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Apr 6, 2012 -

A Drop of Golden Brown

Miranda’s interior makeover is definitely an amateur and barely skilled effort. But that doesn’t mean that the rig can’t still look pulled together. One of the unifying elements is the oak cabinetry throughout. The problem is that there is also mismatched wood throughout. So starting in the kitchen and then in the dressing room with the wardrobe doors, I used a golden brown colour that matches the honey oak of the cabinetry to make my additions blend in a little better. I decided to buy a ton more of this paint colour and use it in the study, which had no fewer than four different wood finishes.

Now, I suck at taking decent before shots, but here’s an idea of what the bed base looked like this morning:

As you can see, the trim was unpainted. I was going to paint it golden brown like I did with the trim around the sink in the kitchen, but the bed base had a bunch of holes and scratches. Now, it’s all golden brown:

My desk, while sporting a few chips, does match the rest of the cabinetry, so it’s fine, except for the top:

I decided to paint the top as well as my little bookcase and the new top I made for it this morning (it’s been a productive day). Both the bookcase and desk top swill be golden brown and sealed with Verathane to protect the finish. Here’s a sneak peak of that:

Finally, the white door into the toilet room from the dressing room was getting on my nerves. I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Once I was committed to buying more of the golden brown paint, the answer was obvious: match the toilet room door to the wardrobe doors. Ta-dah:

I’ve got two coats of the golden brown on now and will do a third after dinner.

Tomorrow will be a mostly lost day as I need to put in a half day at the apartment complex. I’ll be glad for the extra income and the new manager is glad to not have to come in yet on a weekend. So I hope that three coats of brown will be enough and that I will be able to apply the Verathane tomorrow. Sunday, I’ll be able to get the rig completely squared away, and Monday I will be moving back in 95% of what’s in the apartment, leaving only a functional office and kitchen!

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Apr 5, 2012 -

New 120V and 12V Outlet Reveals (Plus Progress in the Study)

Here’s the new undercabinet 120V outlet that I installed the replace the original one.

I had to put in a new one since the RV-type outlet would not allow me to directly power an outlet from it. Croft said that my options were to pigtail or to install a house-type outlet that would let me add on. He recommended going with the second option since it involved fewer connections, so I did as he said. No, I would not jump off a bridge if Croft told me to, but in electrical matters I am happy to defer to him. 🙂

Here’s the new outlet that I installed behind my desk (paint looks blotchy because it’s still wet!):

Yes, the box is meant to be painted. It’s not invisible, but having the wiring hidden in a raceway painted to match the wall makes the whole thing look much better.

Next up is what looks like a terrible painting job. In my defense, this is an area that you can’t see unless you crouch directly underneath the window, so I didn’t feel that it was worth the effort to get in there with a small brush. Here’s the new 12V outlet:

As you can sort of see, I brought both the 12V and the 120 wiring through a hole in the cabinet behind the valance. The 12V outlet is wired to a nearby light. I selected this location because a) I already had a hole there, b) I had 12V wiring I could tie into, and c) this location allows me to plug in my 12V blanket it and use it both while sitting at the desk or lying on the bunk.

This afternoon, I also moved the former bar, now cabinet, for the third and last time!!! I have finally found its rightful place and I am sure I will be using it a lot more now:

It’s now on the wall to the right of the entrance, opposite the vanity in the dressing room and fits perfectly. Locating it there was a real DOH moment for me!

Moving the cabinet freed up the wall space at the foot of the bed and so I finally put up the final piece of artwork that I have been lugging around for almost four years wrapped in a towel and unwilling to give up even though I seemingly had no space for it:

It is a picture of the Egyptian goddesses Isis (winged) and Hathor (head dress) on payprus. I bought this print at the Luxor in Las Vegas and somehow got it back undamaged to Gatineau, where I had it framed.

Finally, I don’t have any good paint comparison shots, but this should give you an idea of how superior the new paint is over the old paint:

The new paint is a bit lighter and has an eggshell finish rather than the super glossy finish of the old paint. I like both colours equally, but the lighter green is wonderfully fresh, and this paint job isn’t full of mistakes since I bought a gallon and was able to do four coats (with half a gallon left!) instead of squeezing in a single coat out of a quart!

Tomorrow, I will get started on a bit of carpentry and priming and may even do some more painting.

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Feb 12, 2012 -

Making Hay

I can’t believe I haven’t posted in a week. It feels like today is last Monday. I went out Monday afternoon to get some electrical supplies for the rig, and came home to a pile of transcription that hasn’t let up. I still have another nine or ten hours of work to do today (and it’ already 2:30 PM). The last week has been typing, an attempt to sleep, typing, working my day job, typing, an attempt to sleep, typing, working my day job, typing… well, you get the picture.

During my sanity breaks, I’m making a list of what absolutely needs to be done in the rig before I move back in and how I can break that stuff down into short segment of times. I know I can’t rely on having whole days available to me in the next month, so I need to start using up those precious little hours between my day job and my evening work, at least when the weather is good. This weekend would have been too cold to work in the rig anyway.

On the list:


-add a 120V outlet and a 12V outlet  (all materials have been purchased)

-paint the non-matching woodwork in the study the same colour as the wardrobe doors and kitchen cabinets

-apply two more coats of green


-finish the trim

-remove the cloth dresser and replace it with a storage ottoman (probably not going to happen right now)


-do two more coats of yellow

-run an extension cord or wiring permanently from the inverter to the study

The electrical work is all top priority. This will be my first time facing boondocking with the need to have my full computer set up, with my kazillion peripherals, not just my laptop, so I need easy and secure access to my inverter.

That’s all I have time to post. Hopefully, I’ll have something interesting in the next couple of days. 🙂

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