Thanksgivukkah Weekend Project, Part 3


Let’s see. When last we left, I kept painting and painting and painting, and it kept scratching.

Uh, well, that kept happening and I eventually had to give up and say “GOOD ENOUGH”.

I did one more “sand off drippy paint” and coat on the top piece and the sides on Saturday, and then this morning, I dragged everything upstairs to assemble.

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Here we are with the drawers put together, ready to assemble the main frame.

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(Why, yes, since you asked, I do love putting together furniture. I’ve VOLUNTEERED to do it for other people. See my neat, orderly little piles of screws, cams, and dowels? It makes me feel like everything is right with the world :))

By the time I got to this partial assemblage, I’d done a good job at avoiding scratching the paint, except for that central shelf thingy. You have to kind of wedge it in there between all the rails and it scratched the bottom rail a bit. Well, it scratched the back rail, too, but I figured no one would ever see that.

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Another aside, I used to have this great ratcheting screwdriver that matched those two sitting on the ground. It had swappable bits and it ratcheted and I loved it. I haven’t seen it since we moved from Tierrasanta and have assumed it was lost to the move. I miss it.

Once Mike got up, he helped me flip the frame onto the top (I have t-rex arms) and I was able to finish putting the rest together.

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The drawers were the trickiest part to actually seat in there. I scratched up the sides and the bottom rail some trying to figure out how they actually go in. But it wasn’t bad, and I was able to just touch up the paint. We un-stuffed the old unit of papers, games, cables, random bits…aand then we dragged it upstairs to the no-purpose room/someday nursery.

In the context of the room itself, with the couch and the white Hemnes coffee table.

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I love that we can hide the keyboards and other randomness in the drawers and not have to look at them through the glass. Plus, the computer gets a lot more airflow now. I was always worried it would overheat inside cabinet.

Next step: Next year’s plan is to get that white bookshelf unit I talked about before and paint the backing of it the same blue color. This should take about 1/10000th of the time the TV stand took to paint. This will replace our (foldable!) DVD shelf and the bookshelf that blocks the hallway to our bedroom (not pictured). And figure out what to do with those end tables. And sell all the extra furniture.

It’s still a little bit too scratchable for my tastes, but I am done with painting for now!

Hey, at least we can move around in the garage again. 🙂

Thanksgivukkah Weekend Project, Part 2


Learn from my mistakes, folks.

  1. Don’t try to paint sitting in awkward positions on the garage floor two days in a row. You’ll be hobbling at work for no good reason and your coworkers will laugh at you.
  2. If you are painting on said garage floor and think you’re good because you put down cardboard to keep the dirt and dog hair off the pieces, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. When you flip pieces over to paint the other sides, they WILL get scratched from random invisible pebbles.

Hence, things like this happened:

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I tried to be wiser today, by using tables to elevate the pieces so I wasn’t dying.

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That actually worked pretty well, until, you know, I ran out of tables to put things on.

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(Yes, that is the officially sanctioned paint-stirring spoon in the bottom of that picture. It cracked at some point and was designated as such when we did the great living room painting of 20…2010??

Anyways, I guess I’ll have to let these pieces dry and then go back and do some more later. This project is taking MUCH, MUCH longer than I had anticipated.

Thanksgivukkah Weekend Project, Part 1


Alas, we had to return home from Thanksgivukkah last night (Friday), as Mike is on call starting this morning. (OK, he was technically on call on Thursday and Friday, but his kind co-worker swapped some days with him). On the plus side, though, we basically had a “weekend” up in OC with my parents and another “weekend” to ourselves.

When I woke up this morning, I felt a surplus of “need” to do something. I spent a little time perusing Ikea’s app, looking at TV stands, after being inspired by my aunt’s at her house yesterday. I was initially leaning towards a dark black-brown stain, much longer, like this:

I also considered it in the white color, as we have the Hemnes coffee table in white:

THEN I saw the matching bookshelf/hutch like thing:

And I was hit by a bolt of inspiration.

When we got the white coffee table

I was surprised that it was just like, a white stain. I mean, I saw this AT Ikea obviously. But it was very different from the white dresser we had upstairs that has like a laquered finish.

If that TV stand had a white stain instead of a laquer, it’d be easy to repaint. I’ve been digging (well, if I used pinterest, I suppose I’d be pinning things) kitchens with blue slate colored cabinets, like uh (googling…)

And since we had adopted Karl, the older Mission style furniture felt a little out of place. Surely, it was functional, but I needed a project! (Ok, I tried to distract myself with cleaning the house first, but that only worked for a few hours.)

I had a vision of repainting the white tv stand blue slate, assuming it was not lacquered (spoiler: it was not). And getting the bookshelf/hutch and painting the back of the shelves the same blue. YEAH!

Once, I actually got to Ikea, consumed meatballs, and chased my friend’s 5 y.o. around with a stuffed panda, I realized the longer TV stand was too big for the room with the bookshelf. I opted for the smaller, cheaper version. (Less painful if this painting thing turns out to be a bust, too!).

The bookshelf I forwent for now. I couldn’t justify its price tag. The holidays are coming! But I have visions of putting all the table cloths and napkins and “good” plates in it and getting rid of the small bookshelf that narrows the hallway into our bedroom. We’ll see.

Anyways, I bought the smaller TV stand and went to Lowe’s to agonize about paint (wait, I bought a picture frame too, where did that go?). It’s suddenly four hours later and this is what I have to show for it:

….one coat of paint on one side. TO BE FAIR, I had to sand everything first.

But I enjoyed myself immensely, just sitting on the floor of the garage, in quiet, painting away.