Monday, July 30, 2012

DIY Bed Risers for Extra Storage

Scripture to Live By:

Galatians 6:7-10
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.   Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.   Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Home Decorating Post:

Our storage space is limited and I am always looking for places to store things. Some years back, I purchased some bed risers from a department store. They were plastic and they worked for a while, but then the bed frame cut through the plastic risers.  The risers did not make the bed high enough to store much under the bed.  I asked my husband if he would make me some out of wood.  I knew the wood would be sturdier than the plastic. I wanted him to make them higher than the plastic ones so I could double my containers.    I had some containers that I had purchased  for storing wrapping paper, and gift ribbon, scotch tape and etc. 


The containers were Rubbermaid wrapping paper containers, 34" long, 16 1/2 " wide and 6" high with 2 trays to store various gift wrapping necessities in, but I use them for storing many different things. 
I learned that these containers were just the right size to fit nicely under the bed. With the store bought risers, there was not enough room to double stack them, to give me twice the storage. 
My husband made my Bed Risers out of 6 x 6" piece of wood,  36" long.  He cut 4 of them 8” long.

You can make them what ever length you would like, but you want to make sure the bed spread will fit properly.
The picture above picture shows the blocks with the holes in them for the leg of the bed frame to fit in them.  To find the center of the board you can draw a line from corner to corner as shown below. 

Once the center is determined (where the lines cross), measure the bottom of bed frame leg to get the diameter for the size hole you are wanting to get so that the leg fits snug. Use a power drill to drill the hole. We put a metal washer in each hole, so the bed leg would not cut into the wood. 

If you want to put wheels on your bed, you will need to make holes on the bottom of your block as well.

We also drilled a hole in the other end to put the rollers in as shown below. (But we decided that the bed didn’t seem as stable with them. So we took them off.)

You can paint or stain the bed risers to match your bed or room, I just put wood restorer on the wood to help enhance the natural look of the wood. 

We also added some carpet on the head of the bed frame to keep it from scratching the wall.

 The space from the floor to my bed frame is 12 1/2 inches with the new bed risers.

With the risers on the bed, I am able to store at least 6 of these containers under the bed. There is still  space left to put other things. 

I made up labels using Better Homes and Garden storage labels.  Go here to make your own labels.
Go here to my Bedroom Closet Organization post to see a step by step tutorial.

It is so nice to neatly store things under a bed, yet have the bed look as if nothing is hiding under it.

So if you need to find more storage space, why not look under the bed.  You can make sturdy bed risers the length you desire to give you the storage needed. 


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pineapple Chiffon Pie

Scripture to Live By: 
1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Romans 12:17-21
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”   says the Lord.  On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.....
  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

These Scriptures are good to live by in all our relationships, for it is God who is instructing us to do it.

Recipe Post:  (My granddaughter was visiting and helped me make this recipe. We enjoy our time together in the kitchen.  She loves to help.)

Pineapple Chiffon Pie:

Ingredients needed:
2 boxes of pineapple jello
2 cans of crushed pineapple drained (Reserve liquid to use in jello)
2 - 8 ounces cream cheese
2/3 cup of sugar
2 - 8 ounce containers of Cool Whip (I like the French Vanilla, when I can get it.)
2-3 graham cracker crusts
For garnish - 1 can of pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries

Open 2 cans of crushed pineapple and drain the liquid off.  (Reserve liquid to replace some of the water when mixing up jello.) Set crushed pineapple aside.

Measure the liquid and add enough water to equal two cups.
 Heat and bring to a boil.
(You can heat in the microwave or on the stove top.)

Remove liquid from heat.
Mix the 2 packages of pineapple jello and the liquid slowly.
  Blend well. Add 6-8 ice cubes to mixture until the ice has dissolved and then
 put in the refrigerator until soft jelled. 

While jello is jelling, mix 2 packages of cream cheese, 2/3 cups of sugar and
crushed pineapple together and blend well. 

Set aside.

When jello is soft firm, remove from refrigerator and whip with mixer,
 at high speed until light and foamy. 

Then fold it into the cream cheese, sugar and pineapple mixture. Blend well.

Fold in Cool Whip

Pour into  pie crust.

If I want fuller pies, I make 2 pies from this mixture. 
If I have a lot of people to serve, I put this mixture into 3 pie crusts. 
 (If you are making three pies and they are not as full as you would like,
you can top them with extra Cool Whip.)

I topped them with pine apple chunks and a cherry.

Garnish each serving with pineapple chunks, a cherry, some graham cracker crumbs,
and a sprig of mint.

I really enjoy fresh pineapple, canned pineapple and pineapple in many recipes. So when a friend shared this recipe with me, I could hardly wait to try it and share it with you. She said it was one of her mother's favorites. I made it on a very hot day, when many family members were at our home. It is so refreshing, and each of us thought it was delicious.    

Are you ready to enjoy it with family and friends?


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