Friday, March 22, 2013

Cabinet Doors are a Comin' Down

I have started removing the cabinet doors - not an easy task considering they probably haven't been removed since putting up 50 plus years ago and have a number of layers of paint on them.  Why am I taking them down?  'Cause I feel like it; and, it wouldn't hurt to clean the hinges up a bit and brighten the inside of the cabinets.  The doors will be sanded down when the weather turns nice and I can work on them outside.  The handles are being removed and they will be cleaned up too.

Cupboard doors removed
The inside of the cupboards are getting cleaned and a fresh coat of white paint.  I have new liner that will be added.
And the soffit above the cabinets has it's two coats of primer (one coat shown here) awaiting it's new paint.

I will be picking up the paint next week.  The white really reflects a lot of light coming in the outside door to the right and from the lone light on the ceiling.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Remember when . . . .?

kitchen wallpaper like this was popular?  I really hope it still isn't.

This was underneath the current wallpaper (stripes) - and the current wallpaper in the kitchen was put up just before I bought my house in late 2005.  Wallpaper from the 40's or 50's?  I remember seeing this type of pattern when I was a youngster - thank heavens not in my parents houses.  If everything in my kitchen was retro decorated, it might be acceptable.

I have started peeling/scraping the portion of paper over the counter/sink/stove area.  The other 3 walls are good and the paper is not peeling off.  It's too late to try and re-paste this peeling part.  This area, alas, gets all the steam from the sink, stove and our coffeemakers (we have 2 - his and mine).  So it is getting painted instead, in a slight off-white color to reflect light better, right over the original wallpaper. It is that board you bought (or buy) already papered.

Left soffit area to be painted
Center soffit area to be painted.  There is one
painted area for some reason (to right in picture)

Right soffit to be painted.
I am hoping just a good cleaning of the ceiling will suffice and it's not terribly yellowed.

In other news:  I won a Kindle HD in the Casita Club Member Appreciation Drawing that the webmaster Eric has.  I received it last Thursday and am so proud of myself at how fast I am taking to it.  Tonight, my friend Mary is going to teach me about Skype.  I downloaded a free book and have started reading it.  I haven't found the set of games I downloaded too.  Am really not much of a game player on my laptop, much prefer on the bigger screen PC my housemate has so playing on the 7" Kindle could be a challenge for me.

Ta, ta - off to work in the kitchen some more.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Case of the Disappearing Snow

Remember the pictures I posted on 2/21 of our BIG snow?

Well it's disappearing!  Oh my, who could have done this?

Probable suspect:  The warmer temperature and the sun!  At least it has been a nice slow melt and into the ground instead of running into the streets.  The grass is super spongy to walk on!

Been working on a plans for a couple of projects in the house - in the bathroom and the kitchen.  Still mulling over the specifics.

Been digging out old tax reports and related receipts, etc from years ago and taking them into the "document disposal" that is tomorrow in Hays.  Am spending more time reading some interesting "history" from years ago.  Some, am glad will be disappearing down the shredder.