When in Doubt, Use Bondo

December 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve spent five hours over the last two days sanding the cabinet grooves. The cabinet boxes in our house are original. They are well built and in good condition. Unfortunately, an entire kitchen remodel isn’t in the budget right now so painting the cabinets will be a step in the right direction of liking this space more.

The cabinet boxes have 1980 grooves in them. There is nothing wrong with the grooves, they just aren’t our style. After a lot of research, husband and I found that Bondo – yep! the stuff to fix cars – was the perfect filler for the grooves. It’s impervious to water, and won’t shrink over time. It’s also easy to use, but I will tell you that it smells awful! If you ever use it to fix cabinetry I learned during the second application to spread it on at a 45 degree angle so the grooves will fill. Once the stuff is dry, sand like you’ve never sanded before. You will need an orbital sander, or palm sander, for this job. Be sure to hang drop cloths and wear a mask.

Priming begins tonight, and if I’m really on the ball I’ll get on the first coat if paint. Fingers crossed.


The Doors

December 10, 2013 § 3 Comments

Husband and I discussed having the kitchen cabinets painted when we moved into this house. We got quotes for several thousand dollars. Given what we knew we wanted to do to the rest of the house, we decided to hold off on that project.

I’ve been researching painting kitchen cabinets for nine. long. months.

I’m finally doing it, and the doors look incredible. I’m not that far into painting yet. We wanted to put the paint on a few doors to make sure we liked it first. I have a lot of work to do by Christmas, but I’m confident that a few sleepless nights and a lot of manual labor will give me a mini makeover that we love! Here’s a sneak peak:


December Challenge

December 3, 2013 § 2 Comments

I love the holiday season. This is my favorite time of year. 

Yesterday while waiting in line at the post office a mother came in with her toddler and 5 week old infant. She was trying to squeeze in one last errand before heading home for naps and feedings. She was tired, holding herself together well, but experienced Moms know that she was stressed and ready for a break. So I gave one to her. I let her cut in line in front of me. 

It hasn’t been all that long since I was exhausted to the bone with two small children, sleep deprived, and being pulled in all directions. To her, I was an angel (her words, not mine). To others, I was beyond kind. To me, I was selfish. I thought of someone else and it made me feel better. 

That random act of kindness is making me feel good today, too, so I decided to have a Christmas Challenge. Every day for the month of December, I’m going to do something nice for a stranger. And yes, I realize we should do that year round, but this occurred to me yesterday and I’ve gotta start somewhere. Buy someone a cup of coffee. Let a person that needs extra help get in front of you. Let the grocery store bagger help the mother with kids to her car instead of yours. You get the idea.

In addition to making myself feel good, I think this will set a good example for my kids. I hope so. I want them to grow up to be kind and generous people, and the best way to do that is to learn it from me. 

Happy Holidays, people! Now go do something nice for a stranger. It’ll make your day, their day, and will inspire others. 

Christmas Stockings

December 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

We’ve waited a long time to say that. Now, don’t get me wrong, we loved out townhouse, and never missed a fireplace until we didn’t have one at Christmas. Now we have two. Making up for lost time, I guess.

I always decorate for Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year was no different. Except we’re in a new (to us) house and have a fireplace and mantel to hang our stockings.


Sleeping Anywhere

December 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

The littlest has been up late, and up early, this week. Family. Holiday. Fun. We went to watch football with some friends today and he passed out on me. Wish I could sleep anywhere…


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