Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Merry Painting

Hey y'all! It probably feels like I fell off the face of the earth. I wanted to check in here on the blog and let everyone know i'm still around. I've been struggling juggling getting content for the blog and doing DIY projects at the house. I guess i'm not much of a multi-tasker after all. If you don't know already I have been working away at painting the kitchen cabinets. I'm relived to report I am about 70% done. If you really want to be nice 80% would be some what accurate too. My goal is to be done by Thursday. So cross your fingers and say a prayer for me. 
I have yet to completely decorate my house for Christmas, which is a bummer because I totally envisioned our first Christmas in the new house to be so festive. I still have time, but I probably won't go all out like I wanted too. I got a tree, and that's a pretty major part. 
I am also preparing the house for a holiday party i'm hosting at the house for some blogger friends. I am having this party mainly because I am doing a blog post on holiday party food and drinks ideas. I want to do a spread of hor d' oeuvres and drink ideas, and it just doesn't make sense to waste a bunch of food just for a photo. I thought it would be a great idea to gather some new friends together and hopefully meet some new fellow bloggers as well. I have a few things, after I tackle the cabinets, to get done around the house for the party, but other than that i'm going to try not stress about it. One of the biggest challenges is that Mike has been traveling so much. In fact he is gone now, will come home for a couple days, and be gone again for another week. That's so tough because I need his man power at times. 
Another challenge is stressing out about not posting anything on MN. I so miss blogging and solely focusing on content for it. And I thought that was stressful. I was wrong. Painting kitchen cabinets is stressful guys. Originally we hired painters, booked the date, and I got a voice mail the day before (on a Sunday) they were supposed to come, saying they couldn't come until the following Monday (insert angry face emoji). That little hiccup basically left a sour taste in our mouth and we reverted back to an original thought, which was chalk painting the cabinets ourselves. I was a tiny bit skeptical about using chalk paint on the cabinets because I heard equal parts good and bad things about using chalk paint on kitchen cabinets. However, until right before we started this project we were informed about a new product. They now make a water based poly urethane that you can seal chalk paint with. The scary thing about chalk paint in such a high water area like a kitchen is how well it holds up long term. And no matter what, wax that you would typically seal chalk paint with on a piece of furniture doesn't hold up, again long term, on kitchen cabinets. Needless to say it's been quite an adventure. I wanted a specific color, that of course doesn't exist, so I had to mix two colors of the Annie Sloan chalk paint. And because I was using that color on many cabinets, in order to get the color consistent, I've had to make a ratio and mix it in small batches. I am done mixing as of last night, and can move on to the top cabinets (there aren't as many) and i'm only using one color for those. So hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here. 
I learned to not overdo it. I took a day off on Saturday, and I don't wake up and and get straight to it. I don't want to be completely be burnt out to where I do a crappy job. I have high hopes that I can be done by Thursday. And if I don't mess around, maybe I could get done Wednesday...night. 
I can't wait to reveal the new cabinets on the blog and share some tips that I learned along the way, some of those tips I learned the hard way too. If I had to give some good advice now though, hire someone. If I wasn't so stubborn I would have waited for the following Monday for them to do it. On the bright side, we saved a chunk of money. What's been going on with you? How is the Christmas holiday treating you? I'm about to put pen to paper before I get to painting and start planning out some fun content I want to do for MN. See you soon!

Throwback Tuesday to what i'd rather be doing ;)


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