Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Sweeter The Berry

The more sour the face…?


Who doesn’t like to watch someone get a good case of sour face? I know I do! Last weekend we had a day of exploring, photos, and playing at the lake. Along the way, we came a cross these beautiful grapes. Since many bunches were starting to drop, we thought they might be ripe. Wrong.


I ate the first one. Poker-Face. Of course, in my kind, eagerness to share evil doings as a dad, I passed the next one to Davin. Yep.



That’s funny. Right? Well, Sicily thought so too. So naturally, she had to eat one for laughing at him.



So, at the end of the day, there was no wine. But the day was as sour sweet as I am my family. If you’re reading this post and can’t see strikethroughs…you’re missing it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kitchen Color

Okay. Lots of color.


So this whole process has been a slow, painful, nightmare. Said it before, I’ll say it again, “I’m crafty. But I’m no carpenter.” This is totally a learn as you go process. Now here’s the real catch. Do I do it all myself, maybe even only half ass, cause that’s the best I can? Or…do I not do it at all. Paying someone is 100% not an option. So, I opted to do it myself. And I made up my mind that it wouldn’t be perfect. I’m okay with that. I completely hate it. But I’m learning to accept it.

Here’s a hideous before. Okay, so it’s still hideous, but at least now I can see ahead. I look at it a lot like my photography, I try to vision the final product before I ever start. Before I push that shutter button, I have an idea of what the final image will look like. Or at least, what I want it to look like. That’s pretty much the same thing here. I’m sure it’s hard to see the future (of my kitchen) with so much half-assedness going on. But…I can see it.


As you can see, there is still tons to do! TONS! But I’m getting there. Eventually…well here’s a list:

  • All the cabinets will be painted white.
  • Countertops will get replaced.
  • Tile backsplash. Full of color(s) of course.
  • Appliances…not talking about those right now.
  • New floor.
  • New window dressing.
  • Finish and paint ceiling. (yes I should have done that first. whatever)
  • New pendant light above the sink.
  • Replace ceiling trim around lights.


So…how ‘bout them shelves? Huh? Huh? Yes. I. Am. Proud!

I made them from 2x12” pine. Brand new pine! Really. My goal was make them look aged. How’d I do? The “stain” is actually a mixture of vinegar and steel wool. Yep. No true stain. I beat the shit out of each shelf with a hammer, chain, screwdriver, whatever. Then, I sanded. And sanded some abnormalities into them. Hopefully that helped with the aged look? Once the stain was dry, each shelf got 2 coats of Deft, Semi-Gloss.


See those cook books? They are hiding our modem and wireless router inside. Another post for that one.


And of course, looking at these pictures reminded me that I need to cover all the screws on the shelf brackets with some white paint.

So what say you? Cupboards or open faced shelving?