Junk in the Trunk

Our family went on vacation last week.

We had a grand time in Harrison, Idaho biking around Lake Coeur D’Alene for my mom’s birthday.  There is a Rails to Trails system from Wallace to Plummer, Idaho–it was so fabulous!  I wish we had something like that closer to home.

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Bikers

We then headed over to the Oregon Coast to where John and I got married.   Our kids had a blast on the beach playing, making sand castles, and stomping in puddles.  We stopped by Nehalem Bay Winery and bought a few of our favorite bottles to take home with us.  We hiked.  We had great seafood.  And it was so good to just get away.

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On the way home, we stopped in Portland for a few hours.  I got to take a tour of the new dental school that is being built on the waterfront.  It really is fabulous.  Those students will be spoiled with all of that new equipment!!  (I am only slightly jealous, as part of the reason for our vacation was an equipment install in my office!) After Portland, we gunned it to Spokane and stayed with some good friends who had moved there last year.  Good company!

Vacation was awesome, but man am I glad to be home!  Our youngest might have screamed a lot in the car.  And both kids might have gotten car sick on one leg of the trip.  Regardless, it was good to get away!

Our junk in the trunk (a whole SUV full of diapers, bags, toys, etc) reminded me of a project that John helped me with about a month ago.  A pinterest hack, if you will.

Did you ever see those trunks made into lateral filing cabinets on Pinterest?

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I really wanted to make one.  Find a trunk at Target, get some rods for it, and voila!  A new filing cabinet.  As I was pondering this project, I was also in the middle of some spring cleaning.  Of course I saw our old trunk sitting in the living room and thought, “Bingo!”

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We went to Lowes and found some cheap metal rods and decorative wood pieces that would work to slide them into for the supports.

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John screwed the wood pieces into the existing wood supports inside the trunk.

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I helped putting the rods in. (It’s not very pretty, but it stores files!)

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And it was done!

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Not quite as cute as my pinterest find, but it’s a filing cabinet!  And I am already using it!  Best part was that it cost less than $8!

Cheers!

~Ingrid