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Back in the Saddle

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I am way overdue for a post!  I decided a month ago that I needed to take a break from Junebug.  My yard was a mess, my house was a mess, and I was afraid my social life was suffering.  I didn’t want to let my addiction to this restoration project become an unhealthy addiction…

To catch everyone up on what I’ve been doing instead of working on Junebug, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Went on four more dates with the same guy I mentioned in a previous post, then decided I just wanted to be friends with him (if that’s possible).
  • Got my hair done and spent too much money treating myself on Valentine’s Day since no one else was going to. (Sorry Mom, you don’t technically count, even though I really appreciated the card and Starbuck’s gift card!)
  • Had a little party with my girlfriends on Valentine’s Day and talked about how great it is to be single.
  • Joined OKCupid on Valentine’s Day because one of my girlfriends said she was on there, and it was entertaining.  Guess we didn’t do a very good job of convincing ourselves that being single is great. wink
  • Spent countless hours sorting through messages from guys on OKCupid.  Replied to about 3% of them because the rest were either too young, too old, too weird looking, married (yes, there are married people on there, I was shocked), or just not my type in general.
  • Went on six more dates with different people.  Two of them were horrible and the others were pretty nice.  Tried to date multiple people at the same time, but it just wasn’t for me.
  • Turned 36 in New Orleans and went to a Mardi Gras parade. biggrin
  • Disabled my OKCupid account because I was getting overwhelmed and all those dates were getting in the way of my project!
  • Narrowed down all the guys to just one.
  • Broke my rule about not going on dates during the week for this guy.
  • Feeling very happy not to be single anymore.    (<3)

Ok now that we’re all caught up, I will get to the restoration updates. I got to work shellacking some of the panels because it has been raining a lot.  I used a roller this time and the result was ok, however I think this wood is much darker than the first piece I shellacked, so I’m not sure if I can put on more coats or it won’t match.  I think I may just do a bunch of coats of clear to give it the shiny finish I like.  The shellacking process is probably my least favorite thing to do because it’s so tedious and makes a mess.


Trying to shellac as many pieces as I can at once to save time.

I was finally able to see a sneak peak of what the walls are going to look like when I put up the new birch paneling.  It’s nice to finally be able to see how pretty it will look when I start to install the new paneling!  smile

I'm not finished shellacking this piece, but I wanted to see what it would look like.

I’m not finished shellacking this piece, but I wanted to see what it would look like.

Today, I worked a bit on the shelves.  I decided to rebuild new shelves because the old ones were just too hard to refurbish and still look good.  Cutting the pieces for the new shelves wasn’t too difficult, but trying to hammer a twisty nail into the wood was VERY difficult!  I ended up deciding to just glue the pieces together for now until I can buy an air compressor and palm nailer.  I think it will be much easier if I use the palm nailer.  I wish I already had an air compressor.  I’m not even sure where I’ll put it since my garage is packed to the gills with stuff!  I may need to do some reorganizing soon.

Old shelves

Old shelves

New shelf pieces cut out of 1/8" birch paneling.

New shelf pieces cut out of 1/8″ birch paneling.

New pieces clamped onto the old shelf to see what it will look like.

New pieces clamped onto the old shelf to see what it will look like.

New shelf glued down.  After this dries, I will glue the face onto the base and the frame around it.  Then eventually I'll get to nail it all together.

New shelf framing glued down to base. After this dries, I will glue the face onto the base and then add the  frame around it.  Eventually I’ll nail it all together with twist nails.

I’m thinking I may stop for today and resume working on Junebug again tomorrow.  I need to run a few errands before it gets too late.

6 responses »

  1. Glad to see you are back at it. and congrats on the social life lol. had to hop on your blog to see if you had threw in the towel or not since i hadnt seen ya on VTT lately

    • Thanks! 🙂 I am trying to get back in the swing of things, even if my progress may be a little slower than before. I only have so much free time to divvy up. haha I will not give up though!

  2. The birch looks lovely. All your hard work is paying off!

  3. Looking great! Whoever he is hes a lucky guy!


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