Taking Care of Business

I try not to give much credit to old school stereotypes regarding a woman’s role in the household, but I fall into on of the biggest of them all. I, Samantha Posen, have no clue how to fix anything. Seriously. I may be able to hang a picture frame (if I’m lucky) or use a paintbrush (even that’s a bit iffy) but give me a drill and I’m guaranteed to run the other direction. So Sunday afternoon we decided to change that.

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I’ve had big plans for the laundry room since we first moved in and after scouring Pinterest (because where else do people find inspiration now a days?) I finally decided what I wanted to do. After getting Jon’s approval we made a quick trip to Lowes (and may or may not have stopped at the brand new (completely mobbed) Wegman’s on the way home) to pick up the necessary hardware.

The before.

The before.

First up: the table saw. In an effort to keep all of my limbs, I’ve never picked one up before. Jon assured me I would make it out alive, gave me a few pointers and a practice piece of wood and I dove right in. A few crooked cuts and no lost fingers later I was ready to tackle the actual piece of shelving we were planning on installing. I managed to cut a decently straight line but Jon had to come in and straighten things up a bit.

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Next up: the drill, a tool I’ve used before but am far from good at. It doesn’t help that our walls are made of metal plaster. Apparently my upper body strength leaves much to be desired, as evidenced by the following pictures (facial expressions are not an exaggeration).

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The rest of the project involved hanging the shelf, a cabinet and a rod so it was basically lots of drilling from here on out. This is where I should say I kicked that walls ass and drilled like a DIY queen but in all reality Jon did most of the hard work. But I’ll be damned if I didn’t stand by ready with anchor and screw at hand! After about 3 hours or so we had the finished product.

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We both are loving the end result! It frees up a ton of space in front of the washer and dryer (where we used to have a drying rack) that makes actually doing the laundry much easier. I can’t say that I’ve accomplished my goal of becoming a master of power tools but I certainly took a step in the right direction.

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