Friday Tidbits

The big kitchen cabinet redo got me hankerin’ to update our gross mishmash of kitchen towels. We’ve got a wide assortment – all different colors, a few bath hand towels and some holiday ones. But they all have one thing in common: they are worn out!

And then, this happened. It’s like Target crawled INSIDE MY MIND:

Clearance! And coordinating!

You can tell some of the cabinets, like this one, could use a solid round of caulking. One day? Maybe never?

I do need to update our washcloths too but those weren’t on clearance. I wish they’d make gray ones! The little basket that houses them is from the Target dollar section. I go nuts there.

Even though I have the one-in-one-out rule, I haven’t gotten rid of the old towels just yet. I’m going to replace my stash of rags in the upstairs linen closet with the towels that are still somewhat decent.

I’ll cringe the first time Hubs wipes Amelie’s ketchup face with one of these but I do accept that kitchen towels are meant to be used.

Next up, kitchen rugs…

Happy Friday! We are supposed to get loads of snow!

Home Sweat Home: Kitchen Cabinets

Hello! I’m still here! I’m sorry I’ve been delinquent. Now that Cade is awake more in the afternoons and evenings, it’s becoming difficult to find time for computer-y things. Buuut, I have a *big* update for you!

Before we get right into it, let’s take a look back on this started-off-as-an-exciting-DIY-but-turned-into-let’s-pay-someone-to-do-it-for-us journey.

It all began with a beigey-butterscotchy cocktail of yuck:

And even though I kept referring to it as an “island”, it’s actually not an island at all since IT’S CONNECTED TO THE WALL. Anyway, the bar got a pretty makeover:

Then the trim and doors got transformed:

Although I neglected to do behind the fridge so it still looked  junky.

Thanks to a good friend and some serious effort, the wall paper border got scraped off:

And the walls were painted a delicious Gray Owl, which clashed angrily with our cabinets:

Then later, I painted ONE cabinet but left the door off for many many months…as well as many visitors:

By this point, I had lost all of my kitchen DIY mojo. So we hired painters to paint the rest of the cabinets! TA DA:

Whoa! Pretty pretty cabinets!

The photos are dark because I don’t have the patience (and neither does my toddler) to take them in afternoon light:

This project took two painters EIGHT days and cost us almost $2000. I know. Our wallets are a a stingin’. Like I mentioned earlier, they used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation System from Home Depot so it’s not just regular old paint. It comes with a sealant and everything. Obviously this was a very labor intensive/costly job. After watching them work for over a week, I felt relieved knowing there was absolutely no way I could have done this job myself during nap time. Pieter The Painter even painted the trim behind the fridge for me. What a sweetie!

We really debated whether we should lay down the cash or wait to do a full kitchen reno later on. Eventually, I’d love a new kitchen. But with two littles, I can’t see us tackling that kind of a project for quite a few years. I don’t have the brain cells to even plan a new kitchen, much less live in the chaos of an actual renovation. So this is a great interim project until we save up more money and spend the time now growing our littles into kind Bigger People.

As for the remaining To Dos…there are still quite a few projects that need attention:

  • possibly paint the maroon grout – it looks very maroon-y now that everything is white
  • paint the wood trim on the countertops white to match the cabinets
  • paint the grungy ceiling
  • install toe kicks
  • replace the outlets themselves since they are still almond colored
  • address lighting someday
  • replace cracked kitchen window
  • address grubby window coverings
  • redo pantry
  • refinish wood floors in a dark walnut to color match the laminate in the rest of the house

Yeah, the kitchen is far from “done” but at least it’s not a total embarrassment anymore. Hip, hip, hooray!

A Messy Monday

You know what one of my favorites things ever is? When Amelie holds my hand. Her tiny delightful hand grabbing hold of mine reminds me that raising littles is precious. It’s such an honor. Sigh…

Except last week, raising littles sucked. It sucked baaad.

I started a super long post detailing last week’s drama but it all got to be too long and too much. Let me just summarize by saying it all began with a very early AND A VERY MESSY Monday. Amelie caught a nasty stomach bug (hooray for projectile puke) and then Hubs and I both got it (think food poisoning/worst hangover of your life). I was so sick, I missed two feedings. Then Amelie got hives!


Throw in a few skipped naps (nooo, please, no) and we had an entire household of miserable sleep deprived people. Even my sweet Cade! The kids double teamed us! It was the worst.

We are not yet fully recovered with good nights of sleep but I’ll take these clunky days compared to last week. Oy!

Anyway, that’s not the point of this post. This past Monday was a messy one too but for an altogether different reason. Remember when I lost my teeny mind and painted one of the kitchen cabinets before finishing any of the other projects I had started?

A picture to remind you:

Once I saw that beautiful white, I was ALL IN. I worked tirelessly, until, well, I got tired.

You see, after a round of caulking and patching and FOUR coats of paint, I lost steam. Then the wheels fell off when I nicked the door and it chipped immediately. I knew two things:

  1. I did not have the time necessary to put five coats of paint on these cabinets. I only have nap time. And sometimes, like last week, I don’t even have that.
  2. Even after the five coats it would require to cover the “Leather Satchel”, these cabinets would most likely chip with use and that would make me a super sad person.

So, the lone white-ish cabinet sat doorless for five months. Maybe more? I started ignoring it and the king sized bottle of fish oil inside that all of my guests were privy to see.

Then it happened one day. I decided to hire a painter.

And THIS, my friends, is happening as I type!

You guys! Did you almost poop your pants? Me too! Which brings back horrible memories from last week. Regardless, YAY huh?

I took a lot of comfort in the fact that this is a gnarly job. This is not something I could have taken on myself with two under two during nap time. The project is going to cost a pretty penny but I’m really hoping it prolongs the life of our kitchen for a good hunk of time.

Instead of regular paint, they are using the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation system from Home Depot. Our painter has used it in the past and recommended it. Amelie digs it!

It hasn’t been that fume-y (which I worried about with littles) but we have a monster whole house fan that we’ve been running each night to ventilate it really well.

We have our kitchen stuff piled on the kitchen table, in the guest room, office, and on the dryer. It’s been tricky living without a kitchen so Amelie and I have been subsisting on cupcakes and string cheese. Amelie digs that too! :)

A snow storm rolled in this morning delaying the painters so it’ll be tight considering I have company coming tomorrow through the weekend. Weeee!