Category Archives: Cabinets

Make a Rolling Finishing Cart for Your Workshop

After one of my recent television appearances, I was left with this cute oak nightstand that had been my prop. The truth be told, it had suffered through several cross-country trips and was ready to be retired, but we really did not have a place for it in our house. After a recent staining and finishing project, during which I seemed to be running all over my workshop looking for brushes, openers, stirring sticks, and rags, I came up with an idea.

Why not turn it into a one-stop staining and finishing supply cabinet?

And to make it even handier in my crowded garage-workshop, I first attached inexpensive castors to the bottom of the frame so that I could roll it wherever I was doing my staining and finishing.

I also found a plastic desk drawer organizer I wasn’t using that fit inside the top drawer, so that I could organize and keep separate my cotton swabs, sea sponge, openers, blue gloves, foam brushes, artist brushes, masking tape, and stirring sticks. In the lower drawers I put larger items, such as a roll of paper towels, an assortment of brushes, and a dropcloth.

Now when I’m ready to stain or finish a project, I simply roll my supplies cart over to where I need it, set my can on the top (or even the actual project, if it’s small), and take out whatever I need from the drawers. It has already saved me many, many steps — and lots of frustration!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

Change the Knobs, Not the Cabinets!

When I saw this set of maple kitchen cabinets I was just as impressed with the contrast between the porcelain knobs and the wood as I was with the wood itself — and that’s saying a lot for me! The owner explained that the cabinets first had wooden knobs, but they got visually lost in front of the wood cabinets. So, she simply got a set of porcelain knobs and a screwdriver and upgraded her cabinets in just a few minutes. Next time you’re in your local home improvement store, swing by the hardware aisle and check out your options for your kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

Until our next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

Making Lemonade

Remember the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? Well, during our kitchen remodeling this past summer, some of the new cherry kitchen cabinets we ordered came looking like they had been dropped off the back of a truck. Drawers were broken, corners crushed, hinges sprung, and shelves split. The company quickly sent replacements, but had no interest in the damaged cabinets. So, I put them in the garage, started making repairs, added a particle board top, and now Leigh Ann and I have a cherry workbench for our projects. I’d say, in the end, it worked out in our favor.

(Quick Tip: look for damaged cabinets at salvage shops in your area for your workspaces.) – Bruce