Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Great Galley Makeover.....Granite countertops

I did a bunch of things yesterday but on impulse and one with the greatest visual impact was way down on my priority list.Take a look at my new galley.....
And my new table top.......
Notice anything? OK how about my new navigation station.....
Ok perhaps those strips of contact paper gave it away. This is my secret $8 weapon.
You just peel and stick. Easy peasey.
And for you purists out there who are shaking their heads, you can't tell the difference unless you get close up. The biggest problem is that now I lose stuff sitting right before my eyes because of the pattern. If I put a nut on the table, it disappears. It's like the black hole of Calcutta.
OK so you know that song "There's a hole in my Bucket?" Here is a classic case of how my day went. Started out with a simple task of checking my thru-hulls for leaks with a hose.
Yep.....that hose is leaking. I could drive 20 minutes to Wally World and buy a new one, but it may be faster to try and fix it.
OK that didn't work. Attempt number 2.....
Bingo! We have lift off...
Not pretty but it works. Now where was I? Oh yes......thru-hulls.......Mmmmmmm.....What is this thru-hull?
Check on the inside of the boat and this appears.
Not sure what it does but it has to go.......
Took me ages and lots of elbow power.
I now have a new respect for Marelon plastic. This is the third hole in the hull that I am filling with epoxy in between all my other projects. OK it is now the afternoon, and it is nap time. Either that or a cup of tea using my new propane switch. And while I am there at the switchboard the 12 volt plug keeps looking at me so I replace it.
The new one has an led light on it and also a 2.1 amp 5 volt dual USB charger that I can use to power my Nexus.
By the way, I now use these new waterproof connectors that have silicon inside to protect the connection from moisture. KISS!
And while I was in the galley, all the tarnished brass fixtures kept looking at me too so I tried cleaning them with Brasso.
What a dismal failure that was. When I was a kid, I spent many hours cleaning brass with Brasso. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I need to go back to the drawing board on that one. While at the sink I decided to take apart the water filter.
Eeeeek! Not sure but I think there should be a filter somewhere there. I need to make a run up to the store. Two hours later after visiting Lowe's, and Home Depot, where they only have large water filters, I come to the conclusion that I need to ditch the under-sink water filter and just use a carafe.
While I was at Lowes, I bought the contact paper on impulse, so 10 hours later after starting out checking my thru-hulls for leaks, I finished my Design on a Dime, Galley Makeover!
Happy New Year!

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