My Sewing Machine Cabinet Project Is Now Finished

I just put on the last piece of hardware onto Veronica's newly refurbished sewing machine cabinet and put her newly acquired sewing machine back into it. This was my latest project which is now completed.
And here it is.......
























Keeping Busy With Various Projects

These last couple of months have been fairly busy for me.
I started off helping my Dad weed through years of collected paperwork, magazines, books, receipts and many other assorted items. I found old checks and checkbooks dating back to 1956. I probably shredded enough paperwork to fill approximately twenty 13 gallon plastic bags. I would be sitting in a chair for hours on end shredding stuff.
Old paperback books were hauled to a local used book bookstore and donated.
A few items were donated to the Salvation Army and the rest was stored for safekeeping.
We lightened the load in his office by about 75%-80%
Then I switched gears and refinished one piece of furniture that I had refinished a couple of years ago. We wanted a different look and after completely stripping it down to the original wood and repainting it I was able to provide a completely different piece of furniture.
Then it was time to switch gears again and this time I cleaned up and totally went through the garage.
Some stuff was kept and the rest was donated to the Salvation Army. I ended up donating every piece of my garage gym equipment along with every single weight and anything to do with weightlifting. I did keep my new Total Gym system but other than that piece of equipment everything else was donated. There was no sense keeping any of it because with my back and shoulder issues there was no way that I would ever be using it again and if I did use it then it would have a further negative impact on my health.
I ended up rearranging and totally straightened up the garage to the point that we can now park 2 cars in it. With the Winter months coming up I wanted to make enough room in the garage so Veronica would not have to go outside to get into the car and neither one of us would be spending lots of time in the freezing cold brushing snow off of the car or scraping ice off of it either.
But because the car would be coming into the garage and most likely have some type of precipitation on it, I decided to invest in a containment mat which Veronica could park on in the garage and the mat would catch everything that was falling off or dripping off of her vehicle.
So after shopping around I purchase a TruContain brand containment mat.
So now my next job was to put this 7 1/2' x 16' mat down on her side of the garage floor in such a way that it would not be moving around when she drove on it. I wrote the company that made the mat and asked for some guidance on a type of double sided sticky tape that would help this mat stay in place.
I was directed to try  Roberts Double Sided Acrylic Adhesive Carpet tape which I turned around and purchased on Amazon.
After the tape arrived I spent approximately 4 hours applying the tape, stretching the mat so it would lay flay as I was installing it on the garage floor. At first I thought that I would be pulling this containment mat up after the Winter was over with but with the time and effort it took to lay it down properly on the garage floor, I decided that I was going to leave this mat down on the garage floor on a permanent basis.
The mat looks good and should do what it is supposed to do. This mat even came with a squeegee head. I have several rods that I can put the head on in order to get the water out of the containment area.
Another task that I have been working on and almost have completed is a vintage sewing machine and cabinet that has been in the family since approximately 1956. Veronica and I took this Morse sewing machine in to get it repaired and have some maintenance done to it. After spending approximately $100 the machine looks and runs well.
The cabinet that it was in was in the office that I had been working on cleaning and weeding through. It had been sitting in front of a window for years and the sun beating down on the wooden cabinet had wreaked havoc on the finish that used to be on the cabinet.
I sanded all of the stain and built up varnish or whatever protective coating that used to be on it and got down to the original wood.
Veronica and I went to Home Depot and she chose 2 different colors that i could apply one coat on top of another. I then would work on distressing the wood and paint, sand down some areas more than other areas so that the first coat I pained on, which was the dark coat, would peek out from the sanded down lighter color top coat. The finished effect is what I would call a somewhat distressed shabby chic look. 
I am almost finished with that project and we are just waiting on a piece of hardware to be shipped to us so I can put the piece on and be done with that project. I will upload some photos of this sewing cabinet and the machine as soon ass the project is completed.
I am not sure what will be next on my project list but I am sure that I will come up with something.
Today I went in super early for my last of this round of Radio Frequency Ablation, this time on my left side of my lower back. With the completion of having both sides done again...3rd time I have had these treatments done, I should be with much less lower back pain for another 5-6 months. This length of time would cover me at least through February of next year, when we are scheduled for a trip to Rome, Italy. After that trip I will have to make a tough decision on what the next step will be to fix my back.
Below are some photos of the projects that I have been working on:

This is the piece that I had refinished a couple of years ago and decided to change it up a bit
 I banged the piece up a bit and sanded down some areas to give it a little bit of a beat up or distressed look to it




 Below are pieces of the sewing cabinet that I sanded down to the original wood
 I am currently almost done with this piece...further along than what you see here. I am waiting on one piece of hardware to arrive. Once it arrives and I put it on this piece it will be a finished project and I will post photos of it
 This is the garage after a massive clean out and cleanup. Tried to maximize storage and side space so that there would be as much room as possible for 2 cars to be parked in there.





 I hung 2 tennis balls from the ceiling so that we would know how far to drive the car into the garage and have enough clearance to walk around each car and have the garage door close properly
 Here is our new TruContain containment mat
 What comes in the box
 Below is the recommended double sided carpet tape to hold the mat in place on the concrete floor
Below I am working on the proper placement of this mat on the side of the garage where Veronica would be parking her vehicle
 I taped 4 boards together. After taping down the end nearest the garage door opening I placed the boards at top of the other end of the mat and started to roll up the mat around the boards and kept rolling until I got the the taped down edge of the mat at the garage door side. I then placed sections of tape in intervals within the middle 3rd of the mat. After peeling off the protective cover of the tape I used the roll up mat and boards to apply tension and stretch out the mat to get it to lay down taut and flat. As I unrolled the mat I would apply more tape in the center 3rd portion of the mat, the stretch and pull and push the tape onto the concrete. I kept this up until I had the entire middle sections if the mat securely taped down to the concrete. I then went around the edges, applied strips of tape and stretch, pull and push the tape down on top of the concrete.   

 This is the placement of the tape as I worked the mat deeper into the garage
 Below is the finished product secured to the concrete flooring
 Below is the raised edges that will contain any water, ice or snow that falls off of Veronica's vehicle while it is parked in the garage. I can then squeegee it all out 

As soon as I get the sewing cabinet project completed I will post photos of it


General Update

It has been a while since my last blog entry. Today I started my new round of RFA (radio frequency ablations). I started on my right side since that is the side that gives me the most pain. The next procedure will be for my left side and that procedure is scheduled for the 1st week in December.
These procedures should allow me to live my life with diminished pain until I can re-schedule to have my in depth back surgery, hopefully in March. I have to wait until after the 1st of the new year to schedule it. The surgeons office does not schedule this far in advance.
This round of procedures will also cover me while Veronica and I are on our next adventure...Rome, Italy this upcoming February.
My surgery will hopefully be done shortly after we return from our Rome adventure.
Since I will be recuperating from my surgery during most of the Spring season I have got all of my pots on the deck filled with potting soil and mulch. Trying to do everything possible to make it as easy as I can for myself so that I can actually have a garden next year, even after my surgery. I also fenced in the garden area that last year had those huge tomato plants in it...the tomatoes that I  used to make sauce for the Winter season.
I laid out some heavy duty but breathable landscape tarp on the ground, staked the tarp down and then put up some fencing like I did with my original garden. I plan on expanding my corn crop so that I wont feel the need to cram as many rows into a small space and crowd the corn too much. With this setup I will have more than enough room for a really nice amount of corn.
I don't think that I will grow many tomatoes if I grow any at all.
I am thinking about keeping it simple this year and focus on corn and sweet peppers on the back deck, that has 15 large pots out there.
The only other thing I might grow would be some Yukon Gold potatoes that Veronica likes.
This upcoming Spring i am also going to try my hand at starting all of the pepper plants indoors from seeds and hopefully this will keep down any disease issues. I might even try planting some corn indoors and transplant them outside when the time comes but it might be a little too taxing on my back doing it that way when i can just put the seeds in a hole outside in the fenced in garden. I will have to wait and see how I feel. The timing of my surgery will most likely dictate what i can actually do.
Another reason for getting my surgery completed as soon as I can after returning from our Rome trip is that I want to give my body plenty of time to heal and for me to get used to whatever limitations that i might have as far as my flexibility and movement well in advance of our biggest adventure ever, that we have planned in September - October of this upcoming year. More about that in the future. I just want to be fully healed and able to do almost all of the things that I want to be able to do during that adventure.
Since I can't do any more weightlifting, even after the surgery, I have decided to donate all of my lifting equipment and weights to the Salvation Army.
Walking out to the garage and seeing all of the equipment that I used on a daily basis for years and years just wasn't doing me any good so it is best to get it out of the garage. I sure do miss those workouts though.
The Salvation Army will come tomorrow to pick everything up.
At least I will have lots more room in the garage which is where I plan on re-doing a few pieces of furniture over the Winter months. I had to find something else to do to compensate for my lack of being able to do my workouts, so furniture restoration and some artwork during the Winter will have to do.
Have i mentioned that I have missed and will continue to miss my workouts...lol.
I will started one furniture project sometime after tomorrow when the garage is cleared out.
Tomorrow will be the official beginning of a new segment of my life.

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