Well, hello there! Happy Monday to you!
So the good news is that my little blog design side business has absolutely exploded over the last two weeks.
I mean, I’ve been designing blogs, transferring blogs over from Blogger to WordPress, and having the best time ever up to my eyeballs in HTML code. (Yep, I’m just a geek at heart.)
The fantastic news is that because of the unexpected increase in business, our house downpayment savings account is growing much faster than we could have anticipated. So encouraging!! That house is becoming more and more of a reality with each passing day.
The bad news is that I’ve had very little time to actually get projects done around the condo. I had hoped to be completely finished with the kitchen and breakfast room by now, and on to another room. But here I am…still trudging along on kitchen projects.
But trudging along, I am. And I’m so relieved that I’ve almost finished one of the biggest projects I still had on my list. It was one of those nagging unfinished projects…my bookcase-turned-pantry.
Let me back up a little for those of you who might be new around here. 🙂
When we first moved in, this is what this bookcase looked like. It’s right there by the kitchen, and was just an awkward place for a bookcase, in my humble opinion. (This picture was taken minutes after we got the keys to the condo. None of the junk is ours. I was just a little too anxious to get pictures and didn’t bother clearing away the previous residents’ junk they left behind.)
So I decided to turn the bookcase into a pantry, leaving the middle part open for our Berkey water purifier. I painted the whole thing, and put white subway tile in the middle section that would remain open.
All I needed were the doors to finish this pantry. I considered ordering custom doors, but moments before hitting the “Place Order” button on the website, I decided against it. At the time, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay over $200 for four doors and shipping.
Then one day I decided to head over to Restore, and when I walked in, I saw this…
And that was only about half of what they had. They were all brand new, never-been-used cabinet doors, and there were two aisles of them. I was SURE that I would find exactly what I needed.
I did find four doors that I was sure I could make work. The only ones I found that were close to the sizes I needed were raised panel doors. Well, I had plenty of experience turning raised panel doors into recessed panel doors since all of the original cabinet doors in my condo were raised panel, so I decided I could do it four more times.
But these doors were much different. After cutting out the center raised panel, the pieces just kind of fell out, leaving huge, deep grooves in the frame. I tried filling it with caulk, and then followed up with wood filler, but even that didn’t fill it completely.
I went out yesterday to try to fill it once more with caulk, and realized no matter how much I filled that groove, the finished product was just never going to look good.
So finally it dawned on me that the solution was right there in front of me. Quarter round! I had purchased it to finish out my baseboards, but for now, I needed it for my doors.
That worked perfectly! And after a little gluing, nailing, and caulking, they were finished!
Well, okay…they’re not finished finished. Obviously they still need paint.
But what a relief to finally have those doors finished! The painting will be the easy part.
So tell me about your projects! What lingering, nagging projects are you working on? Have you gotten much done on them? Almost finished? Having a hard time getting started?