For those of you who DON’T know, and it’s ok if you don’t, but Hooverville’s were little shanty towns made by homeless people during the Great Depression. The poor conditions that came with the Great Depression and it’s affect on the people, and the development of these shanty towns blamed President Hoover, hence the name “Hooverville.” Ok, so what am I getting at? This custom order I worked on is a “Hoosier” cabinet, but was in such AWFUL condition, I thought I would do a little play on words and call it “Hoosierville” clever, right? I thought so.
Anyway- this is what I was working with:
Ultimately, the whole thing needed to be reconstructed. All I had to work with was the frame. Even in the pictures above, there are pieces of fresh wood that my father and I cut and placed in it. We cut a new top, new sides, new shelves:
Other repairs needed to be made as well. The underside of the base was missing one of the ornate pieces. My dad and I traced the other, and skill sawed a replica. (those are my dad’s hands by the way! haha not mine!)
Alright, the piece has been rebuilt at this point, and was ready for paint. the doors were a different color the the frame, as requested by the customer. I suggested that since the piece was so old not to replace the hardware because the holes would NEVER line up the same. Instead I sprayed them.
A lot of love and labor later…. I have to say the piece came out incredible.
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Thanks to my friend Steve, I now have steps leading out to my backyard! WAHOO! Not to mention they are freaking gorgeous. Remember what I started with? Cinder blocks and brick resting on mud, and unstable….
I knew that the steps were like this when I bought the house, and it certainly came up in inspection… I knew I was going to have to deal with it at some point. However that some point proved to me immediate, because my dogs wouldn’t be able to go in and outside the house. So, the stairs were demoed in a matter of 5 minutes, and I was left with a pile a dirt.
I called Steve, and he was willing to helping me out. I told him what I wanted, to a degree… because I never really know WHAT I want, but that’s neither here no there. I did know that I wanted the landing to extend to the end of the house; make it a bit more substantial. He simply said “don’t worry, I’ll make it look pretty.” I knew instantly that he would. He started framing out the steps.
The weather was not very conducive to working with wet cement and all that, but he was prepared with a pop up tent, and went at it anyway!
All said and done, I have to say that they come out GORGEOUS, and I couldn’t be happier. Steve did an amazing job manipulating the field stone, and blue stone. What’s funny is that on the top landing, there was one awkward piece, and my OCD got the better of me. Steve simply said “you’re the one who has to look at it!” Thank god he had patience with me. He fixed it, and made it perfectly symmetrical- and my serenity stayed in tack. I now have my own little stairway to heaven.