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If you have been following along with my adventures in our garage, you will be excited to see that I have followed up on my threat to stain and detail the work bench. This is all part of my plan to personalize the garage.
Besides the fact that it looks nicer and more finished, it also protects the surface from paint, stain and dirt. I know, I know, it’s only a work bench. (That’s what Greg keeps telling me too!) But look how much nicer it looks now that it’s all detailed
So as you may recall, I used good-one-side plywood, which is pretty expensive, and has a really beautiful finish, as you can see below
But it was stressing me out that it was getting dirty and stained. So, first I sanded it back down to remove any dirt and stains. And filled the few holes with wood filler. Then I chose a stain colour. I went with Minwax Ipswich Pine I applied 2 coats of the stain, and then covered that with 2 coats of Minwax polycrylic.
I wanted to do something different with the top of the workbench. So I attempted my FIRST EVER Cricut project. For fun I decided to put my logo on the workbench. And since this was my very first Cricut project, I had a bit of trial and error. I downloaded my font first, and then realized that I could just upload the logo 🙂 Ok, I’m learning.
I cut it out with removable vinyl and then used transfer tape to transfer it onto the workbench top. I did this after the top was stained, but BEFORE it was varnished. Then a bit of paint dabbed on with a sponge brush.
Since this was my first project, I have to be honest and tell you about a small boo-boo that I made. Sharing is caring right? I was wondering if the paint was providing enough coverage, so I peeled back the tape to check and I forgot to squeegee it back down after. ARGH! So, my 9 is a little wobbly…
I used a sharpie to fix the “9” as best as I could. I guess for my very first try I should have done a better test. Lesson learned! Oh well, it is ONLY a workbench after all!! Right?! Ha ha ha
If you read my previous post, you know that I set up personalized storage cabinets. Previously, I just had a printed label on them. But now I have a much better solution to my cabinet labels. I used my Cricut to cut out vinyl lettering, which I applied directly to the Cabinets. I can always remove it if I need more space, or if Greg’s Cabinet, becomes Deneen’s second cabinet 🙂 Greg has a work van, where most of his tools live in, so he’s not really utilizing his cabinet to its full potential, anyway 🙂
If you don’t own a Cricut you can get one HERE! I love mine!!