Office Shelving

In our continued effort to get our tiny house situated, I finally completed the office shelving. We wanted something to go around the bar, and after going through many plans for the shelving, we finally decided on a combination of wood shelves and steel brackets to hold everything into place.

Since we’re renting, I didn’t want to invest in permanent shelving that we couldn’t reuse. By not building the entire thing out of wood, it’ll be much easier to take apart and reassemble.

I built the left side and right side separately and anchored each into the wall, with one metal bracket on each side touching the floor for added support. The trickiest part was putting in the top shelf for our large collection of game boards.

full shelving



Because two brackets prevented the top shelf from easily sliding into place, I had to carve out a notch to fit it in.

shelving notch




Kitchen Woes

As we continue to set up our Tiny House, one of the hardest things to figure out has been what to do with the kitchen. While I’ve seen much smaller kitchens, the biggest issue with it has been the lack of storage. With only a couple drawers below the sink and no cupboards otherwise, it’s left us to come up with some creative storage ideas.

Since we also needed a table, we decided a kitchen island that provided some storage, counter top space, and eating area would fit all of our needs. However, finding an existing island that actually did all of those things was easier said than done.

After browsing many that we liked, but didn’t quite meet all of our needs, I think we finally have a simple, but effective plan to build one. Until then, here are some of the islands we liked that helped us come to our final plan.

kitchen island wood and metal
from World Market

kitchen island and stools
from Messes of Men

Distressed Kitchen Island
from Hammer and Hand Imports

Rustic Wooden Kitchen Island
from Iron Works


A Yard For A Garden

Now that we have a little yard, Mary and I have been waiting for it to be nice enough to start a garden. Neither of us have much experience with it, but we’re excited to maybe try a few of these ideas in our little yard space.

pallet garden
Vertical Pallet Garden from Home DIT

pallet compost
Pallet Compost from Curbly

hanging planter
Hanging Planter from Gypsy River

raised flower bed
Raised Flower Bed from Garden Design


Axe Restoration Project: Planning

It was over a year ago I posted about wanting to own a great axe someday, and I believe that day has finally come.

Over the last year, however, I’ve matured and decided buying an over-priced axe from Best Made Company is not the way to go. Instead, I was able to find an old axe for $10 at the Weekend Pickers Indoor Flea Market for me to restore.

Mary knew about this guide on How to Restore an Axe and I can hardly wait to get started.

axe restoration
from The Art of Manliness


Joining and Planing

In the midst of all the craziness of moving, I also managed to finish the table I’ve been working on. It was my first project using a joiner and planer, but I really like how it turned out.


The table top is all salvaged oak from The Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit, finished with Swilley’s Beeswax Wood Rub. The legs are just black iron piping I got from a hardware store.

I have some other house projects on the horizon that I’m sure my new joining and planing skills will come in handy for.

metal piping legs table top



Designer Love: Below the Boat

I’m always on the lookout for cool laser cut or etched projects, so when I found these great wooden maps of U.S. lakes from Below the Boat, I was blown away. They’re made to be bathymetric charts (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), so each layer is laser cut as its own piece and then glued.

Of course the Great Lakes maps are the best looking, but maybe I’m biased?

Full map of the Great Lakes

Straights of Mackinac
Straights of Mackinac

Lake Washington

Mount Desert Island
Mount Desert Island

All images from Below the Boat.


Wood Rub

I bought some Swilley’s Wood Rub to finish the night stand I built earlier this winter. It’s all natural and both protects and enriches the tones of the wood. I was skeptical about whether it would work, but it definitely seems to have brought out a little bit of color in the wood.

night stand - before
The night stand before applying the wood rub.

night stand - after
And the end result.