Monthly Archives: May 2012

Painting the Doors

Since it was Memorial day weekend and the weather didn’t look half bad,  I decided to take advantage of it and paint and hang the pantry closet doors. We have been deciding if we want to order new kitchen cabinet doors, or make them ourselves. In all of that mess we have to decide how the paint is going to match and look. This was a good chance to test out a few processes. I decided to try spray painting the top laundry closet doors to see how the finish would look.

painted doorsA

They look ok here in the picture, but the finish was rough, even with a few coats of primer. It was suppose to be a glossy finish, but it ended up being on the flatter side. I think we may end up painting the new kitchen cabinet doors by hand with a brush, unless I can figure out what happened here.

Hanging the doors was an easy next step. I also added a few magnetic catches to keep them closed.

painted doorsB

Having the doors up gives me a better idea pf how the molding will finish it all off. I still don’t have a plan for the very top. Ideally there would be crown molding at the top, but there may be a better way to trim it.

painted doorsC

Addition of some cabinet hardware, 3 coats of paint on the doors and this painting project is done.

painted doorsD

painted doorsE




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Laundry Closet Doors

One of my favorite things to do is use my router. I am a router freak. If there was a support group for router users I would be a card carrying member. Whenever I get the opportunity to route something, chances are that I will do it. Back in the day when I used to work with my dad, I’d get to use a router that can only be described as the “Ferrari of Routers”. It seems like it would take 5-10 seconds to get up to speed, and given the right circumstances could easily tear your arm off. I’ve looked around for one similar to what I used to use, but haven’t been able to find it. I still get by with my Ryobi setup from Home Depot though. It’s my leatherman of shop tools.

My task for this past weekend was to try to make a few custom doors for the laundry closet. They are nothing fancy, just something to fill the space. I started off with some 3/4 pine and poplar stock. After measuring for the hinge depth and space between the doors, I did some cutting and routing.

Doors1 copy

The joints are held together with biscuits. The 1/4 mdf panels sit in the routed grooves to help hold it together as well.

Doors2 copy

Here is the completed panels, minus the cleanup and paint. These will eventually be white.

Doors3 copy

And this is where they will eventually sit! Not a bad little saturday project.

Other projects happening in the VERY near future are a new driveway (posts soon) with a small block retention wall and fence. I can’t wait for that project to get going. That will of course be left up to the pros.


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Preparing for the apocalypse, one vegetable at a time

Everyone prepares for an apocalypse in their own way.  Some people think we’re going to get nuked and build their bunker and stock it with canned goods,  other people like myself are preparing for a zombie apocalypse.  Hey I’ve seen the Walking Dead. I know what’s coming.

So, in an effort to do what every good vegetarian should do in the wake of zombies taking over the world, I decided to grow a garden.  Now, I don’t have the space I’d like.  I live in the city.  Creating a decent snow angel spans my full backyard.  So for me,  a container garden it is.

Apparently I’m not the only person with A) a lack of space and B) a fear of impending doom, because a quick trip to The Home Depot provided more than enough options for a decent container garden . I ended up with cucumbers, tomato’s green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and a jalapeno plant. 


It’s an interesting combination, I know.  But in the event of a zombie apocalypse I’m sure the combination will be just fine.  And who knows,  maybe something in there will act as a zombie repellant?


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