Anywho, I finally got some Dewalt tools, and I’m in LOVE. I set out on a daring adventure to build a countertop for the top of my washer and dryer, and the tools were GREAT assets to have for that project.
I hate laundry so much. Sure, I don’t have to beat my clothes on rocks down by the river or anything, but nonetheless, I hate it. It’s neverending; as soon as you’re done, there’s more to do. So my plan was to build this counter so that I didn’t have to look at it on the dining room table all the time. I could do a load a day, fold it, leave it on the counter, and put it away once a week. Sounds like a plan, right? We’ll see.
I started with two planks of 2”x10”x12’ of lumber and had the guy at Lowes cut them in half so that I could take them home in the Civic.
Did you know, though, that they would only be 9” wide? That totally screwed me up because my counter depth was to be 30”. Oh well, I learned.
I tied them all together with these strips of metal, but they totally weren’t thick enough (thanks for nothing condescending Lowes employee). Second lesson learned.
I decided to put sides on it to strengthen the design, and once I did that it was quite sturdy. Here comes the third lesson, though.
The cute little sides that I made out of an old Ikea toddler bed platform that I got from the side of the road on trash day months ago still adds two inches to the length whether I remembered to add it in or not. Damn. When I took this picture I still hadn’t discovered that.
I had some “Kona” color stain that I used, which I adore! I just brushed or toweled it on and immediately wiped it down. It shows the wood grain beautifully that way.
The next day, in the light of day (not at midnight like the last pic) I noticed that the light wood still showed through many of the crevices – lesson 4: don’t stain in the dark.
In case you’re interested, these are the products I used.
So after the polyurethane was dry, I put it in and discovered that it hung over sink counter by two inches. Fail. Oh well.
Whenever I overhaul this room, I’ll probably fix that, but I don’t have the time or energy to deal with it now. That sucker is heavy!
The other thing that I love is that I hung a closet rod in this awkward space above the deep freeze. That way I can hang them in there instead of
There is still a LOT to do in this room, but at least now it’s more functional. It’s definitely stuck in the nineties. Those cabinets need a makeover as well as that shelf. That tile needs to never see the light of day again. And that linoleum floor needs to go back to the swampy part of Hell from which it came.
All in good time, though.