can save money by doing it yourself. Here are some important tips on how you can install your own open kitchen shelves

Before starting this project, please keep in mind the following things:

  1. The design of the open kitchen shelves should harmonize with the overall style of your kitchen and it should also be simple so that they won’t be competing with the items that you will put on them.
  2. Use these open kitchen shelves to display items that are attractive. Boxes of foods shouldn’t be displayed in them unless they are placed in decorative baskets or containers.

Materials That You Will Need

Prepare these materials before starting the project.

  • 10 inches deep boards – these are usually available in 8-feet lengths. Get as many as you need based on your open kitchen shelving design.
  • 8 inches deep brackets
  • Screws, at least 2 to 2.5 inches in length. This will be used to screw the brackets to the kitchen wall.
  • Screws, short, this will be used to screw the wooden shelves to the brackets.
  • Basic handy man tools such as measuring tape, pen, masking tape and carpenter’s level
  • Wood saw or power saw
  • Screw driver
  • Power drill
  • 5/16 inch diamond-tipped drill bit, for standard size 8 or size 9 screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Power sander
  • Butcher block oil
  • Drywall anchors – if you can’t find the studs to anchor the brackets

Steps In Installing Open Kitchen Shelves

Step 1: Use a wood saw or power saw to cut the 10-inch deep wooden boards to the desired lengths. Sand the edges using the power sander with sandpaper to get them smooth and even on all sides.

Step 2: Coat the wooden shelves with butcher block oil. If you want the natural color of the wooden board, just coating it with this oil will be enough. But if you want to emphasize the grains of the wood, you can color it with a wood stain. Be sure that the color will not clash with the kitchen wall where you will install the open shelves. The oil will keep the wood from drying and it will make cleaning the shelves easier.

Step 3: Choose the spots where the brackets should be positioned. It is best to locate the brackets where the studs are because these are the points where there will be the strongest support for the shelves. Once you’ve located the studs, cover it with masking tape and mark them with “Xs.” Do all you can to locate these studs on the kitchen wall. But if you really can’t, use dry wall anchors as support to your open kitchen shelves.

Step 4: The best bracket support that can be provided to open kitchen shelves are at least two to three brackets per shelf depending on the length of the shelf. Drill the holes where you will anchor the brackets. To safely drill the hole without cracking the tile on the wall, start drilling at a slight angle until an indentation is made by the drill bit. Then straighten out the drilling and start drilling right through the tile.

It is recommended that the first hole to drill is the hole at the top of the bracket.

Step 5: Fit the wooden shelf on three brackets. Place a wooden shelf on each bracket. Then place another bracket under the other side of the wooden shelf. Use a carpenter’s level to check the position of the other brackets. You need to take some time to be sure that the shelf is really on a horizontal level.

Step 6: Drill the two top holes for the other two brackets.

Step 7: Locate position of the bottom bracket holes. Put a wooden shelf on top of the three brackets. Then put the carpenter’s level on top of the wooden shelf and also on every bracket and ensure that they are all lined up and leveled correctly. Cover the position of the brackets’ bottom holes with masking tape and put an “X” on the location of each hole.

Step 8: Drill the bottom holes of the three brackets.

Step 9: Mark the bracket holes on the wooden shelf. Make sure that these brackets holes will put the shelf on the right horizontal level.

Step 10: Drill pilot holes into the marks on the wooden shelf. Use the power drill to drill pilot holes into the wood about ¼ inch deep.

Step 11: Screw in the small wooden screws to finally anchor the wooden shelf in its place.

Step 12: Repeat all the previous steps in installing additional open kitchen shelves.

 

About the Author of this article:

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Hello, My name is Justin Curtis, and I am the creator of Mr. Garbage Disposal.

While I am not a professional plumber, I am quite the handyman. I work as an accountant, but outside of work, I like to work with my hands and live frugally.

2 years ago, the garbage disposal in my house broke because of a faulty part. After buying the new part and looking at installation fees, I realized that it was way outside of my budget. To solve my problem, I took it upon myself to learn everything I could about garbage disposals. I learned the best affordable parts, where to get them, and how to install them. Through this experience, I discovered my passion for working with my hands.

Considering most people don’t know much about garbage disposals, I want to share my experience and knowledge with you, which is why I created Mr. Garbage Disposal.

My goal for Mr. Garbage Disposal is for it to be the go-to place for people to learn about garbage disposals and how to fix them, while not breaking the bank along the way.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY post.

This post is part of Fiesta Friday link up party.

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Hip Hoppity Ideas for Easter Fun

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Easter heralds the beginning of springtime, the promise of warmer weather and spring vacation.  Easter is a time usually spent with loved ones.  We celebrate with time at church, BBQ/picnics, festive dinners and of course Easter egg hunts!

Easter holds many loved celebrations and traditions in my family.   As a little girl, I can remember my favorite things about Easter; my mom’s homemade Coconut Cake, waking up on Easter morning to the wonderful aromas of fresh baked breads and pastries, and of course, dying, decorating and hunting Easter eggs.

Through the years I have carried some of those celebrations and traditions over to my children.    My oldest son’s birthday is at the end of March, often falling on Easter weekend.  When he was younger we would have an Easter themed birthday celebration every year, an Easter Egg Hunt was always a part of this.  We still have our celebrations and traditions; I still make a German Chocolate cake for my oldest son’s Birthday, and with each passing year a few more traditions are added.

You can have a very fun, inexpensive and stress-free Easter party and holiday for the children and adults alike.  Here are a few tips to make it a little easier along the way.

Hip Hoppity Ideas for Easter Fun:

Make your own Easter baskets.

What you will need:  Cleaned out ice cream bucket or even an old shoe box, decorate it with – construction paper, colors, scissors, glue glitter etc.  Depending on the age of your children for the decorations.

What to do:  Be creative and design it any way you want using materials around the house.  You could make an animal themed Easter basket – a bunny using buttons and cotton balls for the eyes, nose and tail.  To make the handle use yarn or anything strong enough to hold and a hole punch.

Old fashion Easter egg dye and decorate.

What you will need:  Hard boiled eggs, vinegar, food coloring and water.

What to do:  Using a coffee cup, mix together a 1/2 cup of water at room temperature, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and several drops of food coloring. The more drops, the darker the color usually is.  You can adjust this however you like. Prepare several different colors using the same method. Place one egg in each cup of food coloring, remove them when they reach the desired shade. Use a spoon to remove the egg and place it in an egg holder or on a paper towel to dry.

Have an Easter egg hunt.

Hide the eggs in your yard or a nearby park.  You can have separate hunts in separate areas for different ages of children.  Use the eggs you colored earlier or if you were planning on eating those you can purchase plastic eggs at your local dollar store.  Fill the eggs with age appropriate candy.  We like to have a few larger eggs as the “Golden & Silver Egg” or “Treasure Filled Egg” these are redeemable for larger prizes; large chocolate bar, money, bouncing balls, stuffed animals etc.  Have two sets of special eggs for the older and younger children.

Have a refreshment table set up for after the hunt.  

You can put a couple of card tables together and make a cute refreshment area.  Use a decorative theme related center piece and have lots of snacks, goodies and refreshment on hand.

Have someone there to do face painting or balloon animals.

If it is a neighborhood party or you have several hosts, you could pool together and chip in for the expense to hire someone to entertain.

Play games.  

If the party is going to be an afternoon event lasting more than an hour you may want to incorporate some simple games for after the egg hunt.  Such as an egg toss game etc, bunny hop sack race, and so on.

Yummy Desserts

What would Easter be without dessert!  Try this easy, delicious Poke Cake.

Easter Poke Cake Recipe

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Well there you have it.  An Easter egg hunt party is a great occasion for children. It requires only a little time and money, but gives a tremendous reward back in fun.  After the cold weather has passed, everyone is ready to get out and feel the warm sunshine, visit with friends and family and enjoy the day. Easter has always been a favorite time for traditions and celebrations.  I hope this article will give you some helpful tips towards making some new traditions in your family.

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And until next time …

Happy Easter Egg Hunting!

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Simply Earth – Essential Oils -Making Your Home Natural

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Hi Everyone!  I have some exciting news to share with you, and a recipe as well.  🙂

Like most of us, I love essential oils.  They can be used for aromatherapy to induce relaxation, or as a natural way to clean and deodorize our homes.  There are even medical and pharmaceutical uses for these wonderful oils.  But what oils do you use for what?  How much of the oils are needed for the ideal result?  If you are like me, you love the thought of using essential oils in your home, but maybe are not sure the proper recipe.

Thanks to Simply Earth you can experience all the possibilities of essential oils without being an expert in aromatherapy.  Simply Earth’s essential oils are selected by an aromatherapist to help you create a healthy and chemical free home for your family.  All Simply Earth essential oils are natural and chemical free.

Simply Earth Essential Oils are:

  • 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade
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  • Tested Free of Pesticides
  • Zero additives or fillers

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I got a July Subscription Box to try out and review.

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I received:  Ginger, Amyris, Orange, and Peace and Quiet.  Peace and Quiet is my favorite and mixed with Ginger makes for a Peaceful diffuser blend.  I also received fun extras –  like these cute little recipe cards to make a natural hand sanitizer, linen spray and mini car air freshener.  Pretty cool!  I liked mine so much I decided to become a Simply Earth Ambassador.  Join our Ambassador Club Today! 

 

Enjoy A Natural Home – By signing up with Simply Earth you will receive: 

A monthly subscription recipe box with all the ingredients, containers, and extras you need to make 5-7 natural recipes… delivered to your doorstep.

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Until next time …thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this post and choose to get your own essential oil recipe box.  🙂

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Linen Spray

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Ingredients:

Simply Earth Essential Oils –

  • 10 drops ginger oil
  • 10 drops orange oil
  • 5 drops peace and quiet blend oil
  • 1 tsp witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup water
  • spray bottle

Make It:

  1.  Drop essential oils into a spray bottle
  2. Add witch hazel
  3. Fill the rest of the way with water
  4. Close tightly and shake well to mix
  5. Spray over bed linens etc to naturally sanitize and protect

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Painting With Wine

Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!  Glad to be back amongst the WordPress family and Fiesta Friday!  So where have I been and what have I been up to you ask?  Or maybe you haven’t asked, maybe you haven’t noticed I’ve been MIA.  That’s okay, but I am going to tell you anyway …

Firstly, the good news.  I am discovering my new-found love for painting.  Painting and drinking wine, haha, the combination is most therapeutic.   Some very nice evenings are spent painting and drinking a glass …or two!  😉

Here are two of my most recent paintings.  What do you think?  How am I doing for a beginner?  Which is your favorite?

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“Winter Moon”

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“Whimsical Owl”

So much is going on in my life right now, unfortunately my blog has suffered greatly.  My traffic is down and this is one of the first posts I’ve done in a little over a month.  But now I am back, and hopefully to stay.

I lost my job of over 5 years in February.  I have so much on my mind and on my plate.  Looking for jobs, job interviews, training, assessments and tests …the list goes on.  I forgot how stressful it is to lose your job and be back out there in the job line. Ugh!  But hey, I am not done!  I dusted myself off after the fall, and I am determined that this rough patch is not going to defeat me.  I am strong, and with faith and hope, I will make it through.  In the meantime I have a little help from my friends and family, painting and wine!

Well looks like it is time to see what is going on with the ladies at Fiesta Friday, still my favorite link-up party.  Woo-hoo, let the festivities begin!

Until next time …

Thanks for reading!

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Cleaning with Kids – DIY Recipes  with Essential Oils

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Essential oils are known with their exceptional aromas and endless uses. Experts advice us to put a drop of lavender oil on our pillow if we have sleeping troubles at night. The application of essential oils, however, is much wider. You can easily include some of them in your home cleaning. Those liquids can do more than spreading a nice smell around the house. You can also include your children by letting them help you, because the following recipes for cleaning, that include a number of essential oils, are completely safe for them, unlike those bought from the store that are full of chemicals.

Of course, some of the oils are more effective than others and they are used for different things. But one thing should be clear, they are all safer and antibacterial. They will help you fight against mold, germs and annoying spots on various surfaces. Let’s have a look at the following ideas.

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Lemon is very good at cleaning stains of all kinds – even professionals like Deptford Happy Clean Services use it. If your child has some felt-tipped marks on his or her clothes, apply a few lemon essential oil drops and salt over them and give them a good rub, then wash them as you normally do. It also helps with blood stains, dirt and rust. If you want to clean your kitchen counters, dip half a lemon in baking soda and use it as a sponge over them. Your child will enjoy doing this! Then use a wet towel to remove the unpleasant sticky feeling and dry them.

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If you want a spotless floor and a pleasant smell everywhere around you, try mixing vinegar and hot water (in a proportion of one to one) and add 15 drops of each of the following essential oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lemon. It will make the white kitchen or bathroom tiles look whiter that in the day you bought them! Avoid using it on wooden floors!

Mold is a very stubborn and unpleasant problem that many people are facing. The detergents one can find in stores always have a bad smell and are quite toxic. In order to remove it easily, without spending money on the above mentioned detergents, mix a tea spoon of clove oil with a cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of Glycerin. Spray the mold and leave it like that for 15 minutes. Then use a wet towel to clean the spot.

If you want to have the cleanest windows in the neighborhood, do the following: Mix hot water and vinegar (in a proportion of one to one) and add Lavender oil and Lemon grass oil, 10 drops each, spray it on the windows and sue an old newspaper to remove the drops and make them shine. You can also use it on mirrors of all kinds.

To clean your toilet with the help of essential oils, you need two cups of water, ¼ cup of Castile soap, 1 table spoon of Tea tree essential oil and 10 drops of Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils. Spread the mixture over the inside of the toilet and leave it like that for 20 minutes before flushing. You will be dazzled by the cleanness afterwards!

And just like that your entire house will shine. The usage of essential oils is highly preferable because it is all natural, antibacterial, and antiseptic. What more does one need when it comes to a clean house and a safe home for all your family members. Enjoy a current of fresh aromas in every inch of the place!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

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DIY – Nine Cleaners from Everyday Household Stuff

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Every home owner has been blinded by the shiny TV and magazine ads of various cleaning detergents and chemicals that promise quick and fantastic results. And still, we often forget that nature has always been the best alternative for home cleaning and maintenance that can be perfectly done without using any toxic ingredients and threatening the health of your family members.

You can now forget about the detergents piled in the drawer under your kitchen or bathroom sink that not only take a lot of space, but are also harmful to your skin, too expensive and sadly, their price does not always match their actual quality. In fact, your kitchen hides some treasures you have not even suspected, which will help you clean your home quickly and easily without putting your family and pet’s health in danger.

Ketchup

Did you know that tomato ketchup is an excellent alternative to all expensive detergents when it comes to cleaning your copper and brass cutlery. Put some ketchup of a soft sponge or a piece of cloth and scrub the dark spots on them. Then, wash them thoroughly and use a soft towel to dry them out.

Bread

You can use the soft part of a slice of bread for cleaning the dust from various paintings and picture frames.

Oat flakes

You can use a handful of oat flakes to scrub your hands after you have worked in the garden or have been occupies with domestic cleaning tasks. Soak the oat flakes in hot water and make them in a thick paste you can use on your hands. Then, rinse it out with water.

Rice

You can use rice in order to prevent damp from penetrating your kitchen drawers. Sprinkle some rice in the drawer’s corner and it will absorb the damp perfectly, preventing it from spreading. Rice can also be used when it comes to cleaning some dirty glass bottles that are too tiny to reach their bottom with a sponge. Mix some rice with a glass of water and white vinegar, fill the dirty bottle with it and shake well. Then simply empty it and rinse well.

Black tea

Black tea is perfect when it comes to cleaning dirty or rusty gardening tools. The same applies to kitchen tools and cutlery. Just boil some tea, leave it until it cools down and pour it in a large bucket where you can soak the dirty and rusty tools for a few hours.

Glycerine

Glycerine can be bought in every drug store and pharmacy. It is a “thick” fluid which is absolutely harmless to your skin and can be used for cleaning hardened drops of paraffin or wax. First, you need to make sure that the paraffin or wax drop is hardened. Remove the wax with a sharp knife and then treat the stain with a cotton pad impregnated with glycerine. Scrub it well until the stain is thoroughly cleaned.

Fizzy water

Fizzy water can be used for cleaning the darkened stainless steel surfaces. Simply impregnate a soft sponge or cotton cloth with fizzy water and scrub the surfaces or make them sparkling-clean.

Cornstarch

Cornstarch is an excellent solution that can help you clean various stains on your carpets. When you spill something on the carpet, mill hill carpet cleaning advises you to put some cornstarch on the surface and leave it absorb the fluid for 15 to 30 minutes. Then, carefully vacuum clean the space in order to remove the cornstarch without spreading it around the whole place.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice is a powerful cleaner when it comes to various dirt accumulations in your home. It will dissolve grease and will also deodorise surfaces for a long time, leaving them perfectly clean for you to enjoy.

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Who knew of all these wonderful cleaning solutions!?  Love it!  I think the crowd over at Fiesta Friday would appreciate some good tips on everyday household cleaners, I know I do!

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DIY – Kitchen Pantry Organizing

 

Seems like you can never find anything in your kitchen pantry, regardless of what you’re looking for. You want to sweeten your coffee but you end up putting salt in it? You’re looking for parsley yet dill is the only thing you come across? And where are the measuring cups you wonder? The chaos raging in your kitchen is enough to bring you to tears? If you have answered positively to most of these questions maybe it’s time to start thinking of some pantry organisation. At least if you want your kitchen to look like something other than a battlefield… But hey, this task isn’t as scary as it sounds! On the contrary with these DIY kitchen pantry organising ideas it can actually be quite fun.

Clean up the Entire Pantry For a Fresh Start

Let us start at the beginning. Before you commence organising your pantry, you should clean it in detail for maximum freshness and tidiness, MainCleaners Ealing claim. Begin by emptying the shelves of all products, jars and boxes. Move your garbage bin next to the pantry so you can immediately dispose of everything useless or spoiled. Or if you have way too many canned goods, you can donate some of them. Then you can sprinkle all food stains with baking soda and once they soften, remove them with a spatula. When the shelves are finally clean, reline them with new contact paper. Everything is clean and neat and you can proceed to the next step.

Divide Your Pantry into Sections

Now, this is of crucial importance if you wish to find the things you’re looking for. Everything should be put in its rightful place. For example the canned goods should be placed on one shelf, your spices – on another and so on. This way as soon as you open your pantry, you’ll know where to look for that can of beans. Another method for organisation is to divide it into sections, depending on how frequently you use certain products. Place the things you use every day on the middle shelf for easy access, those you use relatively often at a lower shelf and finally the ones you rarely touch at the top shelf. You can divide your pantry to as many sections you like though.

Use Custom-made Labels

Labels come in especially handy when spices and condiments are concerned. Why not make some yourself instead of buying labelled jars from the store? There’s an easy way to do that. If you’re not a Photoshop specialist you can download some cool printable labels off the internet and print them out. Then stick them on the respective jars. Or another idea – if you have kids, ask them to help you draw some of the spices on each label – chilli peppers, lumps of sugar, parsley. It would be much easier to find spices if you’re aided by the drawings.

Clean Storage Containers

These containers are perfect for storing everything from fruit and vegetables to pasta, rice and even flour. Since they are see-through you can find what you’re looking for right away. They help food remain fresh and are compact as you can stack them one over the other. Our suggestion is to buy containers with charts telling you how much food you can fit in. This way you will notice as soon as you’re running out on something and go to the store to buy it before the container is completely empty. Make sure you stick some of your custom-made labels on each container.

DIY Apothecary Jars

Apothecary jars are quite expensive but you can make some on your own to store your spices and condiments in. What you’ll need are some empty pickle jars, a few knobs of different sizes and shapes and some spray paint. Drill holes on the lids of the jars first, then using a screwdriver secure the knobs on the lids. Once done with that, you can use a can of spray paint to add a final touch on the knobs and lids. Silver or gold spray paints are the best option – your jars will look elegant and professionally crafted. You can store spices, candies and nuts in them.

Try these advices and you will see there is enough room in the kitchen after all. Remember, no matter how small your kitchen may be there is always an adequate way to organise it so that there is a place for everything. Besides when good organisation is at hand, it would be much easier for you to find whatever you’re looking for. And you will no longer have to take your morning coffee with a pinch of salt.

Thanks to Edna Thomson for this informative guest post and to all of you for reading!

Happy Organizing!