These 1950s showcases really needed a facelift. At some point in their 70-year history, they were painted. My original plan was to repaint them to match the Boathouse decor. Then I discovered there was beautiful walnut wood beneath the paint and I decided to restore them.
Here are the steps to the restoration.
Left, the old paint was some of the most stubborn I have ever tried to remove. I tried two different paint strippers and neither worked. Then I tried using a heat gun. This worked great! The heat softened the paint and then I could easily scrape it off. Unfortunately there was a black coating beneath the paint that would not come off. The photo on the left shows me sanding this black material with 80 grit sandpaper. this worked well. After sanding with the 80 grit I sanded with finer and finer grits until the wood was very smooth. The next step was to clean off all of the sanding residue with a tack cloth. Center, Both ends of one case seemed to be lighter than the front, so I stained both ends with a matching walnut stain. Right, I used a semi-gloss poly finish. It is always exciting to see the beauty of the wood come out at this stage.
Attention to detail is very important in any refinishing project. The corners and top edges on the cases are incised making them difficult to strip. In the Before picture the corner looks blotchy. I decided to paint these areas with Burnt Umber artist's acrylic paint. The after photo shows how dramatically this added effort improved the finished showcases.
Restoring furniture is very rewarding. There are many helpful tutorials on YouTube. Give it a try sometime!
We’ve been installing a new decorative ceiling for the past 11 days. The work is slow and tedious, but the new ceiling is really pretty. We should be done by Saturday.
We are hoping that most/all of the build out will be done within the next few weeks. Then we can start to stock the store.
I just refinished two, mid-century display showcases and will post step-by-step photos next week. They turned out really nice!
This recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and savory —- a great “restaurant style” burger you can easily make at home. It is one of my favorite summer recipes. They are a must-try this grilling season!
Raspberry Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburgers
4 fresh bakery hamburger buns
1 to 2 pounds ground beef (depending on how big you want your patties)
8 slices cooked bacon
4 slices white cheddar or gouda cheese
Fischer and Wieser Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
Other burger toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomato, onion)
1. Form ground beef into patties and season with salt and pepper.
2. Cook patties to desired doneness. Near the end of cooking add cheese and cooked bacon to burger. Let cheese melt and bacon to warm up.
3. Assemble burgers. Place one bun on a plate. Next add burger with cheese and bacon. Drizzle with raspberry chipotle sauce.
4. Add other burger toppings of your choice.
5. Serve and enjoy!
We've heard many wonderful stories from former Carr’s Hobbies customers. We heard another one this week from the Wisconsin couple who purchased the 32-foot-long awning that had been on the front of the building.
They plan to attach the awning to their barn to provide shelter for their horses. After removing it from the building, I asked if they were going to keep the words “Carr’s Hobbies” on the awning. They said they were.
I asked if they had ever shopped at Carr’s Hobbies and the man told me he would buy Breyer horses at Carr’s Hobbies when he was young. He had a big smile on his face as he told me. I'm sure shopping at Carr's must have left him with many happy memories.
Now his REAL horses will be able to enjoy their new Carr’s Hobbies awning!
Please be safe this week and stay healthy.
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