|The Deville and the horses are getting tired of the cold stuff!|
they are calling for temperatures in the 90's down the hill and it will be warm here. Getting set to tear into the repairs to the bracing and the paneling in the front of the Deville. It looks like we have a long window of high pressure building and that means no worries about getting the inside wet while that process takes place.
I am very happy with how the inside cabinets are looking after I used the french polish with the shellac. I really like the look....it's easy for my nontechnical mind and abilities and I can repair dings very easily.
This is what a lot of the wood looked like before I started.
|Birch by passenger side dinette and door|
meant that I wanted to try and save them if possible. I stripped them
and sanded with sandpaper down to 220 and then steel wool. Cleaned very well and put some minwax Oak stain on. That seemed to match the existing birch paneling the best when followed with Amber Shellac.
|Workmate with scraper, French Polish "rubber" and shellac and Denatured Alcohol|
the circles. I start at the top and go across and move on down. By the time I am at the bottom, the top has dried enough to go back and start over again. Takes a number of applications....like 30-40 but it is a small area and it goes quickly.
Here's the cabinet over the oven/stove. It was really thrashed but turned out pretty good, I think. After applying the Amber shellac to taste for color, I switch to clear shellac and layer it until I like the depth and shine. It really is incredible to see just how nice this turns out. My other efforts with a brush (even a 35 dollar brush) were not near as nice.
|I think it turned out pretty good. Wish I could capture it better on camera.|
|Here's the cabinet over the sink.|
I am planning on stripping and refinishing all of the existing paneling that will be kept and all of the new paneling that I will install. Same process....strip...sand...pre-stain treatment- stain...amber shellac and then clear shellac.
|That's my ice box waiting to be reinstalled in the closet|