Hello and Welcome! You have heard the old rule of construction “measure twice cut once”? Well for some of us even doing that does not help! LOL! It seemed more like we were doing it backwards ! “measure once cut twice” !
I think the problem lies more with the tool you use rather than a measurement mistake. Take hubby and myself laying out our borders for the wainscot trim pieces this weekend. We measured and re measured and still had to keep running back out to the garage to re cut “just a smidge” off the end of most pieces.
A Perfect World?
In a perfect world we would have been using a table saw instead of a chop saw to cut the moulding. Our Table saw needs a few missing pieces replaced so we were using the chop saw. It is extremely difficult to perfectly line up your mark with the blade…..especially if you are vertically challenged (short) as I am. I could not see far enough over the top of the saw to see the mark align properly with the blade. This made for very slow progress!
Have I told you my husband is a Genius? I was measuring from the top then the side……..he made me a 4″ square that I set in each corner and traced a line on one side and the bottom to give us our lines for the moulding. !!!! I love him so much!
One Stooge Short…
Then there is the “Three Stooges Effect”. For some reason when my husband and I work on projects together we manage to get in each others way. We speak a different language also.
He; you got it?
He; i’m lined up..
He; I’m nailing…
Me; wait, I’m not on mark….
He; You said you were good…
Me; no, I did not.
He; You said okay.
Me; Okay but I’m not ready.
He; Okay means ready…don’t say okay unless you’re ready.
He; Look Curly……..
anyway…..there is a lot of dropping things on each other and miscommunication in our projects.
We are not really one stooge short. We have 4 . The Shepherds must be involved in everything we do. Here they are “inspecting the ceiling tile box, as they do everything that comes in the house!
Coincidence ? I think not!
Do you believe in coincidence or Divine intervention? I definitely believe that there is a higher power. I also believe that whatever we believe is, in fact, our reality. Did I confuse you? I’ll clarify briefly. I believe that we have the power to create our reality from the energy we put out into the universe. Maybe this is too simplified but the long explanation is an entire blog post in itself so let me just say “positive begets positive”. If you keep positive, good things happen, even when you least expect it. I have been having that kind of week. Every time It started to look impossible, something incredible happened!
We finished installing the chandelier after we set the first ceiling tile dead center.
First Incredible “Occurrence”!
It was Sunday and hubby and I were cutting and nailing the picture frame moulding for our Wainscot. Measure, cut, re cut, nail…….. Very time consuming. It takes two people to measure, mark and cut that 8′ thin floppy moulding, especially in our packed garage. It also takes two people to line it up on the marks, leveling it as you do and then nail it with the air gun. We were just completing our third frame, it was three o clock already and we had six more frames to go when our friends Shawn and Bob came by. Bob and hubby took on the sawing while Shawn and I set and nailed the pieces. The first three took 4 hours and with their help we did the last six in under an hour and a half! That included a trip back to the store for more trim! Thank Heavens for good friends! They even had us over for sandwiches and wine for dinner that night!
The second “wine bar”. I wanted to show you the first but it will not down load. Some sites are designed that way. Sorry. What do you think of this one?
Second Incredible “Occurrence” !
I had mentioned a “Wine Bar” in last weeks post. I received the Wine Bar on Friday. The box was pretty beat up. When we took it out of what was left of the box, there was a large gash in the corner of one of the main pieces. When you are working on a deadline and ordering products for delivery, you get a bit anxious when one arrives damaged. The first thing you thin of is “OMG! I’ll never get a replacement in time”! Another problem…It was black. Black! ? The color name was espresso but in my experience it should have been brown. Mind racing…….what to do??
I raced to the computer and ordered another model that I loved and it was definitely brown. It was Overstock and they usually ship fast! Like lightning! I knew nothing would happen till Monday so I went back to the tasks at hand. I had to work on the table! Monday comes and I check my order on line…..”processing” it stated. Normal..” I thought”, nothing happens over the weekend. Today, Wednesday, I look again. Still “processing”. Ugh! I called and the C.S.R. said it takes two to five days to leave the warehouse. It said it had not shipped but that it was due for delivery on November 9th. Next Tuesday. Ugh ! again! That is really cutting it short. It had to be assembled. Well, I thanked him and oped for the best!
20 minutes later the Sheppies are barking at the front door and there is UPS with a large box. yes! It was the new Wine Cabinet! I was amazed. What a godsend!
Third Incredible “Occurrence” !
You know that I re fabulate furniture and that I found, in my garage, a table exactly like the one that I wanted from Pier One. Well, it’s not exactly like it. The finish is very different. The shape, size, etc. is the same. I have been working on the table, sanding my buns off. Yesterday I applied some gel stain to a section to test the color. It was spotty. Darker in some places. You are not supposed to have to sand off all the finish with this product but I over do everything. It looked really even but clearly there were issues. Oh well, I was resigned to going back to it and sanding it to the bare necessity , to get the even, smooth, creamy brown finish I wanted. I can get it there….given enough time. I am, however running short of time!
As I was perusing Pier One’s website to have another look at the table, thinking about plan B, (as in painting the table instead of stain to save time) when low and behold, the table was on sale! A great price too! I also had just received a 15% off any purchase coupon from them for my Birthday! I called my local Pier One to see if they happened to have one in stock and guess what? They do! I wanted to okay it with hubby before buying it and he gave his blessing, bless him!
Here we have finished picture frame for the Wainscot. Done! Whew! Special thanks to Bob and Shawn without whom this room may not be done!
Week 5 Peek
Here we are at week 5 of the One Room Challenge and while it looks like I am far from done, I am pretty much on target! Thanks to Divine Intervention and great friends! By the time you read this, the trim will all be painted white. Tomorrow I will finish tiling the ceiling. I no longer have to stress over the table. I will refinish the table and sell it as originally planned AFTER the One Room Challenge.
List of “things to do”
- Ceiling Tiles
- Place crystals on chandelier
- Paint a hand full of accessories
- Iron and hang new drapes
- Wine Bar shelf/mirror
- assemble wine bar
- Dress the room for finale!
I want a couple of days to hang pics and place accessories. I want it to be right. So you see however it looks there is not a long list of things to do but you also know that everything takes longer than you imagine it should!
Now that you have read week 5…”Measure Once, Cut Twice?” , check out all the other talented and incredible Bloggers of The One Room Challenge below!
See ya soon!