I found this cabinet in a charity shop and I had to have it. It was painted purple, a little rickety, but I knew just where it would fit and what it would hold. I brought it home and when Andy helped me pull it out of the car he said, “Oh, it has woodworm. You can’t bring it into the house.”

So it’s been sitting on my patio under a plastic sheet and I’ve been going out there every other day to squirt woodworm killer in the little holes on the bottom of the cabinet. Then my mother-in-law told me that stripping the cabinet would kill any woodworm.

And so I began. Here it is after my first attempt at stripping. I used a very powerful chemical which made my hands tingle even through my rubber gloves and so it leaves no doubt in my mind that woodworm will not survive this process.

But have you ever started a project and then thought, “what have I just done?” Well, that’s the feeling I have right now. I can see this is going to be a hell of a lot of work and it will take all of my self discipline to get out there every day and scrape and sand and clean.

But what a nice little cabinet it will be when I finish. I think.

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