Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's Island Time!


We decided when we first looked at this house that it needed an island in the kitchen.  There is not nearly enough counter or storage space for us.  I have schemed and dreamed up several styles but nothing just *clicked* for me.  It seemed one of those 'one day when we have extra money' dreams...
I woke up yesterday morning and said "today we are building an island" ... I had been working on a plan using scraps we had in the basement and it all came together in my mind yesterday morning.
This is made using mdf pieces from the Jr triple bunk we built in FL, some 2x4 pieces and some 1x4 and 1x2 scraps and leftover pieces.
Put together with screws, nails and brackets... just using what we had ;)

Made the bottom shelf to accommodate wheat berry buckets and the top to fit roaster ovens and crock pots.

And the base is all done!
The wood strips are just laid on top.  That is today's project -- attach the wood strips and sand well.  Tony bought beadboard for the ends and front and it will be painted... you guessed it... red. The side facing the refrigerator will be open.
We are not furniture builders but I am pleased to have something functional in place!  I am proud of my crew for making my vision a reality.  :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

And the 2013/14 School Year Officially Begins!

A genius idea from my friends Erin and Mary... use stickers to put the correct answers!  This helps with manual dexterity, it helps the pages to go so much faster as he knows the answers but it still very slow with correct form with the numbers.  We practice numbers with our handwriting but I want math to be math and not writing practice!