Monday, October 14, 2013

My Kryptonite


I know everyone was expecting finished project pictures today.  Unfortunately I've got this issue with weekends... it's hard to get going!  I like to sleep in, slowly drink my coffee, enjoy College Game Day and snuggle with the girl.  None of that is conducive to finishing ambitious projects.

But here's what I have done.  I took comprehensive before pictures.  You'll be astonished at just how bad this area of my kitchen is... and then again, if you've been to my house recently, you will not be.  I also got the actual pantry painted - one coat of deglosser, two coats of primer, two coats of paint.  It looks really great.  I only painted the face frame and the outsides.  I intend to put a fun color on the inside in the future.  I probably should add some poly, but I don't have any.  And I didn't think about it.  I'm sure it will happen before I call this project complete.

I got the doors constructed and filled with wood filler in the gaps.  I was trying to save time and cut multiple boards at one time... and while that works, it doesn't make for an exact fit.  So I should have just taken my time and cut them one at a time.  But it was after 9 pm and I was working a chop saw, much to the chagrin of my neighbors, I'm sure.  Oh and I was tired.

And do you know what happens when you pull out your brad nailer and just use whatever nails you've got in the gun and don't think about it?  You nail your 3/4" door to the table with your 1.25" nails.  I'm not kidding.  I totally did this.  Luckily it was just the skinny brad nails and I was able to pull the door right up.  So did I halt my construction and wait until I could get the proper nails on Sunday?  Of course not... I just created more work for myself.  Now we've got to snip all the extra off, countersink the ends, fill with filler, sand and THEN paint.  We'll put this in the DIY FAIL category.

But I did accomplish other things this weekend - watched LSU win, the Saints come oh so close, family pictures and I made some decisions about the fate of my black wallpapered foyer.  I'm all for making a statement in a small space... I'd prefer not to make one that says, "Welcome to 1986!"

Tonight I'll be sanding my heart out on the doors and HOPEFULLY getting at least one coat of paint on them.  It's raining today, so I'm not sure if the humidity will be conducive to the painting.  But at the very least, we'll get the rest of the kitchen cleaned out and random furniture put where it will eventually end up.  Hopefully.  Probably.  Maybe.  Definitely!

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