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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 to professionals! 

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!)

Nov. 15, 2011 3:44 am
Hi Stevie, When fall and winter come around and I am inside more thatn outside... I get antsy... my fall progect is painting one room at a time starting with the kitchen! Good luck on your endeavor, we wxpect before and afters!
Nov. 15, 2011 4:34 am
Good morning, Stevie. There are many painters (I prefer to call them artists) that can make a faux wood finish for those cabinets. They aren't cheap but they cost less than replacment and the result is more predictable than adding verneer. You should be able to find several in Phoenix. Check with your paint stores and decorating centers for names. ... The glass sticking may be caused by a vacuum between the panes. If they were damp when stacked that would act as a bonding agent. Lay the panes in warm and mildly soapy water for an hour or two and then try separating them. It is frustrating. (Been there.)
Nov. 15, 2011 5:51 am
I think MIke is right, be sure that you use like a dish soap, it will act as a lubricant, the term is surfactant effect. Let us know. You should be golden.
Nov. 15, 2011 9:36 am
Terry, I never finished painting this sitting rm. brown/tan... now I want it navy blue & white! lol Mike, for $250 my "guy" is gonna build 8 new doors of alder. 4 solid (plywood) with new veneer, AND veneer the framing plus stain and finish coat. Didn't think that was a hateful price. Just hope the glass thing works out for me... thanks both to you and covergirl for the advice on that one! Will keep you posted!
Nov. 15, 2011 10:47 am
False alarm... I was being far too timid when I looked at the glass yesterday! J went out and separated 4 large panes for me, with an additional 4 or so, though two broke into two large pieces... still plenty big enough for by bud PJ to use for art purposes or small window replacements. Maybe he'll cut what I need at no chg if I give him all the l/o's! Guess I don't need the jugs of water I left outside to warm to temp after all! Thanks again for the advice!
Nov. 15, 2011 1:09 pm
My kitchen cabinets are too crowded to ever think of glass doors, but I love the way they look. That sounds like a great price to me.
Nov. 15, 2011 3:11 pm
"mom", nice thing about this area is, outside of the kitchen, and upper cabs house china/crystal... home canning jars&food... Lower ones - all JUNK! I've always like the look too, just never wanted to HAVE TO LOOK at what I cram in there, lol! Be well!
Nov. 18, 2011 4:07 am
hey stevie so glad the glass came apart fine, oh you have to post pic's when all is done, your kitchen looks great now,i bet it will be so nice with glass in the doors...be well my friend.....judy
Nov. 18, 2011 11:39 am
Since you just made Cheese cake, have you ever heard of pumpkin cheese cake? I have not checked but me and sue were talking about it the other day.
Nov. 19, 2011 5:36 pm
Rest assured, Judy, NOBODY here will allow me not to post pics! King, seems I just found a layered pumpkin cheesecake rec right here at AR! Thought maybe I should make it for the holiday! I'll check my recipe file... Be well, both!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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