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So remember how I begged and pleaded with you to help me decide what should be the next project for us? Well. We just decided we’re going to do all of them. All at once. Because I can’t just do one thing at a time. Nope. Have to do at least 5 projects. ALL AT ONCE. And it leads to chaos in the garage. #Butforreal
So that consequently means we have no less than 5 projects incomplete! Which also consequently means that our garage is packed full of scrap wood and sawdust. While the OCD’s are going nuts with having masses of projects mid-completion, this weekend was awesome. It was good for my soul. If we want to get all emotional and personal and junk, I had a hard week. It culminated in me believing lies that could only be from the devil himself… I believed that I wasn’t good enough, fit enough, talented enough, anything enough, and certainly shouldn’t even be posting pictures to the interwebs.
I was browsing around for some inspiration/ encouragement/ eye candy, and happened across Lindsay’s “About” page (from The White Buffalo Styling Company), and was reminded… I create because I was made to. Creating beautiful spaces, for me, isn’t about me. It’s awesome – truly awesome – to have friends (even internet-friends!) agree that a space in our home is beautiful. You see, in the same way that doctors were made to heal and were given distinct abilities to think like a doctor, I was made to create things. My abilities are entirely different than doctors… but that doesn’t mean my life is worth less. I do what I do because it glorifies the One that made me. Even if, at times, it isn’t necessarily someone else’s “jam”. I am reminded: BE A DUCK. Keep on doin’ what you’re doing. Whatever that is. Chin up, Cub Scout.
I digress, though. Back to the house. We made shutters. Pretty woodsy shutters that still need finishing, but they’ve been constructed and are drying out.
First step to new shutters: I measured the old shutters– I want something similar in size to what is up there now. Except maybe a bit chunkier. And less… plastic/ aluminum/ black.
So we got 1×4’s (of pressure treated wood), and decided that the shutters should be 4-wide. (The original plan was to make them 3 planks wide, but that ended up looking really puny.)
Second, I cut all the pieces. For us, each vertical plank is 55″ high. And the horizontal crossbars are the exact width of four planks. Easy enough.
Third. This is where the process slowed down some, because… MATH. And things. So I figured, in order to keep spacing consistent between the top and bottom crossbars of all the shutters, I created a template of sorts. (J helped me, because he’s nice to me.) I cut one piece of scrap wood to be the height between the crossbars, and slid that along as I screwed in the vertical planks. Like so:
Fourth. Once I got the first plank screwed to the first crossbar, I screwed in the plank at the other end. Then I filled in the two center boards, spacing them equidistant from the other. Fifth. Same-same with the other crossbar, and the other shutters.
Sixth. These puppies have to dry out before they can be stained. So here they sit. Next to my garden o’ weeds. But we have big plans. Sanding, staining, hanging!