Monday, April 09, 2018

Mr S. found a way to make ironing fun again.

When you are a weekend warrior lots of things get in the way of your projects. We had a few weeks of rain that slowed things down. Taxes. Normal life and finding content for this blog all sort of get in the way. But we are back at the BBQ project where we needed to measure out the middle shelf where the BBQ will rest on. My job was to apply iron on melamine tape to the edges.

First order of business was to find an iron which meant going out to a goodwill store. I didn't want to buy a new one and who irons anymore? Mr S. was rifling through the goodwill store while I was completely transfixed with how so much glue ended up in this isle. It's the kind of stuff that you'd find at Weird Stuff which sadly I learned closed down this weekend after 30 something years. I was in there once (weird stuff) and they had a giant bin full of imperfect prisms. Which I always regret never having bought. I don't know why. They were prisms! Do you need a reason?

Anyway...Mr S. found this stuff and I was sure it was pretty much bullshit. But we watched a few youtube videos on how to apply it and off we set. To my complete enjoyment - this stuff actually works and makes the edge look like a manufactured edge. It's actually shocking how good it works. It didn't get to the middle circle yet and that could be challenging.

Sadly I learned how to property cut melamine after I'd already had this piece cut. I thought you just had to learn to live with the one side being a little "chippy." Otherwise my top would look super amazing. This was suppose to be a throwaway project after all.

For the middle shelf we subsetted the melamine and Mr S. was busy working on applying triangles to the frame so we could attach said melamine.

The funny thing about this project is that Mr S. and I have probably had more disagreements on it than any other. And we've done some pretty crazy house stuff.

We bought this BBQ over the holidays and Mr S. was like - lets slam a stand together in a day. But being a woman - I didn't want to work on a project that I was just going to have to throw away in a few months. Plus I was dying to get rid of some wood from my woodpile and I didn't want to buy a bunch of wood that I was just going to have to throw away. I already had a precut piece of melamine in the garage and I was aiming to get rid of more stuff than I acquired. A goal that I ultimately lost. But not by much. We did have to buy a second sheet of melamine because there are two levels. So,  I now have a larger remnant of melamine in the garage for some far off project.

So, this went from quick and dirty to actually kinda high end. I have a granite remnant we were going to use in place of melamine. Then Mr S. got all despondent because as I said - things get in the way of projects a lot of times and he thought this would never get done. So we ratcheted back and we are getting close to having it done. Depending on the rain this week I hope to get a final stain coat on.

1 comment:

  1. Capital of Texas RefugeeFriday, April 13, 2018 4:26:00 AM

    You have a fascinating hardware store: the giant jugs of Elmer's glue are next to goalie equipment ...

    Do they file everything alphabetically there? :-)