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Washing Machine Ice Chest

The holiday season is upon us and that means parties and family gatherings. 

Maybe not all of us are blessed with an ice chest, or maybe we just don’t have a big enough one on hand. Well here is a clever little tip when it comes to serving cold drinks at your next party: Store them in your washing machine!

Just think about it, you pour the ice into the washing machine, you put a case of beer (or soda) in there and then slowly bring them out to replenish drinks in the party atmosphere. You could of course also let guests pick right out of the machine. They will think you are so clever and innovative. But not all of us are blessed with an easily accessible laundry room, so just invest $10-$20 in a cute tin bucket that will actually fit on your table or counter top! And no need to worry about lugging that heavy cooler off to drain, your washing machine drains itself as the ice melts! Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy! 

Bye-bye ugly cooler, Hello washing machine!

-Ellie

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Cat Meowtain

Before anyone gets all upset, I know I know this blog is about eating….but….

After two years of living in our apartment, and an unforeseeable amount of time we will live here (at least another 1-2 years), I am really tired of living in white walls and fear of personalizing my space because of fees. So I also want to share my small projects with you all. (It also helps that I am not really working for the first time in years and focusing on college, so much free time ha) So please don’t hate me! =D

One day on Pinterest I came across this cool picture of stairs/shelves going all around an apartment as a cat walkway.

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This was our inspiration to do something really awesome for our pets. I have two cats and one of them is a little chunky monkey, so my guy really thought this would be a great thing to get him moving and help him exercise along with his new diet.

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We live in this two-story loft style apartment, so we wanted to make this unused, high window accessible to our kitties. So we took a trip to Ikea and bought some floating shelves. We have a crazy, eclectic style. So we were really looking for something with a pop of color and something we could really customize, so we went with the LACK shelves in pretty much every size and color.

Then we also bought a microfiber rug (at Ikea) to cover the large top shelf where they would hopefully lay the most and look out the window. We went to Target and bought some placemats to cover the 3 smaller shelves because they weren’t high gloss like the other shelves and it seems backwards, but actually felt slicker than the high gloss shelves. Since they aren’t as long, we didn’t want little kitty paws slipping off!

Now it is time to put it all together!

Materials

Shelves
Ladder (thanks to a friend for letting me borrow one!)
Drill/Hardware (screws/anchors [if not using studs])
Hammer (if using anchors)
Level
Stud Finder
Painters Tape
Pencil

Step One:
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Use your stud finder to locate and mark the studs on your wall.

Step Two:
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Use painters tape to lay out a design before drilling. We also used Painters tape vertically to mark the studs so we could see exactly were we should place the brackets.

Step Three:
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Have a brave guy climb up on a ladder and drill in the floating shelf brackets. (Technically before this he used a laser level to mark a light straight line, held up the brackets and marked X in each hole where he needed to drill, and drilled pilot holes and hammered in anchors all while I was in class so it was not captured on film =p)
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Coming together nicely.

If you are covering shelves:
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Lay out the shelf on top of fabric and cut out rectangles for the corners.

Note: This is totally a beach towel and not really an American Flag! We had a good laugh as my guy was taking pictures and realized it totally looked like I was a terrible person and everyone was going to yell at me for working on an American flag (which it’s not!)
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I used spray adhesive glue on the fabric and shelf (make sure you are spraying the top and side you want down on the fabric)

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Then obviously, cover it!

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Step Four:
Finish installing according to shelf directions

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Step 5:
Let the cats enjoy!Stella and Diablo really loved them, it was hard to get pictures because they wouldn’t stop moving!

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Side Note:
We have an open loft window in our bedroom that lines up nicely with our new open window. So just for privacy we ran out to Target and bought some curtains and a tension rod. Easy peezy!
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My future holds filling up the gap to the right of Cat Meowtain (hopefully with more shelves, just need a taller ladder!) and filling up the walls around our new “window” outside of our bedroom. =D Oh and fixing the trashy looking curtain downstairs that we quickly hung up with command hooks on day ha!

Happy Eating and Decorating!
-Ellie

P.S. Sorry for the picture quality! Just used my iPhone because I didn’t want to juggle a DSLR and power tools!