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Double Whammy: First Sewing and Baby Project!

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I might’ve mentioned last week that we were heading out of town last weekend to help my mom with a garage sale at her house.  While we were there, some folks stopped by and helpfully commented that they’d just been to another garage sale where a nice looking bassinet was for sale.There are a few things I really hope to find second-hand for our bun-in-the-oven, and although I wasn’t sure we needed/wanted a “bassinet”, I figured it could easily be a pack-n-play (which is a great secondhand contender in my mind) so we headed down the street to check it out.  And before we get too far, let me just say that YES, I know buying a used pack-n-play isn’t recommended due to recalls etc.  But something told me (our bank account, perhaps?) it was still worth checking out.The “bassinet” actually did turn out to be a Graco pack-n-play with a bassinet insert.  It was in really good shape, in proper working order, a neutral color, the nice smaller size of pack-n-play (see! I’ve done a little homework…

Time Capsule: Kitchen Cabinet Redo FAQs

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Jump back in time with me to see what we were working on a year ago this month!  *Actually, we started this project a year ago this month (June) and we finished two months later in August, but it makes more sense to keep all the posts together!I’ve been getting quite a few questions on my kitchen and cabinet facelift because apparently, I didn’t give nearly enough details as I was going along.  So this post will address the FAQs surrounding the cabinet painting project in our kitchen.  Be sure and let me know if I miss something.1.  Did you use oil or latex paint on your cabinets?I used Behr interior latex paint.  Before I got started, I saw only a few examples where people used oil-based paint on their cabinets (oil has a harder finish so it’s more durable, and it’s supposedly an easier surface to clean).  I also asked the guy at Sherwin Williams his thoughts, and he said latex paint has come so far that there is absolutely no need to use oil-based paint on kitchen cabinets unless yo…

Time Capsule: DIY Cabinet Upgrade Part III – DONE!

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Jump back in time with me to see what we were working on a year ago this month!  *Actually, we started this project a year ago this month (June) and we finished in August, but it makes more sense to keep all the posts together!Done!Finis! (Disclaimer:  Subject to future glazing if I decide to go that route.  :)) In Part I, I installed the crown molding.In Part II, we sanded, primed, and painted the cabinet boxes.Somewhere in between Part II and Part III, I installed the last piece of decorative trim, and sanded, primed, and painted the doors over a couple of weekends.  And our kitchen has been transformed from this last July (2009) when we moved in:To THIS!Whoo to the HOO!  It’s done and it feels so good to have a “brand new” kitchen :)  I just get the feeling of CLEAN and BRIGHT and CHEERY and HERB-EY COTTAGE-GARDEN-EY GOODNESS about our new space, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.Y’all get what I’m saying?I know you do!The FAQ post is coming tomorrow!

Time Capsule: DIY Cabinet Upgrade Part II

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Jump back in time with me to see what we were working on a year ago this month!A little bit of sanding with my new sander….A little bit of primer…..And two coats of paint….And we’re on to the next step!  The DOORS! :)

Time Capsule: DIY Cabinet Upgrade Part I

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Jump back in time with me to see what we were working on a year ago this month!Our orangey oak builder-basic cabinets have been screaming for some attention since we moved in.  Plus, yesterday I realized that the cabinets in my kitchen at home are the exact same cabinets as the ones in the kitchen at work.  (Crikey.)So here are some before pictures:Right after we moved inAt Christmas After we painted and had the fluorescent light fixture box replaced with recessed lights That should give you a pretty good idea!  Alright, so first thing to do in our upgrade is install some trim.I picked up some 1x2s, some molding (I chose a shorter and squattier version of crown), and some brass brackets.  I spent about $30.I cut the 1x2s to size with a hand saw.I cut the trim angles with a miter box. I used Liquid Nails and brads from my staple gun to attach the trim to the 1x2s.Then I countersunk all the brads and filled the holes in with wood filler.  Finally, I coped the single inside angle with a …

The June Haps

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After a lovely, though somewhat chilly, last weekend at the lake with family, we’re busy catching up on life before we head off again this weekend to help with a big garage sale at my mom’s house.

Luckily, despite our lack of weekend time lately, Nick has some time off work this week, so he thought it would be a prime time to tackle our uninsulated garage.


I grew up with an insulated, drywalled, and even textured/painted garage interior, so I was surprised when we moved into this house and it had a mostly unfinished garage.  The areas of the garage which touch other areas of the house are drywalled (no doubt a minimum requirement) but the outside and front walls, plus a vaulted ceiling area right over the door, were all just 2x4s and funky black plywood stuff (or regular plywood).

No big deal, right?  It gave us plenty of joist-space to stash random bits of crap, like the I-totally-need-to-keep-this piece of downspout recently chopped off to make room for the rain barrel. 

Right????  …