Major Changes

While the floor project was underway, I had several other projects moving along at the same time. I could complete a step on one project, then while epoxy cured, or glues set, or varnish dried, I could change gears and work on another phase of a different project. The list was long – a new galley counter, new faucets, new cabinets, new batteries and brackets, interior varnishing, an air-conditioning modification, the floor fastening system, and more – wow. Could I finish it all in a month?!

The original galley
The original galley

I began installation of a stone galley counter-top, actually, a stone set in epoxy over the old laminate top, a product Joy found, called SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kit by Daisch Products. The first step involved removal of all the plumbing fixtures, masking, and hard sanding of the laminate.

Preparation - Lots of Work
Preparation – Lots of Work

Then came two coats of epoxy primer, three coats of stone mush, sanding to a smooth surface, and finally, two to three coats of clear coat epoxy to seal the finish. Once it was completed, I sanded all the varnished trim to bare wood, applied eight coats of Epiphanes varnish, reinstalled new fixtures, – and Voila!

New Stone Counter Top
New Stone Counter Top

Eight Coats of Varnish
Eight Coats of Varnish

Some months later, for Joy’s birthday, and I guess as my present too, we agreed to install a new propane stove, stainless steel finish with electronic ignition. Out went the old copper stove after 30 years.

Joy Loves this new Stove
Joy Loves this new Stove

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