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Monday, January 26, 2015

kitchen update

We are at the end of week 2 of the kitchen update.  With AH's 12 hour work days the weekends are the only time we can work on the kitchen.  This week I boxed up everything in the kitchen cabinets, set up a mini kitchen to do basic meals, finished the staining, made tow trips to HD and one to Menards for more supplies.  Since Thursday I've had the help of a wonderful 9 year old who thought climbing into the cabinets to get every thing out was tons of fun.  I was happy to let her do it, with two fake knees I can't kneel down any more.

This is my laundry room/pantry.  I took every thing out, added these heavy duty shelves and some bright containers.  The industrial shelving was on sale for $49 at HD.  I have 1 more to add but right now it is my mini kitchen sitting in the middle of the living room.


Boxes every where

Cabinets coming out, lots of trash and mess

Mini kitchen, the microwave and coffee pot are on another little table.  Even in the midst of remodeling you still need to eat.  I think there are many paper plates, cups, plastic flat wear and sandwiches in our future.

Measure 3 times cut once.  We have samples of all the different wallpapers we've had  still hanging on the walls 

Friday, January 23, 2015

 My brother, sister and I plus spouses gave my parents a new ceiling fan for Christmas.  The original was white, too small for the room and poorly wired. It was AH's job to hang the new one.  Problem #1 was the almost 15' ceilings.  Problem #2 no ladder tall enough.  Off to Menards Andy goes to rent a ladder, $12 for half a day, buy a longer dark stem and a remote.  A couple of hours later it was up and running.  It sure is nice to have such a handy husband.  The parents love the fan.  The change in size and color made a huge difference in their room.
Removing a fan or installing a new one is a pretty easy task for the home DIYer.  You need basic tools, a little bit of wiring knowledge and a tall enough ladder.  Most important tip, be sure to turn off the power to that room before starting or you might get zapped.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


That's what we call left overs.  Already made meals reimagined into something else.  This was left over pulled pork.  Pork, toasted corn tortillas, grated cheese and a chopped salad of leftover vegetables.  Fast, free and easy.  Your family may be more receptive to reruns if you change them up a little.

Monday, January 19, 2015

kitchen update

The hard work of staining and finishing the new cabinets has begun.  Of course we are in the middle of a severe cold snap which means we can't do this project on the porch as we had planned and the stove and furnace are running non-stop to keep us warm.  If you've never done a project like this before what that means is lots more dust floating right down on your project.  plenty of steel wool and elbow grease will take care of the dust.  Right now the newly finished cabinets are in the living room and bed room.  We just left little trails to walk through.  Two full weeks and about 75 hours and the cabinets are all stained, antiqued  and sealed.  I may do a coat of rub on polyurethane. After every thing is in place, I'm sure there will be places that will need a little touch up.

Friday, January 16, 2015


I know this is a little late for Christmas this year but keep it in mind for next year or use the idea when you need a quick centerpiece.  Our new skinny tree needed a topper. The angel was tired and the the one I bought on clearance was too heavy and flopped over.  A big bunch of faux berries, sticks and a ribbon made the perfect topper for the tree.  I had every thing on hand and it took less than 5 minutes to make.  You could do the same thing and pop in to a vase.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

funky coasters

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would make a good project to do with my grand kids.  Simple 4" ceramic tiles for the base, Sharpies, rubbing alcohol, gloss spray sealer and felt pads for the bottoms are all you need.
Wipe off the coasters with a damp rag.
draw, scribble and cover most of the tile with 2-3 colors.  We found that more solid patches of color worked better than tiny dots or lines, but do what works best for you, you can't mess this up.
Pour a small amount of the alcohol in  a bowl then using an eye dropper or a teaspoon drip the alcohol over the tile in puddles.
Walk away and let this dry then do it again and again until you are satisfied.
Don't mess with it too much or you'll end up with a muddled mess, I know from experience.  You can however blot extra liquid with a paper towel and keep dripping. On the first one I messed with it too much so I wiped the tile with more alcohol to clean and started over. When they are perfect, to you, let every thing dry well then spray with sealer and add 4 felt pads to the bottom of each coaster.
Such a cute gift for parents, grand parents, teachers etc.

Monday, January 12, 2015

good by old kitchen

These are picture of my kitchen cabinets as they are today.  We're getting all new cabinets and a new look for our kitchen.  We made these from kits in 1976 when I was huge pregnant with my twins.  The doors are warped and don's stay shut, the paint is peeling, never looks clean and they just don't function well any more.  We are planning dark cabinets, the same maple floor and concrete counters.  The cabinets will bWe have already made 4 trips to the big box store in getting them and  for supplies.  This will be a several week, hopefully not months project and I'll keep you up dated.