Saturday, January 24, 2009

Caulk rocks!

Hark, fair readers! I have returned from a lengthy respite. Okay, maybe not so much a respite - I've been ridiculously busy with work. But the home improvement bug has bitten me once again. After staring at the cracking paint around the inlay of the cabinet doors for the past several months I finally decided to do something about it. Using nothing more than common latex caulk, I have fixed the problem. So for those of you attempting to paint cabinets such as ours, I would recommend caulking the inlaid portion of the doors first before priming and painting. It really has made a big difference.

My big plan is to finish up the details over spring break. Paul is willing to loan us his tile tools (including wet saw!) and I will finish the backsplash. We also need to get the thresholds redone and there is still a bit of trim and baseboards to fix. Perhaps I can talk my wonderful husband into helping me do this project tomorrow.

In other news, this Bangor blogger may soon become a Jersey blogger as I have been offered a job at Rutgers. I'm still contemplating this news but the idea of having to sell the house is certainly inspiring a bit of motivation. I would really hate the idea of taking a loss on the house in this market, however, so we've also discussed the idea of keeping it for a few years and perhaps renting it to a fine, upstanding faculty member or graduate student. We'll see what happens. I have a couple weeks to decide. It breaks my heart to think of leaving Maine - we do so love it here - and leaving this house is even more unsettling. Perhaps a new foursquare is awaiting us in New Jersey? I'm sure there may be one, just probably at the cost of three times what we purchased this one.


sarah said...

Whoa! Jersey, huh? They have lots of cool bungalows down there, though. Were you not totally impressed by the Bangor holiday parade - that's a reason to stay, for sure.

Kathy from NJ said...

Please do your financial homework. NJ is EXPENSIVE. I live in a 1,200 sq ft condo (no basement, no garage) in Morris County and pay $6,000 in real estate taxes and $3,000 condo fee. Our auto insurance is the highest in the country, income tax is higher than Maine, gasoline is cheaper (and we don't allow self-serve), sales tax is 7% (none on food or clothing). The state is going bankrupt and there is a lot of corruption. You will be amazed at the traffic and shocked at how long it takes to get anywhere. My sister lives in Saco, ME and loves to come to NJ to shop but can't stand to be here for more than three days. Any specific questions you can contact me at RBottonister at yahoo dot com

TWB said...

Jersey is very expensive.