So. I’ve been working on my kitchen reno for what seems like an eternity, and hallelujah, I’m nearing the end. And I’m so freakin’ sore I can’t believe it. Here’s a synopsis of my kitchen adventure:
1. painted and waxed 40 cupboards Annie Sloan Chateau Grey, which is actually green.
2. decided there was too much green, so re-painted and waxed 40 cupboards Annie Sloan Old Ochre, which is beige.
3. decided that beige was too flat, and maybe I should have stuck to the green. Went out and bought green paint–a melamine hybrid this time.
4. painted all 40 cupboards with the melamine, which promptly started to peel. (So much for paint and primer in one.)
5. removed all 40 cupboards, and started to paint over with primer. Changed my mind and decided to remove the paint.
6. Bought Smart Strip to remove the paint. Left a globby, sticky mess. Hand-scraped 40 cupboards to remove globby mess.
6. Decided to sand. Bought a mouse hand sander (the greatest invention EVER) and sanded all the cupboards of most of the paint and all of the glob.
7. Decided to repaint cupboards Annie Sloan’s Versailles. Pretty, but didn’t quite go with the counter.
8. Proceeded to paint the floor, which was a yellowy maple hardwood. Turned out like crap.
9. Decided to cover the floor in tile. Hated it.
10. Lifted up all the tile and handscraped all the glue off the floor. Took all night.
11. Bought resilient plank flooring by Target Master. Chose the one that looks like hickory wood. Perfect.
12. Proceeded to lay the floor, but was too tired and having multiple tantrums. Buddy decided to hide in the basement.
13. Called carpenter friend to lay it, but it would be a month; called handyman who sent an assistant to lay it a few days later.
14. Decided to repaint the cupboards Eddy Bauer Barley. Perfect. (Ignore mess if you can.)
15. Decided to remove my erstwhile farmer’s table top and use the old one. Sanded, stained, and gave it a barley wash. Perfect.
Yes, I am nuts.