KEEN Factory Tour Video

I had the distinct pleasure to attend a media event at the KEEN Utility factory in Portland, OR in August 2017.

I’ve been on many factory tours over the past twenty years and this was the BEST ONE ever.

First, it’s a smaller factory with about eighty people working diligently to make some of the best work, hiking and casual shoes I’ve ever worn. Read my review about one of their boots I own.

Another reason it was a great tour is we were allowed to help make actual boots and shoes that you might wear! Yes, I got to put an upper on a form at the beginning of the line, I got to put a sole in the machine before it gets bonded to the upper and I got to trim off the urethane flash that oozes out the sides of the lower part of the upper after the boot is made.

KEEN – Made in the USA and you’ll LOVE them. They make them for women, men and kids!

CLICK HERE to see a variety of them you can buy right now.

CLICK HERE to go to the KEEN website.

New Parents Should Consider These 5 Tips When Moving to Another City

New Parents Moving to Another City

Having your first child comes with the full range of emotions: excitement! Anxiety! Awe and wonder! If you are moving to another city as a new family, that experience can add another layer. Whether you’re moving to be closer to family or relocating to a more child-friendly home, consider these

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IKEAhackers book sneak peek: Who’s behind this DIY Cabinet?

I’m counting down the days. Folks, lift off is near. And leading to the launch I’ll be slowly lift off the veil and share how the book came about.

meera-pendred-2Top most, the IKEAhackers book is collective elbow grease. Nineteen IKEA hackers from all over the world contributed towards it. And today, I’ll like to introduce you to one of them Meera. She’s a passionate DIYer and the creative force behind Arty Home. She lives in a sweet 1930s house in Nottingham, UK with her husband and their two sons.

The house was the nudge she needed to awaken her creative soul. Buying a home with my now-husband ignited the creative spark in me. In a bid to create a beautiful and personal home on a budget, I found myself trying out things that I’d never done before: sewing, crafting, giving old unloved furniture a new lease of life and hacking store-bought items, she says.

In a bid to create a beautiful and personal home on a budget, I found myself trying out things that I’d never done before.

I picked her fabulous DIY cabinetfor the book because it’s a simple yet gorgeous upgrade for the METOD kitchen cabinet. It’s also fairly easy to pull off, without major power tooling.

DIY cabinet mid century style from IKEAhackers book

Meera uses it to store her DVDs but I can see this cabinet housing books, toys, craft material and so much more. And most importantly, this handsome fella will brighten up almost any awkward nook. For the book, Meera further expanded on the instructions to make it easy for DIYers of any skill level to follow.

Here’s what she has to say about her DIY cabinet hack.

Jules: How did you come up with the idea for the DIY cabinet? What was the problem/ issue you had? And how did hacking resolve that?

Meera: I needed a DVD storage cabinet in one of my living room alcoves but I struggled to find a stylish, practical and affordable one that would fit my narrow alcove, so I decided to make one out of a kitchen wall cabinet.

My inspiration photos for a storage cabinet all had a similar theme: wooden doors, white outer frame, slim black handles and mid-century style splayed legs.

The 80x80cm METOD kitchen wall cabinet was the perfect size for our requirements and I loved the rough sawn oak texture of the HYTTAN doors, so they were my starting point.

J: What do you like most about your hacked IKEA item?

M: Besides the fact that it is perfect for my style and storage requirements, I love that my friends have commented (unprompted!) that it is a lovely cabinet and been very surprised when told that I made it from a kitchen cabinet!

I love that my friends have commented (unprompted!) that it is a lovely cabinet and been very surprised when told that I made it from a kitchen cabinet!

J: Why do you hack? And what do you enjoy about IKEA hacking?

M: I usually have a particular vision for what I need or want in a space, but it’s not always possible to obtain this from a store-bought product or have it commissioned affordably. So I start by looking for products that come close to matching my requirements. IKEA is usually a fantastic starting point as they have a vast range of products with different options at great prices. I find it immensely satisfying to get creative with an off-the-shelf item and turn it into something that’s just right for my style and practical needs.

J: Where do you find ideas/ inspiration for your hacks? And how do you go from idea to final product?

M: Pinterest and creative blogs are my primary sources for inspiration. Once I have my idea and have figured out which IKEA item(s) I’ll need, I follow up with research to work out the materials and method that I need to achieve a high quality and durable final product. I couldn’t do without the internet and the online creative community. There are so many ideas and tutorials on anything you want to learn about. After the hack is all planned out, I’m all too eager to just get on with it!

The pursuit of creativity is now a way of life for me, that is when I’m not chasing my kids! My style is still evolving and is inspired by my kids, nature, my roots in Kenya and of course the global creative community on the internet. I love that there is always something new to learn and to get excited about.

J: What’s one advice you’d offer to newbies?

M: Research (read or watch tutorials to learn about the methods and materials that will give you a high quality finish on your hack) and plan (measure twice, cut once as they say).

Love the cabinet? Get the book and hack it.

sneak-peek-17

Buy IKEAhackers book on Amazon Buy IKEAhackers book on Barnes & Nobles Buy IKEAhackers book on Indiebound

What’s in the book? Details in this post.

Pre-order now and get 5 bonus hacks from me.

To get the Hack it, Jules ebook, all you need to do is:

1. Buy a copy of IKEAhackers.net 25 Biggest and Best Projects from Amazon, Barnes & Nobles or Indiebound.

2. Forward a copy of your receipt to ikeahackers@gmail.com

3. We send you the pdf!

4. Available only for pre-orders until August 15.

ikeahackers-book-preorder

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IKEAhackers book sneak peek: Who’s behind this DIY Cabinet?

I’m counting down the days. Folks, lift off is near. And leading to the launch I’ll be slowly lift off the veil and share how the book came about.

meera-pendred-2Top most, the IKEAhackers book is collective elbow grease. Nineteen IKEA hackers from all over the world contributed towards it. And today, I’ll like to introduce you to one of them Meera. She’s a passionate DIYer and the creative force behind Arty Home. She lives in a sweet 1930s house in Nottingham, UK with her husband and their two sons.

The house was the nudge she needed to awaken her creative soul. Buying a home with my now-husband ignited the creative spark in me. In a bid to create a beautiful and personal home on a budget, I found myself trying out things that I’d never done before: sewing, crafting, giving old unloved furniture a new lease of life and hacking store-bought items, she says.

In a bid to create a beautiful and personal home on a budget, I found myself trying out things that I’d never done before.

I picked her fabulous DIY cabinetfor the book because it’s a simple yet gorgeous upgrade for the METOD kitchen cabinet. It’s also fairly easy to pull off, without major power tooling.

DIY cabinet mid century style from IKEAhackers book

Meera uses it to store her DVDs but I can see this cabinet housing books, toys, craft material and so much more. And most importantly, this handsome fella will brighten up almost any awkward nook. For the book, Meera further expanded on the instructions to make it easy for DIYers of any skill level to follow.

Here’s what she has to say about her DIY cabinet hack.

Jules: How did you come up with the idea for the DIY cabinet? What was the problem/ issue you had? And how did hacking resolve that?

Meera: I needed a DVD storage cabinet in one of my living room alcoves but I struggled to find a stylish, practical and affordable one that would fit my narrow alcove, so I decided to make one out of a kitchen wall cabinet.

My inspiration photos for a storage cabinet all had a similar theme: wooden doors, white outer frame, slim black handles and mid-century style splayed legs.

The 80x80cm METOD kitchen wall cabinet was the perfect size for our requirements and I loved the rough sawn oak texture of the HYTTAN doors, so they were my starting point.

J: What do you like most about your hacked IKEA item?

M: Besides the fact that it is perfect for my style and storage requirements, I love that my friends have commented (unprompted!) that it is a lovely cabinet and been very surprised when told that I made it from a kitchen cabinet!

I love that my friends have commented (unprompted!) that it is a lovely cabinet and been very surprised when told that I made it from a kitchen cabinet!

J: Why do you hack? And what do you enjoy about IKEA hacking?

M: I usually have a particular vision for what I need or want in a space, but it’s not always possible to obtain this from a store-bought product or have it commissioned affordably. So I start by looking for products that come close to matching my requirements. IKEA is usually a fantastic starting point as they have a vast range of products with different options at great prices. I find it immensely satisfying to get creative with an off-the-shelf item and turn it into something that’s just right for my style and practical needs.

J: Where do you find ideas/ inspiration for your hacks? And how do you go from idea to final product?

M: Pinterest and creative blogs are my primary sources for inspiration. Once I have my idea and have figured out which IKEA item(s) I’ll need, I follow up with research to work out the materials and method that I need to achieve a high quality and durable final product. I couldn’t do without the internet and the online creative community. There are so many ideas and tutorials on anything you want to learn about. After the hack is all planned out, I’m all too eager to just get on with it!

The pursuit of creativity is now a way of life for me, that is when I’m not chasing my kids! My style is still evolving and is inspired by my kids, nature, my roots in Kenya and of course the global creative community on the internet. I love that there is always something new to learn and to get excited about.

J: What’s one advice you’d offer to newbies?

M: Research (read or watch tutorials to learn about the methods and materials that will give you a high quality finish on your hack) and plan (measure twice, cut once as they say).

Love the cabinet? Get the book and hack it.

sneak-peek-17

Buy IKEAhackers book on Amazon Buy IKEAhackers book on Barnes & Nobles Buy IKEAhackers book on Indiebound

What’s in the book? Details in this post.

Pre-order now and get 5 bonus hacks from me.

To get the Hack it, Jules ebook, all you need to do is:

1. Buy a copy of IKEAhackers.net 25 Biggest and Best Projects from Amazon, Barnes & Nobles or Indiebound.

2. Forward a copy of your receipt to ikeahackers@gmail.com

3. We send you the pdf!

4. Available only for pre-orders until August 15.

ikeahackers-book-preorder

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KEEN Factory Tour Video

I had the distinct pleasure to attend a media event at the KEEN Utility factory in Portland, OR in August 2017.

I’ve been on many factory tours over the past twenty years and this was the BEST ONE ever.

First, it’s a smaller factory with about eighty people working diligently to make some of the best work, hiking and casual shoes I’ve ever worn. Read my review about one of their boots I own.

Another reason it was a great tour is we were allowed to help make actual boots and shoes that you might wear! Yes, I got to put an upper on a form at the beginning of the line, I got to put a sole in the machine before it gets bonded to the upper and I got to trim off the urethane flash that oozes out the sides of the lower part of the upper after the boot is made.

KEEN – Made in the USA and you’ll LOVE them. They make them for women, men and kids!

CLICK HERE to see a variety of them you can buy right now.

CLICK HERE to go to the KEEN website.

Deck Material List

Decking Material List & Cost Comparison for a 12 x 10 Foot Deck

The following is material list that will enable you to construct a simple 12-foot-wide by 10-foot-deep deck. Your situation may require some specialized hardware, however, this list will get you 98% of the way.

The deck in question sits only several feet off the ground. If yours is higher, you may require longer posts to reach the ground.

6x6s Baby – The Only Post To Use

I prefer to use 6×6 posts instead of 4x4s. Six x six posts allow you to create a notch so the beams rest on a wood ledge. I then through bolt the beams through the remaining 3 inches or so of lumber that is left of the post.

The diagram below is a side view of a beam as it runs over the 6×6. If you build it this way, the floor joists sit on top of the two beams.

Free & Fast Bids

CLICK HERE to get FREE AND FAST BIDS from local deck contractors. You may be shocked how cheap it is to hire a pro.

If you choose to keep the beam in the same plane as the joists, you would make a 3 inch deep singular notch in the 6×6. The two beam boards would end up side by side. This would allow joist hanger nails to penetrate both beams.

Material List & Prices (Cincinnati Prices – August, 1996)

Yes, I left in the prices for 1996 to show those in the future what lumber used to cost! It gives you an appreciation for inflation.

Prices in ( ) are for substitute material in Construction Heart Redwood. The first item on each line is the quantity of material. The second entry is the description of the item. The third item is what it is used for. The final item is the total prices for the items on that line.

Rough Framing / Below Decking Materials

(10) 2x6x10 foot CCA Treated Floor Joists $74.00

(2) 2x6x12 foot CCA Treated Band Boards 17.90

(2) 2x8x12 foot CCA Treated Beam at Posts 23.98

(1) 6x6x12 foot CCA Treated Post(s) cut into 2 lengths 17.50

(5) 80 lb. Bags Concrete Mix Piers at Posts 21.25

(6) 1/2 inch x 8 inch Carriage Bolts Bolts for Band Board at house 9.30

(4) 1/2 inch x 6 inch Carriage Bolts Bolts for Beam at Posts 6.20

(10) 2×6 Single Joist Hangers Attach Joists to House Band 5.45

(1) Box Galvanized Joist Hanger Nails Attach Joist Hangers 2.95

(5) lbs. 16 CC Galv. Ringed Nails Nail joists, beam, etc. 6.95

(15) lbs. 2 1/2 inch Galvanized Screws Decking Screws 45.00

Decking & Railing Materials

(22) 5/4 x 6 x 12 CCA Decking Deck Boards 209.00 (277.20)

(70) 2x2x 42 inch CCA Pickets Railing Pickets 76.30 (140.00)

(32) Lineal Feet 2×6 Railing Railing 25.60 (46.40)

Note the small premium to upgrade to redwood for the Deck Surface and Railing System

CLICK HERE to get FREE AND FAST BIDS from local deck contractors. You may be shocked how cheap it is to hire a pro.

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Triple bunk bed DIY

I hacked a triple bunk bed, by nesting the IKEA TUFFING bunk bed under the loft bed. However, I am unable to take a photo of the finished hack because I do not have access to it. But using IKEA assembly diagrams, I will show you how to build it. I’ve also put in measurements to show why it works.

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Materials:

  • IKEA TUFFING Loft bed frame ($99.00 unit price)
  • IKEA TUFFING Bunk bed frame ($119.00 unit price)
  • Bed Risers($18.99 but may be cheaper to get from Target or something)
  • Hack saw or any other tool to cut metal (very simple need)
  • Optional: Bunk bed steps (70+) or on-bed ladder (not pictured)

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Photo: IKEA.com

How to build a triple bunk bed

1. Build IKEA TUFFING loft bed frame following instructions given by IKEA.

2. Place loft bed on bed risers to raise the loft bed higher. This gives greater allowance for the bunk bed below.

3. Cut each of the bottom of the legs of the IKEA TUFFING bunk bed 5.5 inches (just below the bolt holes) using your hack saw. This effectively lowers the bunk bed.

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4. Build IKEA TUFFING bunk bed as usual.

5. Nest the IKEA TUFFING bunk bed underneath the IKEA TUFFING loft bed. You’ll need additional hardware to attach the loft bed to the wall.

6. If desired, place steps or ladder where necessary.

If you do not wish to have it nested under the loft bed, you can simply turn the bunk bed at an angle. This (photo below) is using a different type of bed, but the idea is similar. (Not my photo, source)

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Also, I did not personally use, but you could use 2 pine Trofast steps and 2 stacked Trofast frames like so to create the steps up to the TUFFING loft bed:

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~ by Sarah Firth


More ideas for triple bunk beds

Bunk beds for 3

Two Kura beds and a few square meters of spruce boards provides bunk beds for 3. And the colored LED lights give the wow effect when the city skyline lights up in the evening!

space saving triple decker

Save space in the children’s bedroom with this triple decker.


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