Thanksgiving Fun 2017

Family met at my son-in-law and daughter’s home in a country setting. The 16-30 somethings were ridding dirt bikes and ATVs in the fields as the feast was cooking. Phffft! Us 50-60 somethings invented cool – these children ain’t seen nuttin’!

My daughter was nervous. I made it back safely. In one piece. I just didn’t tell her about the trees I almost ran into. ūüėÄ

I shut off the motor and got off. I *thought* the kick stand was down. Me and the bike did a slow-mo to the ground. Only my pride took a hit. LOL. But, I still got “it!”

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! – – Joanne

Family Room: Fireplace Built-ins

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The second set of built-ins are in! Yay! To help control and hide toys, games and other “stuff” we ordered two ¬†Barker¬†cabinet sets. Located in Oregon, Barker builds customizable wood cabinets with high quality hardware at reasonable prices. We ordered two-door sink base cabinets.

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George cut and routed tops for each, which I stained a dark red mahogany, then added three coats of polyurethane.

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In order to fit the built-ins snug against the fireplace brick, George had to cut both mantel ends off.

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Talk about trepidation! But, as usual, he did a fantastic job! 

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With Thanksgiving and a business trip looming, George put together the cabinets and built the upper shelves. While he was out of town, I painted the cabinets, shelves and trim with two coats Glidden Gripper Primer & Sealer (love this primer) and three coats Behr Premium Ultra White, sanding between coats.

A fireplace surround and TV mount are our next projects – but after the holidays. ūüėČ We found many DIY ideas online, but really liked the simplicity of Cameras & Chaos‘ wall mount plans.¬†George got an early start on the wood “wainscot-like” TV cable channels.

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Family is coming to our home for Thanksgiving, and I wanted this room available for overflow. We screwed the last screw, pulled off painter’s tape and stowed the tools, paints and hardware this past Sunday. ¬†We moved the furniture back in and filled the shelves. Just to see how far we’ve come, we started with this . . .¬†

BEFORE
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. . . And have updated to this . . . 

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DURING

Whew! Just in time for turkey!

Have a great Thanksgiving! РРJoanne 

Family Room: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7