DIY – Shoebox

DIY - Shoebox in Sketchup
DIY – Shoe box in Sketchup

Planning The Box

My wife had been wanting a shoe box to put all of her boots in. I figured with all of the weather cooperating and the days getting longer, it shouldn’t take long to build it.

DIY - Shoebox
DIY – Shoebox

After work one day, we started working on putting some planks together which would be the outer frame. This was pretty sketchy because the wood wasn’t as sturdy.

My Wife Adding Primer
Applying The Primer

The next day, I got up and added the frame to the outside borders and constructed the box you see. My wife then started applying the Primer.

Added paint to the box with our Paint Sprayer.
Added paint to the box with our Paint Sprayer.

It took us a while to figure out how to use our Paint Sprayer but once we got it, the painting was easy.

DIY - Shoebox Complete
Painted and Added a Hardwood Floor Top.

My wife put some hardwood floor pieces together and then I added a piece of 1/2 inch plywood base to the bottom of the floor. We glued the two together and purchased a piano hinge to help with the top lid. It worked great and it looks good. Not bad for a couple of hours of work.

Thank you for reading!

Semper Fidelis

Manuel Perez

Reviewing Tools and Equipment

Broken Sheetrock
Broken Sheetrock

Another Project

My wife and I started another project earlier this year and it has been fun. It has been a very long process as I do have a full time job that requires a lot from me. This project was to take our closet and close it off and open it on my daughter’s side of the room. Then we were going to build the closet in our room. After ripping all the sheet rock off inside the closet, we thought hard about it and decided not to remove living space from our bedroom as we thought it would reduce the value of the home in the end. We put new insulation in the walls and installed new sheet rock. We then added wood paneling to give it a wooden look. We then stained the wood with a dark finish. Then we began building the closet system. My idea was to put in drawers in the middle of the closet to eliminate having drawers inside the bedroom. We also added another pole to hang the clothes on the bottom half of the closet. Then we added barn doors which were really cool to make and very inexpensive. I plan on making a video showing how these doors are made and posting it here.

Completed Closet With Sliding Barn Doors
Completed Closet With Barn Doors

Reviewing Tools

I was approached by Dewalt recently to review some of their equipment by joining their Sampling Program. I wanted to let you all know that if you are interested in getting my opinion of your product or service, please allow me to be your person. I have always been good at reviewing stuff and you can see my Yelp reviews that I am always willing to share my experience. If you are interested in having your product or service reviewed, please reach out to me and I will be glad to offer my opinion.
Thank you for reading.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

DIY Kitchen Remodel 5

Backsplash Tile Installed
Backsplash Tile Installed

Brazilian Tile

I am no tile expert but my wife and I worked together on Saturday to put in some Brazilian Tile that she found at Restore.

Backsplash Glass Tile
Backsplash Glass Tile

Glass Tile

It took us all day on Saturday and then after we got home from church on Sunday we started working on the Glass Tile.

Using Mocha Grout
Using Mocha Grout

Mocha Grout

On Monday after work we started putting in the Mocha Grout.

Using Mocha Grout
Using Mocha Grout
More Grout
More Grout
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete
Grout Complete

Plumbing As A Hobby

This whole project reminded me to never take up plumbing as a hobby. We were trying to put in the plumbing for underneath the sink but we kept getting the water to come up like it wasn’t going down the drain. We looked at other examples and ours kept coming up. We went to Lowes and bought a bunch of pipes to possibly change the way the flow of the water might help. One guy that saw us looking at all the pipes said that we needed a vent. I thought, we have a vent that goes out to the roof. Maybe we needed another one. So we bought one and put it all together and still kept doing the same thing. We ended up figuring it out yesterday when we put a plumber’s snake in the drain and unplugged it. After that, water was moving like normal. Now, back to figuring out how the plumbing will work without leaking.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

DIY Kitchen Remodel 4

Cement Lunch

Getting Out The Air Bubbles
Using the orbital sander to get out the Air Bubbles.

I went home for lunch yesterday and when I got there my Father-In-Law had just finished pouring the cement and was smoothing it out. I was able to use the orbital sander on the edges of the counter to get out any air bubbles.

Cement Is In
Cement Is In

When I got home after work, it looked like it was mostly done and becoming dry. I started cutting the frame that will go around the sink.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Kitchen Remodel 3

Another Day

Crawlspace Has Spider Webs
Crawlspace Has Spider Webs

We had to go under the house yesterday and check the support beams to ensure that there was enough structure under there to accommodate the weight of the concrete countertops. I was under the house for a few hours working to make sure everything was good. Talk about an Ab Workout. I feel like I did 1000 situps.  Lots of spider webs under there.  Old wires and stuff, that I pulled out to clean it up a bit.

Crawlspace Squeaks
Crawlspace Squeaks

I found a support pillar that looks like someone did a quick one on it. I added a new cement pillar and some new 4×4’s right next to it to help with the weight.

Counter Top Is Ready
Counter Top Is Ready

My father-in-law came over today to pour cement, but we hadn’t finished with the countertop. So we worked on that all afternoon. Tomorrow, he is going to come over with my mother-in-law to pour the cement and finish it up.

Space For The Kitchen Sink
Space For The Kitchen Sink

We put an idea we had for the sink to sit in after the cement gets somewhat dry. Then we can pull out the PVC pipes and allow space for the hoses for the sink to fit in.

Pipes For Sink Faucets
Pipes For Sink Faucets

We will hopefully have a sink tomorrow and then we have to wait 30 days for the cement to cure. Once it cures then we can seal it. Hopefully, by this weekend, we will have the backsplash done too.

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Kitchen Remodel 2

Main Kitchen Sink Board
Main Kitchen Sink Board

Getting There

I was able to finish up the face setup for the top drawers. I put the Main Board on top of the counter and screwed it in. Now it’s time to make the hole for the sink.

Sink Hole
Sink Hole

Once the hole for the sink was cut, I started to think about the small pieces of metal that support the frame of the sink.

Double Cast Iron Sink
Double Cast Iron Sink

My wife was thinking that we should use a jack to set the sink in place once the cement is almost dry.  Were not 100% sure but we are going to keep trying.
Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Kitchen Remodel

Brazilian Tile Back Splash
Brazilian Tile Back Splash

First half of kitchen done.  Just finished sealing the tile.  We have to wait 30 days until the cement cures and then we can seal it.

Brazilian Tile Back Splash
Brazilian Tile Back Splash
Metal Frame Around Tile
Metal Frame Around Tile
20 AMP Power Outlets
20 AMP Power Outlets
Cement Counter Tops and Brazilian Tile
Cement Counter Tops and Brazilian Tile
Removed Kitchen Counter and Old Back Splash
Removed Kitchen Counter and Old Back Splash

Removed the old counter on the kitchen sink side.

Who Took the Sink?
Who Took the Sink?
RainSoft Reverse Osmosis System
RainSoft Reverse Osmosis System

RainSoft Reverse Osmosis system.

Electrical all done.

Found that our valves were leaking, so we replaced them.

Valves fixed and added electrical for the garbage disposal.  (Yeah, I know, its really close to the water.)

Cement board added for back splash.

How much support do you recommend is needed to support the cement and the really heavy kitchen sink?

Thank you for the help.