Here I sit once again at 5 am, only this time it’s Monday morning, instead of Saturday. There’s a whole different feel to Mondays.
I’m feeling a lot less energetic than I did just 2 days ago, rather sore and beat up actually.
When last I wrote I was all in a tizzy about getting the house in order for our upcoming playoff party.
This morning when I finally got back to the computer, I was very touched by all the comments you made. A lot of you said that I shouldn’t worry about it, nobody will notice if something’s not right.
Some had great suggestions for pulling things together, like Granny J with her drop cloth draped slipcover idea for the wing chairs…
And Gina with her “We’re in the process of choosing new furniture and remodeling” shtick. (only problem is I DID use that one last year).
Or Deb, “Just keep them fed and the TV screen clean, they won’t see anything else anyway” How true!
And I couldn’t agree more with Suzanne from Meridian Road….
”Oh, you are so ambitious! But this is the real reason people have parties, I'm convinced of it. You get the house super clean, and all the things on your to-do list have a much better chance of getting done.
Just don't stress over it too much, or you won't enjoy the party. (and I've never met anyone yet who isn't totally intrigued by junk style.)”
She’s so right, I do my best work under impending party pressure.
But lets go back to Saturday morning, shall we? As I contemplated what most needed to be done, it became clear that I was really ok with my decor for the most part.
Oh sure, a little tweaking here and there is always needed, and as for the mantel, why heck, I have lots of stuff I can use there. I can arrange some junk elements and be happy with it.
As for the office, it took me maybe an hour to de-clutter the office down to where it wouldn’t be the end of the world if someone saw it.
While clearing that out I unearthed an old kids desk in the office that I painted and couldn’t find a use for.
Remember that end table? Yeah, I can paint it in a hurry, but no need, that desk works perfectly there for now.
That brought me to the area that was the real trouble spot for me:
The back story: I had remodeled our kitchen 7 years ago, taking out the wall between the dining room and kitchen, reworking the entire layout, adding granite tile counters, bead board to the walls, crown molding and brackets to the cabinets, and finally painting the very dark 70’s cabinets a clean white.
Back in those days I didn’t even own a camera, so no pics were taken.
At the time I put a black and white checkerboard pattern on the floor with inexpensive commercial grade vinyl tile.
For $60 worth of tile I had a brand new floor that I loved.
Problem is, 7 years later the white in the checkerboard had turned to a dingy yellowed white. I simply could not get it back to it’s original color, no matter what I tried. I suspect I used a cleaning product at one time that caused the yellowing.
And the cabinets were showing wear around the knobs where the paint had started coming off, and the bead board desperately needed to be re-painted, the window had NEVER been painted (just the outer frame) and the crown on the cabinets was not entirely finished.
I know, 7 years….
What can I say? I ran out of steam and that’s that.
And it was my first kitchen remodel.
Boy have I learned a lot since then….
So we’ve established that these days the kitchen is looking old, tired, and slightly unfinished. It needs some sprucing up to make it look like something I would be proud to claim as my work.
This is the place I decided needed all my attention this weekend.
If I felt better about the kitchen, I just know I would be cool with the party.
So I set to work.
Just last winter I had painted the living room and dining room walls and stopped at the kitchen line. I had fully intended to continue later.
Well my friends, later is finally here!
I needed to paint that bead board in a bad way.
Job one, wash and prep the walls and cabinets for paint.
Had to wear gloves with this stuff. It’s super strong.
We all know that kitchens are the worst places to paint, because of all the cooking grease that ends up clinging to everything.
So I washed with a strong prep solution and rinsed away all the greasy film. This took hours! I was so tempted to skimp on this step, but that would have been foolhardy. Paint just does not stick well to dirty surfaces!
Then finally out came the oops paint….I had several shades I liked.
I narrowed it down to 3 and tried them all in a little patch to see what would look ok with the dining room paint colors.
I chose the golden tone, it just seemed to work with the greens of the dining room best. And it was a semi gloss finish, which I wish I had used in the first place.
It would have been so much easier to clean!
After a ton of stirring it darkened up to the green/gold color splotch on the lid.
I began to paint….have you ever painted bead board?
Not easy I tell ya.
I would highly recommend spraying it.
But I couldn’t.
So I painted it all with a small roller, a small paint brush, and a foam brush to push the paint into the grooves.
What a pain!
It needed 2 coats all the way around.
Took me until 11:30 pm to finish the last bit.
I went to bed Saturday night tired, but very happy.
One day down, one whole day left. We’ll save that one for tomorrow.
Gotta go get ready for work.
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