DIY Record Stand Organization

DIY Record Stand

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand

Today we are sharing a really quick and easy project, our DIY record stand. You may have noticed in our last post on our library shelves that we are displaying a few of our favorite records on the shelves. They are sitting in custom built stands that Brent built out of wood. By displaying them on these stands we have easy access to grab our favorites. Also, album cover artwork can make for an interesting alternative to traditional art. The six records we choose for our library were ones where we liked the design of the covers and thought had a visual appeal similar to the other art in our home.

We searched for record stands but most of the ones we found had no back or had a back that was half the height of the record. We have found that stands built these ways do not fully support the record and can eventually damage it by warping it over time. We couldn’t find one out there that exactly fit our needs so we built our own that was all these things we were looking for: simple, sturdy and supportive.

If you have a few of your favorite records that you want to display but want to make sure they stay in good shape, this DIY record stand is a great solution. Plus, it is completely customizable. After it is built you can stain it or paint it whatever color you want to match your decor.

How we Made Our Record Stands

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ The supplies we used for this project were a 1″ x 6″ board and a dowel rod. The tools we used were a miter saw, table saw, Joint Genie and a drill. First, we measured the boards to prepare to cut the base of the stand and the top braces. The base is 12 1/2 inches wide. The two top braces are 11 inches wide. For more details on the exact dimensions, download our DIY record stand plans at the bottom of this post.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ Next, we used a miter to cut the boards to the sizes we measured.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ To create a slot in the base for the record to sit in the blade guard needs to be removed. This allows the blade to cut only partially through the board. By placing the board next the blade it is easy to see how deep the slot will be in the base.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ After each pass over the table saw blade, we moved the table saw fence slightly to cut a wide slot.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ The back of the stand needs to sit at an 80 degree angle so we had to cut the bottom of the bottom brace at a 10 degree angle.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ We used the Joint Genie to drill holes that would connect the pieces via a dowel rod.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ The Joint Genie makes it really easy to line up the holes with the dowel pins.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ No matter how many times Brent drills holes to join two blocks of wood together with a dowel rod, he still gets excited about the final result every time.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ Once the base was connected to the bottom vertical brace, we drilled holes into the two vertical braces so we could connect them with the dowel pins.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
^^^ The great thing about building the stand this way is that no glue is needed so it can easily be disassembled and reassembled and consists of just three pieces.

Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand
Gray House Studio DIY Record Stand

If you are interested in building you own DIY record stand, feel free to download our Gray House Studio plans below with all the exact dimensions you need to create this stand.

Download our Record Stand Plans (PDF)

Adding Shelves to Bathroom Cabinet Organization

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

Check how we spent our weekend adding shelves in bathroom cabinets to create an organized storage space.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

This morning Brent and I worked on a quick little organization project that really made me happy! Our project was adding shelves in the bathroom cabinets.

I don’t have a ton of beauty products but I do have the typical necessities and not a lot of places to store them. Don’t most bathroom cabinets seem to have so much wasted space at the top?

All of my stuff was just stacked on top of each other in one big pile on the bottom and if stuff got pushed to the back of the cabinet…well…it might as well have been lost forever as far as I was concerned.

I’ve tried to organize this area multiple times but I have found that without the proper set up, such as a designated space for each item, it doesn’t matter how many times you organize it, it quickly turns into a big messy pile again.

I am kind of embarrassed to be sharing this photo but for the sake of showing the drastic difference I feel like the shelves made, I’ll do it. Below is the disorganized mess it looked like before.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

Brent built me two shelves in my cabinet using stuff we already had in our garage. Score! He built me one on the bottom and one at the top.

We decided to take the faux drawer above the cabinet door and add hinges to it so it could open up to a shelf we would install behind it where I could store my hair dryer and curling iron.

We have seen a few photos of this floating around on the internet but wanted to attempt to figure out our own Gray House style of making it happen.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
1. First we popped off the faux drawer. It came off really easy.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
2. Then using pliers we removed the brackets and staples from the drawer face and the cabinet.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
3. The hinges we used came with instructions saying that the center of the hole should be 2 centimeters from the edge of the board and the diameter of the hole should be 35 millimeters. So Brent measured where he needed to drill and then used the appropriate size forstner bit to drill the hole for the hinge.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
4. Brent marked a hole for the plastic screw anchor.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
5. Then he used a piece of tape to mark the depth of the cut so he would know when to stop drilling. This would prevent the drill bit from going all the way through the drawer face.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
6. With a soft faced mallet, Brent hammered in the plastic screw anchors and then attached the hinge to the drawer face with the screws.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
7. After centering the drawer face on the cabinet, he attached the other side of the hinge to the cabinet frame. We now have a functioning door.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
8. Then Brent started building the shallow shelf that would sit behind the hinged door. He used a piece of scrap wood that came from a shelf we tore down in our garage.

Bonus: it was already painted white! That was a huge time saver. He measured the width the shelf needed to be to fit in the cabinet in front of the sink.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
9. Next, he cut the shelf to size using a miter saw.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
10. He flipped the shelf over and clamped a Pocket-Hole Kreg Jig to the board and then used it to drill a pocket-hole on the bottom of the board.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
A close up of what the pocket-hole looks like.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
11. Finally, he installed the top shelf behind the hinged door. He used the same steps above for the bottom shelf as well.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
I am now storing my hair dryer and curling iron behind this secret little door. I like having these items up higher and within reach so they don’t fall towards the back of the cabinet.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
After Brent installed the bottom shelf, I finally got to organize this area like I have always wanted!

As you may be able to see, I found another use for my chalkboard tape. Ha. I found these little glass containers left over from our wedding and added some chalkboard tape labels to them and am now using them to store all my hair ties and bobby pins that were laying all over the place.

Hopefully by adding shelves in bathroom cabinets and having a place to store these things will keep them from getting lost and me having to buy new ones all the time.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
It was a small project with a transformation that has a huge impact on that space. I am so happy with the results of adding shelves in bathroom cabinets and grateful Brent took the time to work on this with me. I love that each item has a designated spot to be put back and that all the space in the cabinet is now being utilized to it’s max capacity.

If you have any questions about adding shelves in bathroom cabinets, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

Organize a Pantry with Chalk Tape Organization

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

How we went about organizing our prantry with chalkboard tape

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

One of my Christmas presents from my parents this year was a roll of chalkboard tape and a chalk marker. I was so pumped. My parents know and understand my love of office supplies so well. I’m not sure if this stuff is fairly new or I have just been oblivious to it in the stores but I am going to guess it is the former because I’m usually pretty on top of the latest tape craze. I’m not ashamed to admit I have bought decorative duck tape before for no real reason other than it had Super Mario on it (I ended up giving it to my brother) and impulsively buy washi tape just about every time I got to Target. Because you know, you can never have too much of that stuff for projects.

I immediately started to look for a place I could use my chalkboard tape in our home. I think I was scaring Brent with some of my suggestions. Then it hit me. I could use it for labels on my OXO food storage container set that Brent got me for Valentine’s Day last year. I was only kind of utilizing them but had not really taken the time to actually migrate all our food from packages to storage containers because I was still trying to figure out how to label them. Chalkboard tape was my answer.

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

How I Organized our Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

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To organize our pantry I used: food storage containers, a roll of chalkboard tape and a chalk marker, that’s it! Well, besides all the other storage stuff I swiped from my mom when she was purging her own pantry. Score! I realize this concept of using food storage containers with chalkboard labels in the pantry is nothing new or even remotely unique. What really made the difference for me is using the chalkboard tape. There are a lot of chalkboard labels out there but they were so small and too decorative in appearance. I had a hard time writing on them and fitting in everything I needed to write. Plus they didn’t cover much of the container and I could never get them to erase very well.

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

^^^ I loved that the chalkboard tape was already the perfect height. All I had to do was cut it to the width of the container. Plus, it offers a modern appearance and a realistic writing surface size. I also found that it wipes off really easy.

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

^^^ Let me just say using a chalk marker also makes the world of difference. Have you ever tried to write with chalk on a very tiny surface? It’s hard. There was almost no point in me even bothering writing with the chalk on those tiny chalkboard labels because half the time Brent couldn’t even read what I wrote anyway.

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

^^^ My mom gave me this idea, which I think is brilliant! Her suggestion was to use the chalk marker and write on the back of the storage container the date I bought the food and the date it expires. Which is a really good point because once you transfer the food to the storage container and throw away the package, you no longer have the reference. And I don’t know about you but I have enough to remember besides when I bought a package of rolls. I just made a little note on the back of the container with a B and the date I bought it and an E and the date it will expire. The chalk marker works really well for this because it writes on smoothly and wipes off really easily once you reload the container with new food. Note: I would like to mention that the photo above is from when I organized my pantry about a month ago. I promise we are not still eating rolls that are about a month past their expiration date.

We don’t have a lot of food in our pantry right now because there are just two of us and we usually only buy food for a week at a time. Plus, I am a little obsessive about throwing out expired food every week on trash day. So the whole organizing the pantry process only took a few hours one afternoon.

Both Brent and I agree it feels nice to have an organized pantry. Below is what it looks like now.

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape

Organizing a Pantry with Chalkboard Tape