Update 4-21-20: Matt and I are fine. Our cats and dog are fine. My mom is fine. My family is fine. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be back to blogging soon. Y’all, have you ever heard of this? Refinishing wood furniture with mayonnaise?! I’m being totally serious here. You’ll notice that today’s date is April 6th, so this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Yesterday when I walked into my mom’s house (because we’re still working on her kitchen!!), she said, “Look at my dining table!” I glanced over, and noticed that for the first time since we started her kitchen makeover, the table was clear and usable. It wasn’t piled with dishes, bakeware, spices, etc., from the cabinets. I said, “Oh, wow! You have a usable table now!” But that wasn’t what she was trying to show me. What she wanted me to notice was that she had “refinished” her table. Several years ago, she had her dining table refinished, and it looked gorgeous when she got it back. But over the years, the top had been getting little chips in the finish. They were small, but these chips and dings were covering the surface of the table. Can you see all […]
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My mom and I are still moving right along on her kitchen, and we’re so close to finishing! Over the weekend, I got eight of the drawer boxes almost finished. (They would have been finished except that she decided she wanted the bottoms of the drawers painted white. 😀 ) But we also got the countertops finished!! And instead of building all new countertops with new plywood and everything, we decided to install the new laminate right over the old laminate, which made this project so much faster. When we started this kitchen project, we had no intention of doing anything with the existing countertops. Her laminate countertops were probably about 15 years old (I honestly can’t remember exactly, but they’re far from new), but they were still in fairly good shape. But then when we tried to remove the old sink to install the new sink, things went south pretty quickly. The sink had been adhered to the countertop so well that no matter how slowly or carefully or methodically we removed it, it caused cracks and breaks in the laminate all around the sink area. And unfortunately, those breaks were too wide to be covered by the new […]
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So, the world is a bit different, huh? To say that the current situation has slowed progress on my mom’s kitchen would be an understatement. I think we’ve all been a bit pre-occupied lately. But we have made some progress, and it’s so close to being finished! There are still some pretty big things to do, but we’re definitely on the downhill slide towards the goal. So I thought I’d share our progress so far! We got 20 of the cabinet doors finished and installed, along with the new door pulls. It looks so different now! Here’s the window/sink wall… We don’t actually have the walls painted yet, but my mom did get some “cutting in” done a couple of days ago, so we can actually see what the new wall color will look like with the new cabinet color. The difference is amazing to me! Here’s a reminder of how this side of the kitchen looked originally… We removed the scalloped canopy around the window, made some very simple* new cabinet doors, added some new trim just above the cabinets, filled and sanded smooth the routed lines in the paneling above the cabinets, and took the paint color all […]
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Well, the world seems to have come to a screeching halt, but YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu are still here for us! 😀 As we’re trying to stay busy and keep ourselves entertained, I thought I’d pass along some of my favorite YouTube artists and makers that inspire me. My favorite YouTubers fall into two main categories — artists and makers. The artists obviously create art. The maker category consists of people who build furniture, create non-art resin projects, turn things on lathes, etc. So that’s how I’ll break down this list. Just click on the pictures to go right to each YouTube channel. Let’s start with… Favorite YouTube Artists Jay Lee teaches some pretty simple art techniques that result in really beautiful artwork. I don’t love everything that John Beckley does, but I’m often amazed at some of the techniques he comes up with. If you love abstract art, you’ll probably like this channel. Kanella Ciraco does mostly Dutch pours with acrylic paints. They’re quick, easy, and entertaining. My list of artists wouldn’t be complete without at least one watercolor artist. Makoccino shares some simple ideas and techniques for beginners. Mely D. is the first acrylic pour artist I subscribed […]
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As of yesterday, we finally have paint on the cabinets in my mom’s kitchen. It’s always so exciting, after days and days of prep work, to finally be able to put that first coat of paint on the cabinets. We did only get one coat on yesterday, which means that today, I’ll be doing some light sanding and then painting the second (and hopefully final) coat, but I was so excited by the drastic change that the first coat brought about in my mom’s kitchen that I went ahead and took pictures so that I could show you today. First, let’s remember where this kitchen started. Here’s how the sink/window wall looked originally… And here’s the progress with the first coat of paint on the cabinets… Of course, the wall color will change, too. Right now, that’s still the original wall color, which looks very drab against the new cabinet color. We’ll be painting the walls a considerably lighter and more neutral color, like Behr Aged Beige. That will go a long way towards brightening up the room, and will be a beautiful backdrop for the green cabinet colors. Also, all of the insides of the cabinets have been primed, […]
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We’re officially at the stage of the kitchen project that feels like it will never end, with all of the priming, wood filling, sanding, and caulking. I’ve also had to add quite a bit of new trim. My mom’s house was built in the 60’s, and the kitchen cabinets are original to the house. The cabinet boxes were fine, and we wanted to keep costs low, so we kept the boxes and just made new cabinet doors. But the decades of use showed on some parts of the cabinets. For example, the edges of the shelves were a little beaten up. It showed much more before we primed, but you can still see that they’re a little rough here… So I cut strips of this thin 1/4-inch wood (lattice, maybe?) to reface the edges of the shelves. These strips were 1 1/2 inches wide, and I used my table saw to rip them down to one inch, and then attached them to the edges of the shelves with wood glue and 18-gauge 5/8-inch nails. It seems like a little thing, but those fresh, new edges really breathed some new life into those old shelves. I also used some wood filler […]
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If you’re a DIYer who does house remodeling, you are very familiar with this phenomenon that occurs almost every time with a project taking longer than originally intended and costing more than the original estimate. Well, my mom’s kitchen is no exception. This was supposed to be pretty easy — just the cabinet makeover, painting the walls, and painting the grout on the floor and backsplash to make it lighter. Oh, and she also wanted a new sink and faucet. No problem, right? So the plan was for me to remove the sink and faucet the day before the plumber was scheduled to install the new sink and faucet. The reason I was doing this instead of the plumber is because her laminate countertop has a seam in the laminate right in front of the sink. Over the years, water has seeped into the seam and caused the particle board beneath to swell. (Why is particle board the standard base for laminate countertops? I’ve never understood that.) I wanted to remove the sink, scrape the particle board to make it flat again, and re-adhere the laminate before the plumber came. That was the plan, and it sounded so easy. The […]
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Y’all, I finally feel like we’re making some real progress on the kitchen. Why? Because things are in a complete state of chaos right now. That’s how you know real progress is being made. 😀 The first week-and-a-half was all about making new cabinet doors. All of that could be done outside and out of the way, so life inside went on in a normal way. The kitchen was completely usable with zero change, and it felt like there was no progress being made. Well, about halfway through this last week, all of that changed, starting with the removal of the dishwasher — a seemingly easy task that ended up requiring two trips to Home Depot. Then my mom started emptying cabinets (probably for the first time ever 😀 ), and covering every horizontal surface in the neighboring rooms with food items, cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets, etc. It was complete chaos, and it finally felt like progress! Then she proceeded to remove the cabinet doors (quite the chore since all of the hinges had been painted over), and the shelf liner that was probably as old as I am. We’re keeping the cabinet boxes, but because they’re original to this […]
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Yesterday was a very good day. First, I arrived at my mom’s house and inspected the cabinet doors and found that while some of them needed additional sanding (since the moisture raised the grain of the plywood), none of them were ruined. So I was able to start painting the doors yesterday! And then when I got home, I found two packages from Spoonflower on the front porch. My wallpaper samples had arrived! I put each sample up in the guest bedroom and took pictures. You really have to use your imagination because everything in there is still drab and unfinished. But I needed to these wallpaper samples before I could make a decision on the paint color. And as I considered each of these sample, I also tried to imagine (1) what wall color I would use in the rest of the room, and (2) what color I could use on the upholstered headboard in front of the wallpaper. So let me show you the samples I ordered. Verdure Wildflowers – Blush Here’s how this wallpaper looked in the pictures on the website… The actual sample in the room seems to have a bit darker background, so the pink […]
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Do y’all remember when I was remodeling my kitchen (way back in 2014) when I was in the process of painting cabinet doors and drawer fronts, and I left some out over night to dry, only for them to be rained on? I had hope that they could be salvaged, but after everything dried, the corbels were all warped and cracked, and the center panels on the doors were swollen around the edges. Well, I’m hoping and praying that I don’t have a repeat of that. I spent eight days (from Tuesday of last week to Tuesday of this week) building brand new cabinet doors and drawer fronts for my mom’s kitchen. I knew I was racing against the weather, because after several days of gorgeous weather, there was a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for yesterday. So we got all of the building, priming, sanding, and caulking finished up on Tuesday evening, and then because I knew rain was coming, I stacked all of the doors right up against the back wall of my mom’s house under her covered patio. I even put down some 1″ x 2″ lumber on the ground, and then put the doors […]
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