One of the projects that consumed a lot of time and energy was the china hutch for the new house. Which was the same as the china hutch for the old house, except, since we actually have a dining room now, not.
Remember the first time I redid it? It ended up like this.
I wanted a china cabinet with doors on it for the new dining room, and I knew it would have to go with the distinctly modern slant the room would have. I browsed Craigslist for midcentury hutches and thought about building a new one, but those options ended up being ruled out by budget and energy constraints, respectively. So my mission became to de-emphasize my old hutch’s extremely country-styled roots as much as possible.
I gave it a new paint job using my Critter Sprayer (let me digress: I love that thing. The mister gave it to me for Valentine’s day — aw yeah, he knows how to woo me — and it was flat out amazing to use both for this and my kitchen cabinet repainting. Worth. Every. Cent) and swapped out all the rustic hardware for sleek nickel.
I’m very pleased! It’s certainly come a long way. I think it looks cool and crisp and will nicely merge the 1906 Craftsman bones of the house with my modern dining chairs and pendant lamp. Neither of which I have set up yet … but that’s the way it goes.
This may well be my proudest DIY to date. It was certainly the most labor-intensive. What, more than stripping all the wallpaper out of three rooms of the old house? Well, yeah.
The new house has meant lots and lots of stuff what I made and am still making. This Flickr Album will get you up to speed, should you care. Semiregular updates will resume shortly.
I don’t have a workshop. In good weather, I have a picnic table in the backyard and a tangle of extension cords. In bad weather, I have a 5×7′ porch, a porchlight and a tangle of extension cords.
I don’t have precision woodworking tools. I don’t even have a table saw. I have an inexpensive miter saw, a downright cheap circular saw, a drill, a brad gun and a palm sander.
Given these limitations I am extremely pleased with my latest project. I turned this:
Let us celebrate the return of photo goodness with photos of something old that I mostly already had pictures of.
This summer I built an outdoor run for my indoor cats.This was unquestionably the most ambitious build I had done yet.
Today I wanted to take a break from larger projects and make a “quick small project” so I built a stepstool. It was a good lesson in how a “small project” isn’t necessarily a small undertaking, especially when you factor in using new skills or tools. To make my little stepstool I ended up hauling out my miter saw, circular saw, drill and power sander, on top of giving both my jigsaw and Kreg Jig a first whirl. It took all day and made a huge mess. Still, it’s a cute stool, and making it only cost me a buck or so for screws and sandpaper. Continue reading