Thursday, September 24, 2015

Kitchen Counter Space Continued

The kitchen countertop/small storage project (Sept 17/15 post) is mostly finished. The original plan started in early August when DH picked up a 'free maple desk'. No before picture, he took it apart before I got home

The work continued over the past week. Sequential jobs. Fitted the work in whenever possible. You know that DH did the carpentry stuff and I did the painting and finding stuff/cleaning up. Sharing the work perhaps not equally, rather to our own best skills.

Sharing the orange dahlias from the Farmers Market and the purple dahlia from my garden with a bit of pumpkin/fence, my Mom's vase and an old chalk figure of a flower seller.

•  Finish building a drawer for the space above the 'desk addition'

No additional cost (used what was around). Drawer was built around a handled box found years ago and the front was from the original narrow desk drawer front with a piece added to make the drawer front wide enough plus scrap lumber for the rest.

•  Re-doing the front of one small drawer (it sticks out)

This took awhile, a plane, clamps, nails, mitre saw, pliers and glue were involved.

•  Attaching the plywood top

No picture of the procedure, DH screwed the plywood top into top of cabinet frame, I love having that job done. 

•  The 'top' solution

Decided to use a piece of jointed pine/spruce/balsa fir (white fir) for the top. Bought one wide piece a long time ago at a garage sale for $5.00, its been leaning behind a door for years waiting to be used in a project (still in its protective wrapping).

Bought a second piece at the Lumber Yard for $12.00. Cut 2nd and 3rd pieces from the 2nd board. Attached the 3 pieces together; glue, wood scraps and clamps + time.

The top is now one piece. Next was sanding, planing and routing (used a round-over bit) for a curved edge.

I took a picture of some of this past weeks garage sale and thrifted finds to add some colour to this post. Also used the new top as a base for creating a vignette (see first photo)

This larger surface is going to be very useful for using my light boxes as well as a place to lay out stock for pricing. Ok, it will also be useful for making salads and doing kitchen prep work and serving too.

•  Paint the desk drawers

 Paint/second coats on both sides of the unit

Light changed the tones but the colour is taupe. One coat of white Zinsser, 2 coats of taupe (same as the drawers above).

What is left to do on this project?

•  Adding trim to the base of the extended cupboard (left side)
•  Trim on plywood edges all the way around, stain or paint
•  Add pediment to the back (against the wall), stain, tough finish, 
   calking join
•  Finish for the top - natural stain on the top, seal with a food safe 
    tough finish (still have to find one)
•  Decided not to build in the cutting board, it will just 'rest on top' 
    when needed
•  Attach the finished 'top' to the base.

Cost of this project to date (not including any supplies that were used and on hand) for jointed pine/spruce/balsa fir (white fir) lumber and plywood was $37.00. Desk was free, scrap wood and supplies no extra cost.

Part of the Tool Team
(forgot the level, screws, big orange clamps)

This has, as do most home fix/make projects, turned into a few weeks of household disruptions, but I notice that I can ignore most of the mess and carry on home routines. 

A bit of the before:

Before we started this project I taped the extra space needed on the cork floor (mistake, do NOT use green masking tape and leave it on a cork floor for a couple of weeks - sticky residue can not be removed. I've tried everything, plus the cork colour changed under the tape, yikes). Next we moved the unit out 15 inches and lived with that for awhile to see if the traffic pattern would work. It was Ok, so the project was started.

More storage space and a 15" wider counter top was worth the effort, mess and work.

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  1. Wow! You guys are very crafty!! Your flowers are pretty, too!

  2. Wow, what a job but looks like you are almost done. It will be such a nice space.

    I am drooling over your Coca Cola sign!!!


  3. That is a lot of work! It's nice to have all those tools and know how to use them. I have no skills in that area. I can paint, but that's about it.

  4. It all looks like hard complicated work to me but you make it sound simple and straight forward!
    Your opening vignette is so pretty!!! I guess it really seems like fall where you are! I am still pretending down here in Texas!

  5. Your hard work is looking great. I love the flowers and extras in your photo. I love the colors.

  6. God job ... you will love that extra space. Love your vignette with the beautiful flowers. That orange dahlia is just beautiful. Do they last long as cut flowers?

  7. Wow ~ what a big job! I admire y'all for taking it on. How are you at building potting sheds? I want one!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  8. Joy, you absolutely have me open mouthed in admiration! Great job. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frugal. Love, Mimi xxx

  9. Almost done! You are doing great! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. I enjoy following along.

  10. You have been busy and it looks like it is going to be gorgeous! The combo of the orange and purple Dahlias is beautiful and I love that Cocoa Cola sign! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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