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DIY: Laundry Room Drying Rack

DIY: Laundry Room Drying Rack
For a long time, I have really wanted one of those drying racks from Ballard Designs. You’ve seen them. They’re so perfect in the laundry room for drying your delicate clothing. I really wanted to save the money and build one myself. Here’s a look at the final result: This is the perfect solution for drying all of my delicates! How to Build a Laundry Room Drying Rack + Supplies: 2 x 2’ precut birch (1/2 inch thick)Two 1/2 x 2” poplar boardsTwo 3/8” dowel rods (48” long)Sash lockNarrow loose pin hinges (set of two)D ring hangers for mounting on wallBracketed hinge for side (or chain with small screw eyes)Three white porcelain knobsPrimer and paint of choice Necessary tools: Drill bit set, including 3/8 inch drill bit, screwdriver, framing nails, a hammer, and a saw. Step One: Measure and cut your 1/2 inch x 2 boards to fit the 2 x 2 precut birch. Step Two: With your 3/8 inch drill bit, drill holes for your precut dowel rods. Step Three: Finish assembling your rack with framing nails. Related:  Drying Clothes On A Line & DIY Racks

Wall Mounted Clothes Drying Rack, Perfected Last week I talked about building my wall-mounted DIY clothes drying rack from a Freecycled baby play pen. Several readers expressed their concern that my rack as-built wouldn’t allow quite enough airflow to ensure prompt drying. I addressed those concerns temporarily by propping the rack when in-use away from the wall using a fruit tree branch spreader. Who knew those things were so versatile? The greater angle of the rack allowed the drying items a lot more airflow. Good temporary fix, but definitely temporary. In its new form, each rack is made from two baby jail panels hinged together. I installed a small piece of leftover 1×1 trim from the garage at the right height to serve as a ledge for the in-use, folded rack. The baby jail panels were designed to screw together. Because of the acute angle, the clothes drying on the rack have a lot more air flow and don’t crowd each other as they hang down. Read all about the first-run version of the DIY Wall Mounted Drying rack to learn more.

Build a Twin Panel Bed Happy Friday!!! Remember back a few weeks ago - wait, it's been more than that (how time flies with a newborn!) when we DIYed this headboard fit for a queen out of leftover moulding? Well, my good friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic wanted to build a similar bed but in a twin size. So you know what happens next .... Whitney wanted the siderails high so under the bed could be used as storage - so no wasted space there too! Here's from Whitney: I LOVE everything about this sweet bed! Of course, you must go check out Whitney's post here for more details, building tips, and of course, more PHOTOS!!! See you back here for the plans! XO Ana + Fam IMPORTANT: Due to the size of this headboard, it is recommended that you attach to a stud in the wall behind headboard to prevent forward tipping.

The Pulley Rack: Indoor Clothes Drying This project by Lucy AitkenRead appeared in issue #6 of World Sweet World Magazine. Photos by Kate McPherson. I dream of being able to string up a clothes line from my bedroom window to the ones on the other side; our busy city street transformed into a lazy village lane, our washing waving in the wind like bunting. Sadly, it is not to be – the windows opposite belong to a huge office block and undies flapping about outside is simply not the corporate way. We have had to come up with a less obtrusive way to dry our clothes; the Pulley Drying Rack, not so picturesque but just as old skool. Work out where you would like your indoor clothesline. Every so often make sure the anchor hooks and eyelets are all still secure and safe. An extra benefit of this drying rack is that we have all become arm wrestling champions since having to heave it up and down on a regular basis. Tags: clothes rack, issue #6, Magazine project, recycling

10 Home Improvement Ideas: How To Make The Most of What You Already Have! Three years ago, we moved into our house, a 1970's fixer-upper. I'm sure people thought I was crazy to take on the renovation of an older home. I had a very limited budget, and I had never done any sort of home improvement or home remodeling in my life. I knew that the only way I was going to make our old house look the way I wanted it to was to learn to do things myself. Since our budget was basically nonexistent, I knew I would have to work with what I already had. Based on the reader emails I get each month, I know there are tons of you in older homes just like me, trying to figure out ways to improve things. So, here are my top 10 easy solutions to update things you might not like about your house, most of which involve paintBecause let's face it. So, put on your man pants, and let's go.I always wear my man-pants when painting.My husband hates that all his pants have paint on them. #1. #2. 305K+#3. I'm slowly learning to experiment with color, as mentioned in this embarrassing post.

Compactum Pt 1 Anthony Bailey starts work on this compactum storage unit 1.Rip cutting the sawn oak stock Every bedroom needs a wardrobe of some sort for hanging clothes, trousers, skirts, jackets etc, and this compact solution ties in nicely with the other project pieces in the Mission bedroom series. It is perfectly possible to build a huge wardrobe but many of us have bedrooms that make smaller pieces of furniture more appropriate. This design could easily be extended in any direction to make it larger, especially upwards to provide more hanging height or an extra drawer. Like other pieces in the series, this is my interpretation of Mission style and is quite simple in appearance but pleasing to the eye. Preparation Prepare the cutting list from the plans and choose your boards carefully for colour, figure and grain direction. 1 Do all the basic crosscutting overlength and then rip the boards down leaving enough extra width to plane off. Leg components End construction Cutting, taping & sanding Leg joints

DIY How to create your own barn door track hardware Do you love old doors on track hardware? Could you full frontal smooch them?!! Welcome to an epic world of Barn Door Track Hardware. Do you want to know how to create your own funky door track hardware!? A Do-It-Yourself Door Hardware Tutorial Why put doors on tracks? Because a door on track hardware is as sexy as it gets. ALMOST as sexy as chocolate. Want to create your own DIY DOOR TRACK HARDWARE?! I can show you how. ~ Cheap cheap cheap ~ Kinda. You Can Do It !! Sneak in new {old} doors into your home. One by one. The Grand Scheme : Change every door in the house when your partner isn’t looking. Ohh, hells yeah. Like this : Mission accomplished #1 Find a vintage door Need some door-gasmic inspiration??!! You only need about a week day on pinterest to truly see the magnificence of barn doors on track hardware. door porn envy Here are a few pix of doors on track hardware in pinterest. My imaginary world priorities are in order. Stare at door track, jump in tub Who Can resist that? It’s all in the Details

DIY Walnut Floating Shelf Sink Vanity | House Updated Hey you there, at the computer, want to make this awesome walnut floating shelf sink vanity with a vessel sink? Or want to know how to make it so you can impress others with your DIY knowledge at your next cocktail party? Or just want to know how we built this thing as part of our guest bath re-do? There are lots of ways to do this, but I’ll tell you mine. Shelf Dimensions and Wood Purchase First up, figure out how big you want your shelf to be. Build Your Shelf Short version of how to do this: cut it, glue it, clamp it, sand it, cut holes in it. I cut my board into three pieces. Glue will make your shelf very sturdy and you don’t need to do anything else. Then cut your holes for your faucet and your drain. Waterlox It You are putting this in your bathroom, so it must be impervious to water damage. After your last coat of Waterlox, you will be so glad you used the good stuff. Install It If you really want your wood shelf to float, you don’t want to see your brackets underneath.

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