I finally started on the project!
I began on Thanksgiving by dry fitting the first couple rows. Sounds simple enough – the first day was a mess. Using a chalkline was a joke – the glue would mix with the chalk and I ended up putting more glue past the line than intended.
I didn’t realize the glue was like taffy. I definitely got a real workout this weekend. :-/.
The second day was a little better. I decided to use my laser level to draw out a line and then got a straight edge and sharpie to mark the line. That helped and I only got a little glue past the line. Another thing that kept me busy yesterday was finally installing the table saw. That thing is AWESOME – I’m glad I opted for this instead of a miter saw.
This little guy saved me by getting the access glue off – and pretty quickly too. Otherwise, I would have just spent the day crying and scraping by hand.
I got the floor from the dining room and the living room to join up too. YAY!
I wasted a little of the taffy glue when some of the top skinned over and dried. There is still about a third left but not sure how much of that will be usable when I do this again the coming weekend.
Trim is in the house and you can see the bottom pic for more detail. I’ll get the wall done during the week. I can move the cat tree back to the window too so the boys will have entertainment.
The trim was also painted and will go up this week. Just on the completed wall.
I started my ‘accent ceiling’ this long weekend and got a small swatch done.
The color is Benjamin Moore’s Inspired but 50% less intense.
I knew I wasn’t going to finish this but wanted to get just enough to install my new ceiling fan and repaint the heating vent. Yep, I painted the blades the ceiling color so they won’t be so noticeable. The incandescent lightbulbs that came with cast a yellowy tint so I’ll end up with LEDs in the near future.
I just wanted the tough areas done first and then I’ll cut in and start painting when I need a flooring break.
I got these cool chairs a few years ago –
They had a really cool pattern and were somewhat comfy.
Fast forward to today, they’re not as comfy – you can feel the springs on the bottom. I shouldn’t have bought them online without sitting on them first.
Add to that, the kitties have torn up the fabric. The thought of reupholstering did come to mind but I’m not quite sure about the spring in the bottom cushion thing – it’s weird.
Since these chairs won’t last, I am going to slowly change them out and go the mismatched chair route. It will be less stressful than having to replace all 6 chairs at once AND I get to find cool chairs to mix and match.
I just wish I had thought of that earlier on in the game. The only thing I need to do is make sure the chairs are in proportion to the table.
Other than the knobs, which are in the mail, the credenza is now complete.
Here’s a quick recap.
I took apart the pieces and cleaned them before spray painting the metal frame with Krylon Chrome paint (I found it at a crafts store). I thought I could use a spray lacquer but that turned out to be a waste a money so I stuck with Benjamin Moore’s White Heron in High Gloss.
I also drilled holes on the back for ventilation.
Then, once that was complete, I used my Benjamin Moore (leftover) Turquoise Powder paint and turned it into Chalk Paint.
The formica top was peeling apart so I had decided, early on, to use some of my leftover zinc sheet from my fireplace project. The only thing I should have done was add more contact cement. There is an air gap right now but since it isn’t a serving table, I will live with the flub. I spent the week shaping the metal onto the table top with my trusty mallet. I hadn’t intended to use nails on the sides but I needed to secure the sheet down (thanks Pat!).
I was doing fine with my hammer until near the end and now have a nasty blood blister on my thumb. 😦 BUT, I got it done.
The next morning was spent soldering. Never done it before and didn’t use enough flux a few times so the melted metal just fell off.
After that was done, I sanded it out so most of the rough edges were gone and blended into the table.
For the doors, I cut down the double doors and originally wanted to use a .25″ lexan but busted it while using a circular saw (another lesson learned). I can still salvage a good chunk of it for a future project though. I ended up buying a piece of acrylic (plexiglass) that was cut to size. I originally wanted to use perforated sheet metal or even cut out the center of the doors (before they were cut down) but ended up finding a cool stencil and used the White Heron as the stencil paint. For the doors, I used satin Super White so there’s a tone on tone effect.
So here’s the after!
I didn’t get a good seal on the stencil for the acrylic and spent last night and today scraping the design back. I also added a little Looking Glass spray paint to give a silvery, mercury glass effect.
UPDATE – knobs are on!
Quick update on the credenza –
The sides were put back together on Sunday night and a coat of chalk paint was added.
On Monday I threw a coat of wax on the paint and put my electronics in. A new HDMI cable is ordered so I can run the wire behind the wall again.
In the meantime I kept shaping the table top. Still needs nails along the sides and soldering before I can polish.
This is the dry fit a few minutes ago. Doors are on the way but it is more than half done.
Quick update on the console –
Slowly but surely, this is getting done.
This is a pic this evening
The outside has been completely painted and will be ready for turquoise chalk paint in the inside. Currently, the inside is still dirty especially compared to the newly painted sides.
Before fitting the sides back, I dry fitted the top. Shaping the zinc sheet will be the timely piece.
For the doors, that will be another week. I had bought a polycarbonate sheet and learned not to cut using a circular saw. it cracked so I am ordering one precut to my specs. The clear piece will be the center and the sliding doors have been made shorter to accommodate the new piece.
I bought this Ikea mirror about the time I got my house. It was what started my love for Mid-Century Modern.
What I really wanted was something with more spokes and of course, the idea would be a real MCM sunburst mirror. Instead, I ended up revamping my existing mirror last night. I was at Hobby Lobby and they had this candle holder (50% off) that had what I guess were supposed to be metal “branches” that formed a circle. I’ve seen somewhere on a blog where someone flattened it out and made their own mirror so I was going to go with that idea.
I couldn’t find a mirror for the middle and decided to see if I could combine it with my existing mirror.
This was after using the Chrome spray paint I bought for my credenza. Some of the spokes broke off when I flattened it out so I had to hot glue them to the back.
Around midnight, when it all dried, I HAD to hang it up.
I’ll add some small mirrors eventually to make it look more symmetrical.
I had played around with the looking glass paint on the mirror before and that is why some of it looks a little tarnished. A lot of it came off when I taped it off for the chrome. There is still just a hint of it to give it a retro vibe.
Updated 18 Nov