2 weeks ago
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
S'not "real" wood and the condition was poor.
In fact, two drawer fronts are beyond repair.
the price was right (free)
and already work has begun to create a shelf for the top opening.
I (his wife) am excited to see this heavy, sturdy piece painted white!
He's GOT this!
Monday, November 7, 2016
After replacing some damaged carpet with a grey-toned remnant,
the blue hue in what we thought we meant to be a grey wall
was incompatible with it. A trip to Sherman Williams paint store remedied
our dilemma. My 90-year-old father-in-law and I went straight to work.
My wife is pleased with the new color.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
This desk came to us - free!
It was missing one of the pieces between the two drawers on one side.
I constructed matching pieces to fill in the hole,
matched the stain,
and decided to leave the natural wood finish
as opposed to our original plan
to paint it.
We also abandoned our original plan to sell it.
Wife placed it in one of our bathrooms
where it functions well as a necessary storage piece.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Not sure what this piece was from or where we got it.
I DO remember paying $1 for it..
I removed the middle panel and will figure out a way to use it in another project.
Repairs were made and the piece sanded.
Repairs were made and the piece sanded.
The mirror for the opening has been purchased.
And we decided to stain it dark rather than paint it.
My wife has a place in mind for this unique and rustic piece.
(I'll be rubbing a polyurethane finish on it after the stain has dried.)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
An extra table leaf + the base of an old patio table
spray painted black and attached to the top
with conduit clamps
equals a table custom-fit to a space on our stairway landing.
(My wife wants to state for the record that she has "edited"
the display significantly since this photo was taken.)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Ready and waiting.
Completely "reborn" for a specific purpose--
to provide a place for my father-in-law's small television
in the corner of our kitchen.....
The other shelves will be used to house games
we frequently play at the table
and music books my wife uses at the keyboard
which fits snugly beside the shelf unit.
I'm on to another interesting project!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
This shelving unit is about to live yet ANOTHER "life"!
Most recently relegated to an obscure spot in an outbuilding,
it was brought indoors to be remodeled and used as a TV stand
(small TV in the dining area of our kitchen).
It needed a little extra height, so my first task
was to fashion legs for it.
Here it stands, complete with a piece of trim above the legs -
barely visible in the photo.
A good sanding and paint job are all that remain
before it is put to use!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
When we couldn't find corner guards in our local lumber or big box stores
and the price on the internet ranged between $30-$50,
we decided to get creative.
I purchased 8' corner pieces of trim,
trimmed them to size,
and set to work (tedious, delicate work) forming caps from a scrap piece of trim I had.
I glued the caps to the top of the guard piece.
The result was quite fine!
A savings for sure.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
I celebrated the Fourth of July 2016 in the garage.
Cool and cloudy weather was just right
for beginning to fashion a replacement front for one of the small drawers
and a "pull" for it as well.
I'll also repair the bottom of one of the sides that has some damage on it.
The top middle door is missing its glass...
Plans are currently to paint the piece when it's finished.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
Really? Even the floor’s going to stay as it was in the garage?
Yes. Of course, it will be cleaned, but all of its grooves and irregularities will stay. I’m always really looking for the right intervention, the right gesture, that will change a room but not distort it. It’s important to me to preserve the history of a space, to leave something of the original quality intact.
This quote from a blog post I read recently expresses my philosophy in restoring wooden pieces. And this is the final view of one of them.It is scheduled to be picked up this evening, so I'll have more space in my garage for a new project!