Process: It’s a Peach

If you thought I had given up on this project…. you were almost right.

We’ve been pushing with a vengeance to get this project done. Um, but you would not believe how long EVERY THANG takes. Every last living thing. And yet… the work is starting to show.

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Two thirds of the shower… done. (Which means I have to buy a faucet. Oh geez. Brass, stainless, or black? Cast your ballots in the comments.)

The last wall will be completed today thanks to that gorgeous and very handy silver fox. Love you, mom.

And absolutely NO THANKS to this mischievous trouble maker. Love you, O-Money.

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One project that started simple and turned into a horrific edition of, “HGTV never tells the truth about DIY projects” was the kitchen cabinets. We painted them… and then 50 year old oil paint below caused everything to bubble and peel. Yes. Yes it did.

I spent a week peeling up layers of paint by hand. Long, glorious bacon-y strips of paint. It was very therapeutic. But finally I gave up and got the paint stripper. Come on chemicals!

This is what paint stripper does to cabinet doors… and skin…

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Approximately eleventy-million hours later, the doors, drawers, and boxes are all scraped down to their original base. Low and behold they are BEAUTIFUL clear cut pine panels without any joinery (aka, the whole door is a large slab of wood cut from a huge tree with no knots). You will not find something like this today at your average Home Depot.

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So we’re embracing what we’ve got! I’m going to apply a matte clear varnish to seal in the “weathered white washed” look of the stripped paint and we’re going to enjoy the beautiful swirls of pine grain for years to come.

My motto is always “Consume less. Keep more.” Sometimes that (plus a little/lot of elbow grease) really pays off and gives you something super unique.

Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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Oh… and more hardware choices to be made!!!!!

Brass? Black? Crystal? Leather? Stainless? Hmmmmm… More on that later.

Moving right along.

In other news, we have an offer on our current house and we’ve signed the contract. If inspection goes well, we will be closing very soon. Holy moly. We have to seriously bust it to get this project finished now. Bless our poor little hearts.

Pray. Pray, people. Ok bye.

 

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