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The Ramblings of a Seamstress, Gardener, Chicken Keeper, and Housewife

Proof of My Adventures (and Misadventures!)

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I've been painting all the things.

The kitchen-facelift-project-that-never-ends just keeps on rolling.  The walls are fully painted now and I've moved on to the cabinets.  I decided I wanted to dip my toe in the water before I jumped, so I started with a base cabinet that has three drawers and is separated from the other cabinets by the dishwasher.  I did it the 'right' way - I removed the awful wooden handle pulls, sanded the drawer faces smooth with a belt sander (which removed at least two layers of paint in the process), laid down two coats of primer, lightly sanded again, then laid down two coats of paint with a foam roller.  I have some seriously white drawers now!


On the right, you can see a pretty good representation of what I'm tackling.  I pried off one wood pull (yes, it was nailed on) and it exposed some of the lovely green paint of yesteryear.  I'm guessing 1970's?  At least it matched the carpet that used to be in there.

Bonus puppy Wendy shot.

So I've learned that this process is much more time consuming than I thought it would be.  Drawers are probably especially bad since everything has to be emptied out, which isn't necessarily the case with cabinets.  Luckily I've only got one more drawer, but it's a doozy (flatware drawer) and I'll need to wash the divider tray, lay new shelf paper in the bottom, and wash the gripper liner.  After that it's all cabinets!  Today's goal is to finish off the rest of the base cabinets and work on the wall cabinets the rest of the week.

Ben and I have also tackled our outdated bathroom.  As usual, we didn't get any official 'before' shots of this.  What I do have is a slightly embarrassing selfie I took in '09 when I was dressed as 'Construction Spice' for Halloween.  Behold!

Construction Spice

The walls are some kind of plastic(?) paneling.  It's white-ish with gold flecks.  Truly awful.

Ah, much better!

We primed and painted the door, walls, trim, vanity, linen cabinet, and medicine cabinet frame.  We also bought a new white vanity top to replace the yellow-and-gold monstrosity it had before.  Just making that one change really gave the bathroom a much cleaner feel, but painting everything pulled it all together.  I have some touching-up to do on the medicine cabinet where the painter's tape didn't release from the paint very well, plus a few spot on the walls.  We'll also be putting in new flooring since that's the last yellow thing in there.  That bathroom is the size of a postage stamp so it shouldn't take longer than an afternoon.

I never ceases to amaze me what a difference a fresh coat of paint makes!

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Beautiful job! LOVE the new drawer pulls!

Oh, and I know that white-with-gold-flecks surface! The previous owner or the one before the previous owner installed it as the top of the vanity in my condo's bathroom, 'way back when. And someone, whoever, decided (bet they had leftover formica!) to use it for the kitchen counter top, too. (Kitchen and bath, both, the size of postage stamps, and very little "counter" or vanity surface to laminate.)
Not a good enough reason not to have bought the property, though.

Thank you! I'm on a cobalt glass kick, and those pulls were just too perfect to pass up.

It looks so fresh and clean now!

Thank you! It was so aggravating to have the cabinets look dingy no matter how much I cleaned them.

Beautiful! So well done-- and the Spicy Selfie is adorable-- whatta babe!

Thank you so much! It was a fun Halloween. ;)

It's all looking beautiful! Love what you're doing!

Thank you! I bet you remember some of this stuff firsthand. You'll have to come see it sometime when it's all done!

Bathroom looks nice! The Construction Spice picture is actually cute! Don't be embarrassed! :))

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