Just a quick coat of General Finishes Gel Topcoat…
…and it was time to install the custom glass shelves and call it a wrap!
Handan donned her gloves and inserted the shelf pins.
The final moment had come.
The room was silent.
The air was still.
The dogs whimpered in their beds.
I picked up a shelf, and we held our breath as I placed it upon the…
“What the hell! Babes, this stupid shelf is too small!” I said.
Handan took the shelf from me to confirm what she’d already seen. I left the room.
The two interior cabinets were 25 inches wide. The glass in Handan’s hand was 24 inches wide. I was the one who measured the space. I was the one who ordered the glass. I was the one who screwed up.
It’s all fun and games when it comes to writing the post, but my years of screw ups were starting to get to me. Handan took it very well. She was amazing. No judgement at all. I wasn’t so kind to myself. It’s times like this that I wonder if I’m losing my tenuous grip on sanity. Would I even realize if my mind was slipping? I questioned my very existence. How could one man make so many mistakes, month after month, year after year? How could one woman keep forgiving him? She is a treasure, and I am so lucky to have her. [and I’m lucky to have you, my babes! – Handan] I don’t know how or why she puts up with me!
I pushed those thoughts aside and headed out to order more glass. I was going to order 24 7/8 inch glass, but I changed it to 24 15/16 at the last minute. A one week delay, thanks to Knucklehead McGillicuddy and his Incredible Shrinking Brain!
Well that one week ended this past Friday. I picked up Handan from work, and we headed to Manchester Glass in our neighboring town. The owners were kind enough to give me a 50% discount on this order since I botched up my original order. Handan and I picked up the new order and headed home to install the glass and finish the project before my parents arrived for dinner that night. I unwrapped the glass and tried to install a shelf.
The shelf was too long. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get it to fit.
This was bad. We needed to finish the project done so I could write this post. We needed to finish the project so we could move on with our lives.
But the glass was too long!
It was 4:25 PM on a Friday. Manchester Glass would close at 5:00. It was a 25 minute drive. We had company coming for dinner at 5:00. I hadn’t started cooking dinner yet.
I called Manchester Glass and explained my predicament. They said that if I could get there by 4:45, they’d be able to grind a little off the length by 5:00. I told them I’d be there, though I knew there was no way I’d make it in time. I grabbed the glass and ran out the door.
While driving through Manchester center, I hit every red light, slow poke driver and left-turner, all during Friday evening rush. I pulled up to Manchester Glass at 4:56 and ran inside with the shelves. There were two people ahead of me, and by the time it was my turn, it was already past 5:00. I was sweating bullets. The guy took the glass, and I asked for another 1/8 inch to be taken off. I thanked him profusely. It was Friday night. I knew he had better things to do than fix my mistakes. But he did it with a smile and without judgement. That’s how you run a business. That’s how you get loyal customers. If any our readers live in the Hartford area and need custom glass, please don’t hesitate to call Manchester Glass.
I drove back home in the same infuriating traffic. I arrived at 5:40, but there were no cars in our driveway. Weird. I went inside and installed the glass, finally, into our antique china cabinet. It was a prefect fit.
My parents showed up 45 minutes late (a good thing), and we ordered pizza instead of eating the Afghan pilaf I was planning. Instead, I will make that dish today, for my babes’ birthday 🙂
Okay, enough drama, enough yapping, enough prelude! Let’s get on with the glory shots, eh?
We filled the cabinet with our treasures, many of which we picked up during our travels overseas.
And it really comes alive when the sun goes down!
Dining Room Makeover Checklist
Moodboard and plan. Paint the room. Create a gallery wall and design printables for it. Decide on the rug. Buy Chairs. Build dining table.
- Build a small console table.
Makeover/upcycle antique wardrobe.
- Makeover/paint the buffet table.
- Decorate dining room.
Click here to see more dining room makeover posts as we continue to cross items off our checklist!