water = rain
sand = wood particles
fun = progress
My kitchen... is a mess.
It started back before we moved in. March 25th in fact.
I hired a girl off Craigslist to do some basic cleaning for us while we could be at work making more than we were paying her. I don't mind cleaning my own dirt, but not someone elses. Actually when I posted the ad on Craigslist, I got 140 responses in 48hrs. Oh my! To skim thru those was a nightmare.
I picked 3 to respond to (if you know Craigslist, you know about people who back out!)
I asked a trivia question: What will you spend your $150 dollars on?
She was buying diapers and groceries. Sold.
She did all right on most things. But she called me frantically on the 2nd day. "I cannot get the cupboards clean! I have tried 6 different cleaners and I think I may have ruined your cupboards. The varnish is coming off and they are still dirty!"
I wonder how much time/money she spent on those when the floors were still dirty...
Anyway--I told her to move on to something else and I would figure it out
Come June, I did alot of research on cleaners and found TSP. I worked on this each morning while making coffee and it seemed to work, but was still taking off the varnish with it.
I felt quite a failure.
Fact: Grease of 32 years penetrates varnish.
Solution: The varnish must come off.
Now I have never attempted this, but the pictures I have found of other kitchen makeovers show me I can make this happen. I can have pretty cupboards!!
I have also never come across a make over blog that SHOWS any cupboard nearly as disgusting as these:
While cleaning out these crevices the toothpick got stuck and when it came unstuck I got this gunk in my eye. I threw up...
my hands.. and called it a day. Bought some goggles and ignored the kitchen for 4 months.
Now it is November and I want to move upstairs in 25 days so the pressure is on.
Now let us back up..my first solution back in March was to clean the cupboards and replace the handles.
Here we are starting last week on the floor of the garage. It was pretty painful kneeling and squating for hours.
It is just the right height too. Which is good. Had I been left to do this on the floor I would have conveniently forgot I even had a kitchen up there!I had a sunflower knocked down by rain that joined me in the garage that day.
Here we are after cleaning round 1
Today I continue sanding. I got quite a lot accomplished on the first 4(of 22) doors last night and I hope to be priming by the end of the day.
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