I’m back almost as promised with the continuing saga of shelf building in the new storage space.
We left off
yesterday 2 days ago with me incarcerated for a full day in that teeny tiny space. I made 4 shelves across the left end of the space, then made some little shelves for spray paint storage. (see part 1 here in case you missed it)
I was released for good behavior overnight but had to report back first thing in the morning to finish my time.
The rest of this little space has the water main shutoffs on the wall under the window, and a water tank and pump in the right corner from an old well system.
Now the smart thing to do would have been to disconnect and remove the pump and tank, but alas, that was not in my skill set, and I wasn’t about to wait for someone to come along and help me. That just isn’t my style.
So I sacrificed some space by leaving them in place and built around them.
Oh, and let’s not forget the pit in the floor where the offending pieces are mounted. This basement is really old and strange. There are 3 different pit areas in it, the other two being the huge sump pit and one under the furnace and water heater.
This time I painted the walls before I started framing!
Ok, so a simple shelf across the water tank created a platform for storage bins.
Too bad I only have one bin right now.
A small piece of pallet fit underneath and created a level floor over the pit area very simply. I used a couple bricks on end to support the overhanging part.
This little platform now holds the old golf bags and clubs that Mike just can’t part with yet.
Over the actual pump I built another platform to support more boxes or bins.
None of it is pretty, but it at least gives me a way to use the heretofore dead space.
Let’s look at the before shots again….
After putting up the wall of doors and piling everything back in:
Now it looks like this:
Now for the back wall, under the window.
This is what you see when looking through the screen door.
The main water line juts out about 10 inches from the wall here.
I didn't want to waste the space!
Looking at it I realize there is just enough room for storing gallon paint cans if I can only figure out a way to make shelves to span this wall.
More deep thinking and a couple more 2x4’s get me the basic frame.
Now for some long boards that are sturdy enough to span 53” without bowing under the weight of paint.
I’m running low on 2x4’s at this point, and they aren’t wide enough anyways for what I need.
Back to the wood stash I spot some long pieces that look wide enough. 6 inches, will that hold a paint can without falling off? I check and it works, just an inch hanging over. There’s plenty of surface to support the can safely.
I find 4 of these “boards”, they’re plenty long enough too.
Old wooden bed frame mattress rails. The style that used to support the wooden bed slats that the mattress rested on. The older ones are made from real solid boards.
Newer ones are usually veneered.
Modern frames use metal rails. I never pick them up. Just the wooden ones.
The bonus in this application is they have the extra lip on the edge for holding the slats. This is just enough to stabilize the board so it doesn’t sag when used as a weight bearing shelf.
And let’s not forget they were free!
Ok, so you wanna see?
This is that wall before:
And this is the after:
After I added some of the many cans of paint (it will hold 36 gallons all told).
And yes, I do have at least that many! In case I haven’t mentioned this before, I’m also hopelessly addicted to collecting Oops paint from Home Depot and Lowes for $5 a gallon, $1 a quart.
There’s just one more dead space to utilize in this storage closet…..See this space next to the door opening?
The framing here will be the support for more shelves. This side of the doorway is 24” wide. It will become my spot for the quart and smaller paint cans.
It will look something like the spray paint side, only lots more shelves since the cans are much shorter.
But that will have to wait until the weekend.
Now that I’m about done with the storage space I can move onto the next phase of the laundry room area!
It’s finally starting to come together….I’m doing a happy dance right now.
Linking up to Linda’s Junkin finds Friday at A La Carte
Joining the fun at Gail’s Catch as Catch Can Party ; she’s also giving away 2 rolls of Scotch Blue Edge Lock painters tape to 8 lucky linkers! Get on over there and join the party!
Joining the fun at Donna’s Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors