It’s been 41 days 22 hours 14 minutes since my wife and mother of my children left me… but who’s counting? Me! that’s who!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
It's another kitchen reno update. I know I'm obsessing about the kitchen, but seriously it is all I am doing morning to night right now, so it's all I've got to blog about. And if you've ever lived in government housing where you have no choice in furnishings, curtains, or even the house itself, then you understand how excited I am to be playing with my own little house.
Today I got up and decided I would knock out the backsplash on the second side of the kitchen, I figured I could do it all in one day, no problem. I already know what to do since I did the other side of my little galley kitchen last week. Yeah, that worked. Either I am an incurable optimist when it comes to DIY projects in spite of being a glass half empty kind person in the rest of my life, or the paint fumes have gotten to me. I didn't even come close to finishing up today.
10 am blocking in the area to be painted with wide tape to protect the cabinets, counters, window and what ever I can possibly splash paint on while creating the faux tiles.
At this point I thought I was making good progress. Paint fumes I tell you, paint fumes. I worked pretty steadily until around 2:30 or so when some family dropped by to see the progress. I love being someplace where family can just drop by. We visited for a while, it was great. You never realize what a luxury that is until you live some place where it takes a couple day's travel for family to "drop by."
After they left I got back to work, but realized fairly quickly that I probably won't be painting today, but I was confident I would finish up the taping at a reasonable hour (paint fumes!!) and have a relaxing evening. Yeah, that didn't work either.
6:00 still have the part of the area behind the fridge and most of the area around the window to do, plus all the little vertical pieces that make it look like tile instead of stripes. At this point I'm starting to think it's going to be long night, but I was still confident I would finish up before I headed to bed. Yeah, riiiight! It has to be paint fumes, no one is this delusion, I mean optimistic. Yeah, I totally meant optimistic, not delusional. Whose delusional? I don't know what you are talking about.
9:00 The window. Oh the window. At this point I should probably apologize to my high school geometry teacher. Perhaps if I had paid more attention to Ms. Lange that window would have been easier to tape. Suffice it to say that stupid window was taped and untaped and retaped several times today. There has to be an easier way than the way I did it. I measured, marked, and taped only to find when I got to the top of the window the two sides didn't match up. Starting at the ceiling and working down didn't work either, apparently the ceiling isn't level. The result were even worse.
10:30 VICTORY!!! The window is finally taped. Whew! I finally taped the very top of the window, and then worked up and down from there. Several rows are a tiny bit wider or narrower than the rest to make it all work. The difference is so small I don't think anyone will ever be able to tell unless they take a ruler to the wall.
I still need to add in most of the little vertical stripes. I will be spending several hours in the morning doing this. Yay, more tape. I'm so excited. No really, I am.
I am confident that by bedtime tomorrow I will be done with the backslashes, except for applying the polycrylic sealer in a few days. Please don't let this be paint fumes talking. I really want to be finished with this step.
In the meantime I am going to enjoy some beer and brats with a side of salad for a very late dinner. Good night y'all!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
All of my cabinets have doors again.
Finally I can see how it's going to look when it's all done. The little space above the microwave will be a wine rack which David will install when he gets here, along with crown molding, handles, and shelves. I think it is going to look amazing.
There is work for me too. The opposite side of the room still needs the backsplash painted, and both sides need to sealed with polycrylic to make protect the faux tile and make it scrubbable. The wine rack needs to be sanded and painted to match the cabinets. I still need to clear away the the painting gear and pack it up for another day. And I probably should mow the lawn before David shows up.
In the dining room it is out with the sawhorses and in with the carpet, table and chairs. It feels like a house again, instead of a disaster area.
I am wrapping up another busy day with a celebratory dinner.
Yes, Oman friends, those are pork chops. Pork chops, baked potato, and salad...Yummm!
Friday, June 6, 2014
I had planned on blogging the kitchen as I went a bit each day. What I hadn't counted on was the amount of work, and the amount of time it would take to do that work solo. It all sounded so easy. Move the cabinets up a bit, slap a little paint on the cabinets add a few shelves and viola a whole new kitchen! Yeah. Not exactly. The only easy part of this was moving the cabinet, and that was easy because I paid someone to come move them for me.
Just to review my kitchen started like this
Not bad, a little generic but not bad.
By the next day it looked like this.
I call this stage the Oh My Gawd! What have I done?? stage. It is too late to turn back, but there seems to be no end in sight. It just goes on
And just when you think you are making progress the Mother Nature decides to make things more interesting.
I am using oil paints even though they smell horrible and are awful to clean up. They give the most amazing hard smooth finish, perfect for kitchen cabinets. I learned something else about oil paint. If it's raining they don't dry. I had all the doors set up in the garage to keep the stench in the house to a minimum. A friend who has done this a time or two told me to move everything into the house and drop the A/C to help control the humidity. It worked like a charm. Of course now my house looks like this. And it smells.
But I finally started seeing thing slowly come back together.
At last I could start on the back splashes. The tutorial I found on line said it took her 2 - 4 hours depending on the complexity of the design. Add 10 hours to that and thats about right. I started at 10 in the morning and finished up at 11:45 at night. By the time I cleaned up and realized I never ate supper (not too sure if I ate lunch come to think of it) it was after midnight. I ate my sandwich while staring at the wall. It makes me smile very time I walk by it.
Yes that is all painters tape. Miles and miles of skinny tape.
Paint in progress
Finished product. I love it!!!
There is still plenty to do, like the backslash on the other side of the kitchen. Today I put the last coat of paint on the top doors, YAY!! I am waiting for them to dry completely so I can hang them in the morning. Here is a shot of a finished door.
I love the way the wood grain shows. I can't wait to get it all back together. There are a few things David will take care of when he gets here: new light over sink, shelves at the height of the cabinets before I moved them and of course some cabinet jewelry (handles and drawer pulls). Then it will be finished. And totally uniquely ours.