It was almost amazing. So close. I’d cleaned up hubby’s treasured old radio cabinet, painted it the perfect color, added gold leaf highlights (because what isn’t amazing about gold leaf?), Rub ‘n Buf’d the hardware, replaced the yucky fabric that covered the speaker with fancy brass grating, and waxed and polished this sweet piece to perfection.
Then came the top of the cabinet.
The veneer was so badly damaged that I decided to remove it. I thought of simply painting the wood beneath to match the rest of the cabinet, or maybe I’d do something real fancy like gluing down paint sticks in some complicated pattern.
But alas, Mr. OTN vetoed my suggestions in favor of a traditional wood grain finish.
So we ended up purchasing a beautiful new piece of self stick veneer. Mahogany with lots of swirly movement. Ohhhh…this little radio cabinet was going to be so wonderful when she was finished.
One day, when hubby was at work and I grew impatient to get ‘er done, I decided to tackle the job myself. I read the instructions carefully, cut a piece a little larger than the top of the radio cabinet, and positioned it just so before peeling off the backing one bit at a time, while pressing it in place.
It was perfect!
I honestly thought about how amazing Mr. OTN was going to think I was when he came home and saw what I’d done.
But I had to hurry if I was going to finish trimming, staining, and sealing it before he walked in the door.
The first cut down the right side was immaculate. The second cut, across the front of the cabinet was also a job well done. Then came side three and . . . OOPS!
My Exacto knife slipped! I didn’t see the full damage until I lifted away the unwanted piece of veneer and . . . well . . . you can imagine my reaction at seeing a long strip of the cabinet’s ravaged top exposed.
“It’s okay,” I told myself “I can fix this.”
I may have panicked a little at the damage I’d done. Then I tried to fix it. I tried cutting a tiny strip of veneer to lay down in the exposed area. It looked terrible. I tried wood filler. Stain on wood filler only highlighted the mess.
This is where I may have begun to cry. And after crying I may have spent a little time berating myself for the mess I’d made. And after berating myself I may have called the hubs at work and told him what a mess of a person he’d married, and how I’d ruined everything, and how he’d have to put off retirement because I’d destroyed this terribly expensive piece of veneer!
Mr. OTN . . . the one who loves me more than anyone else in all the world, told me it was okay. He told me that it was no big deal, and that I was amazing, and talented, and wonderful. Then he told me that we’d buy another “stinkin’ piece of veneer” and try again.
SIGH . . . As always, I felt better after talking to my sweet hubby about my disappointment. Not amazing but almost. Mr. OTN though, he is amazing!
And speaking of amazing (how do you like that segue?), do y’all know KariAnne Wood of Thislewood Farms? She has just written her first book, So Close to Amazing, in which she tells her own story and also celebrates the amazing in all of us. I am incredibly privileged to be on her book launch team, even though I must say that I think she may have only chosen me because of the fool I made of myself when I saw her at a blogger’s conference. I lost all decorum in my excitement over seeing her in person and ranted and raved over her amazing red lipstick!
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Okay, so back to my almost amazing radio cabinet restoration. What I later learned, after talking to a man at a local woodshop, is that cutting veneer is a very delicate process, and the need for a sharp blade extremely important. So important in fact that he recommends using a new blade for every single cut. Okay. I’m gonna do it. One day. For now I’ll just use this pretty crocheted coverlet that used to belong to my sweet mama and remember what she always used say to me when I was a little girl:
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