Installing Cabinet Veneer And Fireplace Conversions

Cabinet Veneer and Fireplace Conversions

In this episode of The Handyguys Podcast we address two listener questions, one from voicemail about changing the look of a bathroom vanity and one through our contact form about converting a fireplace from gas to wood burning.

Refinishing a bathroom vanity

tonerThis question was left on our voicemail. Listen to the podcast to hear the question in full. Essentially the caller, Susie, has a pine bathroom vanity with a whitewashed finish. She would like the look of a cherry vanity and wants to know her options short of replacing the vanity.

The Handyguys think that replacement would be the best option. We discuss some other options such as

Susie doesn’t want the mess of refinishing and doesn’t want to put a final finish on as required by using a refacing veneer. We don’t know of a pre-finished veneer. Contact paper comes to mind but that would look bad. That leaves a relatively simple and inexpensive option of using a spray toner. A spray toner is a top coat finish but with color built in. It’s often used in furniture repairs. This would add the cherry color yet let the wood grain show through. We recommend trying it on some scrap wood first to see if she would like the look. Worst case, Susie could try it and if it doesn’t look good then replace the cabinet.

Fireplace conversions

Room with a fireplaceWe received this question from Tyler:

I am wanting to put a wood burning stove into my gas fireplace. I am having a difficult time finding out what all is needed to be done so that the insert is installed and the flue is set up correctly. I have two chimney tubes one from the basement and the other from the upstairs, if it is practical doing both would be more beneficial than just one. If there is any information or help you can provide to assist me in this, it will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time, Tyler

This is an interesting question. It is fairly common to convert a wood burning fireplace into a gas burning setup. It’s not so common to go from gas to wood. If the fireplace was originally wood then it would be simple to convert back to wood. Regardless, Tyler, it’s time to consult an expert. There are many great local fireplace shops that can help you assess the situation and provide you with the right product for your conversion. This is no place to take chances, bring in a pro.

An announcement

We will be participating in a new venture with True Value and some really great bloggers. True Value is calling this the Blog Squad. We, along with four other bloggers, will be combing the aisles of our local True Value stores (on True Value’s dime) to find some great projects we can showcase. We already have some great ideas. Do any of our listeners have ideas? How about a segment on setback thermostats and energy savings? Fall lawn care? Garage organization? We may also revisit the essential tool kit for every homeowner. We might even have a giveaway so make sure you subscribe if you haven’t already.

Who is the True Value DIY Blog Squad?

What else? True Value is also giving away a prize worth $5,000 to one lucky homeowner in their DIY Drama Contest! The contest is open to any homeowner who has gone through any type of home improvement drama- whether it’s a DIY project gone awry or a stressful project you just can’t seem to ever mark off your Honey-Do list.
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We were one of five bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. We have been compensated for our time commitment to the program and our DIY project as well as our posts about our experience. We have also been compensated for the materials needed for our DIY project. However, our opinions are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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