Day 80: Botanical prints – Pottery Barn was my inspiration

My new "picture gallery"  - it was quite a bargain

My new “picture gallery” – it was quite a bargain

You may have started to think that we’ve given up on our hall project, but you would be wrong.  I just needed to wait for Big Daddio to do some of the painting.  We’re still not completely done, but we’re made good progress and I’m determined to have it finished by the end of March.  That will mean I’ll be on track to finish one major project each month  (see also bedroom and laundry room!).  As I’ve said before, I guess it’s a good thing I’ve got an almost unlimited supply of outdated rooms to work on.

I found a pin that I really liked with an idea for a series of pictures down the hallway.  It’s a blog called A Thoughtful Place.  Here is the link: http://www.athoughtfulplaceblog.com/2011/04/botanical-beauties.html. If you look at it, you’ll see some really great home decor ideas. I looked in my Pottery Barn catalog and found almost exactly what I was looking for.  Unfortunately, the prints were $100 each and I needed three.  That’s more than my budget for this whole project!  So, like a good Pinterest blogger I knew it was time to get crafty.

I went to Michael’s and found white frames and mats.  I think they cost about $60 in total.  Already on my way to a bargain!

Everything I needed to make my own botanical prints

Everything I needed to make my own botanical prints

Next, I searched Pinterest and found a sit with exactly what I was looking for – botanical prints to download and print for free.  There were hundreds to choose from so I had a hard time making up my mind.  I finally just picked three and stopped worrying about it.  It took about 20 minutes to get everything in the frame and ready to go.

These prints are so pretty and there's lots to chose from.

These prints are so pretty and there’s lots to chose from.

At this point, Big Daddio stepped in to help hang them on the walls that he has been so diligently painting.  They look really nice and I love the combination of the white and gray.  It look a few tries to get the color I wanted and it’s still a little bluer than I was hoping for.  But I don’t think I’ll ask him to repaint it again – haha, I might lose my “voluntary” laborer for good!

I also found a cute “welcome” sign to hang over the door.  I had bought a large one that I was going to hang on the long wall, but once I found the picture idea I decided to take it back.  Brooke had the great idea to find a smaller one for over the door.  It’s just what I needed.

Another view - I'm in love!

Another view – I’m in love!

Also, notice the lovely door.  We thought we were going to have to buy all new hardware, which would have been expensive and difficult.  Everything in our house seems to be a slightly odd size or shape.  So John just sprayed everything with a metallic spray paint (I love that stuff!).  I think it looks great and it saved us from having to buy an expensive new door.

I can’t wait to show the other side of the hall and my new light, but I have a little more work to do.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Day 76: Rug made from fabric and rubber floor mat – Wasn’t sure about this one!

The finished rug - it will be ok until I order the Pottery Barn Rug.

The finished rug – it will be ok until I order the Pottery Barn Rug.

Last night I needed a quick project, so I tried an idea I’ve had in my mind for awhile. I found it at a sight called All Parenting and the link is: http://www.allparenting.com/my-home/articles/967055/diy-fabric-rug-tutorial.

First, I need to back up a little.  You may be wondering whatever happened to my hall project.  Don’t worry, it is still under construction – just waiting for Big Daddio to be home long enough to finish the painting.  I’m really excited to see it finished but I have to be patient.  Or paint it myself, but let’s not get crazy!  I’m busy working on the other “decor” for this area and as usual I have lots of ideas.  We should be able to do the “big reveal” this weekend but we still have a lot to do.

The idea I worked on was from a pin about “making a rug from any fabric and a rubber floor mat”.  This appealed to me for a couple of reasons:

1)  I’ve really been having a hard time finding rugs that I like and that I can afford.  I’m just too cheap to spend a lot of money for something that people and dogs are going to wipe dirt and mud all over.  Especially because this particular rug will be by my back door and there’s NO WAY I’m going to train my husband to not come in that way with dirty, muddy shoes after working out in the garage and yard.

2)  I saw an idea, probably 30 years ago, about making a beautiful rug with oilcloth and hand painting.  I’ve always wanted to try this, but seriously doubt my skills in this area.  When I saw this pin, I thought it might be a variation that I could handle.

The mat - probably not exactly what I needed,

The mat – probably not exactly what I needed,

I found the rubber mat at the hardware store, but it wasn’t exactly like the one in the pin.  Mine has carpet on the top – it’s not just a smooth rubber.  I wasn’t sure if it would work, but didn’t know where else to look. I probably should see if Lowe’s or Home Depot has something a little more like what’s described in the blog.

The 2nd fabric I chose - I just couldn't find exactly what I wanted.

The 2nd fabric I chose – I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.

Next I had to find a fabric that I liked.  This required two trips to the fabric store.  The first time I took Big Daddio, thinking he could help me make a decision.  Sometimes he has surprisingly good taste in things like this.  He somehow cuts thru all the indecision, just picks up something and says “why don’t you use this?”.  This time, however, he didn’t have any interest in the whole project.  He thought it was dumb to make a rug – thought I should just buy one.  And he may have been right.  Rats!.  Anyway, I bought a piece of fabric and brought it home only to discover it was completely wrong.  Ugh – I”ll have to find something to do with it.  Maybe I can make some pillows.

The glue - this stuff really does hold everything.

The glue – this stuff really does hold everything.

I went back to Jo-Ann’s and found another piece of fabric.  Still not exactly what I was looking for, but I thought it was worth a try.  So I took a shot.  It was very simple – just cut the fabric a little bigger than the mat and spray glue all over it.  I think it would have worked a lot better if it didn’t have carpet on the top.  But I managed to get everything glued down and then moved on to the clear polyurethane coat.  I’ve sprayed it about 3 times already and it doesn’t really look coated.  I may have to try brushing instead of spraying.

It looks ok, but I’m afraid Big Daddio may have been right.  Especially because I just saw a rug in the Pottery Barn catalog that I really like.  I’d better wait a little before I order it – just until he forgets about the current project!

Day 66: Entry Hall Decoration – time to get rid of the Christmas stuff!

My take on the hydrangea arrangement - time to let the Christmas stuff go.

My take on the hydrangea arrangement – time to let the Christmas stuff go.

Well, once again I have fallen severely behind.  And once again I’m determined to get caught up.  I was out of town for the weekend but planned to work on my postings while I was lounging around in the hotel.  Unfortunately, once I got to my destination I realized that I left my phone (with all my pictures and information) at home.  After that, I had two days of back-to-back activities and didn’t get home until 11:00 at night.  So I have to really push myself the next couple of days to make up some ground.

For today’s project I did a little redecorating of my entry hall table.  I just realized that we switch to daylight savings time on Saturday night and that seems to be a very clear signal that it’s time to take down the Christmas and winter themed items.  So the wreath went in the trash and the Christmas trees are destined for the attic storage boxes.

I found a Pinterest item that showed a really pretty and spring-y looking entry hall.  Thrifty Girl Décor has a lot of nice ideas and I especially liked this arrangement.  Here’s the link:http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2011/07/family-room-redone.html   . I know I might be jumping the gun a little bit on the spring décor, but I don’t know when I’ll get another flash of inspiration.  I guess it’s always better to be ahead than behind.

Closeup of my hydrangea arrangement

Closeup of my hydrangea arrangement

I rushed over to Michael’s on my lunch hour and found a cute container like the one in the picture.  I needed something long and low.  Then I looked for some silk Hydrangeas that wouldn’t look too cheap.  Really good silk flowers are difficult to find, but I thought these would work for what I needed.

After work, I quickly cleared all the wintery stuff off the table and then started trying to match the arrangement in the picture.  I decided to bring out the lamps that had been in my bedroom until I found the new ones from the lady at work.  I arranged everything and I think it’s a reasonable copy of the picture.

This is what Big Daddio found when he got home!

This is what Big Daddio found when he got home!

I love to watch Big Daddio’s reaction when he comes  home to  these big changes.  First he does kind of a double-take and then he just pretends he hasn’t noticed anything.  I’m never sure if this means that he likes it, he doesn’t like it or he just doesn’t want to encourage this kind of behavior in the future.  Eventually I ask him what he thinks and he usually says something non-committal and vague.  That means that he’s ok with the change.  He normally doesn’t have a strong opinion about anything around the house but once in awhile he surprises me.  Like the time I tried to get rid of his ugly old alarm clock.  Big mistake!   I tried every trick in the book – begging, bribery, guilt, etc.  He’s not budging – it’s like Archie Bunker’s chair.

I guess I’ll just have to make peace with the clock and be glad it’s not something bigger and uglier than that!

Day 55: A fun and quick project for the new nursery

Curtain for the changing area.

Curtain for the changing area.

We made it down to our daughter’s house.  Thankfully the weather was good and not snowy.  I hate to drive in the snow and Big Daddio really hates to drive with me in the snow.  I guess I get a LITTLE nervous and do a little backseat driving.  But anyway, there was none of that on this trip.

We were at the hospital early in the morning and waited with the “kids” all day as the labor progressed.  As someone who never had an epidural with my own children, I was really impressed by how much more civilized the whole thing is now!  We just sat around an visited, watched TV and waited.  Around 5:00 pm they came in and said she was 8 centimeters dilated.  Shortly after that Big Daddio and I got the boot. For about an hour, we did the stereotypical pacing of the waiting room.  Every 5 minutes, Big Daddio would ask how long it had been and if I thought we should go back and see what was happening.  After about an hour and a half of waiting, we were called back to meet our granddaughter.

It’s hard to describe how adorable she is and how immediately we fell in love with her.  She looks a lot like her father, with dark hair and eyes.  It will be so much fun to watch her grow and change everyday.

You might not think I have a project today, but you would be wrong.  I did do a quick little finishing touch for the nursery and finished it up today.  I did the sewing at home and then put it up today.

The sheet set - lots of possibilities here!

The sheet set – lots of possibilities here!

Jordan wanted a small curtain to cover some things on a shelf in the closet above the area where she’s put her changing table.  We bought a set of pink sheets when we were down here at the last time and I was able to use the ruffled edge of the sheet for the curtain.  I love things like this because I don’t have to do any hemming!  I can hem, but I don’t really like to if it’s not absolutely necessary.  I did find an interesting pin about sewing a tiny hem that I thought that any sewers might be interested in, so I’m including it here:  http://lasewist.blogspot.com/2012/07/kenneth-king-hem.html.  I haven’t tried this, but I will when I’m making some cute dresses for our new baby.

Curtain over the changing table - oh, and my daughter and granddaughter!

Curtain over the changing table – oh, and my daughter and granddaughter!

I think it’s just right and Jordan seems happy with it.  The good news is there is A LOT of pink ruffled fabric left that may just find it’s way into a little dress somewhere down the road.

A simple tie-back for the "closet"

A simple tie-back for the “closet”

I also used some of the fabric to make ties for the curtains that are hung over the wardrobe.  Since this is a small nursery, a lot of things have to do double-duty.  Simple and easy, but effective.  My favorite kind of project!

What the curtain looks like closed - covers all the clothes in "Girl World"

What the curtain looks like closed – covers all the clothes in “Girl World”

That’s it for today.  I’ve got to get some sleep.  Not quite sure what I’ll come up with tomorrow.

Day 53: Mr. and Mrs. signs – a cute idea for the bedroom

My cute Mr. & Mrs. signs - made from hand embroidered towels

My cute Mr. & Mrs. signs – made from hand embroidered towels

Once again I’ve spent Saturday doing Pinterest projects and finding things to do future projects.  This non-paying occupation keeps me pretty busy!  I am getting a lot of things done and hope to finish even more rooms soon.  I broke the news to Big Daddio that there are SEVERAL projects still needed in the master bedroom and I thought he took the news pretty well.  Except for one little thing that I’ll discuss later.

I happened on to a site today that basically has my dream house.  I loved the pictures and am going to have to go back and take a closer look at some of her ideas.  It’s called Bella Nest and seriously has some of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time.  Here’s the link: http://bellanest.blogspot.com/2012/03/drab2fab-friday-4.html.

I saw this cute picture and it made me think of some hand-embroidered guest towels from my great-aunt.  She used to make all kinds of things – pillowcases, towels, runners, etc.   A number of these have been passed down to me from my mom.  I just happened to find these towels the other day when I was cleaning out a cupboard in the laundry room.

I didn't actually use the scissors thanks to Big Daddio's quick thinking

I didn’t actually use the scissors thanks to Big Daddio’s quick thinking

After seeing the cute room in Bella Nest, I thought that I could do something similar using my towels.  I was planning to cut them to fit the frames, but Big Daddio had a much better idea.  He suggested wrapping the towel around the cardboard backing that came in the frame.  I just stretched to fit and taped it in place.  Then I folded the excess up in the back and kind of stuffed it all inside the backing.  It worked like a charm and I didn’t have to damage the towels.

After I got the little signs finished, I had another great idea!  I was going to hang them on the wall, but got to thinking that they’d be cute sitting on the nightstands (along with my new lamps).  Then I got ANOTHER idea – I have a set of figurines from John’s grandmother.  She really wanted us to have these and they’ve always been in our bedroom.  I decided to split them up and put the boy on “his side”  – see below:

"His" side

“His” side

I put the girl figure on the “hers” side:

"Hers" side

“Hers” side

Now there’s something from both sides of the family on each side!  I’m pretty happy with myself for thinking of this idea.  The only problem is that Big Daddio wants to keep his really ugly, old alarm clock on my beautifully staged night tables!  We’re still working thru this issue and I’m sure it will be resolved soon.

Well, we’re going out to dinner and I need to get ready.  There’s nothing better than a good meal when you’ve been dieting!  Have a good Saturday night.

Day 51: Old hamper – nothing a can of spray paint and a staple gun can’t solve!

 

My hamper - improved and it didn't cost anything

My hamper – improved and it didn’t cost anything

Tonight I only have  time for a quick post.  I just got back from a nice event called A Warm Winter’s Evening that I went to  with a friend.  There was a nice dinner and then an  inspirational speaker.  It’s a big event and designed to cheer and inspire area women during the long, cold Michigan winter.  It was nice to see a number of ladies I haven’t seen in quite awhile.  That’s one problem with working full time – I don’t have much time to see some of my friends on a regular basis.  I guess that’s another thing I need to work on.

It sounds like “our” baby may be coming very soon now.  I think we will drive down sometime in the next couple of days and the baby will be delivered on Monday.   I’m getting so excited and a little nervous – being a Grandmother is uncharted territory.  What if I can’t even remember how to hold a baby anymore?

Anyway, my little project for today is in the master bedroom again.  I’ve decided to make that room my focus for a few days.  It’s kind of like the bedroom upstairs – I got it about 90% finished and then just pooped out.  A few  tweeks and it will be able to live up to the name “Master” bedroom.

Ugly old hamper - why do I keep this stuff!

Ugly old hamper – why do I keep this stuff!

I have an old laundry hamper that probably came from my grandparent’s house.  It looks really dated, but it’s never particularily bothered me until now.  I could just replace it, but they’re hard to find and probably fairly expensive.  I decided to give mine a “facelift” and see if I could save a few bucks.   I looked around on Pinterest a bit and found this link : http://www.newedealsdaily.com/lamont-home-apollo-snag-proof-wicker-large-family-size-laundry-hamper-white/.  This looks about like the one I have, only a lot more modern.

I happened to pick up a can of spray paint the other night while at the hardware store.  It was a pretty grayish blue that I thought could come in handy in the bedroom.  I carried that thing down in the basement and just started spraying like crazy.  I wasn’t sure if the paint would adhere to that surface, but the directions said it worked on plastic so I figured it was worth a try.

I was surprised at how easily it covered.  I only did two coats and it looks just fine.  I added a little trim around the edges – using my new handy staple gun!  I think it looks a lot better.  I also took the opportunity to hang up a small picture in that area and now it is much improved.  Such a simple and cheap improvement!  Even Big Daddio was impressed.

My new lamp! There are two, but I can't show you the other side where all Big Daddio's junk is

My new lamp! There are two, but I can’t show you the other side where all Big Daddio’s junk is

I’m also adding a picture of the new lamps I bought for this room.  I’ve had the same ones for probably 20 years and I think it was time for something new.  I got these from someone at work who couldn’t use them in her house anymore.  I think they’re beautiful – just what I had in mind and I didn’t have to go out and shop all over for them.

Well, I need to get to bed.  I have a lot of things to do before we have this baby!

 

Day 50: Recovered bench – all by myself!

The improved bench

The improved bench

Yesterday I was reading a post from earlier this year and I saw one that said “sometimes you just have to go with the flow”.  Today is one of those days, literally.  I got up early this morning and thought I’d run a load of laundry before work.  A little later I heard a terrible sound – like water rushing out onto the floor.  And that’s exactly what it was.  The drain line must have gotten knocked out of place while we were doing our updates in the laundry room.  ARGHHH – there was water all over the bathroom, down the basement stairs and dripping into my craft room.  It even ruined my favorite pad of craft paper that I use all the time!

The good news is that I caught it quickly and was able to get it mostly cleaned up before I left for work.  It wasn’t the end of the world – although Big Daddio is definitely going to be checking out that equipment tonight.  Because now I have piles of wet towels lying around, so I need the washer more than ever!

So that was the start of the day and I have two things going on after work.  In other words, the pictures of my project tonight are going to leave out some big messes going on in the background.  It’s a lot like the Christmas cards I used to send out when the girls were little.  The picture would turn out cute, but no one ever knew about the complete chaos involved in getting them all dressed, hair done, out the door, waiting in the lobby for an hour for the photographer and the thirty minutes spent begging them to all look at the camera and smile at the same time.  Ah, happy memories!

The stained bench - it's hard to see, but trust me it doesn't look good.

The stained bench – it’s hard to see, but trust me it doesn’t look good.

Tonight, I am tackling a small project in our bedroom.  We have a bench in our bedroom that is handy but doesn’t look very good.  For a number of years, lots of things were spilled on it by teenagers as it sat in the basement.  Now that I’ve moved it upstairs, I decided it needs to be recovered.  I checked out some ideas on Pinterest, although I already had a pretty good idea what needed to be done.  Actually, I found lots of great information and inspirations.  It kind of makes me wish I was doing something a little more creative.  The site I used was called “Beyond the Screen Door” with lots of creative ideas for the house.  Here’s the link:  http://beyondthescreendoordesigns.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-recovering-bench-cushion.html?m=1

The good news is that we splurged on a new electric staple gun after the vanity stool recovering project.  It only cost $30 and was well worth the investment.  This project went a little more smoothly with less risk of a finger being stapled to a piece of wood.

We found some nice upholstery fabric at Jo Ann Fabrics on the sale table.  Only $6.00 a yard!   I bought   1 ½ yards, but it looks like I could have  done this with only a yard.  It makes me mad that I wasted that $3.00.  I might have to use the extra to make a baby dress!  Haha – just kidding, Jordan!

This morning I got up and figured out how to unscrew the cushion from the frame (lefty loosey, righty tighty – I actually said that out loud!).  Here’s a picture of my work:

The Taken-Apart Bench

The Taken-Apart Bench

Once I got to this point, I casually mentioned to Big Daddio that I wouldn’t be home until about 9:00 and if he wanted to be the first lucky user of the new staple gun, tonight would be his big chance.   Unfortunately, he wasn’t home either.  Which meant that I had to figure out the new staple machine AND recover the bench BY MYSELF.

Which I did and I’m pretty proud of myself.  Fortunately it all worked out and I didn’t shoot a staple in my eye or ruin anything.  I even got it screwed back together.  I’m going to be a force to be reckoned with now that I know how to use a staple gun!

Anywho, it looks great and  I think it was a nice improvement, even though I’m about the only one who ever sees it.  That’s all I’ve got for tonight.  I’ll be out again tomorrow, so I may have to find a guest blogger.   Hmmm, who could I get…..?

Day 46: Window Treatment

The new curtain - really whipped out my sewing skills for this.

The new curtain – really whipped out my sewing skills for this.

Another busy day getting things done around the house.  I will be really happy to finish the bathroom project by the end of the weekend.  I think Pumpkin will be glad too – he’s starting to look very irritated that we’re always in his room messing things up.  If you have a cat you will understand how mad they can get, without even being able to talk.  It’s pretty impressive!

Today we worked on painting the window white – it was previously a varnished wood.  I didn’t get a picture before we started . John got a little crazy and started before I had a chance to get in there with my camera.  He’s really getting into the spirit of Pinterest!

I had spotted a a picture of a cute curtain back around the time I started this whole project.  Here’s the link:  http://southgateresidential.blogspot.com/2011/02/diy-ribbon-edged-roman-shades.html.  I really liked the look of this curtain, but after some consultation with my good friend Therese (she’s a professional seamstress) I decided that this style wouldn’t really work for my situation.  I was worried that all the raising and lowering of the blind would result in a lot of twisted cords and general unhappiness.

I found a shower curtain on sale at TJ Maxx that I thought would be a good starting point.  I cut it to the correct size, using as many of the finished edges as possible – I hate to do any unnecessary sewing.  Then I pulled out my box of ribbons and leftover trims.  I found three that I thought would work, so I sewed them all on at the bottom of the curtain.  I even got out my serger, which hasn’t seen the light of day for a couple of years.  I managed to get it threaded, which is no easy feat even if you are in practice.  This allowed me to finish the edges without doing a bunch of folding and pressing.

Closeup of my crafty curtain project.

Closeup of my crafty curtain project.

At this point, we needed to run to the store to get a curtain rod.  This ended up taking about four hours and we got so hungry about halfway thru that we had to stop for dinner.  The good news is that I got a lot of things that I need for next week’s upcoming projects.

We got everything hung up, including a frame that I filled with a picture I cut out of my favorite Pottery Barn catalog.  It’s hard to see, but it turned out pretty cute.

As much of the room as I could fit into the picture.

As much of the room as I could fit into the picture.

So, this room is FINISHED!  It’s great to cross another big project off the list.  Here’s hoping that I figure out what to do next and am able to convince Big Daddio that it’s a good idea.

Have a great weekend!

Day 45: Laundry Tub – From bad to beautiful

Big improvement - I love how this looks.

Big improvement – I love how this looks.

Well, once again I’m a little behind on my posting.  This seems to happen on the weekend because I get too many things going on and can’t quite finish anything.  Sometimes I feel like I’m living on one of those HGTV shows – I’m always rushing around to get everything done before the homeowners show up.  Except I am the homeowner!

Tonight we went to the basketball game and then rushed home to finish our “project du jour”.  When I say “we”  I  mean both me and Big Daddio.  He has really been key in getting this done, because as I mentioned earlier I am not really a painter (or carpenter or hanger-upper of everything).  I really don’t know how or if I could have done this without him, although I definitely have been getting handier.  The other day I went into the hardware store and actually found myself interested in the paint supply aisle.  That would never have happened before!

I was just thinking the other day that when I was growing up, my dad always had stuff like paint, boards, nails and brushes in the basement.  When John and I moved into our first house I was SHOCKED that we had to go to the store and BUY supplies (and they were expensive)!  I just assumed that you got those things from the “basement”.

We are really trying to get the bathroom/laundry room finished this weekend.  Now that the doors are up, we moved on to the ugly old laundry tub that sits between our washer and dryer.  I don’t really understand why it has to be there, because I’ve been in plenty of houses that don’t have one.  I haven’t brought up the idea of somehow taking it out, because now doesn’t seem like the appropriate time (read:  Big Daddio’s a little grumpy that we’re doing this so late at night).

This looks even uglier in the picture than it did in person!

This looks even uglier in the picture than it did in person!

I found a cute picture of a laundry room on Pinterest – they have a setup a lot like ours, except they have a really nice looking sink instead of a “vintage” looking tub.  Here’s the link: http://www.granitegurus.com/2011/11/whiteout-wedneday-5-white-laundry-rooms.html.  Take a look – it’s really pretty.

Here's another view of the much improved tub.  Great job, Big Daddio!

Here’s another view of the much improved tub. Great job, Big Daddio!

We painted the tub the same gray as the vanity and painted the top white, creating a nice cohesive effect with the washer and dryer – almost like a counter.  I added a cute gray basket for homeless socks that I found at Target.  Now it looks very respectable and almost like a “design” element in the room.  Not really – it still looks like an old laundry tub, but much less offensive.

So that’s it for today.  Tomorrow we will tackle the window and then we should be able to move on to the next big project.  I’ve already got a few ideas!

Day 45: Finally, the painted cupboards!

The new cabinets - this room is finally getting there!

The new cabinets – this room is finally getting there!

Well, the day that I have been waiting for has finally arrived.  I’ve gotten my cupboard doors back on the cupboards.  Woo-hoo! I honestly never thought it would take this long or require so many coats of paint to accomplish.  I will explain a little about this process in a moment, but first I just want to enjoy having cupboard doors again.  This experience  made me wonder how people can live with glass doors.  They’re pretty, but I think I would get really sick of looking at my stuff all the time.

First, I have to give Big Daddio kudos for getting the hardware.  He had to stop at two stores on the way home from work – on Valentine’s Day of all things.  He got the wrong size at Lowe’s and then had to go back to the hardware store.  But don’t feel too sorry for him because he loves going to those kind of stores.

Old dated doors

Old dated doors

As I said, I never thought it would take so long to paint these cupboards.  I thought I’d slap a couple of coats on and they’d be ready to go back up.  But as I did a couple of coats of primer, I realized that it wasn’t going to be quite that simple.  I started to look on Pinterest for some information.  I did find a site with a lot of good ideas (I should have probably read this before I started).  Here’s the link:  http://www.remodelingguy.net/2009/04/painting-your-cabinets-part-2-plan-b/

This site suggested skipping the brush and just spray painting.  I think I should have just done that in the first place.  It was too hard to get a really smooth coat around the ridges on this type of door.

I probably put about 5 -6 coats on each door and then put on a coat of polyurethane.  After that, I sprayed them again because I thought they looked a little yellowed.  All this was going on while John painted all the cabinet area.  Yikes – it was really a lot of painting.

Another view of the cabinet fronts

Another view of the cabinet fronts

It does look nice now that they’re all up with the new hardware, but I have to say that this process has convinced me that I will NOT be painting all the cabinets in my kitchen.  This was intended as a kind of trial run and I can see that it would just be too much work for us.  Maybe if we could take about a week off of work and do it all at one time, but there’s no way I want to spread this process over several weeks.  I guess my next step will be to check into those companies that “re-face” your cabinets!

Now I’m sitting with my Valentine, eating the steaks I bought as a bribe.  We (well, actually Big Daddio) grilled them, then we topped them with sauteed mushrooms and crumbled Stilton cheese.  Yum.

I have to admit that I’ve had a long mental struggle about sticking to my Lenten observance (no sugar) and not being rude by making John eat Valentine’s cake alone.  I’ve decided to just say no to the cake, but it’s really tough.  Who’s great idea was it to put Valentine’s Day right after Ash Wednesday?

Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day.