This. And That. And a Third Thing. Plus: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!Thursday, July 23, 2015
Ugh, I'd been having such a hard time getting rolling, getting things done. Draggin' my butt around. I was on such a hot streak there for a hot minute too!
It was kinda pathetic really: I'd stand in front of a project, stare. Stare. Pause. Walk away. Come back a little while later: stand, stare, pause, walk away. Rinse repeat.
Mike was struggling a bit too, distracted, which was hard to watch. I love him, I care about him and don't want him hurting but, I can't fix that latter part. He was so thoughtful though -- he invited Finn and I to come pick him up at work for lunch in a park on Monday. We did and it helped. A lot. Despite the bug bites.
I will say that Tuesday morning when I woke up, I felt a little patched up, a little better, relieved maybe, for lack of the right descriptor. Mike seems better too. Likely because July 20 is over.
So back to house stuff....This:
Finally got the second record cabinet all dolled up. I was hoping the therapeutic-ness of stripping furniture would alleviate well, stuff, but unfortunately not this time. It's ok, I was happy to have it finished and set up.
Mike's folks came to town as an extension of the Week of Mike, if you recall, and bearing a birthday gift.
Ok, lemme back up. They used to have one a' those console record player thingies, the cabinet type and Mike had expressed interest in it. Turns out they donated it. Ah dammit was Mike upset.
So the gift they bore was a table top record player* complete with CD player and radio, like a replica old timey one. Not my personal style which they made mention but that's all right because the gizmo is pretty spiffy. It's not the old console cabinet but Mike is elated and really?, that's all that matters.
Hence the fire alight to refinish the second cabinet and set it up as heh, well, a record cabinet! No way, crazy, right?!
As I am mighty fond of the results on the first one, ya know even replicating it on a door, I repeated the look despite this second cabinet having a few minor issues, unlike the first one.
|"Acts like real wood!" My a**.|
|Top half wiped. No soak in. Grrr.|
|Mike wanted the inside as-was. I painted the door insides black since I managed to get stripper all over them again.|
But now to beef up our record collection! Time to pick up my smattering of old albums from my folks!
Over the weekend we made use of the snazzy patio which of course is always faboo. What wasn't faboo? The bottom fell out of Mike's chair. While he was sitting in it. Woooooof, major disappointment. He deemed it unfixable, tossing it afield, but I gave it a whirl regardless. Of course, as I do.
|Heh, literally tossed afield. Option 2 was busted and tossed too. No, he doesn't have an anger problem.|
The wimpy possibly slightly dull coping saw ripped right through the support piece under the seat slats. Like melted butter. With far too much ease.
Well anyway, I tried to disassemble both chairs as much as I could without going overboard and mutilating them. Turning to my itty bottle of original Gorilla Glue,* the bestest glue evers for messed up scenarios such as this, I gooped in blobs where I could.
|Need to seal up/oil that 1x patch still.|
|Yeah, I know, I can trim that off. But will it be worth my time? Ehhh, I dunno.|
In furthering the basement quest, the other day I was doing that dopey standing and staring thing when my eyes fell upon the china set Mike's parents gave us. Huh, I could clear off that whole shelf spot thereby eliminating more stuff outta the too-much-stuff-filled basement if I put more shelves up in the pantry.
And so it became.
|Pantry before, lookin' kinda messy, and somehow filling up fast.|
I even attached the second half of the wine glass rack to the underside of a shelf, fiiiiiiiiinally. To keep the glasses from sliding off since this is way back up glassware storage, i.e., they never get used, I got smarty pants with some twist tie "locks."
But wow, suddenly I was kinda taken aback at how... Pantry this room has become. I mean, it's like a, a, a Pantry now. It's come a loooong way baby and man, am I quite proud. I don't know what it is about merely two new shelves but it's like...PANTRY. Heh!
|Wow. Holy pantry. Pantry!! And no, I don't normally keep a compressor in there, but hey, who's to say I wouldn't?! Still room enough for one more course of shelves, way way way stupid high up.|
|Woooo hooo, one more open spot! Yeah baby!|
No sh*t, I kid you not, I who never wins a thing...our pallet wood pantry floor won in the pallet contest over on Instructables!!! I...I....I am SO excited I can't even speak!!! Heh, we have an award winning floor!
From the bottom of my wee little humble heart, thank you thank you thank you for voting. My biggest thanks to Mike for trusting me, believing in me, and letting me do nutty things. Mwah, kisses for all!!
*The Crosley Symphony record player and Gorilla Glue links are Amazon affiliate links. Mwah, thanks! Please see the "boring stuff" tab for more info.