Once all of the morning routine is finished, he gets to his favorite place--the new log room. It's not finished but it has become his workroom and we're rethinking the original idea to make it a guest room because we realized we desperately need a place to work on our furniture repair/refinishing projects. We will still make it use-able as a place where overnight guests can sleep when it's finished, but we are thinking about how to make it a work area that can be quickly changed over to guest quarters.
Right now, he's got a lot of irons in the fire:
We found this oak washstand Saturday and Larry couldn't wait to get to work on it. It had been varnished and later painted black; he's stripping it back to its original golden oak color, and generally tightening it up.
Someone thought it would b brilliant to put some kind of white fake-porcelain look on the top of this beautiful Victorian table. Larry is in the process of stripping it; then we'll refinish the top (and we may end up stripping the base and finishing it too). I bought some replacement wheels for it on eBay. I think it will look beautiful when we're finished with it.
The washstand, topsy turvy.
So now you know what keeps the gardener busy in winter! He has lots to do, that's for sure--and I didn't even show you the Hoosier cabinet waiting for his attention or the other two cabinets he's been working on since last summer. While he does this work, I'm busy researching glass, cleaning, washing linens, and pricing.
Who said winter is a drag? We never seem to have enough hours in our days.
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