Saturday, August 16, 2008

Killing time while the paint dries

It's Saturday and I'm in the home stretch of the cabinet painting. I just put on the first coat of the paint on the back sides of the doors, waiting for it to dry a bit before I flip it over and paint the fronts. I had worked with this paint before (Sherwin-Williams' ProClassic) when I repainted Thom's dresser and found it a bit hard to work with  - it is very tacky and you really can't work at all with it once you lay it down. That being said, I went all out buying a very expensive Purdy brush that was recommended to avoid brush strokes on the cabinets. We'll see how it looks after the second coat tomorrow but I'm not sure if any of this made any difference. It's supposed to be self-leveling paint, a type of alkyd but it's still looking a little brushy to me. I do like the color though and will be happy to see it in the kitchen.

In the meantime, just wasting some time. We're excited because we're finally going to see Sarah & Ken's house tomorrow for brunch - they are our blog and home improvement inspirations (I definitely recommend reading their blog if you  haven't already done so). When we get home, we're also going to sneak in to the home next door, which is for sale and is having an open house. We heard they bought it as a flip, a while before we bought ours, and we're excited to see what it looks like.

Otherwise, just plotting the next steps in the mini-reno in the kitchen. The plan is to prime and paint the cabinet boxes this week after detaching the old countertops and to install our new, beautiful Pronomen Ikea countertops next weekend along with our new sink faucet. After that, we'll have to do some patching of the backsplash area and then we can paint the wainscoting, woodwork, and walls probably the weekend after. The new cork floor is supposed to be in soon and so that will get put down last. I'm not sure when we'll get to putting the tile backsplash on (I'm rooting for mini slate tiles) but that may have to wait until a weekend after school starts. So, we're trucking. 

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