Yes, it’s ONE of the projects I was putting in such loooong hours for.
I hit [most of] my deadlines, before running out of steam,
took a 4th of July lake break,
and am finally getting back on track. Or should I say I’m back to finish those missed deadlines?
*This is how I started each day off! Nice~right?
So~ I believe I left you at “hardware.”
I decided on something a bit “unexpected” for a rustic cabinet, and some old magazine pages for the center void.
The cabinet interiors
Plan A~ starts with a crazy story. Bill Gates commissioned a very large pair of bullet-proof, leather-clad front doors for one of his houses. A friend’s husband was one of the contractors. There was EXTRA material fabricated (just in case~I’m sure), and it was given to MOI~ can you believe!
I wanted to REclad the whole interior of the bookcase in it—but there wasn’t enough.
Plan B~ I thought about REcladding the whole interior with some of the obnoxious quantity of oak veneer I got off of Craigslist long ago for a whopping $11. But it felt like more work than REsale would bring.
Plan C~ Short cut job by PAINTING the interiors in a dark chocolate and use the leather bound wood for the backboard!
Problem #1. All the colors clashed together. The split logs, the paint color, the leather. I tried “staining” the leather—AWFUL. I tried cleaning it off—uh, making it worse. With nothing to lose, I applied a “natural” furniture stripper I use often. It all ended in a Happy Accident! Well, I kinda think so.
Problem #2. The split logs were splintering-rough so I VERY lightly sanded and brushed on a matte urethane. BIG mistake—the wood looked like PLASTIC. I sanded the sealer-finish and/but lost the whole rustic vibe from the logs. Crap! Do I PRY OFF the boards and start over? Distress-paint or white-wash? But then I have to figure out anther backboard. I dry-brushed two browns and sanded right away.
Problem #3. Now I have WaY too much time into this REsale project to add real wood shelves. I’ll have to work with the sagging particle board shelves. I cut an inch of depth off with the table saw, flipped them wrong side up, added a strip of the log boards to the front edge, and painted.
At the end of the day, it all came together
and went to the Door County antique mall—
a cottage and vacationing audience!
I think it would be great extra storage in that scenario!
◊ In the bathroom loaded with towels and other accouterments.
◊ In a bedroom holding linens & blankets.
◊ Even staged in the hall to accommodate multiple guest room extras!
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