Family Room Built-In Cabinets

We love that our house has this great basement family room with lots of space for our three growing boys. Unfortunately, it lacked places to hide away all of the stuff that comes with three growing boys so we decided to DIY an AUH-MAZING storage solution.


We lucked out and had this wall with a one car garage on the other side. A garage that we want to turn into a bedroom eventually so eating up a little bit space for a lot of storage made perfect sense.

We started by building huge boxes out of MDF down in the shop. Once the boxes were built Micah smashed through the old wall and framed in the new space for the MDF cabinet boxes we built.

Carrying these boxes from the shop up to the basement was a big job for my little muscles. Poor Micah kept having to stop and let me readjust my grip. Moments like these make us miss our old neighborhood where we had plenty of neighbors who could help.

Once the boxes were in place we were ready for shelves. We personally love the clear Sterolite plastic bins. We buy ours at Home Depot and use them everywhere! You can see what’s in them & if the boys break them it’s not the end of the world. Before we started building the shelves we measured the biggest plastic bin and built the two bottom shelves tall enough to house them.

With shelving in it was time to paint! After a coat of primer and three coats of matte white the inside of the cabinets were ready to be organized!

I went through all of the toys and sorted them accordingly. Arranged all of our tubs, books, and games on the shelves and that’s how it sat for months. Life for our family and work for Micah just got super busy. There was no time for doors.

After feeling extra crazy for what seemed like forever Micah and I wanted to finish off the family room built-in cabinets to give ourselves a sense of accomplishment and sanity. We decided on a three panel style door.

To create these doors you need 1/2″ MDF  for the doors themselves and 1/4″ MDF for the panel detail.

We ripped down the 1/2″ sheets to the cabinet door dimensions.

Next we cut strips of 1/4″ MDF to crate the panel look.

2 strips the length of the door and then 2 strips to lay horizontally to create the three panels.

We attached the 14″ MDF to the doors with tiny nails.

Micah decided to spray all the doors since there were so many and we wanted a smooth finish. After 1 coat of primer; two coats of matte pure white paint by Behr and some dry time they were ready to hang.

We added a “dummy” door at the end to complete the wall and I’m SO glad we did! Who knew a wall of doors would make my heart swoon so much!

I loved the doors so much I really wanted something special for the pulls. I found these gorg pulls that were only $40 a piece….only. If you don’t know me well you might think I was being serious but I don’t EVER see myself spending that kind of cash per pull!

My brilliant husband came up with the idea of using angle iron for the pulls. I told him to tell me more….

He did even better and made me a sample. I seriously drooled a bit when I saw it! Oh blackened metal how you make me swoon!

I gave him the go ahead and within a blink of the eye we had our pulls. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t stop to just stare at them but there is one problem…. these beauties just upped our basement game by a lot. As in everything else looks like crap next to them, but I keep telling myself that it takes time. It makes me feel better when I walk down there to tell the family room that I’m coming for it. Yes, I’m all that kinds of crazy.


DIY Summertime T-Shirt

DIY Summertime T-ShirtEvery summer Will Smith’s Summertime automatically starts playing in my head. Summer, summer, summertime… I recently introduced the boys to this summer jam and they loved it! So when I saw Cricut’s new summer line of iron-on vinyl I had to make some Summertime T-shirts!

summertime tshirt supplies


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  • Iron-on Vinyl {I used Cricut Carribean Teal}
  • Craft Cutter {I used my Cricut Explore a more economical option is the New Cricut Explore One™ Machine and it’s on SALE until July 21, 2015!}
  • StandardGrip Mat
  • Scissors
  • T-shirt
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Summertime Tshirt Cricut Design Space

I started out by typing out the beginning lines of the song in the Cricut Design Space™. {I used the font Bebes Neue} Make sure you click the mirror image box when cutting iron-on. Place the iron-on vinyl onto the StandardGrip Mat, turn the dial to Iron-on; follow the prompts; and cut out the vinyl.

summertime tshirt cricut vinyl

Weed the excess vinyl from around the song lyrics and arrange them onto the front of the t-shirt. Place a towel over the top of the of the vinyl and firmly iron over the top of the covered vinyl.

time to sit back and unwind tshirt

Peel back the protective plastic layer and now you’re ready to sit back and unwind.

summer fun

But only for a bit because it’s summer after all and there’s so much fun to be had!

If you have been wanting a Cricut NOW is the perfect time….Make some eggnog and hang some lights because it’s Christmas in July at Cricut! In addition to great sales on Cricut Explore machines and digital items, it’ll make you very merry to know that Cricut is also re-releasing retired cartridges in limited quantities, including: Songbird, Very Merry Tags, Christmas Cards, Dinosaur Tracks and 50 States. 

They are also offering an extra $10 off Cricut Explore Air Everything Set with code EVERYTHING10 and anextra 20% off any digital item with code 20DIGIT15.

Take advantage of this huge sale today and have all your crafting projects ready to go in time for the winter holidays! Plus, you’ll get free shipping with the code JULYSHIP!

Happy crafting!