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Rushing through the home repairs. #9: Cat food damaged linen closet shelves...

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I know it sounds weird, but let me explain…

I guess it was about 2 years ago now, we stocked up on cat food for the BILs cats, sadly it was raining really hard that day… Well we got the cat food (canned) home, and my wife just chucked the cases of cat food into the linen closet without drying them off. Well water doing what it likes to do followed gravity down and found its way between the shelves, and the wall… where it sat until a couple of months ago when I was working on the bathroom walls stripping wallpaper and realized it STINKS in there… Open the closet door and get hit with the stench of mildew… and the closer to the shelves I got, the stronger the smell… No problem, cleared the shelves, washed them, but couldn’t get the mildew off / dead even with bleach so I removed them, and carried them into the shop. Stinky idea, but more on that later…

Some digging in my lumber racks sourced up some 3/4” x 10” pine that I was going to use for a small end table at one time, but that time has long since passed… So if I needed to I could use that…

Back to work on stripping the paint and trying to kill the mildew. A couple of rounds of Citrustrip and bleach water, and all the paint is gone, but the mildew just won’t die off… So my next step…

Sized up the width, set up stop block and got busy with the miter saw… Cut to length, but they need paint… Out comes the Kilz2 again… The originals look like they were barely sprayed with a very thin coat of Latex, I am going back with a quality job not this corner cutting contractor grade garbage. So 2 coats of Kilz2 are on one side. Still need to sand any runs, then flip them over and get the other side…

Next is a quart of Glidden high gloss brilliant white paint, the same stuff I am painting the doors and trim with, basically the brightest white non tinted base they have in a full gloss. Yes I am putting gloss in a closet shelf. I know not the normal routine, but it should resist staining and mildew better in the long run…

One packet of paint fungicide got mixed in to further help kill off and avoid any potential mildew or mold problems. This is a bathroom after all!

Next up I need to cut some new braces as these shelves were supported merely by nailed in 3/4” x 3/4” x 18” rails nailed to the studs (Almost wish I had more of the 3/4” stock. I have enough depth to make the shelves 18” no problem!)...

Tonight is going to be that second coat of primer, and if my wife lets me get to it, more trim work in the laundry room… I am getting sick and tired of all this remodeling, but when we get serious about it, we get right down to it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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