Since I have suspended my floor activities for the time being, I have taken the giant and somewhat intimidating leap into cabinet restoration. You will recall that I set out upon this foolish exercise with the notion that reclaiming Sparta amounted to the ultimate recycling. At times I have taken that to the extreme by reusing existing components that might better have been retired. My choice to reuse Sparta’s cabinets is such an example.
There are several reasons to salvage the existing cabinetry:
- My slavish committment to authenticity.
- I am bereft of cabinet building experience.
- The existing components are too viable to toss out.
- I am cheap.
So there you have it. I hope this doesn’t prove as misguided as my decision to salvage as much of the subfloor as I did.
I will tell you this. Had I known just how many cabinet pieces I would be reusing, I would have done a much better job of labelling and photo-documenting Sparta’s dissembly. Yesterday I spent a great deal of time sorting through odds and ends. Just as a Paleontologist might organize fossil fragments to reconstruct the past, I spent the morning laying out pieces of cabinetry. Historically, some very learned men have appeared foolish by totally botching fossil reconstruction.
I don’t want to go down in history as the next David Peters.