...and crafting a purposeful recovery

Making tracks

Have you ever noticed that when a new house was going up in the neighborhood the framing and shell seemed to pop up overnight and the finish work took forever? Well, not so with Sparta. If you have been with me these agonizing months (wait, years) then you’ll know the infrastructure (electrical, plumbing, etc.) and walls took forever. The finish work, relatively speaking, seems to be proceeding posthaste. This is exciting and begs the question, “Where to put this behemouth when I’m done?”. Well, I was hoping to make some progress on that by travelling to southern California this week to check out possible destinations (Anza-Borrego and Julian), with a side trip to the annual Vintage Trailer show in Palm Springs. Those plans were dashed by the passing of an old friend and his memorial this coming Wednesday. Can’t miss it.

Here are some pics and their captions will help tell their story:

The bathroom walls are all up. If you notice a tilt, you are not imaging it. I will correct that a bit.
One of the few 2 X 4’s used on this project. Note pocket door hangar on left.
Same view from the inside.
Original pocket door track re-used.
But pocket-door has some rot and I am determined to fix that with a little 2-step epoxy and Bondo.

Remember. I am following the 4 “Rs” here – re-use, re-cycle, re-store and re-fuse to spend money unnecessarily. Ha!

Just like the floor restoration. Drill lots of tiny holes and fill with plastic.
My so called Bondo
I bondo’ed both the pocket door and the wall.
Meanwhile my ace refinisher stays out of the rain but without toxic fumes indoors (she vetoed that after the last experience).
Lots and lots of cabinet space. She’ll be thankful for this someday.
This original metal detail has faded with time. Copper paint will bring it back. Note footprint of kitchen cabinet on that new wall. That will be going in next.
Speaking of kitchen counter, look at this awesome laminate I found. It is a discontinued product from Formica called “lacquered linen” that I tracked down at cabinetmakerwarehouse.com. It also comes in burnt orange. Totally retro!

That’s all for now.


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