Sunday, May 15, 2016

Our Bargain Find

We were in Menards one day for a project that my husband is working on.  I just wander around looking at things and I always head to the back of the store to check out their clearance cabinets.  Not that I need a cabinet, I just like to look and dream. 

They had a nice cabinet, 24 x 24 x 96, priced at $100.  It looked real nice and I didn't see any damages on it so figured it was a special order that was brought back.   

Later I met up with my husband and told him about it.  He looked it over and just shrugged his shoulders, which I took as not interested in it.  I said, as I was walking away, that I thought it would make a nice small appliance cabinet, as mine are all over my counter top which I don't have much to spare.  

He then got excited about it, went back and checked it all over again.  He asked the guy if he would take $50 for it and he said yes, as it was a Lowes cabinet delivered to them by mistake and they don't have anything into it.  

So we loaded it up in our Equinox, what a tight fit, I was almost sitting on the dashboard, and drove about 50 miles home.  

Because my husband is my husband and he has to improve everything, this became his next project, instead of the project we originally went into  Menards for. 

It was a struggle to get this to our upstairs apartment.

Getting ready to 'beef' up the base of the cabinet.  This is going to be a free standing unit, so it needs additional weight on the base to prevent tip overs.
Knocked off the front kick plate area.

Cutting off 1 1/2 inches, this will allow the 2 x 4's for the base to be flush with the edge of the cabinet.

One side done.  Someone is going to have to vacuum that floor. 

All sides trimmed, sanded and the floor cleaned up.

Adding the 2 x 4s.  Notice the plastic is now down. Besides screwing, he also glues the boards for extra strength.

A good sturdy base.

Adding first set of trim boards.

The decorative trim boards are added.

He is showing me how much he cut off.  The space between the base and his thumb is about how much was cut off.

He applied a piece of oak luan plywood to the back.  This is going to be seen in our apartment so we wanted the back to look just as nice as the front.  He is now adding trim to the back and corners.

At the base, he did a reverse cut with the miter saw and added this little piece to finish off the end.

Trim at the top of the cabinet and side.

Tools of the trade.

The nail holes are all filled and sanded, ready for staining.

Blue tape to prevent any splash over.

He was stirring the stain and was amazed how much was in the can.  Usually it is down about 1/2 inch so it can be stirred without any splashing.  He was having trouble because it was to the brim.

First coat.  It is bringing out the different levels of the wood. 

Applying to the back. 
This looks pretty light.  He added another coat to both the bottom and the back. 

Completed.  This is the back, which is flat from top to bottom, to make moving with the appliance dolly easier.
Looks like he did a good job matching the stain to the cabinet.

Even the back is beautiful. 

Close up of the base.

The kitchen has two openings.  We put it in the first one.  The other opening goes to the dining area.

The bottom door holds most of the larger appliances. I was able to slide several cutting boards, place mats and cooling racks next to the top crock pot.  Not all these appliances were setting on my counter top.  Only two were, however with the Kitchenaid Mixer and toaster it was becoming quite crowded. 
The top section is holding some of the smaller appliances, my Tupperware containers and my tin of cookie cutters and cake decorating items.  And there is room to spare.
I couldn't get the whole cabinet in the picture due to not enough space between it and the counter across the room.  I had to set my camera close to the floor to get all the shelves in.  

Some of the small appliances came out of a lower cabinet, which I then quickly filled with large plastic bowls, cake plate cover and carriers that were crammed into the top of the pantry.  This allowed me to spread some of the other things out in the apartment pantry so I don't have to dig every time I need a bowl or pie plate.   

When we moved from our 4 bedroom house to a small two bedroom apartment we down sized and I got rid of a lot of cookware and things in my kitchen.  When we moved from the small apartment to a bigger one, I was shocked by how much I had stored and accumulated in that little apartment kitchen.  Now I have accumulated even more.  I think this will be it for me and small appliances...unless......... 

I want to thank my wonderful husband for all the work he put into this little (big) project.  After the initial cost of the cabinet of $50 and the trim, stain and hardware, we spent about $110. I priced this cabinet at Lowes, it was a special order item at $366. Wait hardware...he still needs to put on the handles and the soft door closures. Ah, in time.  

Stop back soon as I get back to my sewing projects.  

Happy Reading! 


Friday, May 13, 2016

Daytona, The Casements and Downtown Disney

Our trip was coming to an end.  We decided we would head up to Daytona/Ormond Beach area.  FL girl surprised my husband by stopping at the Harley store there.   Then we checked out the Casements. 

Finally after years of driving by, we stop in.  It was a pretty cool day and not many motorcyclists were there.  Walking through the store was like walking through a museum.  I did not take any pictures inside the store, so this is the only picture proving we were actually there.

A car give away.  We did not sign up for it.

One of the prettiest sights I will ever see in the United States.

The Atlantic Ocean.

A walk along the beach.

One of the many seagulls on the beach, taking a break.  Yes those are tire tracks on the beach.

Watching the tide come in and marveling at the expanse of the beach.

This is as far as my husband will go into the ocean.

Caught the cars driving on the beach.  I was surprised they allow this.

Yes, even I took my shoes off and got my feet wet.

FL girl watching the car coming down the beach.

As we were leaving the beach, this young man came along with his parrot on his shoulder and started feeding the seagulls Cheerios. 

 We drove to Ormond Beach to tour The Casements.  I had never heard of them before so it was a nice little history tour as well.

This is Rockefeller Gardens, which is out front of the Casements.  Pretty little park. It was good to see all the green and flowers in the dead of winter.

A bridge leading to and from Ormond Beach and The Casements.

A pier close by.

The Casements - named due to all the casement windows.

Another fantastic looking tree.

Inside The Casements this is the first thing we see.  Beautiful.

And looking up we see this.

I just love this floor.

Second floor balcony which looks down on the floor.  Yes I took a picture of the floor from up there too.

I love the china they have on display in the kitchen and dining room.

The beautiful fireplace.

Taken from the second floor.

I love all the windows in this building, makes it look so bright and cheery.

In Rockefeller Gardens.

On our way back.

We were excited to just drive by the Daytona Speedway.

Big Chevrolet fans, my husband had to snap this picture. 

Our trip was coming to an end, but would not be complete without stopping by Downtown Disney at least once. 

For our IN girl, a big Star Wars Fan.  Of course we stopped in and picked up a souvenir for her.

Yes that is a car, in the water.  They give car rides in the pond at Downtown Disney, for a price.  We opted out.

Not sure what this is, but I love the blue sky.  What a beautiful day.

Outside Trex restaurant.  We ended up eating at Wolfgang Pucks. 

FL girl giving Pluto a kiss goodbye. 

We had a great time visiting our FL girl, looking forward to another visit in the not to far future.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some highlights from our FL trip.  I know I take a lot of pictures and maybe I should rename my blog 'My Life In Pictures'.  

I will be back soon with another project featuring the talents of my husband.

Happy Reading!