04/07/2014 by syrbal-labrys
Today, I worked all day on the kitchen job. Sure, we have hired a man to do the fancy carpentry stuff and so forth, but we are doing some bits to help move it along. Today, I painted the inside of the new cupboards and the big drawers with something called “teak oil” — a very thin easy to apply oil finish. I also took fine sandpaper and steel wool to the antique hutch top that has been with us since 1983; it was looking a bit battered and grubby on the kitchen wall. We did not want to remove it, so I balanced precariously on a kitchen stool. Then I took the beeswax/mineral oil cream I am using on the new butcher block countertops to the clean wood. It glows and feels like silk!
Fearing we might run out of wood used in cupboard fronts and backwash — and facing building a box around the new stove exhaust fan and a tall thin cabinet to hold baking sheets, griddles and other tall narrow things — I went scouting around the outbuildings. I found three oak shelves — they were the first wood bought in our marriage for a house project. They were shelves in our first military quarters! I sanded off the deep dark stain and the many nicks, scraps, and failed to remove spot that proved too deep — burnt there when my daughter, at about age ten, put a lit candle on the second of three shelves instead of the top. I re-stained them in colors that will match the new kitchen color scheme. I rather like incorporating bits and pieces of our lives and memories into my kitchen.
Our kitchen has a lot of recycling — the backwash and door fronts are made of recycled flooring — heavy stuff about 80 years old, tongue and groove joined and very beautifully durable. Much remains to do, and yet we so hope to be done by the weekend!