Going Nowhere Fast!

I swear, the more confident you are about something, the more likely that it will soon become undone.

I titled my last post, “entering the final stretch” just in time to have a major monkey wrench thrown into the mix. I bought a 1″x8″ piece of pine 10 feet long and gave it 3 coats of polyurethane after routing a nice round edge. We had it attached as the backsplash to the butcher block top but due to not having exacting finish with our DIY wall, it was a little bit wavy. So we opted to put caulk in the small gap, just to keep things like screws and drill bits from rolling to the edge and down behind the cabinets. The built-ins aren’t exactly made to get behind or move easily, so I opted for filling in that space instead to prevent just such a need.

Unfortunately, what we thought was tan grout turned out to be ‘liquid nails’ and suffice it to say, that it was nearly impossible to get rid of. Each time we would wipe a little, it seemed to just get everywhere. We ended up removing the backsplash and having to actually sand down about a third of the butcher block top including nearly all of the extension piece to get rid of this stuff. Talk about going backwards! Of course, then it had to have the four coats of poly re-applied and that all just takes time. So, what did we accomplish in a week? Absolutely nothing!

But we made up for that today. The backsplash has been reattached, the lighting has been installed and is even on a dimmer switch and the shelf has been installed. We put up hardware on the pegboard to hang all the yard tools and reorganized project pieces. I sorted through about half of the existing cabinets and reorganized tools and equipment and materials. On top of that, I cleared out a huge pile of ‘stuff’ that has been accumulating and gave it away on CraigsList.

FREE STUFFI always seem to have more plans and projects queued up than I have time and money and space! But isn’t that always how it goes? When the opportunity for materials and furniture are presented, you just figure you will make time. But after moving it around about 3 to 6 times, I can be quite ruthless and just put my foot down and chuck a bunch of things that I know that I will never have the time to complete. Sometimes it seemed like a good idea at the time… know what I mean?

Between me and The Kid, we are just beat! Time to put up our feet and do a whole ‘lot of nothing.

I’d really love to be done with this thing tomorrow and be able to take our “after” photos. I had no idea when we started this that it would take this much time and effort! Maybe it is just old age catching up with me.

Okay, now let’s just hope some good stuff has been uploaded to Netflix. I don’t plan on moving much in the next few hours.

P.S. I once had an asian person (Chinese I think) tell me that my name in their language would be JU meaning standing or staying in one place and LEE, meaning quickly; making my name literally mean ‘going nowhere fast’. Ha! I love it!

Garage Remodel: Workshop

As you may know, I have been putting in a lot of time and effort to making my garage a better place to work and be able to park my vehicles inside. I have started a new job and it seems that a lot of my time and thinking are spent there and not at home and in the garage.

We did quite a bit of work this weekend, but still not finished. DSCN2562From this photo, you can see that I was able to get at least one car into the garage. We’re smack dab in the middle of tornado season and I just finished paying off my little sports car, so I was happy to have it garaged.

DSCN2563I did pick up the grey cupboards and got them installed, along with the butcher block counter that came from a free work table. I loved the countertop, but didn’t want the open space below, it was much too easy for things to just get jammed in there and look messy and dirty and filled with saw dust.

The top wasn’t long enough to cover both cabinets, so I made an extension. I cute 2 x 2’s into 30″ segments and glue and screw them together. Then I used a concoction of glue and saw dust to fill into the spaces left from the slightly rounded edges of 2 x 2’s and let them dry. The pieces all assembled were a tad too shallow to match up with the existing countertop, so I glue the pieces to a sheet of 3/8’s luan, which actually stabilizes it as well. I bought another tool that I’ve been wanting, a belt sander, to make the job of smoothing it all a tad easier.

DSCN2564The piece was laid end-to-end with the butcher block and then glued. The entire top was bolted to the lower cabinet and inset to keep a smooth surface. I opted to cut off the corner as I could easily envision bumping it with my hip every single time I came into the garage. 🙂

This week, The Kid has been tasked with sanding the existing butcher block top down to bare wood and then I will put a few coats of polyurethane to give it a nice hard surface that should endure. And it should look pretty sharp too. I am hoping that by the end of next weekend, this will be completed.

DSCN2572At the right end of the work surface is a 10 foot high storage. The space not easily accessed holds less used items and the center I made into a paint station. The paint rollers are stored on a dowel placed end to end inside the cabinet and one cubby hole below holds brushes of all kinds and roller pads. The lower cabinet will house the shop vac and all of its accessories as well as some other materials that just are unsightly. Still room at this point to use to store tools and materials.

At the right of the photo in the smaller garage stall are two (free) shelving units, one holds tools boxes and the other holds the one gallon paint cans. The quart cans, the sample jars and spray paint are all house in one of the existing cabinets the line the back of the the garage.

DSCN2571At the end of the white shelving units are a little workstation. I picked up this smaller sized cabinets I picked up free from CraigsList a year or so ago. On top is a piece of salvaged Corian countertop and then collected drawers are utilized to create storage for much used materials, like sandpaper for the sanders.

DSCN2570This is a quick shot of the third stall, currently packed with projects and more materials. Once again, from CraigsList, I got the carpet squares free and it pretty much carpeted this side of the garage. It will serve as a nicer place to showcase finished items and they can be parked on once winter comes. Heck of a mess, right? I know it is driving me crazy to not have more organization here!

I did manage to get the dead trees in front of the house replaced as well. Hopefully these will fare better than the previous ones, I even used Miracle Grow potting mix to plant them.

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The Kid has been working on his own project as well, this is going to be a metal forge. A couple of weekends ago, he and I walked along the train track near the silos downtown and picked up pieces of coal that had escaped from the coal cars. We ended the night getting what we needed, but was escorted off the premises by two of Kansas City’s finest. I guess that trespassing around large train cars is bad or maybe dangerous… but I guess I can understand it from the railroad’s point of view.

Once The Kid has made some progress, I will let him do a guest blog post to explain what he is making and how to do it. Again, for him it is good skills to have and to know that it isn’t something that he would want to do for a living. I keep telling him that he is better off working with his head than his hands and his back.

Just as soon as this garage project is done, I will have photos up here. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

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