When the dust settles
Nov. 14, 2011 9:37 pm
Updated: Nov. 19, 2011 5:36 pm
For a number of years, each summer I would embark on having a major remodel of "something" done, until finally after the sitting room, I decided ENOUGH! That was a couple of summers ago...
Once the summer was here and gone, and my new kitchen sparkled while I settled in, I began sitting at the breakfast bar (which was a solid wall before!) and looked across... and out the other entry way. The view was spectacular... A hallway lined with "pantry"
cupboards stained so dark that they were near black. My new cab's just a few feet closer are a light oak type stain... the contrast being HORRIBLE! My thoughts were to have new doors (4) built for the upper cabinets, with panes of glass so as to display
the contents of those cupboards, and to somehow lighten the stain... The lower (4) doors would remain solid. Just this morning I did a little reading about "bleaching" stained wood... I contacted a "friend of a friend..."
All changed late this afternoon when the young man came to check things out, and give me an estimate... I really hadn't thought the "project" through, but he did agree that using a paint stripper on the veneered doors would more than likely lift the veneer
off... Then there was the question of the exterior surfaces of the frame. "I can put a new veneer on these, and stain it all to match..." Well, that had been another question, but had I attempted this myself, I may well have painted the framework wall color
and be done with it!
So, come the weekend or early next week, I should have all new facing and doors on the cabinets (minus the glass in the uppers till PJ gets out of the hospital.) That brings up another question. The panes of glass I salvaged are sticking together in what
appears to be pairs... Could it be as simple as the remains of paint having melted together, or could it be at all possible for the glass itself to meld/melt to the pane behind it? I'm in hopes not, as I'm well aware that the cost of glass is rather high...
Needing to buy new would really up the final expense of what I had figured would be a relatively inexpensive upgrade. Tomorrow, perhaps, I'll take a putty knife outside and gingerly attempt to "pop" the panes apart - otherwise I'm in trouble! Boy do I hope
that I've not opened a can of worms that could have remained as is for many a year to come!
If there is a "Greek god of remodelling" I sure hope he/she leaves me alone for a long, long time! I'm not totally useless in some aspects of repairs and upgrades, I have recently accepted that I'll paint, or work on small projects, but leave the "big" stuff
And, before you ask, I am STILL working on that darned cover for my comforter! While I'm getting closer, I can honestly see it taking me better part of a year to complete first the bedskirt, and now the duvet! No, I haven't forgotten that some of you would
like to see pics of the "finished" project. I would love to complete it all before Thanksgiving, but I'm sure I'm going to want to do "my share" of the work on the pantry cabinets. The interiors of the uppers will need to be painted, and I have some battery
operated lighting which has never been used, to mount on the underside of shelves, to illuminate my china and crystal...
So, glass or not, at least the doors will be in place and showcasing my "pretties," for any and all. At one time I had thought that I'd like a silver coffee or tea service, but I've since decided not to be foolish...
Be happy, be healthy, be crazy! (within reason!)