Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Knock On Wood
I've really been trying to make a concerted effort lately to finish up a lot of half-started projects around the house, organizing and decorating in areas of the house that are mostly finished. To that extent, I've gotten a couple of new pieces of furniture and some art and photos framed and hung. I figure it will all help motivate me to keep plugging along to finish everything. Now, this sideboard is not new at all really. It was built sometime in the 1920's and has been in our family since then. No one else seemed to want it but we didn't want it to be given away or get messed up so I took it to use in the living room. My grandmother's husband was the warden at Kilby Prison in south Alabama for a number of years in the 20's and this piece was built by a few of the inmates at the time, so it makes for a good conversation piece. It's probably the only material thing in my family that has much value. Anywhoo, it had been stored away for years so I got it out, cleaned it up and refurbished the finish a bit. Basically just re-oiled it and cleaned some stains off of it.
So, now it is our entertainment center I guess you would say. I can't stand to see dvd's and that sort of thing so we can hide at least part of Jack's overly large movie collection. I replaced the plain glass in the doors with architectural glass and replaced the drawer pulls with bronze ones that matched the knobs on the doors. I did make a little removable shelf for the bottom to put the stereo system on. I've always liked the sideboard as it has a vague Craftsman style to it. It's fairly well made and still in excellent shape too. Now I just need to trim out that one last window to the right of it. Ugh!
Now, we will not speak of how long this little cabinet has been hanging around in the basement but I finally got it cleaned up and finished, installed the hinges and door, etc etc. and hung it in the bathroom. I thought it came out nice but I think I want to replace that glass with a colored/ textured something kinda glass because the clear, textured just still shows too much of what is in the cabinet. I had thought about making a very simple, stained glass window type panel for the door but for now I just need it done and functional. I can do the other a couple of years from now. Maybe.
So, that is just a bit of an update. I am trying hard to keep my motivation up and I've been feeling pretty good lately so that helps. Seeing more and more finish work done helps a great deal too because I can see just how cool things are going to look all finished. My cabinet maker guy is going to be back out in about 2 weeks to measure for the built in bookcases that go beside the fireplace so that area is shaping up nice too. It's really going to be great! I'm excited about it!