Whole House Remodel #1: Transferring Blog from HomeRefurbers

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 10-22-2013 11:03 PM 1931 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I started a whole house remodel several months ago. I figured that homerefurbers, LJ’s sister blog site would be the appropriate place to do a blog. Unfortunately the site’s been taken hostage by mass spamming and no one can seem to keep up with cleaning it out. My start to this is Here at homerefurbers. It’s the beginning of 6 posts there. I’ve decided to continue the blog here.

Here is the latest post, After the living room, bedroom, and bathroom. I’ve started to look at the kitchen. It had some well made cabinets made by Hass but circa 1970. They are veneered walnut and stained very dark. I tried sanding and stripping them but it just didn’t come out well and the veneer is thin. The decision was made to veneer them in cherry. Three half sheets later and all the veneering is complete. Here I’ve got a couple of coats of poly on them. I like natural wood. I didn’t stain them. They’ll darken a bit over time but I like the look. It’s a new one for me.

I also began and finished one set of doors. This cabinet is on the opposite wall in the kitchen. It used to be an entrance to a bedroom. I turned it into a broom and pantry closet and added a couple of cherry doors to it. I made them raised panel with a straight angled to the raised part instead of a curved or ogee profile. The doors have three Blum hinges each.

Finally, I managed to wrap one of the two lally columns erected when I took down the load bearing wall to open up the living room. I designed it to sort of match or at least compliment the architrave windows I designed. The column has fluted oak on four sides with a round over molding in the corners. The top is similar to the window design.

Today I managed to pick up some more wood at my supplier. On the left is more red oak, right cherry for more cabinet doors and center a piece of walnut for a short counter top dividing the kitchen from the dining room.
....Until next time…..

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 11:44 PM

fantastic dan, i know this was and is hard work, but man, well woth it, i love how its all turned out, im thinking this winter you will lay out on the couch and rest on your laurels…and admire the work and just smile and cat nap, maybe with a cat on your lap…lol…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 12:00 AM

Grizz! was the beard there before? I don’t remember one or at least that long! You a red sox fan or something?

No laurel resting this winter… lots more to do and I’m anxious to not make this into a lifetime project. As far as cats go… I don’t do cats. Oh, I don’t have anything against them. I like them, really, they taste just like chicken. ;-)

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 12:20 AM

chicken huh, ive never tasted, so…as for the beard , i grew it back a few months ago, i did just trim it a few days ago…it was taking to long to find breakfast in there come dinner time…glad to know its not going to be a full winter project, im working on a desk for me, and have several orders for others, nothing big, chess board and bird wife heads to michigan tomorrow, gone for 2 weeks, im planning on having some squirrel while she is gone, so if ya hear the sound of a 22 going off, duck…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 12:50 AM

Dan, Your projects always turn out so nice! This remodel is a little ambitious for me but everything you have done so far inspires me!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 01:33 AM

Beautiful home Dan and the remodel is setting it off more ,really loved the fluted columns post in the living area

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 10-23-2013 01:35 AM

I just went over to “Refurbers” to catch up on this… they have serious spam issues over there…
Awesome Blog and Awesome Work Dan, You and Your Wife have a Beautiful Home!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 10-23-2013 02:00 AM

Dan: Some great looking veneering.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 03:00 AM

That is some serious remolding! Looks fantastic.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 10-23-2013 11:15 AM

Well, THAT should keep you busy and out of trouble for a while, Dan!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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