Wood workshop

Soon after I finished my very successful pantry makeover, I decided I would allow myself to take on one major project a month. Sure, we’ve come a long way since the girls and I decided to finally tackle The Hoard in the Holy Loft.

Just in case you never saw (or don’t remember) how bad it was, here’s a picture of what we had to deal with. It was my worst nightmare come true.

But my guy was not a hoarder. He said so himself, and that should count for something, no? He’s a collector.



So we had this loft conversion, because we wanted to turn Bad into Beautiful. And we are succeeding. Slowly, but steadily. We now have three bedrooms and one bathroom-to-be in the loft.

And this corridor, which was badly in need of some TLC.

LoftToDoSure, it had seen some changes since I took the above picture. I moved the lovely chest of drawers into my bedroom, but the clutter stayed. What’s worse, it attracted more clutter.

But I had a vision. I knew exactly what I wanted in that dead end of the corridor, and believe you me, it was grand! I wanted a wood workshop.

So that was going to be my project for the month of April. Most of the materials I needed, I had on hand, so I didn’t even have to spend a fortune to make my dream come true.

On the first of April, I got the bottom shelf attached to the walls.

Go me!

On the second day, I made a worktop using wooden planks of different widths. A very nice one, even if I say so myself. I even managed to drill into my hand, but the wound healed nicely, so there. πŸ˜€

Day three: Supports and one door added to the structure.

woodworkshop3 Luna and Thalia seem to like it. Yay!

On day four I remembered we still had this old wall cabinet that came from my man’s granddad. I always loved this little beauty, so I hung it on the wall.

I placed a shelf in the lower cabinet. Should have done that before I placed the worktop, but oh well. Let’s consider it a learning experience.

At least now I’ll know to avoid making that mistake once I get started on our new kitchen. One day…

Day five, and another wall cabinet is coming along quite nicely.

Not much else got done that day. We did go to the DIY store to buy me a sheet of peg board though.

So guess what happened on day six?

Yup. I attached peg board against the wall. Because a workshop is no real workshop without a pegboard. Attached it to a framework so it stays slightly off the wall. After all we will want the pegs and pins to go in properly, won’t we?

Oh, and did you notice how gorgeous that worktop is? Wooden planks, friends. I think I’m seriously in love.

Also, I broke a ton of small, thin drills. I should never have made the mistake of buying the cheap ones. I hate it when my drills break.

The next day I got out the paint.

White and grey, because we still had plenty of white and grey paint. And because I happen to like those colours.

On the eight day my wall cabinet was back in its proper place and I got started on painting the doors and the front of the cabinet.

Of course I “forgot” to take down the grandfather cabinet, so I took that down the next day.

woodworkshop9I got the doors in. All three of them, and then noticed they definitely need one more coat of paint.

However, this is as far as I got. The next day, DD-21 had a tonsillectomy and since her room is adjacent to our new wood workshop, I decided not to work on it at all during her recovery time.

Two weeks and nothing gets done on the workshop. Not a single thing. That kinda sucks, but my daughter is more important than the workshop. So I found other things to do. Besides taking care of my daughter’s needs.

Thankfully, there’s still plenty of other projects I want to get done.

Are you curious yet?


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6 Responses to Wood workshop

  1. Diane says:

    Love it! I’m seriously in love with home improvement projects and I dearly love power tools~ There were no woodshop classes in my all girls school either, but I’ve learned a bit on my own as we go along. I have 2 sons who have done construction & renovation work, so they are a big help. Can’t wait to see the finished results of your project~ it looks awesome already!

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    • Liam says:

      Thank you. I had to figure it out all by myself too, but I don’t mind. Most of the time it’s really not all that hard anyway. I can’t wait till I can go back to this project. DD-21 is doing fine now, so I think I might get my hands dirty again tomorrow.


  2. Kris says:

    I love wood – the texture, the smell of wood shavings, just to look at wood in all forms. When I was at school, girls did not do woodwork as subject. I was so envious of the boys… Now I envy your skill and tools. Damn, all I have is a power drill and some screwdrivers! Nice job so far.

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    • Liam says:

      Me too. Love wood. And like you, I never got to do woodwork at school either. Knitting, crocheting and embroidering with a teacher who quite obviously hated my guts. Well, I hated hers too, that old hag!
      Sounds like you really need some proper tools. I’m a sucker for tools and really have to restrain myself whenever I’m in the powertool aisle.


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