Monday, January 26, 2015

Repurposing the Den

Way back in December (2014) I blogged about this credenza that used to live in the den of our current home.  When we converted the den to a "laundry room", we had this whole wall unit removed.  It had been custom built in place, so when the workers "ripped it out", they really did Rip It Out.  We lived off-site during this part of the remodel, and when we drove up one day, we found it sitting in the rain in the driveway along with other materials to be hauled away to the dump.

Den toward the North
Den toward the South
So Lee and I picked up the credenza and the two bookshelves and ferried them into the back garage where they've lived since December 2012.
The bookshelves from the Den

Well, this Summer, to Lee's chagrin, I told him that I wanted to put them in my Sewing Room for my fabric storage.  Yeah, I got The Look, but I persevered.

By October, he didn't protest too much any longer, grin.  We unloaded everything, and when we lifted it up onto the saw-horses, we were unpleasantly surprised to find a mummified squirrel and her babies on the floor under it.  Grizzly.  I was going to wash the pieces off before sanding them, but this find made it imperative to include some bleach in the solution as well as a stiff scrub-brush. Ugh.


After a thorough scrubbing, (inside, outside, and upside down) the credenza was ready for a couple of coats of varnish to stop the bleeding of the knots in the pine.

I took the doors off and the hardware, too.  All the hardware is from the 50s and is in good shape.  I'll reuse them.

Inside view from the top
Damaged Edge of Credenza

There is one shelf that runs the length.  It is fixed and held in place by cleats on the underside along the stiles.  It's very sturdy and should be able to hold tons of fabric.

The top was ruined when the workers tore it out of the house, so we'll have to replace it.  I'm thinking of getting a laminated top, but may use a length of solid oak.

They used a crowbar to remove the shelving and credenza from the walls, and there are quite a few places along the edges of each piece that need to be repaired or rebuilt.  I find Plastic Wood works best for me.  It adheres well, dries hard and can be sanded to a sharp edge to match the original edge.

Now, this will never look like new, even painted, but its a well-built solid piece of furniture and will do just fine in my sewing room.  At this point, it's been patched, has two coats of shellac on, and one coat of semi-gloss enamel.  The weather turned too cold (below 55 F) to paint anymore, but when Spring arrives, it won't take long to finish up.  I'll be sure to post pictures when it's done.

By the way, I thought you might like to see how the "den-turned-laundry room" turned out.  Below are some pictures of the den after we painted the knotty pine walls using Shellac and Semi-gloss Enamel on the knotty pine (Behr's Linen).  It's now a laundry room and home to our elliptical (not shown).  Gotta say that I really love this color.
Laundry twd South shellac on the knotty pine
 Laundry twd South with 2 coats semi-gloss Linen
New plumb-wall using drywall twd North

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Until next time......


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lee an I try to explore the countryside around Hampton Roads now that we live here.  There are many historical sights to see on both sides of the James.  Here are some pictures from our last ferry trip across the James River from Surry to Williamsburg, Virginia, after visiting some places along the "South Shore".   A variety of birds really like these pilings, but gulls are the most abundant ones.

Waiting to start our crossing

Leaving Surry

Close-up of on of the pilings

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Good Fences - Januaary 22, 2015

Sharing more of my daughter's snapshots from her Europe trip.  Again, I can't give much information about these scenes other than to tell you they were taken in the UK.  If you recognize any of these places, please feel free to chime in. 
A Walled Cemetery somewhere in UK

Somewhere in UK
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Good Fences - January 14, 2015

Good Fences 1/14/2015

We had a little freezing rain last's our hedgerow this morn....

No birds at the bath today....

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