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New Shelves!

December 21, 2010

About two weeks ago, I was going insane due to the clutter and disorganization in our two closets.  “T, let’s take some time and clean, organize, and declutter this weekend, ok?”

Instead, he temporarily turned our apartment into a bigger disaster area (a “shop” isn’t in our 700 sq feet space) and built two of these:

Cost breakdown:

  • Wood (cut by home depot):  $60
  • Aluminum legs:  $45
  • Paint, primer, stain & brushes:  $100
  • Tools (hacksaw, woodsaw,drill):  $70
  • Hardware & misc:   $60
  • Hours of T’s labor:  LOTS

Adding it all up, T’s shelves cost about $165 per shelving unit, while the inspiration can be purchased for a $1,150.  He spent about 2.5 weekends on them, and many evenings priming and painting the shelves.  I contributed too – I sanded a few things, put little “feet” on them, and bought a poinsettia!  I’m really happy with the results, and it was totally worth him turning the apartment into a stressful disaster area for 2 weeks!

Can I note that he made these with his right arm in a cast!?  The funny thing is, had he not broken his arm, he would be spending 10+ hours each weekend cycling, and he wouldn’t have built them at all.

Off topic:  We spent more time at Home Depot than I would care to.  In one aisle there was a giant sign:  “WE HAVE THE QTYS YOU NEED!”   At first glance, I thought it said “WE HAVE THE GUYS YOU NEED!” and was momentarily amazed that they actually advertised that!  Ha!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. karen permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:04 pm

    Nice job on the shelves.

  2. December 27, 2010 8:54 am

    Nice work on the shelves. It sounds like you dont get involved in projects like that often, or else you’d know that it basically means constant trips to the hardware store. Something gets forgotten, something you didnt know you needed, something breaks, etc.
    THey look pretty nifty.

  3. December 28, 2010 11:35 am

    Wow the inspiration shelves were expensive! And I like yours much better. It’s nice to have a husband who tinkers, isn’t it?

  4. January 1, 2011 12:13 am

    Pretty awesome for having an arm in a cast!

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