We’ve got the happy blues

Cleaning up after a project when you are done for the day is an oh-so-different feeling than cleaning up after a project when you are done. Last night I happily took the paint brush down stairs to clean it out (tip: finish cleaning your paint brush with hair conditioner then rinse it with water and the brush hairs are like new when it dries). We finished painting our dining room last night and installing the dining room light and we couldn’t be happier. What do you think? (Sorry for the night-time photos…I guess the short winter days are really here!)

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He giveth…He taketh away

You know that feeling when you have something and then it gets taken away; like when your father’s been working on lovely drawers for your new kitchen. He installs them, they look awesome and slide beautifully and you start to fall in love. I could imagine the silverware within an arm’s length and the organization made me giddy. Then with the power of a drill they are disassembled and taken away.

That’s how I felt on Saturday morning. I moved on quickly and focused my efforts on the to do list I made on Friday.

How did we do? Well we accomplished this:

  • Put one coat of paint on the cabinet doors (last coat tonight!)
  • Cleaned the cabinets
  • Inserted the shelves we could
  • Started to figure out the new flow of our kitchen, right now we are testing the new home of our drinking glasses, coffee mugs and wine glasses.
  • Finished back splash backerboard (one section is cut just not in place because we decided to add under cabinet lighting.
  • Finished cutting tile floor backerboard.
  • Emptied the dining room of all garbage, extra products, makeshift eating area, old microwave and hutch.
  • Painted the dining room ceiling Behr Ceiling Paint- Interior Flat, white
  • Painted the dining room Martha Stewart color-matched Behr Satin Schoolhouse Slate.

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Before & After: Glass Doorknob Coat Rack

My parents have beautiful wood molding surrounding all of their windows and doors inside of their 1880 farm house. The molding is American Chestnut, which, according to Pa, is really rare now. I saw a bunch of it upstairs in my pa’s old workroom and asked him if I could snag a bit-I posted about it here.

I sanded the molding down with medium grit and finished it with fine grit.

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