January 2018

Ping Pong Anyone?

Upcycling our old outdoor dining table into a Ping Pong table…

We’ve been wanting either an outdoor pool table or a ping pong table for our lanai since we moved into the House house.  We recently purchased a new outdoor dining table, so my husband decided it was the perfect opportunity to make (or upcycle) a ping pong table out of our old one!  He’s so smart!  Would it have been easier to just get rid of this old table and buy a ping pong table? Um, hell ya.  But what fun is that? Not to mention the nice outdoor ping pong tables can get pricey and we were able to make this fairly inexpensively.

Here is a picture of our old table.

Our Old Outdoor Dining Table
Our Old Outdoor Dining Table

Here is how he made our ping pong table…

This project was so easy and probably doesn’t need much explanation but, here goes.

He ordered this EastPoint Sports Foldable Table Tennis Conversion Top from amazon for $62.00.

Ping Pong Conversion Table
Ping Pong Conversion Table

We thought all we’d have to do is set it up on top of the old table, however it was too big and hung WAY over the sides of the table.  If you put your hand down to rest it on the edge of the table it would have definitely toppled over.  Not good!

After brianstorming for a bit he decided to put some legs on the edges.  He went to Home Depot and bought 4 plain table legs (painted them white), and some brackets to attach the legs to the bottom on the conversion top.

And this is how it turned out.

I forgot how much fun Ping Pong is.  We’ve been playing every night and I’ve yet to beat my husband.  Damn him!!!  Anyway, looks pretty good, am I right?


So far I’ve kept a promise to myself in the new year, to organize one thing every 2 weeks. Last week was my kitchen junk drawer and the week before was my desk.  The junk drawer didn’t even take me long at all.  I don’t know why I’d been putting that off for so long.  Anyone still with me on trying to get organized or have you given up?

Getting Organized

Happy New Year!

Getting Organized, One Room at a Time…

I don’t know about you, but at the beginning of every new year I feel the need to get organized. The holidays are always so hectic and the house gets to be a mess, and then Christmas brings even MORE stuff into the house. Not to mention both my son’s have birthdays near the Holidays. One is in November, and the other is one week before Christmas. The playroom and their bedrooms are messes and overflowing with stuff, and it is time to start getting organized and CLEAN IT ALL UP!  We will be doing that soon.  Hopefully they will be willing to donate a lot of old toys.  Other places that I need to tackle include my closet, our kitchen junk drawer, the guest bedroom closet, and the laundry room to name a few.  I’m going to try to tackle one thing every 2 weeks.  Who’s with me?

First Up, My Desk…

In the meantime I got to organizing my desk over Christmas break. It truly was a site to see with papers and crap piled up everywhere.  Pretty embarrassing, actually.  I’d been meaning to clean it up for months and just never got around to it and now that it’s done, it feels awesome. Bonus, I found 2 gift cards I’d been missing (and promptly spent one of them).  How or why did I ever let it get that bad?  Lazy?  Busy?  Probably a little of both.

Anyway, I can’t believe I didn’t take a before picture!  I meant too, but I just started cleaning and forgot. Try to picture papers all over the place, a huge old monitor on top that I never used, and just stuff everywhere, mostly papers.  My laptop was really the only thing visible.  Below are the After pics!  Still needs some tweaking but looks a helluva lot better.  It felt so good to let go of so much stuff and now my desk feels so much bigger!  It is a pretty big desk but you wouldn’t have known it with all the stuff piled up on it.  Now that it is all cleaned up, maybe I’ll write more blog posts? 🙂 We’ll see!  One of my many New Years Resolutions is to keep this clean and try to be more organized.

PS – we’ve had these big ole desks for years. My husband has a matching one and it is located on the other side of the window.  His is much neater than mine.  We bought them when everything dark brown was in.  I’ve thought about painting them, like I did this table, and these barstools, and lots of my other stuff but its gonna stay brown, for now.

Next Up???

I’ll be tackling another organizing project soon and will keep you posted.  Not sure which one yet but I’m thinking the kitchen junk drawer needs some serious attention.  Do you have a junk drawer?  In our house it is where everything ends up that we don’t know what to do with (take out menus, pencils, pens, papers, etc), or when you’re trying to clean the kitchen quick and just shove everything in that one drawer thinking you’ll figure it out later.  Tell me I’m not the only one who has a drawer like this.

Do you LOVE or HATE the getting organized process?  I love it.  It just sometimes takes me awhile to get started and I have to be in the right mood, but there is such a sense of relief and accomplishment when you’re done.  Am I right? I think setting a time line will really help me.

If you have any tips or tricks to getting organized, please leave me a comment.

Desk Storage…

If YOU are looking for some beautiful desk storage so you can get organized, check out these finds…

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Kenneth Desktop Organizer – $50.99
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Ethan Desk Organizer – $37.99
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3 Tier Bar Cart – $85.99