Monday, June 29, 2009

Of lavender and built-in shelves...

Out gathering my first lavender harvest I met a little friend.

She hung out with me for about 20 minutes, tasting the blooms I missed as I made a bouquet out of the beauty of my new yard.

Then I got to come inside to this:

My first built-in pantry shelf in my new kitchen. I even made a toe box at the bottom so I could place the molding that was along the floor back on the shelf (so it matched the rest of the room). I watched lots of 'remodeling for dummies' and 'e-how' episodes to figure out how to do this... I also got about an hours worth of council from the pros at Home Depot on how to support this without the boards warping under the weight of beans and oatmeal over time. I think it turned out ok. I have never made anything that fits this tight before. Let me tell you... this puppy is FITTED. 42 inch wall = 42 inch shelves. Snug to the point of having to take the molding off so we could see if it fit.

I was pretty darn proud. :)

8 comments:

Sadie said...

I love lavender.....it's one thing I would grow fields of....but I can't get it to grow here. At all. Yours is beautiful!

Dina said...

Val, I have been anxiously awaiting your pantry! :) love it!!

and love lavender...I am trying to grown some myself (in a little pot - but we have to start somewhere, right?)

thatgirlblogs said...

I just love the smell of lavendar!

Michelle said...

Wow, I am envious of all of that lavender!! What a resource!

Nessa said...

The lavender looks gorgeous and I am sure the smell is delightful. You did a smashing job on the shelves! Looks professional, like it was meant to be there.

Nessa

erika~ the inspired mama said...

so... when are you planning a trip to idaho to help me build shelves??! i am seriously in LoVe with this! you are amazing, mama!

xo,
erika

p.s. do have any problems with logan getting the jars on the lower shelves? i wonder about harper...

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Thanks guys! I am LOVING them now that they have been here for a couple of days. They really work well in the space. Now I just need to figure out how to get the kids kitchen back in there.

Erika: Logan doesn't have a problem with the shelves on the bottom... but they have been somewhere like that all his life. So I think he is used to it. If I just put them there and he already didn't know about them, we may have trouble for a week or so, but nothing a bit of consistancy and a time out or two wouldn't cure. He can't really do anything to them unless he takes them out side and drops them on the cement. ;) So I figure, we are good. :D

Val

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

The lavender looks so beautiful, and you must be loving all those flowers at the new house.

And I see you are officially moved in now that you have pantry shelves set up!! Way to go! They look great!!!