Parsons WoodCraft

Custom Woodworking
Maynard, MA

Renovation Projects using refurbished products

 

Renovations:

A Little Sweat Equity Goes A Long Way

 

The below renovation projects are small glimpses of many that I have taken on in a house I own in Massachusetts that was built in 1910. Needless to say, in a home of that age, there are more than a few things that need updating. The bathroom and kitchen, being so important in a home, are right at the top of the list. Sometimes it is simple, replacing the old horsehair plaster with new drywall. Sometimes, something that should be simple, like a standard sized tub/shower and surround, becomes a project. It might turn out you have to retrofit it to an uneven floor, or that your pipes are just a little bit too low to make it through that 'one-size-fits-all' cut out for where your shower handle is supposed to go. Frustration always mounts, but the end result never fails to be worth the extra time.


I will continue to add more photos, especially the finished products.


Enjoy,


Shane Parsons

The Kitchen

The cabinets were completely replaced with entirely reclaimed materials. The wood cabinets were salvaged from an old cottage that was set to be demolished. They were sanded, refinished, and outfitted with custom built wood handles. The new cast iron sink was mounted in a salvaged antique metal cabinet unit. The unit was touched up with a new coat of paint and outfitted with the same custom wood handles as the rest of the cabinets. The counter tops were redone in new tile, and of course the appliances and fixtures updated. There are still some things on the list to do, like replacing the old linoleum floor and some other finishing details to the counters and cabinets.

 

Here you can see the metal cabinet unit refurbishing from start to 'almost' finish.

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    What the metal cabinet unit looked like when I found it.
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    The metal cabinet unit after some refinishing.
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    The metal cabinet unit as it became part of the rest of the kitchen cabinets.
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What the metal cabinet unit looked like when I found it.
 

Measure Twice, Cut Once

originally written by John Florio and adopted by Carpenters everywhere

 

The Bathroom

The bathroom needed a complete overhaul, though some of it you will never really see. For one, the old plaster came down. Insulation went in, and new drywall went up. The tub surround was perhaps the biggest part of the project, since getting something that comes in a "standard size", never seems so "standard" in an old home. But, an adjustment here and a tweak there later, it made it in. Then there was a new vanity and sink, and of course the fixtures. Finally, a fresh coat of paint marked the finishing touch on a much more modern bathroom.

 
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