I’ve had the flu, something secondary, tried to jump into some projects a bit too soon apparently, relapsing back into the flu and the stupid secondary thing. . .
I’m just NOW feeling better. Maaaaan.
Beyond THAT nonsense, I’m working on crappy projects that ~truth be told~ I’d almost rather still be sick than do. Fall clean up, and cleaning up/out the storage unit and garage to put things away for winter. Isn’t THAT so exciting?
Wait–there’s more. . .
We need to have a gas line rerun from the house to the garage and the condition of the mechanical room was NOT going make that happen. So we’re in the process of tearing up and rebuilding yet another space to work -APPROPRIATELY-.
Even MORE exciting, HuH?
I forgot to take a picture before beginning–don’t think I would’ve shown it to you anyway–just too embarrassing.
The “Before” might have looked like a “Burried Alive” show—THIS picture is at end of day today. It’s about a 90° change with another 90° change scheduled for tomorrow.
THEN, we start putting up the Green House.
No rest for the weary,
ps~ a LONG-ago picture of an Arizona Fall I actually really got to enjoy!
The Grand Canyon in Fall! However, once the Park Ranger got over the shock of how I coaxed that buck to the car with Keebler crackers, he seriously reprimanded me for the dangers of doing that! OH–yeah–uh…
…seemed like a fun idea at the moment–and HIS hips totally handled those yummy, buttery, calorie-fest crackers better that mine! ; D
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I’ve learned through the years to keep an open mind for sake of
surprises & happy accidents!
I traveled home to Phoenix. I emptied my storage unit and drove a big truck with the balance of my stUff back to my mother’s—until I figure out my next move.
But now I have stUff all over the place & it needs to be put away somehow-somewhere. And since we all know that necessity is the mother of all invention. . . . I sat quietly thinking about and sketching out a solution.
I had a plan~but then I stumbled onto this 90¢ thrift store cabinet and those plans took a slightly-left turn.
So I made some design changes and got to work!
And I really love it!
Looking back, the pictures in the original stain don’t look too bad—hUh. Anyway, until I’m back in my own home again the finishes work well in mom’s LL and I have access to my beloved dishes!
But as MUCH as it holds—all my dishes are nOt put away, so I need to think about MORE storage solutions. Dear Lord–
The right door was originally broken (I’m sure the reason it was so cheap). I re-glued and clamped it but it’s going to need more attention–AND the old DEmountable hinge seems to be sprung, thankfully I can still order a replacement! I haven’t seen these in forever and didn’t know they were still made, so, whew! GooD hinges are a BiG deal~I know this from my years designing expensive kitchens!
*The benefit to this DEmountable hinge is that you can adjust or remove a door from just ONE SCREW per hinge! However, Euro and Mepla hinges are actually nicer (nothing visible from the outside) and give more range of adjustment and removal. If you have a newer kitchen w/better cabinets you’ve probably got one of these styles! Enough with the geeky cabinet info!
Yes–another of my obsessions! I love to create a beautiful place setting and am so excited to see my pretty dishes again! I’ll have to share some of it soon—Lenox, Waterford, Mikasa, Noritake, Spode, Charter Club, Calvin Klein, and a big stack of actual Italian chargers!!! Virtually everything I’ve collected easily mixes and matches so I really get to play with it all!
~I need to figure out where all my stone ware is going to go next—yikies!
~Early this morning I headed downstairs to look at my project again and this was the morning light coming into the lower-level (basement).
~The last pictures are something I just found on pintrest and a collage showing the concept to completion of my project!
I’m sharing this project with just a few of my favorite linky parties!
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My ears won’t pop,
my head is about to explode from all the coughing,
my nose doesn’t stop running, this at the end of the flu? So unfair–but,
it is sO gOOd to BE OUTside and working on a project again!!!
After sanding both doors, I got started waxing them with liming wax for a sort of “white washed” look!
I also made some decisions about the “interior.” I would have loved to play with some gray or blue and old white combo, but giving consideration to where this will go and what it will be around, AND the china it will hold, I stayed with the tones of “wood, liming wax, chocolate.” So, essentially—browns. ; D
Instead of JUST PAINTING the interior walls and shelves, I splashed on some initial paint but spread it out and around with a Venetian plaster spatula.
Here’s why–1. Using a V-p spatula pushes the paint into the wood’s grain and crevices, it reduces how much paint/pigment is left on the surface making a semi translucent finish (with more color than stain). 2. The V-p spatula leaves a silky-smooth finish without any sanding! 3. Such a thin amount of paint dries almost immediately–YaY. *I did decide to lightly sand for some distressing.
The interior walls and shelves were done so fast–I got to move right on to adding the edge banding—it was nEVer going to look properly finished looking at plywood edges!
I bought ¾” pre-glued Red Oak veneer edge banding, $2.69 for 8ft. I had about 6″ left at the end (whew).
You iron it on (melting the glue) but I had all those curves so I also used a heat gun ~and a towel to hold it in place until it set ’cause it’s hOt! Then I sanded the surface and edges for a nice finish, and it looks FABulous!
I reapplied the original backboard but then overlaid it with tongue & groove planks on the horizontal.
Today–I have just a few details to be finished and I’ll get to bring it in the house and
load it up!
Yeah, sorry I’m being a little slick with the black & whites, but I’d rather show you the finishes when it’s
TOTALLY FINISHED! ; D
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Talk about getting blind-sided.
I was SO busy plugging away on multiple things. . .I have NO idea where that flu bug came from. But, as soon as I’m totally well ~I’m getting a flu shot~ so I don’t go through that again! Thanks for all the well-wishes!
Unfortunately, something seems to have piggy-backed onto that flu bug -fABulous- and I’m still seriously dragging around.
Yesterday I decided enough was enough and headed outside. Barely 60° and a BIG ole mess of fallen leaves and debris from the squirrels & walnuts because of no daily tidying, and the grass was sO overgrown–you see where this is going.
~Felt like I was moving in s l o w motion and took WaY longer than normal, but I pressed on—and think the physical workout and fresh air was good for me. And, things look nice again—even with things dying, (the reason I’m not into Fall).
I was so happy to look back in on my projects and am pretty anxious to get back to work!
This is where I left things,
*before my nieces and Oktoberfest and the cheesecake-on-a-stick and the flu–
I need to stand back, take another look, AND APPROACH.
I’m not diggin’ it -yet- but it will come together.
And–here’s the base of the library table stripped, plus an old dresser that was just gifted me–and needs some “beautification.”
. . . -I’ll just pace myself-
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What I always wanted was open storage so I could SEE ALL my pretty china!
So when I -just for kicks- propped the doors back in place I was pretty surprised at how much I liked them. Oh. Poo. Now what…?
…even you guys like it with doors. . .hmmm. Sooo. . .
Another change of plans became stripping it. Professionally. I had a full plate of projects and this little addition was going to take a good bit of time.
*I negotiated a good price + Blizzards for an immediate strip-job. ; D
My hope was that all the woods would strip down light enough and be REstained in one united light-medium, soft-medium color. Fingers crossed.
So the guys hustled to strip my project and I promptly jumped on sanding.
I pulled out 3 different sanders and coarse-med-fine paper to get the look I was wanting. Unfortunately, even after a bleach-job, the header and feet were still darker.
Plan B. After focusing on all that sanding -just to the outside- I got out the Liming wax. Which did give me more of a “natural~bleached wood finish” but the feet and header were still a miss-match.
This was all last Friday.
I finished the outside -which looked nice- but I wasn’t 100% sold.
And -I decided to wrap it up for the night—with good timing because two of my princess-nieces came to spend the night and go to Oktoberfest the next day! Where I made the mistake of having a chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick. SUPER GOOD but TOO RICH and left me feeling “off” on such a FAB-78° day!
Sunday was to be an even better day! It was the very last Elkhorn Flea Market ~and the only one I would make it to for the whole season!
But somewhere between the cheesecake-on-a-stick and the alarm going off at 3:10 am. . .
I got the flu.
As much as I was trying to fake being WELL and go anyway–it just wasn’t gonna happen, and I’ve had a miserable week. My biggest project was changing the bed sheets Wednesday to psych myself into feeling better—or write this post. . .
Be back soon,
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