Color Series: Yellow Day 3

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Craft Room Project: Finalizing Cabinet Layouts

The next couple of days are going to be full of this. My brain is going to be screaming by the time I’m done with all the math. Hopefully, I don’t botch it too much.

I do expect this to take several days because every time I work on a new area, I realize I did something wrong on a previous area I thought I’d finished so I have to go back and fix things.

Part of the problem is that I’m using my kitchen cabinets as a template, but my craft room space is just enough different, I have to make some adjustments that keep tripping me up. A big difference is my counter height. I’m more table height in my craft room than a standard kitchen counter, which is a few inches taller, giving me even more math.

Have I mentioned that math and I aren’t friends? My brain simply refuses to handle the really basic stuff even though I can blow through more complicated equations. It is ALWAYS the little, easy things that my brain stutters on.

The other part is trying to work these plans out for the full 3 dimensional layout, which in some cases, is really hard to try and pull off on 2 dimensional graph paper. The worst are the two places I have corner designs that wrap across two walls. Those plans are going to be a blast to figure out. There is a reason they are on the bottom of my stack.

Working on this has also brought to my attention that the order I’d planned on doing things is probably going to need to be switched up a little bit. I have a few places where cabinets and/or shelves attach at the counter top. That means my counters need to be finished before I can install those pieces. Which in turn means I need to get my stain figured out sooner rather than later.

It’s all the various different interlocking pieces that are tripping me up the most. It’s like putting together a 3D puzzle. Except I have to actually design all the puzzle pieces before I can start putting them together and all I have to work from is a flat image of what it is supposed to look like when it is done.

And this is just the design stage. I then have to take ALL those pieces and try to put together a supply list that gives me a total amount of each separate piece for every single shelf, cabinet, and door, all in one lump.

I can feel my brain screaming already.

Birthday #2 for An Unexpected Turn

Today is the 2nd anniversary of me clicking that publish button for An Unexpected Turn.

I cannot believe it has been two years. I STILL cannot believe I actually wrote a book. You’d think that after two years, it would have finally sunk in and settled into a solid fact in my head, but it really hasn’t.

If you want to help me celebrate, feel free to go grab yourself a copy or tell someone else about it!

Craft Room Project: White Cabinet New Doors

The white cabinet is one step away from done. All that is left is staining the new surface, but that is most likely getting done when I do all the rest of the counters. Maybe. I’m still debating using this as my stain test, but I still haven’t settled on my color yet.

White Cabinet: New Doors and Drawer Face On
White Cabinet: New Doors and Drawer Face On

This looks a thousand times better than it did before. The lighting is crap and I think the camera on my phone has a layer of dust on it from being in the middle of the sawdust blizzard in the basement, but you can see how much better it looks than it did (below).

White Cabinet: Before New Doors and Paint
White Cabinet: Before New Doors and Paint

This is such a pretty cabinet now!

Color Series: Green Day 6

I’m looking for suggestions on the next color for this series. Let me know if there is a color in particular you would like to see me tackle.

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Color Series: Green Day 5

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Craft Room Project: Finished Drawer Face & Access Door

I haven’t posted a room update in a couple of days because very little of what I’ve gotten done has been photo worthy. Lots of little things like more painting and touch ups. I’ve also been kind of taking bites out of it between trying desperately to get caught up on other things I’ve been neglecting around here.

Finally, I had something worth sharing today.

I got the drawer face done for the white cabinet. I’m not posting any full cabinet photos until it is completely done, but this is the new face.

White Cabinet: New Drawer Face
White Cabinet: New Drawer Face

I absolutely LOVE the look of this. I did discover that the face itself isn’t deep enough for my pulls, so I’m modifying my future drawer designs a smidge to fix that issue. For this piece, I did a little side fix that isn’t seen because of how this attaches to the drawer itself.

The other piece I finished off was the door to the access opening.

New Access Opening Door
New Access Opening Door

I was really frustrated with this because the opening itself is not square AT ALL which made getting this to fit almost impossible. It covers the opening. It opens and closes fine, but there is a bit of a gap at the top that I’ll need a latch of some sort to hold it completely closed. There is trim that shows on the left near the top, but none at all on the bottom left. I think this opening was off by a good quarter of an inch, which is a lot when you are talking about needing to put a door over it. So much for the contractor guy bragging on his 90 degree angles and things being square because this is not.

After the cat decided to inspect my paint job and leave her review in the wet paint, I decided that the basement is off limits to them until this project is completely done. I came up with a temporary door, since my plastic wasn’t doing the job. This is ugly as hell, but works beautifully because I even put hinges on it. It allowed me to leave the plastic on the upper portion to help keep the dust and mess in the basement. The cat STILL tries to paw at this to try and get it open every night, but she’s not getting past this!

Temporary Basement Door
Temporary Basement Door

I am just 2 doors away from being ready to start my cabinets. Those are the two new bottom doors for the white cabinet. Now that I have the method down after doing the access door, these should be done in maybe 2 days and only that long because they have to be glued and clamped for a portion of that and paint touch ups are tedious with the paint and wait process.

But… only 2 and I can go get my materials and start building in the room itself!

Color Series: Green Day 3

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Color Series: Green Day 1 (Happy Spring!)

I chose green for my next color. Mostly because I’m hoping I start seeing a lot more of it soon since we are now at the beginning of spring.

I’m definitely hoping that spring brings with it some new growth and positive change. I definitely need some of that at the moment.

We discovered some water spots on the upstairs ceiling last night. Enough that it was obvious we had quite a bit of water get in through the roof (most likely) in the last storm. We’ve had the occasional spot here and there, always after a heavy snow and then melt, and were told this is common that when that snow freezes, it pushes back up into the shingles and then comes in under them when it melts. These new spots are not that.

At this point, I have no clue what this means. If this is just going to be a minor repair or something more major like a whole new roof. Either way, it isn’t going to be fun and I’m not looking forward to the expense.

I went out this morning to have a look and took some pictures. There isn’t anything obvious, so I’m leaning towards a repair, but I also saw some potential problems, again, on our chimney. You have no idea how tempted I’m am to just have someone rip that sucker down to the ground and rebuild it. It has been a problem since day one and I’m so sick of it causing problems.

So, in an effort to find some positive, I’m going to kick off this green series and hope for the best.

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Color Series: Pink Day 7

This is the last day for pink. It is apparently one of those colors that I have a lot of because I could keep this theme going for awhile there are so many to choose from. Because there were so many, it made it hard to choose the last one.

I’m looking for suggestions on which color to do next, so feel free to comment with any ideas or a color you’d like me to focus on.

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Craft Room Project: Glass Door Inner Trim & Drawer Design

I didn’t have a ton of time to work today as I have other things that I need to do. I’m seeing that I’m slacking in other areas because I’m so focused on getting this project done. I’m going to need to keep an eye on that.

The glass doors got their inner trim and some more touch ups and sanding. These should be ready for a final paint by tomorrow.

White Cabinet: Glass Door Inner Trim
White Cabinet: Glass Door Inner Trim

Since I have to paint at least one more panel before I can start on the lower doors and I have a couple of touch ups on the rest of the cabinet, more painting will most likely be my focus tomorrow.

One thing I got done today that has been driving me up a wall because I hadn’t been able to figure out how to pull it off is the design for my drawer faces. I wanted them to have the same look and feel as the doors, but the outer frame pieces for the doors are way too wide to use on a drawer. I needed a compromise and I think I’ve come up with one.

Drawer Face Design
Drawer Face Design

Obviously the above isn’t a full face, but it gives you the idea. The entire outer edge would be like the bottom layout.

It is such a relief to have that part figured out. It does mean more materials than I’d originally planned since the panels need to be backed in the same way I did my drawers for the recessed area, but I’m happy with the sturdiness and the look.

I’ve got a couple more stain samples drying, but I’m still not loving any of them yet.

Color Series: Pink Day 6

For anyone that wants to play along, my only suggestions (suggestions, not rules!) are:

The color is the dominate focus in the image as opposed to a small spot in a lot of other colors.

Drop a comment so I can follow along on your color journey.

That’s it! I hope you play along and have some fun!

Craft Room Project: Glass Door Replacements Started

Today was fun.

Kind of.

Not really.

Okay, it wasn’t really that bad. Just tedious and frustrating and tiring and messy.

The goal for today was to start on the replacement doors for the white cabinet. I decided to do the upper ones that have glass instead of a center panel first, just to get a feel for process. It really was a good place to start because I discovered all kinds of issues.

My router works great for doing the main groove that the center panels will sit it, but the bit that is supposed to cut the narrow piece that sits inside that groove is not consistent. At all. I ended up trying to pull off the same thing with my table saw.

That was a whole other ball of WAY too much. I had to take the normal guard off to be able to get my fence close enough to my blade for those really close, shallow cuts. This tripped my uncomfortable button, but I managed to work through it even though I was staring at a naked blade the entire time. It takes a lot of passes, but it is consistent. I’m not certain I love either process, but the table saw is the best one.

I got most of the parts for the new doors that will have the glass on them glued together. I still have to add the inside trim since there won’t be a center panel, but I need more of my clamps first (seeing a pattern here that means I really probably need to consider getting several more) and I will have to do some touch ups on the paint before I can attach the glass.

While it doesn’t look like I got much done today, I did learn a lot and I got confirmation that I was brilliant when I decided paint was the way to go because it is going to cover SO many mistakes and imperfections.

By the time I was done today, I was shedding a cloud of sawdust with every step, movement, or twitch and my whole body is yelling at me that I did too much today. I do feel pretty good about what I got done, though.

Craft Room Project: White Cabinet New Surface Attached

Apparently the Universe agreed that I needed a break. This is all I’m getting done today since it took all the clamps I needed to start on the doors.

I did manage to get another panel sanded and prepped for paint. Since I was already dragging today, that turned my arms to jelly by the time I was done.

I’m not going to complain about the little progress because the new surface is attached. I had to strip off the plasticy veneer to get this glued down because I really didn’t think it would hold if I left that in place. This white cabinet is one more step closer to done.

Doors tomorrow. Finally!