Thursday, 19 April 2012

Table: After Photos

Click link to see 'Before' and 'During' photos

'Plan A' was to restore this table to it's former (wood veneer) glory.. but alas, when I stripped the paint, I discovered the veneer had been damaged quite badly. So, I painted it with Resene Alabaster (Lustacryl Low Sheen). Then, the rest of 'Plan B' was to find some patterned paper to cover the drawers. I hunted for a suitable paper... but nothing seemed right. *Eureka!* I had no plans with that ink drawing from a few weeks back: problem solved!

It's always fiddly to glue this kind of thing, especially when the handles are not removable. I cut the paper over size, cut holes with darts for the handles, and stuck the paper with PVA. Once it was adhered, I trimmed the edges with a sharp blade and coated it with Estapol Clear (waterborne). 

The most difficult thing, by far, was having the patience to mask the black and white areas of the handles. Lots of huffing and sighing happened during that part. Thankfully, Em's pin-striping masking tape saved the day. 

Building Benches

BEFORE - 4th October 2011
AFTER - 14th April 2012

AFTER - 14th April 2012
For most of Easter weekend we were making benches and storage either side of our sink unit in the studio.
The big drawer (right) pulls all the way out so it can be used as a tray to transport art supplies. The panel that covers the hot water cylinder is attached with split battens as we won't have to access it much, and  it was a small way to save on hardware. Our two handles are up-cycled parts from old locks... another hardware saving. 
It took us a-stupid-amount-of-time to suss out exactly how to fit the cupboard hinges, so when we fitted them perfectly the first time I was chuffed!
We used diluted black paint to stain the bench top and sealed it with a couple of clear coats. The finish is exactly what we hoped we'd achieve.

The left side is yet to be completed. We're going to do another small drawer at the top, and we'll make a box on wheels to fit into the cavity below.

Splash-back and above bench storage/shelving also still to be done.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Getting out of town...

 Fresh sea air. Fush 'n Chups. Setting sun. Beautiful day.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Delicious Degustation Dinner

This week, the artistic activity at our house was all about food and party hosting. 
Em had been mulling over the idea of doing a degustation menu for a while, and a double family birthday celebration was a great opportunity to go for it. Happy Birthday Petrina and Lex!


degust verb
taste (something) carefully, so as to appreciate it fully.

degustation noun
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from Latin degustare, from de- ‘completely’ + gustare ‘to taste.’