ARTFULLY AVOIDING THE LANDFILL (& driving my husband crazy) ONE PIECE OF JUNK AT A TIME

4/17/11

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My house is a mess, but I don't care. 

There's been way too much going on around here to worry about pristine surroundings.  Tax season at work is finally over.  The upper respiratory ick that usually hits right after tax season arrived a week early this year, and I'm just now starting to feel human again.  (My boss will appreciate that).  The tornado came and went, my sister is home from the hospital and we're back to giving the kitchen our undivided attention.


This contraption, which I believe is an air compressor, has taken up residency in the kitchen .  Every time it kicks in, it scares the boogers right outta me!  Glen thinks that's pretty funny, but I've seen him jump a couple times too : )  

It's purpose, of course, is for ease in nailing the beadboard paneling to the existing cupboards with the air nail gun.  Another contraption that scares the boogers right outta my head.


We bought the faux beadboard at Menard's - around $32 for a 4 x 8 panel.  Spendy, I know, but what a difference it makes.


The existing cupboards were hand crafted out of plywood.  Sturdy, for sure, but it was time for a change.  We thought about just painting them white, but we decided that would be much more difficult and time consuming.  

The countertops are coming along nicely too.  Glen is definitely the top coat man.  We had to rub down one of the countertops with steel wool because I did a horrible job!  From now on, I'm the dabber, he's the topper : )


We have four out of five of the countertops finished.  The largest one awaits our attention, the one where the sink resides.


Sorry, still can get a decent picture of the countertops!

 It's great to have a lot of counter space - but not so great when it comes to painting all of them!  We will have to remove the sink when it comes time to paint that counter - you can do it without removing the sink, but it looks so much better when you do.  Glen has promised me a new sink, so it was going to come out sooner or later anyway.

Today we are putting the primer on the new beadboard siding.  We just can't wait to get a glimpse of how it's all kida sorta gonna look when we get done : )




It is definitely going to look different!

I can hardly wait until we get the front sides done.  The drawers and doors are in for a nice face lift too.  That, of course will be even more time consuming.  (sigh)  But it will be ohhhhhhh soooooooo worth it when we're finished.

Stay tuned!

9 comments:

  1. Hang in there Coleen! It's looking so great already and when you get done...WOW! Love the beadboard. It makes a big impact.

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  2. Your kitchen is gonna look fantastic. It already looks great with the red countertops and the white beadboard. It will all be over soon.

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  3. I love the way your counter tops are turning out!
    and I love love love... the beadboard wrap on all the lower cabinets and island...
    Ric and I are the exact same when It comes to painting... he's the detail guy... I'm the dobber!
    As for scaring the boogers outta ya...you make me laugh so hard at my computer...
    Pat

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  4. Coleen you are a hoot... hang in there sweetie, it is coming together nicely. Loving the countertops and the bead board is the "crow's toes" lol. I love that expression who better to use it on than you... lol.

    I bet you are getting excited now to see the end of this. It is all going to look amazing.

    Have a great week sweetie... hope you are feeling a lot better.

    Hugs, Deb

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  5. love seeing the kitchen progress and it's looking good! Now with some of the busy things behind you and your time going to the kitchen, you'll be done in no time :)

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  6. What a team!!! Dabber and Topper... they're your new nicknames!! :) The ctops look great! Love the bead board idea, too! You guys are making it happen!!! :)

    Hope you have a great, productive week Dabber!!
    xo,
    Kendra

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  7. Such a big project and so worth it!

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  8. Hopping in to wish you a blessed Easter :)

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