It has been a long long slow process.
Part of it is I have NEVER done this sort of work. I work in an office! I'm good with the keyboard & I'm great at researching! We don't get this kind of practice. Now learning from the internets... I know what to do... but won't know if I did anything wrong until I finish and that is the point of no return. I will never look back or FIX it. Ok ok--I might try and fix it but I don't want to do it wrong in the first place.
Here it is!!!
THE UGLY KITCHEN!
This is what I look at on my way to the shower... one quick glance is all I allow myself. Start my day out with disgust and angst. No wonder I want to block it out.
|It has seen some progress since this picture|
When we moved in I bought new handles! And made a vow to replace the handles before the week was out.
I was so excited! I picked 6 styles and put them up and let my friends vote during the painting party. They all liked this one:
Awesome! Pretty clean and new handles! I can do this! I was ready to put them on... right after I get the cupboards clean.
But they didn't listen. Or maybe they didn't like the new handles?
|I make this extra large so you |
And this stuck to my arm while painting the wall behind it. *shudder at the memory*
Seriously. Press board, grease, dust, steam + 32 years?
|Please go clean the tops of your cupboards now!|
So here I am:
Priming with disposable brushes using an oil based Kilz tinted Lavender which is supposed to be a shade of light brown.
|This one is for Darth Karen|
And my littler(with no head) below likes helping which makes it go faster.
I am supremely grateful for help at this stage, because..... it sucks.She is just the right height to get the underside of the cupboards.
|Wonder what she is doing this weekend?|
The one on the right was my favorite 2 months ago, but someone(Hmmhph Travis?) thought it might be too dark. So I tried some lighter colors... and NOPE. It was perfect all along
(Edit: this picture is missing and I cannot find it. Sorry!)
And if it wasn't enough work already, we decided to get fancy!
|Middle is the winner. Sweet Molasses w/ Sweet Georgia brown pin stripes|
And back to the garage, Travis fixed the drawers that were falling apart so now I can go back to the cleaning, sanding(by hand this time) and priming of the 7 drawers.I don't have alot of time or motivation during the week to suit up and waste a paint brush a day so I have been putting it off til the weekends. But some how those fill up with unplanned plans and I get only a few hours in. I did start this in November...In the background are the cupboard doors waiting for the fronts to be primed.
|I will post pics later if I have trouble deciding.|
So I can have the hinges cleaned and painted to match!
And here I am today:
|All one color at least! Now I have to do it all again =/|
I thought the pantry was a debacle! I just did not know the meaning of debacle yet.
It just goes on and on my friends... hence my delay in writing this blog. I can look back and laugh once I finish, but since I am still in the middle? It's quite the sore spot for me.
Truly the beams should be on this Ugly list since Travis has worked so long and hard on them...
But you know what? I am writing this blog :)
And besides, his beams have already become pretty, where I am not quite there yet in the kitchen.
2. Carpet cleaner who needs anger management
I never followed up on the story with the carpet cleaner. He cleaned all our carpets back in March 2010.
Seemed to do a pretty good job on the living room. The pic on the right was a beloved spot by the previous owners little dog. Once they dried some spots are still there, but it feels more sanitary at least.
Here I explain what happened to our stairs.
The man who cleaned our carpets was incompetent. (Travis approves this word.) He put down "extra water" because the stairs were "extra dirty" but neglected to get up all the extra water. When we found the damage we called him to come see/fix/help/etc but he did not show up.. so we called him back again and he yelled and hung up. Next we wrote him a very nice email and he responded back with a rant, all in lower case, no spaces or punctuation, besides !!!! every other sentence.
Here we realized how unstable this guy was.
We could go after him with small claims court. But he also knows where we live... So we went back and forth on the decision for a while and ultimately decided to NOT go after him in court, but to hit him where it counts. Reviews. ONLINE.
Now yes, I did originally find him thru Craigslistwebpage and somehow I ran across one (old or false ad) that mentioned he was licensed bonded and insured which made me feel confident hiring him.. Now when you do this, you should probably check to make sure they STILL are at the time you hire them. I knew nothing about this at the time. I had a budget and $200 for all my carpets was a fantastic price.
So I made a weekly goal to check his advertisements on several sites and make sure there was a review(nicely written) that mentioned he was NOT licensed, bonded or insured without going in to much detail. Remember, he probably still knows who I am and where I live.
He removed his ads from those sites. The nerve!
Upon googling him for this blog--it seems he has changed his number too. I was going to post his link and name and number just for hits when ever someone searches for him... but with the statistic programs recently--I think he would know... and... you guessed it! He still knows where we live.
I know this sounds paranoid but I really am not. Just this guy seemed angry and unstable and did not seem worth the effort to get our money back.
Moral to this story?
1. Do not hire anyone named Rob to clean your carpets. I don't care if it is an amazing deal. Pick the next guy.
2. Carpet on shallow stairs is dumb anyway.
3. The lowest price is NOT always the best price.
I should have sent him packing after reading this from his website:
High Powered Truck-Mounted "Quality" Steam Cleaning!
And then he showed up in this old van and advertised in my driveway
|I have nothing against advertising in my driveway and I full intended on posting my own review on this blog... |
until the stairs mildewed and he yelled at us.
#3 And the things we thought were important before moving in and have yet to get to and then realized how dumb we really are thinking they were the "important things"
(Also see original to do list at bottom of this link)
*Mismatched lighting all thru out
|This is the best of them--but I still hate it.|
|Old carpet vs Older Carpet|
*Replacing the ugly window