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Small Changes with Big Impact

Sometimes it’s the little changes that make a big difference. Here are 2 small and quick changes I made recently.

Where do you hang your dish towels when not in use? Ours are usually slung over our kitchen cabinets. It’s not awful, but it looks untidy, and with our trash bin in the cabinet, sometimes the towels make their way in there in my haste.

 

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When the boys and I went to visit my parents in Portland this spring, I HAD to go to Ikea. My big plan was to replace all of our kitchen cabinet knobs. They’re not awful, but they’re not what I want. When I was there, however, I found that they didn’t have as many options as I had hoped, plus – even at Ikea prices – it was going to cost $140ish. Ouch. So I decided that our kitchen knobs are just fine for now. But I did buy two cabinet pulls that would double as towel hangers.

It took me 3 months to spend the 5 minutes needed to drill the extra holes and attach them, but I finally did and here we are! Nice and tidy and dries easily without getting in the nasty rubbish.

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The other small change I made was in a couple of cabinets. I am kicking myself for not taking a before picture, because I love me some good before and afters. Oh well. Here is just the after.

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I wanted a baking sheet organizer in the cabinet on the right. The pans were every which way and disorganized and crashing against each other anytime I needed to pull something out. I already had this nice littlecustom wooden organizer on the left side, except it went all the way across the bottom cabinet (came with the house). It was ok, but I didn’t have many short pans that needed to be organized like that. So I pulled it out, measured the baking tray cabinet space, cut it to size, and installed. Then I re-installed the leftover portion back into the left hand cabinet to hold cake and pie pans.

Some other great ideas I found for baking tray organization are ones that use wire dividers or plywood.

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Father’s Day Table Tennis

When we bought the Birdhouse last July – maybe before that when we were still dreaming about it – Jonny started talking about table tennis.

To him, table tennis is what fathers and sons should do for quality time.

Then we saw About Time and balled our eyes out. That clinched it.

I did some research and liked what I saw at the Idea Room, but wanted something that would be easier to move around. Figured if I cut it in half, we could hinge it and make it foldable.

Now that the boys are getting a little older, they can help out in more ways. And I knew a simple fold-up table top game would be something they could handle. With a little help…
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(This is the kind of photo you take whilst chasing a 2 year old and making sure the others don’t knock down stacks of lumber.)

We gathered a 1/2 inch, 49″x97″ (that’s the size they come in) piece of mdf, 4 small hinges, and 3 cans of chalkboard spray paint. We had the guys at Home Depot cut the mdf in half for us.

I always overestimate how much the van will hold, so the kids screamed in the car for 15 minutes while I wrestled the mdf pieces in. Classic.

As soon as we got home we primed. Everyone helped:

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It didn’t take long for the primer to dry, so we did all of that in one morning.

The following day I taped off three sides and down the middle of the 2 pieces of mdf, while the boys watched the Andy Griffith show (side note, old shows are the BEST.) Then they got out there and spray painted (you probably shouldn’t let children spray paint).

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Two year olds definitely shouldn’t spray paint. So he read the labels for us.

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OK to be honest, they didn’t spray paint much. And I found out why I prefer Valspar spray paint so much with it’s easy spray button and protective shield.  The spray paint only covered one side each. And I bought three. So… I was short one back side of the table.  The idea was that when the ping pong table is closed, the back sides could be used as a chalkboard for fun or an outside meeting or something. But I figured we only need one side for chalk boarding, so I rummaged and found some cheap black spray paint for the other side.

When I peeled off the tape, the table was looking like this:

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Now we’re talking!

Once it was dry, we added the hinges.

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They’ve got some crazy drill skills.

And we did it! The table was complete. We added on a portable, clip on style net, and some paddles and ping pong balls.

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And then I ruined the surprise the day before Father’s day when I had Jonny go into the shed to grab a ladder – the exact place I had hidden our surprise. Agh!

So we gave him the present early (I didn’t tell the boys the game was up. Just nudged them in the direction of giving it early so we wouldn’t have to wait until Sunday afternoon).

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And he was so blessed! And my boys were so proud and pleased to bless him.

And then Jonny and I played a lot of table tennis after the kids were in bed and talked about tea pong and British things like that.

*update
This is fantastic when friends and family come over!
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