Upper Cabinets Finished (And I Finally Achieved The Perfect Sheen!!)

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Show of hands...who among you actually thought that I was going to be satisfied with the finish I showed you yesterday on the cabinets?  And who among you actually thought that I was going to leave it alone?  And who among you actually believed that I really and truly thought that "good enough is good enough"? *Raising hand.* I honest to goodness believed that I was done with those … [Continue reading...]

Painting Success (Kind Of ) And Sconces Installed

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Well, y'all, I finally had some level of painting success.  I sprayed the cabinets, and the finish came out much better.  It's still not perfect, but better. And once again, it's that long flat piece at the top that's giving me trouble.  No matter what method of painting I use (roller, brush, sprayer), I can still only paint 1/3 of it at a time before I have to get off the ladder, move the … [Continue reading...]

House Progress (And How Comparison Steals Contentment)

house progress 7-14 - living room

I love looking at bloggers' house tours online.  I can get so much inspiration from them, and I often find it more inspiring than looking through the pages of Elle Decor.  The homes of bloggers seem more real to me -- real people decorating real rooms in real homes on real budgets (for the most part).  I can relate to those more than I can relate to world-renowned designers designing multi-million … [Continue reading...]

Green, White, and….Black?

green white and black room, Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica, designed by Kelly Wearstler - 2

After I put forth the question about my breakfast room ceiling the other day, Matt and I had a discussion about vaulting the ceiling.  We both love that idea, and I think that will certainly be the long term plan.  But I think we both agreed that for now, it would probably have to wait.  If the contractor was correct, and his framer would do it for about $1500, that seems like quite a bargain.  … [Continue reading...]

Adding Shimmer & Shine To My Cabinet Doors With Gold Leaf

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Do y'all see that smile on my face?  It's real. Nothing fake about it. But it's not because I figured out my paint problems. It's because for the entire day yesterday, I didn't even give paint a thought. I gave my brain (and my body) a rest, and I did something crafty and fun instead. I've wanted to try my hand at gold leafing for quite some time now, but I just never had a project that I … [Continue reading...]

Paint Rant, Round 2

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I promise that the day will come when you will show up here and find the usual happy, positive Kristi rambling on about how much she loves DIY and loves her kitchen and loves the process, blah, blah, blah.  I'll do everything in my power to try to make that happen tomorrow.  In fact, even if everything goes sideways today, I'll still slap a smile on my face and fake it tomorrow.  I promise. But … [Continue reading...]

Progress & Paint Frustrations

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I did have quite a bit of down time this weekend, but I also worked on my kitchen cabinets...of course.  I got quite a bit done on the upper section of the wall of cabinets, but I'm just about at the end of my rope with paint problems. When I left you on Friday, my cabinets looked like this.  The left section had two coats of paint, and the middle and right sections had one very streaky coat of … [Continue reading...]

Prepping Kitchen Cabinets For Paint (a.k.a., Why I Don’t Prime Or Paint Before Installation)

Green kitchen cabinets -- Derbyshire from Sherwin Williams

After I installed the cabinets in my kitchen, I had many people ask me why I didn't paint, or at least prime, the cabinets before I installed them.  I tried to explain why I do things in the order I do them, but today I thought I'd just show you.  Of course, I'm not saying that this way is the correct way to do things.  I'm just saying that it's my way of doing things, and it makes sense to me.  … [Continue reading...]

Problem Solving: The Breakfast Room Ceiling

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I still have quite a bit of work to do in the kitchen before that room is finished, but I still feel like I'm on the home stretch.  I've only gotten some of the prep work done on the wall of cabinets, but barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will have some painted cabinets to show you tomorrow!! It won't be the entire wall, but it'll be a start! A few of you have asked me what room is next, … [Continue reading...]

I Have A Sink!

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I have running water in my kitchen, y'all!  We've been just over three months without running water in our kitchen.  Three months!!!  But now, I have a real, actual kitchen sink with real, actual running water plus a garbage disposal and a dishwasher.  It's a glorious thing. And my cat Peeve is as obsessed with it as I am.  :-D After three months without a kitchen sink, I can tell … [Continue reading...]