I see silver trays and platters at thrift stores and estate sales all the time, but lately I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for one that’s a little bit larger than average, with ornate handles for dramatic effect. Like this:

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In the Fun Lane

I think it would look so great hung over my stove. Like this:

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Country Living

So pretty, right? In my kitchen the stove is directly across from the only window in the room, so I think that a large silver platter hung there would be perfect to reflect light and add a little glam. Isn’t that spot just calling out for something?

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I’ve been hunting for several weeks and haven’t found one yet! I did bring home one tray, but it didn’t have handles and was just not glamorous enough. I’m looking for something 18″-24″ wide so that rules out eBay and Etsy (the shipping would be pretty high). I think I need to stop being so lazy on weekend mornings and step up my estate sale game! If you’re local and see something like this give me a holler.

How was your weekend, my lovelies? Mine flew by. I barely left the house, which is how I like it. We ate lunch and dinner on the back deck on Saturday–I am really loving the patio umbrella I bought rather impulsively last year. I got a few things done, too. Nothing lifechanging, but I will have a few things to share this week! Have a good one, yall.

Hello, friends. This week has flown by! I’ve got a couple of projects on deck this weekend that I can’t wait to finish and share with you next week, but in the meantime here are some links that caught my eye this week:

Homemade Thin Mints | Averie Cooks

Does Teaching Kids To Get ‘Gritty’ Help Them Get Ahead? | NPR

Pic of the Week | The Bitter Lemon

Old Mens T-shirt Sewn Into Women’s Dolman Tee | Trash to Couture

I Choose Slow | Nesting Place

Ask a Clean Person: It’s Time to Talk About Your Floors | The Hairpin

Have a fabulous weekend, y’all. I’ll be sitting outside if it’s sunny, watching Scandal if it’s raining. Just kidding, I’ll be chasing after a toddler and nailing stuff together during naptime. But I’ll sure feel happy while I’m doing it because IT’S SPRING!

I realize that this is a rather uncommon problem and that a tutorial on how I resolved it is unlikely to benefit many of my regular readers, but since I had such a hard time figuring it out and couldn’t find any guidance online I figured that maybe somebody out there might find it helpful. In the photo below you can see that the undersides of the two upper cabinets in my kitchen were left unfinished. This probably wouldn’t be a big deal except for A) the cork-like surface that was exposed was kind of gross and B) I have an under-cabinet stemware rack that can only be installed on a more sturdy surface. When we first moved into this house I rigged it up with a piece of scrap wood but it never looked right and so I took it down when I started working on the kitchen a few months ago.

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It’s taken me that long to figure out what to do here. My first thought was to install some 3/4″ plywood using pocket holes to attach it to the frame. When I bought plywood for the DIY pantry doors I had Nick cut a couple of pieces to fit under the cabinets, but it turned out that it was actually too thick. I wasn’t devastated because I don’t know how to drill pocket holes anyway.

Once I decided to use thinner plywood, I needed to figure out how to attach it. I was thrilled when I came up with the idea to screw a small block cut from scrap wood into each corner and use it to attach the plywood.

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I secured each block to the frame of the cabinet with two screws. The bright light from the window makes it difficult to see, but the trim around the edge of the cabinet comes down a little further than the frame so the blocks are kind of hidden up there.

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This created a perfect setup to attach some 1/2″ thick plywood with a screw into each block! On this particular cabinet I added an additional screw in the center since there was a piece of the frame available. The other cabinet has no center support but it’s not as wide so I’m confident that the four corners will suffice.

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I think that the 4′x2′ piece of plywood was about $17 at Lowe’s.

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Now that they’re painted white they blend right in, which is exactly what I was going for.

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The stemware rack used to hang on the right side, but I’m planning to mount it between the refrigerator and the paper towels this time. We’ve rearranged some things as part of the recent changes and all of our drinking glasses are now in that cabinet. Makes sense to keep like with like, right? Plus I like having the knives and mixer over on the other side where they’re adjacent to the main food prep area. Once I finish up another project I’m working on in the pantry I’ll have room for the microwave in there and the wine glasses can go back to hanging neatly instead of sitting out on the counter.

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It’s so funny that I spent so long trying to figure out this solution and making it way more complicated than it needed to be, but when I finally came up with a good idea it took me only a couple of hours to knock it out by myself. It’s one of those little things that nobody would ever notice but the cabinets look much nicer and higher-end now (though in reality they are very, very old).

When I posted last week about my new DIY pantry doors one reader commented that I might consider adding another hinge to help support the weight of the doors. Sure enough, she was right. After about a week of use the doors became a bit more difficult to use because they had shifted slightly and were rubbing up against each other at the top. See how there’s a visible gap between the doors in this photo of the lower half?

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Then up at the top the gap disappears and at the very top they actually touch. They were still functional but just a little bit less amenable to opening and closing smoothly.

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So here was my genius idea. Working one door at a time, I used scrap wood and shims to adjust it just slightly. The doors were already technically level before, but each one tilted the bubble towards the very edge of the little rectangle so I just tried to get the bubble closer to center. Also since I could open and close the other door I checked to make sure it was achieving the desired effect up top.

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When I had it right where I wanted it I installed a hinge centered between the top and bottom.

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I thought I understood how hinges work but found attaching them to doors that were already installed a bit tricky. I kind of swiss-cheesed this door trying to get it right.

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It took me maybe an hour to complete the process on both doors. Finally I removed the scrap wood, stepped back to admire my handiwork, and, uh, it looked exactly the same as it had before.

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I’m kind of at a loss. I rubbed a bit of dish soap on the parts of the doors that rub against one another and that helped, but my big concern is that I’ve been working on some door-mounted spice racks and I’m afraid to add any additional weight to the door if gravity is what’s making them off-kilter. Since we made the doors ourselves it’s possible that they’re just not square, and actually looking back at some photos I took when I first installed the doors I can see that they were much closer together at the top even then. So maybe it’s just that they’re not shaped or installed perfectly? Adding storage for spices, cans, and foil/plastic wrap to the back of the doors is part of my master plan for making the most of the available space so I really, really hope that it’s not sabotaged by wimpy hinges.