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...]

Seven Things…

Kitchen by Crown Point Cabinetry, via Houzz

1.  I finally have my new light installed! Yep, it's the light that Matt bought for me three months ago.  It's the light that started this whole kitchen remodel.  And's installed in my kitchen. Matt bought mine from One King's Lane, but I don't think they have it anymore.  However, Lamps Plus has it right here. I absolutely love it!  Of course, I'll love it so … [Continue reading...]

Are They Green Yet? Are They Green Yet?

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That (and variations on that theme) has become the single most-asked question I get lately.  "When are you going to paint your cabinets?" "Are your cabinets next?" "How long until you paint your cabinets?" I swear, it's like I'm on a long road trip with small children.  "Are we there yet?"  "Are we there yet?" :-D Awww...I'm just kiddin' around with y'all.  Kind of.  :-D I'm as anxious … [Continue reading...]

Finished Concrete Countertops (Finishing Steps, Total Cost & Final Thoughts)

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I sealed my new concrete countertops yesterday, and that means they are now completely finished!  And y'all, I absolutely love the way they turned out!  I honestly don't think I could have been any more pleased had I gone with my original idea of using marble. The subtle "movement" in the color is just gorgeous and looks like some sort of stone.  And the Z SiAcryl 14 sealer I used gave it a … [Continue reading...]

I Fixed The Dent (And It Only Cost $500!)

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Okay, let me put your mind at ease.  Fixing the dent in my concrete countertop didn't actually cost me $500.  But you'll understand soon why I made that joke.  :) I tried several things to fix the dent caused by my sander mishap. I tried using some of the concrete mixed to a thicker consistency, which didn't work because the aggregate (which is just sand, I believe) in the concrete mix … [Continue reading...]

Full View Of The Kitchen (Plus, Second-Guessing My Cabinet Color Choice & Other Randomness)

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Quite a few of you have asked me to show a full view of the kitchen so that you could get your bearings and see how the three walls relate to each other in the space; soooo, here it is... And here's how the kitchen relates to the rest of the house, just in case you were feeling kind of lost... And a zoomed in view of the kitchen and breakfast room floor plan. I was standing in the … [Continue reading...]

Creating The Kitchen Of “What If….?”

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I'm about three months into my kitchen remodel. I'm very excited about how it's turning out, and very proud of the fact that most of it has been done by my own two hands on a relatively small budget. But every once in a while I think to myself, "What if...?" What if, instead of deciding to keep with the small footprint of the original kitchen, I had followed through with my original plan when we … [Continue reading...]