Guess what I have been up to! I have not posted in a long time and there have been good reasons for that! My son and husband went on their third camping trip of the season sometime last week. I was speaking with my mother-in-law at her home on Sunday (the day they left). She has been stir crazy suffering from cabin fever ever since her hysterectomy surgery 4 weeks prior. I was discussing with her all the things I wanted to do this week. She advised me to make a list and she will come out on Monday – because she needs to get out. She jokingly (but seriously) said she will come bright and early and hold me accountable to my list!
Sure enough bright and early – well for me! – on Monday afternoon she and my father-in-law came by. They were surprised I actually wrote a list. Even though my husband and I discussed redo-ing our entire house and need to do it soon, especially since my oven conked out on me, I had paint the cabinets on my to-do wish list. They were brown cabinets that were extremely depressing to look at. We had white floral wallpaper with wedgewood blue stripes going down on two walls in the kitchen. We had replaced our picture window on one wall and I painted it a wedgewood blue to match the stripes from the wallpaper. We have blue indoor/outdoor carpeting and the other walls and ceiling needed a desperate paint job. We decided to start this project!
My mother-in-law called her friend whose son is a painter and who just finished painting their cabinets. He suggested the paints to use. I went shopping and we got to work. Monday we primed the cabinets. It took 2-3 coats to hide the brown. We ended late. Tuesday we started late again – close to 5 PM! I had a doctor’s appointment at noon, so I couldn’t have started earlier. We also need to wait for my brother-in-law to come move the china cabinet and refrigerator so that we can paint. He decided to stay and help out. I cut in and he rolled the paint. We chose Grecian Green for the walls. That was Tuesday. Here is what the walls look like:
My refrigerator was cluttered with magnets and papers, it looks so great without it all!
On Wednesday, my daughter and I took a break and went to the beach. I felt like I had a clear head doing that, but once I was there, I was so relaxed. I love the beach – absolutely love hearing the waves crashing against the shore and just looking at the beautiful scenery. I am at home on the water! So it was a nice break from the tension and fumes of paint! We stayed until 6 PM! I had to rush home for a 7PM meeting which by the way was canceled. I didn’t get started on the kitchen until well after 8. I went over the spots we missed. I cut in nicely, but my brother-in-law hit the ceiling with the roller so I had to patch up some of the marks. I fixed my trim work as well. I cleaned my china cabinet with newspaper and glass cleaner and it looks great – streak free! I cleaned the contents and arranged them by category!
Thursday, my in-laws are back to help. I need to say that on Tuesday when I put the first stroke of paint on the walls, they thought I was going to have a melt down. I wanted a subtle look but saw that it was darker than I expected. But after a while and realizing I am not turning back now nor am I wasting paint, I continued on. Needless to say, I am now pleased with my decision. I love the way my frames look against the walls. You cannot tell much but the matte on the pictures are a perfect match for the walls.
So Thursday was paint the cabinets day! MY daughter helped all week long but this day she concentrated on her room, as her father was hoping he would come home to a spotless house – little did he know! My first reaction to the cabinets was that they were not glossy enough. But taking into consideration how dark they were and the material they were, the cabinets looked great. We needed only one coat of paint. We were done!
Friday, I spent the day shopping for accessories. I bought mini-blinds and a new clock and some tablecloths. I went to Home Depot and bought new handles for my cabinets. I forgot to get some latches to put on my large cabinets to help them stay closed. My mother-in-law was the only one to come out on Friday so we met at a local pizzeria that serves the best food! I treated as thanks. We were so full, we ended up packing 1/2-2/3 of our food to go. We got home around 5 and got to work. It was a lot harder than I expected. I had no electric tools so I had to mount the blinds myself. It was tough! The handles didn’t go through some of the cabinets, so I had to go to the hardware store to get more (longer) screws. (even though my husband could open up his own store with the amt. he has! – he just didn’t have the ones I needed – naturally!)
I finally got the finishing touches done. Here is the results of that end of the kitchen:
I am very pleased with the outcome overall.
I still want to stencil some grapes on the wall on top of my cabinets. I was at a home show and saw these scratch-on art and I bought them. A part of me wants to wait until I do my kitchen permanently, but another part wants to do it now!
So what was my husbands reaction to my home improvement job? He walked in while I was vacuuming and I was slightly disappointed because I wanted everything in order – but they arrived an hour ahead of schedule. I shut the vacuum off and I looked up. He had a grin from ear to ear and my son squinted and said how bright it was! (A complaint we always had was how dark the kitchen was!)
He was very pleased yet shocked that I did it myself – well that is without his help! I told him about everyone’s help especially his daughter’s and he was extremely proud. He said as long as I didn’t have another guy come in (as in pay someone) he didn’t mind what I did. So I told him, the panelling in the hallway goes next! 🙂