You know what I mean - the tossing, the turning...and that's just Dave trying to get back to sleep after one of my hot flashes. For me insomnia is dreadful because it means some days I muddle through in a cloud of exhaustion and crabbiness...one of the walking wounded of middle age.
And yet...with more waking hours on my hands, I have a lot more time for projects (assuming I am rested enough to use my power tools).
For those of you who are now worried about my safety, rest assured, Dave has established some house rules that I follow religiously:
1. Always wear my safety glasses
2. Always alert someone capable of calling 911 prior to using my table saw
|Even after a decade of use, the table saw scares me...but I love what it can do!|
It seems Jerry is too tall for the munchkin-sized built-in sewing center that came with her new house. Imagine an entire wall of compact custom-crafted oak cabinets (including a sewing lift and an ironing board drawer) lining a guest room wall. Lucky me as I just so happen to be a member of the Lollipop Guild!
After wiping the drool off my chin, I said I was very interested...I just didn't know where I could install the cabinets. Now my house is half the size of Jerry's and if I installed the cabinets in our teeny guest room, guests would have to sleep on the pull-out ironing board.
I toyed with a few other ideas - building a room in the garage (nixed by the man of the house); enclosing the back patio (nixed by the dogs of the house) and finally had the revelation that the solution lay less in location and more in locomotion - I didn't a permanent spot for my sewing center...I needed WHEELS!
Luckily for me, Jerry knows every building supplier in our town and was happy to take me to a local source of high quality wheels (I still have a longing for the 4 1/2" blue ones but they made the cabinets too tall for little old me).
|I picked the no-mark, smooth gliding ones...with the locking wheel feature of course.|
1. a desk-like unit to house the sewing machine lift (sooo cool) and two sets of drawers;
2. a dresser-like unit to house the super cool ironing board drawer and various quilting supplies;
3. a console-table-like unit to store books
|I took this pic to help decide which leg suited the scale of the console unit.|
Case in point:
Friday, I noticed a great deal of wasted space under the ironing board drawer and determined that an additional shelf would be ideal...all I needed was some MDF board the right size.
I glanced around my lumber-strewn garage and my gaze landed on the perfect piece.
Following protocol, I alerted my 911-safety call buddy (Dave) and fired up the table saw. Zip, zip and the shelf fit perfectly! I admired my handiwork and almost tweaked my shoulder patting myself on the back for my ingenuity...that is until I went looking for the piece of MDF I had so carefully cut, measured and put to one side to use as the countertop...sigh***.
***In all honesty - I didn't "sigh" the moment I figured out I'd just chopped up the top - I used many of the words in my extensive 4-letter vocabulary.
So I needed more MDF - which only comes in 4' x 8' sheets...
Did I mention that they know me by name at Lowe's?
I'm there a lot.
Did you know they open at 6 AM?
I know because it's 3:45 AM now and they won't be open for another 2 hours and 15 minutes.
I wonder if I should just ask for a key?
Anyway, the construction of all three pieces was progressing but I was still unhappy about a minor aesthetic problem I was having with the "1980's tract home kitchen" medium oak stain color.
I hate it.
But re-staining means...gulp...sanding...every little nook and cranny...ugh.
|The original 1980's stain is on the right - the new look is on the left side doors.|
So this is how the 4-step system works:
1. Degloss the surfaces with a scrubby and their deglosser (kind of like washing so fairly easy to do and fast)
2. Paint the cabinets with a "bonding" paint that really looks like a cross between pale yellow and flesh - 2 coats (also easy).
3. Brush on the stain and wipe off - you have 5 minutes until wiping becomes impossible (sounds easy enough but oddly panic-inducing)
4. Top with a clear coat (easy).
I LOVE this product! The results are amazing.
But I love my sewing center more - especially all the cool features:
The ruler holder:
|Got to use my dado blade on the table saw to make that!|
|I need to sew it a new cover but how cool will it be to iron while seated?|
|Jerry and I went shopping for some pretty organizational boxes which it turns out I have a weakness for that some might term an addiction...|
|I've already stored all my cookbooks and quilting books inside.|
|That rounded box holds my iron and the jar holds my seam pressing tools. I couldn't resist the ballroom dancing sillouete.|
I'm ready to sew! Right after I take a nap...