what goes on in the Crazy House, and how I'm trying to make it better...
The crazy house has relocated, and will be relocating again shortly. There has been so much change and upheaval that I've been incapable of writing or posting anything. Hopefully, as I'm pulling my life back together, that will be changing. In preparation, I am rebuilding my blog piece by piece, and should be underway in April 2013. XOXO to all!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Time to finish the ($10 Hutch) story
Ok. Back about a zillion years (well, several months, anyway) ago I left off in the middle of a story about my very distracted attempt to install a new hutch in my kitchen. I had a very heavy new/old hutch in the middle of my kitchen floor, a pretty vanity sans mirror in the corner, and 3 hungry kids coming home from (summer) school. No problem! Except that I could barely wiggle through the kitchen, what with the salon chair busy mingling with the hutch, and the dinner table covered in tools, cleaning supplies and (mostly) various junk. Aha! A “picnic lunch”! Points for being a cool mom, and I could use all disposable plates, cups and utensils (Green people, please don’t hate! I am usually MUCH more environmentally friendly!). Desperate times, and ravenous children, call for desperate measures.
Big Jon was done eating first, as usual. He loves to help, and in this case I really needed someone. I very, very carefully laid the hutch on its front- thank goodness for the secure latch on the doors - and put a thick piece of fleece under the top molding. Jon was a treasure, bracing the top of the cabinet on the floor with his feet so I could lift the bottom and pull it over to the vanity and position it (almost) where it was centered. Once the bottom was in place, I was able to let Jon move, and did what I am sure was a very attractive power squat (lift with your legs, darling...) and put my treasure in an upright and locked position. Oooh, flashbacks to being a Flight Attendant!
Once the hard labor was done, it was time for the fun stuff. This cabinet has been a long time coming - I’ve wanted/needed someplace to contain our stemware and party glasses, as well as the wine that D has started collecting. Hey, that sounds like we have parties and have a snooty wine habit, doesn’t it? In reality, not so much. Still, it’ll be pretty! And it will free up my cabinet space, so I can have actual food in the house again.
Well, I had been hoping to find just this thing, so I had been picking up random stemware hangers and wine bottle holders from the Thrift, Goodwill and garage sales. I figured one or two of them would fit my needs eventually :) These two metal glass hangers were found on different excursions and from different places, but each were a buck, and they happen to be the best fit for the space.
Unfortunately, the chrome was not the look I wanted, but I just happened to have some leftover Oil-rubbed Bronze on hand...
This is my super-fancy new paint “booth”. After a project last month left red paint on our red brick path (Horrors!), I was in fear for my marriage if I accidentally painted any part of our yard, sidewalk, grass, etc.
After painting the glass racks, I was ready to attach them. Except. Well. The shelves were evenly spaced in the hutch which is great - for someone else. I needed a shorter bottom shelf (for wine bottles) and a taller space just above that (for booze and/or taller wine bottles). Thankfully, this old dame’s first and third shelves are fully adjustable!
I’d never seen the pre-drilled feature in nicer wood pieces - it’s just something I associate with slap-together-MDF stuff. I was so glad to be wrong!
I'm so pleased with the result! Of course, the wine rack on the bottom shelf is supposed to be temporary, as I have big plans to put a custom-built rack (or at least paint it a less obnoxious color!). I think (hope?) that that is a whole 'nother story, though, since this post is going on forever. ;)