I don't have a very high thresh hold for stress.
What little capacity I have for it, I think has been all used up by a temporary condition called "remodeling".
After three years of talking about it, we have saved up and decided to give our 23 year old master bathroom a much needed update.
Our good friend Dave is doing all of the precision work and heavy lifting.
I would not attempt to tile a shower if my life depended on it.
I am volunteering to do the other not so constructiony-type projects.
Item number one for me:
Figuring out what to do with our creamy whitish colored cabinets that have been scuffed up over the years.
I'm too cheap to buy new ones.
So I decided to "distress" and "stain".
Here's the before:
And for you crafty types, these are the products I used:
A lot of 220 grade sandpaper.
Sherwin Williams Pecan stain.
Several of Caleb's old white t shirts that had holes under the arms.
(What is it with men and softball size holes in their undershirts and underwear anyway? Is this just us to which this phenomenon occurs?)
A hammer and screwdriver.
Oh, and polyurethane. Lots of it. But I forgot to show that.
And here's Clay, the new puppy.
Nothing like remodeling AND having a puppy all in the same few weeks.
Yep, we are awesome planners like that.
Here's the before and after.
After beating up some more with the screwdriver and hammer.
Sanding. Sanding some more.
Then applying and wiping off one coat of stain.
In the end I decided to go darker so I did about three coats of stain.
This is before the three coats of stinky-nasty-headache-inducing-but-oh-so-shiny polyurethane that for some reason I didn't apply in the garage like a dummy.
No, I waited to do that when they were reassembled in the bathroom.
Not one of my brightest moves.
I think we were high on love, er, I mean, fumes for several nights, even with the windows open.
Since distressing and the fumes obviously impaired my judgement, here is my painting fiasco.
I painted the entire bathroom once.
Too greenish! (outside color)
Then I went with a beige. Too purplish! (inside color).
Then, in an act of sheer desperation, I went and tried a "modest" white.
I did not like it at all when I it got on the walls.
I ended up painting it something entirely different. First,
second, third, fourth time is apparently the charm.
I can't wait to post the final before and after pictures when it's all done!
In the meantime, I am trying to keep my wits about me.
My husband got out the toaster before church this weekend and my english muffins from the day before WERE STILL IN IT, put away in the pantry.
One other day last week I got to town and looked at myself in the Walmart mirror bathroom. I realized I had only put make up on ONE of my eyes.
Freak show alert! ha ha ha!
Apparently distraction will do that to a girl.
Til next time my friends...
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