Some people might think restorations take less time than full-blown makeovers. In my experience, they take MORE time. You can cover a multitude of sins with filler and paint, but getting down to original raw wood takes a lot of patience and elbow grease. Take for example these two projects, both executed by my multi-talented nephew, John. Not only is he an athlete and a musician*, he's a chip off the old DIY block. First up is a kitchen built-in located in a circa 1900 apartment
building in downtown Minneapolis. John stripped the top down to its natural wood, revealing its luscious grain. Then he used a grinder to remove about 100 years of paint off its hardware. Here's what the built-in looks like now:
For this next one, the apartment entry door on the left looked very much like the door on the right before John rolled up his sleeves. There's nothing quite like a solid wood entry door with bevelled glass, is there? Luscious.
*To hear John perform in his band, Kenwood Mansion go to Reverbnation to listen to and download their latest single "Outlaw Runnin'."