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Make It Happen Monday:: A Tiny Bit Of Kitchen Progress

Last Updated on December 25, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Well, I knew this would happen eventually. I just had no idea it would happen on the second week of Make It Happen Monday.  😀

You’ve guessed it. I didn’t finish my projects. However, I did get started on them, and I even got one small part finished. The trim along the top of my cabinets, which has been unpainted for well over a year, is now painted. Yay!

So that was the only thing that I actually got finished. Bummer.

I did get some priming done where I got stain on the wall…

Oh well. I won’t let this discourage me. The truth is that I simply wanted to stay out of the kitchen as much as possible this last week, because the more I stayed away, the less chance there was that I would ruin my countertops. You see, I used water-based polyurethane on them, and evidently it takes several days to cure. If I drip water on the countertop, it turns a milky white like this…

The first time it did that, it scared the heck out of me! I was sure that I had ruined my newly finished countertops…again! But as the spots dried, they became clear again. (Have any of you ever used water-based poly? Did it do this to you? And more importantly, did it eventually stop doing this?)

I called the Rust-Oleum customer service number, and the man assured me that the finish would stop turning milky like that when the polyurethane was fully cured. So until then, I’m trying to be as careful as possible, and stay out of my kitchen as much as possible. I figured that bringing ladders, trim, nail guns, hammers, and other tools into the kitchen before the countertops were cured was a sure way to mess them up.

That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking with it. 😀

So I guess you know what’s on my to-do list for this next week. I’m determined to finish all of the trim work, paint touch ups, re-caulk where the backsplash meets the countertop, and grout my floor.

Now tell me, how did you do on your projects? Did you get them finished as planned? Or did life get in the way this last week? If so, that’s okay! The point of our little support group here isn’t to feel guilty when we don’t get something finished. It’s just to offer encouragement where we need it, and celebrate the small victories! 🙂

Feel free to leave a link in the comments to show off your progress and your projects! If you don’t have a blog, you can upload a picture to your Flickr account (or another photo hosting website) and then leave a link below to the picture. We want to see what you’ve accomplished!!

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    June 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I did pretty good this week – my goal was to get as much done as i could on my friends bridal shower invites. I designed the inside of the card, and stamped the outer cards. all i have left to do is take the insides over to be printed put them together and address and stamp them. Those are my goals for this week!

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    June 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Using your post as inspiration, I re-installed the towel ring in the guest bath that fell out of the wall shortly after we installed it about nine months ago. It only took a quick run to HD for some toggle bolts and less fifteen minutes with a hand screwdriver, didn’t even need to break out the power version. It took me longer to dig up the towel that hangs on it then it did to fix. Sheesh!

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    Christine Leahy
    June 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I was a beast this week! After getting part 2 of a 4 part process for a root canal I was feeling good! I completed my 4th of July Ruffled Wreath, wrote 3 blog posts, and cleaned out my laundry room! Whew! I’m feeling pretty good about all that!!! 🙂

    So, this week I would like to tackle either a lamp shade redo, roman shade no-sew, or light fixture hack! Not sure yet! I’ll let you know next week!

    Great job everyone!!! I’m so pumped about this accountability!

    Does anyone have a recommendation for me on an inexpensive digital camera good for taking pictures for my blog? If you’ve gone to you’ll see exactly why I need one!

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    Linda @ it all started with paint
    June 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I failed miserably. So this morning I attacked my dresser (and still have a closet to get to) to clean out my clothes so I can get rid of the old dresser and move the refinished one upstairs.

    This week is a gap week between school and camp so I’m not going to commit to anything other than getting the kids outfitted with summer clothes and shoes … and spending some time at the beach …



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    June 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I finally finished the light fixture that I started working on a few weeks ago……I had to come up with a solution to hang the shade. Thanks for the kick in the butt, Kristi! Here is the link…..

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    June 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I used water-based poly on my bathroom countertops and after a year they still turn a milky-white when they get wet, but they do still dry clear. I either did something wrong or that’s just the nature of water-based poly?! Please keep us readers updated on how yours fair. I’d love to know.

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    Kim (TheMoney-Pit)
    June 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I finally finished a quilt for the Kindergarten teacher.. which is good because school ended this week! HA!

    Glad your countertops were okay!

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      Wendy R
      June 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Wow that is one lucky teacher! The quilt turned out beautifully and I love that poem too! 🙂

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    June 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I managed to get the paint and dry out the dining chairs I mentioned last week, so I’ve painted them and have started making loose seat covers from an old pair of curtains.

    My project for next week is to make sure my dining set is completely painted, waxed and the chair seat covers completed.

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    June 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    *sigh* I got nuthin’. School let out on Friday and swim team started. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

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      June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      I did pick up a free wing chair that I intend to slipcover, however. My husband just shook his head when he saw the sturdy yet threadbare chair sitting on the porch. 🙂

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    June 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    My goal this weekend, was to finish a statue of a pair of dragons for a friend, as well as a fish bowl sized for an American Girl doll. I happily got both done this weekend and they shipped off today. Now I am back to making miniatures for Barbie dolls and other fashion dolls! 🙂

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    Shannon Fox
    June 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    That sounds perfectly logical to me! You better not cook either. You know… just to be safe 😉

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    June 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I finally got curtains made and a light fixture picked out and put up in my butler’s pantry! Yay!! I also finished re-decorating my upstairs guest bedroom. As I look around, though, there is still soooo much to do. sigh.

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    Vanessa Dawne
    June 19, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I did the same thing this past week — bit off more than I could finish. But I did get some progress done plus, yes, I diverted a bit to another project. So I’m committing to finish both the panel & new valances by next Monday.

    Thanks again for a great kick-starter idea.

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    June 19, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I used the water-based poly on my countertops and it does the same thing, turns the milky white and then dries. It scares me everytime it does it. I am always afraid that there is going to come a time when it won’t turn back clear.

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    Wendy R
    June 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Even though you didn’t get done what you wanted to do you still got some of the items finished. Pat yourself on the back for that! 🙂
    I am completely moved in to my new place now and I spent all weekend putting things away in the lower level of the cabin. My project for this week is to get the loft space organized for my studio/dressing area/storage. 🙂
    Pictures next week! (By the way, that paper flower garland thingie I finished last week for my kitchen window looks awesome!)

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    June 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I did get my dumpster desk done! And, the attaching the sander to the shop vac was THE BEST tip ever. I am sharing that on my blog, as soon as I get my countertops refinished. Which, DID not happen, and need to ASAP as my daughter added more artwork to them. Coloring once again, with nothing under the paper. She is 10, has been warned countless times. This time when I found the remnants of her drawing, she told me it was “no big deal” in her approaching puberty sassy talk……she was sorry she did, the rest of the evening went by slowly in her room. The spots are still there too……