This weekend – another glorious weekend weather-wise - I managed to get a few more things done around the house.
Without my attention, the grapes were ripe and ready to harvest– so I picked them all. Some of them I tried to make easy grape juice with (basically fill a canning jar with grapes, add hot water and water bath can process as normal. Over time the grapes will “disintegrate” into sediment, leaving the juice.) and I attempted to make grape jelly. I don’t think the jelly will set – I will give it a week to settle and if it hasn’t set by next weekend, I will open the jars and re-process.
|Half a Haul!|
|Draining the grape mash overnight|
|Grape Jelly - if it sets...|
|Isn't that pretty?|
Next up was the kitchen shelving project. This is the project I picked up 2x6 cedar planks for a couple of weeks ago and then spent a week putting urethane coat on. The urethane (Varathane brand) required 3 coats – two coats, a sanding and then a third top coat to make it pop.
|Three Planks at a Time|
|Freshly opened can|
|Oops... I need a smaller brush!|
Those planks, once the urethane was done, sat inside my house for a couple of weeks while I did other stuff – letting the coating really cure well before I started the next part of the project.
This project took place on the red wall.
|Before starting I had to scrape this crud off the ceiling.|
Thankfully it wasn't too hard!
|Top and bottom pieces in|
|Side pieces also now in|
|Not having supports of the right length required|
|Counter-height shelf in|
|Next steps, add doors!|
There is still some work to do – the kitchen MUST be cleaned up before anything else today – but the doors I will build onto the shelves can wait a little until I have more material. Thin plywood, hinges, pulls, and chain to be exact. But all in all, this was a fun project and I’m looking forward to the next projects…
With love across the waters…