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 hadn’t given up on the project. It has been tedious bending the pieces of metal to shape. Then afterwards, getting them to adhere to the cement facade was another story.
I don’t think I used contact cement properly the first time so it didn’t stick. I just put a layer on both sides and then tried to put them together. Didn’t work.
I didn’t realize I had to let the cement dry a bit so both sides will stick immediately.
That seemed to work a bit.
I still had some loose areas so I used epoxy today and that seemed to work.
I still need to shape the top piece and then add the last piece of metal.
Slowly but surely…
I’m one step closer to getting the fireplace complete.
I just finished cutting out the metal pieces that I’ll use for the surround.
The machine in the pic is a sheet metal cutter and greatest thing ever! It took me less than an hour to get everything cut. Had I used tin snips I’d still be cutting, I’m sure.
There is still a 3′ x 5′ piece left over. I think if I find the perfect salvaged desk, I’ll top it with the remaining.
Working with zinc for this project will also determine if I want to continue using it (spare bath surround? Kitchen backsplash?) or not.
It’s currently in my spare room as I flatten it out if the shipping roll.
I also tried to cut them with some shears my coworker let me borrow. Um, yeah I managed to break into a sweat as I cut a small strip out. I need one of these shears. Some of the prices for shears were crazy expensive.