Craft Room Project: 2 Cabinets Done!

Today was productive and I’m really pleased with these so far.

I have 2 cabinets as done as they can get before they are painted and mounted to the walls. Both have pieces that don’t get attached until they are on the wall, so those have to wait. I have the pieces cut for, them, though.

I’m just a little bit floored. These are all straight. They sit level. All the edges are within a light sanding tolerance and even that is only in a couple of places. I half expected these to be slightly off kilter as I had some issues with the drawers for the recessed space, but that isn’t the case with these. Possibly because I’m working with larger pieces and those not completely straight boards can be pulled into square a little easier than you could on the smaller drawers.

Whatever it is, seeing these go together so nicely is making me absolutely giddy.

Another trip to get the pieces for the cabinet I forgot to plan for is in order before I can start the next piece. The plan is to run out either tonight or tomorrow morning, so hopefully it doesn’t delay me too much.

Do you see how utterly nasty my walls are at the moment? Everything in my basement is covered in sawdust. I have a feeling I’ll be cleaning sawdust off of everything for years to come. I’m not even going to show you how horrible the recessed area looks right now.

Craft Room Project: Start of Cabinets

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t change things up, yet again. I don’t think I can get through this project without at least another dozen changes.

This time, it’s really just changing my order/process going forward. The first plan when I was getting ready to start the cabinets was to paint all the pieces first. I decided that there was too much material that would end up in the scrap pile for me to do that, so I shifted my plans to cut first, then paint.

Today I decided I still didn’t like that idea, so I’m changing it again. A big reason for that is I really wasn’t thrilled with the fact that I thought I was ready to paint, cleaned up all the dust, only to realize I’d forgotten to cut a piece. Then it was that I realized I still needed to sand everything, after cleaning up a second time.

So I said forget it. The cutting, sanding and building process will be a non-stop mess and I really don’t want to screw up the paint on the finished cabinets. That and the cabinets have to be set on the underlayment that covers the entire floor before I can mount them and I really don’t want a paint mess on that.

Instead, I plan to get everything built and ready to install before I do any painting. That way I can just paint all the cabinets at once. It will be a little harder because it means doing some edging, but I think it will be the better option overall.

There is a very real possibility as well that my messier parts will have to move to the garage soon as some of these get built because I’m going to run out of space to work.

Between the changes, a few mistakes I had to fix (I’m frustrating the hell out of myself with my scatter brain that makes me forget things I really shouldn’t), all I managed to get accomplished today was the base corner cabinet. Even that isn’t completely done as I still have the wall side to build, but I have to work that around the access opening and I ran out of time today.

For a really simple start to the cabinets, this turned out pretty decent so far. The fact that it sits square has me giddy. I’ll have  to make a supply run before I can get started tomorrow because I somehow forgot even more than I thought I had yesterday.


It’s Been A Day

Really, it would be more accurate to say it has been several days of “one of those days.”

I think I mentioned before that we’d had water come in one of the bedrooms from the roof. I finally got around to calling insurance about that and set that ball into motion. That was prompted because I needed to call them about ANOTHER issue.

That issue is thanks to the landscaper/mower that our neighbor hired to mow his lawn. Guy somehow managed to mow over the access for the water shut off, something that is covered by what looks like a mini manhole cover. A nice solid chunk of metal. Instead of it damaging the mower, the mower apparently managed to shattered that sucker.

The result was pieces went flying and one managed to slam into our garage door, leaving about a 3 1/2 inch gouge behind.

Garage Door Gouge
Garage Door Gouge

We have custom doors because our builder screwed up when framing the foundation and made the opening on one of them too small and a standard door wouldn’t fit. This is already a problem for replacement or fixing, but it turns out that these doors aren’t made any more so we can’t even get a replacement panel. These are metal with a foam core, so it isn’t like you can just patch that. We have to replace the entire door.

The custom design adds a massive cost (something we only paid a small difference for originally because the initial problem was the builder’s fault) and we are looking at a couple thousand dollar repair. All because some jackwad ran a riding mower over a metal manhole cover instead of going around it.

While there is a chance our insurance can get either the mower’s or the neighbor’s insurance to pay for this, I’m not optimistic. I doubt the mower has any kind of insurance (doesn’t look like he was from a company) and the neighbor is apparently having financial problems and is why he is finally bothering to fix up a property he has been renting out for the last 10 or so years. It’s probably going to come down to everyone putting the blame on someone else and no one taking responsibility. And that’s why our insurance company is involved.

I’m immensely grateful that neither of my kids were heading out to the car at the time or that no little kids were outside playing at the time because someone could have been killed. That isn’t an exaggeration. That chunk of metal is really heavy and could have done so much more than damaging our garage door. I’m shocked that the mower had the power to throw it as hard as it did.

I’m pretty sure it narrowly missed slamming into the back window of the kid’s car. Granted, that probably would have been a cheaper fix.

I have to talk to the adjuster and see what they are willing to cover or not on this. Considering we still have the issue with the roof to deal with and the cost for the rest of my materials for my basement, this is going to be a VERY costly year. Seems par for the course for us as our air conditioner went out just a few weeks after we had our windows replaced a couple of years ago.

Joys of home ownership.

On the craft room front. I have my stain color down. FINALLY!! The color in the photo is WAY off. This is a much cooler gray than what it looks like here.

Final Stain Color Sample
Final Stain Color Sample

The larger piece in the above photo is a floor piece. The smaller piece is my sample. I still have to do a top coat, but I’ll work that one out later. I think I’m going with a clear poly, so it shouldn’t change it much. Even if it does a little, it should still work.

Today, I started cutting the pieces for the lower, back wall cabinets.

Set Up For Cutting Cabinet Materials
Set Up For Cutting Cabinet Materials

Trying to get these much larger pieces cut has been a bit of a pain, but I pulled it off with a little help on the biggest pieces. So far, I have the pieces cut for the corner cabinet and the first shelving section.

I realized when cutting the pieces for the shelf that I somehow missed adding the pieces for the second section to my layout, so I goofed that one. Thankfully, they are all smaller pieces, so I’m just going to get a smaller sheet or two of plywood for those instead of dealing with another huge one.

For now, I’m going to work on painting what I have cut and getting those put together before I move on to the next segment.

Craft Room Project: The Pain of Stain

I’ve lost count of the number of test samples I’ve done of various different processes, formulas and layers using combos of 5 different stain colors trying to get the stain color I want for my counters. This is just a portion of the ones I’ve done so far trying to get a color that works with the sample block of my flooring in the lower left of the photo.

And I’ve decided I’m going in the wrong direction. All of these are too dark and allow too much of the yellow tones in the wood to come through and I just don’t like any of them.

So I have now added 2 different stain colors and have started the whole process over again.

Wood stain is really kind of horrible. First, you don’t have these nice swatches spread out in rainbow fashion for you to choose from like you do with paint. With wood stain, that is almost an impossible thing to do because different types of wood take stain differently. Even the same type of wood can present a wide range of colors using the same stain because wood isn’t uniform and stain soaks in, showing the various shades and lines of the grain, instead of just sitting on top like paint.

The other really obnoxious part about stain? Or one of them anyway. Manufacturers only provide the smaller containers of stain in the most basic, common colors. The slightly different or less common colors only come in the larger cans, which aren’t cheap at all, so buying a bunch to run tests to get the right color can end up costing a decent chunk of change and leave you with a bunch of stain you will never end up using making it not only expensive, but wasteful as well.

That doesn’t even go into all the other pieces to the puzzle, like how the color will change when you add your top coat or varnish to the mix or how obnoxious clean up is depending on the type of stain. Oh, and the smell. Holy hell, the smell!! I’ve already made my vent fan installation well worth the expense just because of the stain alone.

So, as much as I really wanted to get started on the paint-and-wait dance with my cabinets, I’m still messing with stain today. The good news is, my first test of my new colors seems to look like it is going in the direction I want it to, much better than all the other colors I’ve messed with so far combined. Fingers and toes crossed that it dries as nicely as it went on and that my sealant doesn’t change up the color too much.


Craft Room Project: Random Thoughts

I got my first round of cabinet materials hauled home today. I’m still messing with the stain color because I cannot seem to even get close to the color I want, but I’ll need to put it all aside to start the paint-and-wait dance on the new stuff tomorrow.

While I was waiting on one of my test coats to dry, I got to thinking about the future value of this space. Now, I have zero intention of leaving this house until someone hauls my immobile carcass out the door or when I simply cannot safely handle the steps anymore (and I’ve seriously thought about solutions to that specific problem as well), but it is still something I think about and try to take into consideration when I do any projects that change the house. We’ve done a couple of things over the years that will somewhat limit options for future owners, so adding something so different has been a little uncomfortable for me.

This project is such a specialized space, someone looking to buy this house may be put off by a space that doesn’t work for their needs, which may limit potential interest. It dawned on me today, though, that with a little work, someone could turn that space into a second kitchen, an elaborate bar area, or take it a step further and turn the basement into an apartment/mother-in-law’s space kind of thing.

Basically, I just realized that even though it is a rather specialized space that only a kindred spirit would light up over having, it is still a space that non-kindreds could find appealing if they are willing to do a little work. The realization that I may not be limiting that pool as much as I thought makes me feel a little bit better about making such a unique addition to the house.



Craft Room Project: Materials Planning Headache

This last week has been one long, drawn out headache.

I have had to make so many tweaks and adjustments to my plans to make everything work and then have to turn around and do something different again, because I realize I either did it wrong or that I was doing my damnedest to make something that should be easy, excruciatingly hard. All just to get the designs on paper so I could work up a materials list.

After several more days of putting together the impossible puzzle of each single piece of cabinet into a layout that could tell me how much of each type of material I needed, I managed to put together a materials list. It was MASSIVE.

I was so stressed and discouraged because I had zero clue how I was going to get all of it home. After talking with Hubby and doing even more shifting of plans and measuring vehicles, researching delivery options or renting another truck, we finally had a plan that would work.

We head out to get the first round (because of course there was no way all I needed was at a single store or was able to get in a single trip), and the very first item on my list crumbled all my plans to dust.

This is an example of plans on paper vs. reality are very different. The idea of a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of 3/4 inch plywood isn’t all that daunting. Reality is that it is massive and heavy and unwieldy in the extreme. Especially if you aren’t a body builder. Even with plans to have the store do some initial cuts to make it possible for me to get it all home didn’t seem very realistic and I immediately dreaded the thought of having to work with it all on my own or even with a little help from Hubby was too much.

We got a handful of other things on my list, but abandoned those pieces so I could go home and try and rework my plans. Again.

We’d seen some smaller “project panel” sheets of the same material and thought I’d be able to go that route. By the time I finished replanning all the pieces, I realized that was yet another impossible option. I’d need more than what was available in the entire city and it would cost more than double what I’d spend if I’d just gotten the bigger sheets. Considering this is already expensive, I really wasn’t willing to go there.

I’m now back to the original plan, but still not sure how I’m going to be able to pull it all off. Those sheets are crazy heavy and I need 15 of those suckers.

The current plan is to go back on Monday when it isn’t crazy busy so I don’t feel bad about monopolizing an employee’s time to cut all those sheets down and either rent a truck or arrange to have them delivered. I haven’t a clue where I’m going to put it all when it gets here or how exactly I’m going to manage to get them all cut down to the sizes and pieces I need.

I’m so frustrated that all of this has taken so long and that I’m STILL not starting on these cabinets. Especially because the bulk of this will still have to be painted before I can do anything.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!


Craft Room Project: White Cabinet New Surface & Panel

Today felt like I hopped from project to project, which is kind of true.

I did replace the backing on the upper portion of my white cabinet with my beadboard panels. I’m SO glad I opted to do that. Not only does it look 10 times better, but it is also a whole lot sturdier. The panels really don’t have much give to them, but that cardboard stuff did, which made this just a hair wiggly. Now, that sucker doesn’t move. And yes, there was a splinter of wood that popped out under that top, but I’ve got that fixed.

White Cabinet: New Panels On Upper Section
White Cabinet: New Panels On Upper Section

There was also the never ending task of painting materials. Since I had to use a couple of my panels, I had to start painting more so I can still do the doors. I also somehow missed the removable shelf for the white cabinet when I was painting yesterday, so that got painted today as well.

The new surface for the cabinet is now in the process of being built. I still have a few things to do to it before I can attach it to the base, but most of it is done. This most likely won’t get stained until I’m ready to stain the counters, which means the cabinet may not get completely put together until then either. I haven’t decided yet.

White Cabinet: New Surface Under Construction
White Cabinet: New Surface Under Construction

I’m probably going to need to moderate how much I get done over the next couple of days. I was just dragging all day today and feeling bit worn out. I’m pushing so hard to get this whole project done, but I don’t want to get impatient and mess something up. Or, wear myself down to the point of burn out.

I know that once I start on the cabinets, things are going to feel like they start to fly because there will be huge visual changes each day. Right now, there isn’t a lot visually and there probably won’t be for a little while, or at least after I get these few doors done, because there is going to need to be a whole lot of painting prep of materials that will need to be done and that isn’t helping much.

Considering this project started the week after Thanksgiving and we are now in the middle of March, I really want to be done so I can start using the space.

Just to give you an example of how worn out my brain is, I posted today’s color post as day 4 instead of the 3 it should have been. I really can count. I promise.

Craft Room Project: White Cabinet Progress

I worked on finishing painting my materials and started on the white cabinet today.

All the old doors are off, the hinges are painted, the drawer is out and that face is off, and the main part of the cabinet is painted. Now I’m ready to work on building the new top surface and the new doors and drawer face.

Of course, after I took this photo and started looking at it, I realized that it would look absolutely amazing and SO much better if I replaced the crappy cardboard backing with my beadboard panel. At least for the upper portion since that is partially open and the upper doors have glass in them.

I can do it. I currently have the materials. It just means adding at least one more panel to my future supplies list and one more panel I have to sand down so it can be painted. Still, I really love that idea so I’m probably going to do it. It will add yet one more layer of sturdiness to the whole thing.

Craft Room Project: Starting Doors & White Cabinet

I’m back in paint and wait and paint again mode.

Starting to Paint Door Materials
Starting to Paint Door Materials

This time, it is getting the materials painted to start on doors. The plan is, for these materials at least, to work on the door for the access opening and the new doors for my white cabinet.

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

The more I got to looking at this, the more I didn’t like the idea of just painting the entire thing white. I can definitely do that, but I like the idea of the theme of the room reflecting in all the pieces. Since I decided that I’m going to stain the top of the dresser when I go to refinish it, I wanted the same kind of look for this.

The problem is that the tan wood look for that surface is a crappy wood looking veneer that can’t be stained. When I went for a materials run yesterday, I realized that there are several options for me to make changes to this to be able to do a stained surface. I can either take that piece off and add a new piece of good wood that can be stained, or I can build a cover kind of thing that just sits down over the top and edges of this.

Either way would work, but I think I’m leaning towards the second option to maintain the sturdiness of this (this is really just a crappy particle board kind of cabinet) and to cut down on what gets trashed from this.

That is going on my to do list once I’ve decided for certain on my stain color, something I was playing with yesterday, but didn’t come up with a final choice and still needs some work.

I realized when I went to take the doors off that the hinges are made differently than the ones I bought for the rest of my cabinets. Because I am worried about sturdiness, I decided to just paint these and reuse them. The won’t be the exact same look, but I’d rather that than do something that won’t support the new doors. The first coat is on those now and it ran me out of the basement for a while because that spray paint was nasty!

It will probably take me the rest of the weekend to get everything painted before I can start building again.

Craft Room Project: Shifting Gears

While my body feels like I did a lot today, my brain doesn’t really agree since there isn’t anything to see.

I spent my time today doing some cleaning and organizing of my space, materials, and tools so that I have room to change my focus and not have to spend 2 hours hunting for what I’m looking for, but not able to remember where I put it.

One thing I’m going to have to do is paint the panels I’m going to need for the doors I want to work on, so I needed plenty of space to lay all those pieces out. I needed to shift some things around to free up space. A few of the tools that I won’t need again soon and the small stack of boards and trim pieces that I wasn’t using and were in the way needed to find a new home to make that happen.

In the process of doing that, I discovered a very unexpected and unwanted visitor hiding under that stack.

Coiled Earth Snake
Coiled Earth Snake

At first, I thought it was dead since it didn’t move when I uncovered it and didn’t try to get away from all that was going on around it. I’d called Hubby down to get it outside, but he was certain it wasn’t dead even though I didn’t see any movement. I pushed it to the side with one of my wood scraps and it still didn’t move. When I went to get something to pick it up, Hubby noted rather loudly that it was, in fact, very much alive.

It was still pretty slow, so we were able to get it safely scooped up and rehomed outside, but it made me wonder if I should have let the cat back in the basement after all. She doesn’t put up with anything like that in her territory, so I wouldn’t have had that unpleasant surprise.

After the drama settled, I managed to get a partial panel and 2 full panels sanded down and ready to paint to work on my doors. After doing the recessed area, the one thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was how rough the beadboard panels still looked after they were painted. They still look good, but there were places where there was a thread of wood that stuck out into the groove or was just a little rough in places, so I’ve decided that I need to give all my panels a light sanding and clean up the grooves a bit before I paint to try and cut down on those issues.

Do you have any idea how much of a pain it is to try and sand all those tiny grooves? And do it by hand?

I thought about trying my Dremel on it, but I could not find it anywhere. I’m sure it’s there in one of the many piles and bins and boxes of stuff I moved out of my space before this project got started, but not where I expected it to be. Instead of blowing my day digging through every single one, I decided to just do the work by hand.

I will be spending as much time as necessary to find the damn thing tomorrow.

Between all the vibrations of my sander and all the elbow grease needed for those groves, my body decided to call it good at those three pieces for the day. And maybe the rest of the week.

Craft Room Project: Recessed Area Completed!!

It took an extra day to get the “extra” I ordered for my drawers, but…

I’m finally done with the recessed area!!

I’m over the moon at how amazing this looks. Those corners I got for the drawers were perfect. They give the space that little extra I wanted and they do so much to hide the imperfections. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out.

I still need to line the drawers with felt, but I decided that I’m not doing that until everything else is done. I don’t want a bunch of sawdust to get embedded in it because it will be impossible to get out.

Next up: The door to the access area and doors that I’m replacing on my existing cabinet so they match the new cabinets.

Craft Room Project: Access Opening Trimmed

Today was really kind of a lazy day for getting much done in the craft room. I did manage to trim out the access opening so it is ready for the door. Other than some much needed clean up of the nearly inch deep sawdust on my floor, I’m probably not going to get anything else done.

That access opening will allow me to get into a lower corner cabinet that is going underneath my countertop. Corner cabinets, especially lower ones, are one of my most hated features in my kitchen because you have to unload EVERYTHING to get to what is in the back corner. With this opening, that won’t be an issue. I’m not even going to put a door to this inside the craft room (I don’t think) because it is going to be such a pain to get to. I don’t love the idea of crawling around on my hands and knees to get to something, with the almost guarantee that I’ll smack my head on the counter on the way out.

I still need to do a little filling on the gaps and nail holes, but decided to do that when I work on the touch ups for the drawers.

Since I’m most likely not going to be able to get much done tomorrow either, depending on when my order shows up, I think I’m going to work on finishing up my designs for the interiors of my cabinets and starting to put together a materials list. The biggest problem with this is that I’m not certain what size raw materials I can get.

When working on the drawers, I realized that the huge 4 x 8 sheet of plywood is a major pain to work with and I had to have Hubby help me cut it down into workable pieces. I can’t exactly have him help me with all the sheets I need for my cabinets. Aside from a couple of areas where I might potentially need that larger size, I don’t think I need them that big. That and to get that size, I’ll have to rent a truck again.

It may be that I need to make a scouting run to a couple of stores to see what is available before I can complete my list, but that is one of the things I need to work on next.

Craft Room Project: Recessed Area Outer Trim Finish

Not a whole lot of progress today. Between MC needing quiet because of a test, me needing breaks to record dance for BG, and my desire for “a little something extra” on the drawers, there wasn’t a lot I could get done today.

I did finish cutting all my side pieces for the rest of the drawers and I got the outer trim up and caulked. The drawers are going to have to wait a couple of days before I can assemble them because the “extra” I ordered may require me to shave them down a tiny bit so they still fit my openings. I had to order it, so Monday will be the earliest I can get back to the drawers and finishing this space.

My plan is to work on the access opening while I wait, so the time won’t be completely wasted. I realized today that I have to do some major timing of excess drywall before I can put the boards around the opening, so that is next on my to do list.

Craft Room Project: Recessed Area Start of Drawers

I have to squeal just a little bit here because that drawer looks awesome!

The final front look isn’t exactly what I wanted because the trim piece I wanted to add interferes with the pull, so I left it off and there probably shouldn’t be quite as big of a gap on that, but even with those things it still looks really good. The nails on the front need to be filled and it needs a bit of paint touch up. Other than that and lining the inside with felt, that drawer is done.

I have all the side pieces cut for all but three of the drawers and still need to cut the bottoms, but I won’t do that until I start to assemble these. I ran out of my glued face material, so I couldn’t finish cutting today. I’ve got another section glued up and drying so it will be ready to go for tomorrow.

When I put together that first one, I discovered that my nail gun really doesn’t work great on these because it is too hard to keep it completely straight and it breaks through the side. I’m going to have to nail these in by hand and I don’t have enough of the right kind of nails, so that means yet another trip to the store.

I’m a little bit giddy at how well this is turning out.



Craft Room Project: Surprise Inspection

When I went downstairs to add another coat of paint yesterday, I discovered that I had undergone an inspection. One that left behind evidence of a rather nosy, but careless inspector. It took me a bit to realize that is what happened.

One of my panels just looked like a couple of areas absorbed more paint than normal and was splotchy. I didn’t think anything of it and just repainted and moved on. When I saw this one, I figured it out.

Midnight, my introverted kitty that spends most of her time in the basement, got nosy. And ended up with paint on her paws. She must have slid a bit on that first panel so you couldn’t see the actual prints

I now have little paw prints on the plastic I have covering my table and I had to pick out a small amount of cat fur from that last panel. Thankfully, she didn’t get much on her as it was just dry enough not to make a huge mess, but what is there is going to take a bit for her to work out of the fur around her pads. I was also really grateful that the paint was still wet enough that I could easily just paint over it, but not so bad that she tracked it everywhere. Beyond the couple of prints on the plastic, there wasn’t a mess.

I have now blocked off all access to the basement again and it will stay that way until this project is done. Something that is a pain because there isn’t a door there anymore. Midnight wasn’t happy that her territory isn’t accessible and she was rather vocal about letting me know of her displeasure.