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Diary of a Sad Painter

Diary of a Sad Painter

Day 1:

Dear Diary,

My quest to redo my kitchen is nearly finish.

Kitchen Before - Sink Wall

The goal is in sight. After exposing the brick wall;

Kitchen - Exposed Brick Wall

putting in new counters and a sink;

Kitchen - Farm Sink and Completed Counters

rearranging, building, and upgrading the cabinetry (complete with crown molding);

Kitchen Update - Cabinet Area

fixing walls and adding a board and batten treatment; putting in a new floor and building a bar area behind the peninsula;

Kitchen Progress - Board and Batten

planking the ceiling and making my own chandelier,

Bare Edison Bulb Chandelier

I am finally down to the easy task of painting.

I can’t wait to see my final kitchen.

It’s going to be awesome.

Day 2:

Dear Diary,

I finished smoothing out the walls and put the new color on the upper wall section. I also painted the little section of board and batten by the brick wall so I could build the open shelves. Oh, the joy! I can’t wait to get the rest of the paint done in the kitchen. I am inspired!

Kitchen Progress - Painting the Window Wall

Day 3:

Dear Diary,

I’ve finished priming the board and batten on the window wall. Wow! That’s a LOT of work. All those edges and inside corners that like to collect drips. I don’t remember it taking me so long to paint the last section of board and batten. That seemed to go pretty fast. Granted, that was months ago and I had a lot of work to do before I could get to this part of the wall.

Kitchen Update - Arched Wall

Maybe, I was so excited to see the paint I don’t remember how hard it was. Well, at any rate, it’s looking good and even with just the primer on it makes such a difference to the kitchen. It’s starting to look like a real kitchen! I’m ready to get the real paint on here.

Day 4:

Dear Diary,

I spent all day painting the board and batten on the window wall. I need to finish it up before I can paint the cabinets. How can one section of wall take all. day. long. to paint? Granted, there are a million places for paint to collect and drip. I will just continue to take my time and do it right. Sonofa…

Kitchen Progress - Paint Drips

How did I miss this? Looks like I will be sanding and doing some touch ups. That’s okay, I will keep moving forward. I can come back and do touch ups later.

Day 5:

Dear Diary,

I may have caused permanent damage to my olfactory neurons as I am incapable of smelling the paint fumes that permeate throughout my home. The boys have taken to barricading themselves in their upstairs rooms to avoid the smell.

Unfortunately, Brutus has decided to test the theory of my damaged sniffer by dropping fart bombs in the kitchen whilst I paint.

Who Me Brutus

The part of my nose capable of smelling really, REALLY bad dog farts is still intact. Good to know, but I fear for my new paint. I hope the stench does not cause the paint to peel. Oh, man…BRUTUS!

My eyes are watering. Quick. Open the window. HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL! CloseTheWindow  CloseTheWindow CloseTheWindow! Do you know how cold it is out there? It’s 13° out there. In March. There is snow coming down. Big, fat, fluffy, It’s-Beginning-To-Look-A-Lot-Like-Christmas type snowflakes.

The fumes must have also fried my brain cells, to think it’s warm enough to open the window.  Sure, the calendar says Spring, but your thermostat tells a different story.

I live the glamorous life, no?

Day 9:

Dear Diary,

My spirit is breaking. When will this end? Like Sisyphus, I am bound to a Hell of endlessly painting the same horrible areas over and over and over again.

Kitchen Progress - Base Cabinets

So much for buying the more expensive paint. It’s thickness alone had fooled me into believing it had good coverage. Three layers later, I now know differently.

Kitchen - Open Shelves in Cabinet Bases

Day 10:

Dear Diary,

Today Hubs learned that statements like, “What’s taking you so long to paint?” “It’s just painting. How hard can it be?” and, my personal favorite, “Just get it done!,” make him very glad he is living 1,300 miles away from home. I may have threatened to junk-punch him, right after I judo-chopped him in the throat. I may have mentally followed through with my threat.

Kitchen Base Cabinet End Cabinet Open Shelf

Next time, he can be the one to spend four days on his back painting the underside of this stupid shelf. “What’s taking you so long?” *Punch, chop, Hi-YAY!*

Day 11:

Dear Diary,

The ceiling mocks me. It taunts me with its primer and paint sample finish.

Kitchen Progress - Ceiling

It’s cruelty knows no bounds. Today, it reminded me of all the cut-work joy still ahead of me.

Kitchen Progress - Ceiling Cabinet Area

“Stop mocking me, Ceiling!”

*Runs to bedroom, throws self on bed and screams into pillow.*

Day 12:

Dear Diary,

I have enlisted the help of the boys in preparing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. And by “enlist” I mean, offer to pay them for the work. And by “pay” I mean, “Get your butt down here and sand these Effingham cupboard doors before I start taking away privileges…like your life!”

Day 13:

I wised up and bought new primer and tinted it to match my cabinet colors. Consequently, I have finally finished the base cabinets and the drawer fronts. From this angle, I can almost convince myself that the painting is all done.

Kitchen Progress - Base Cabinet Drawers Finished

Sadly, the unfinished doors are jeering at me from their perch in the dining room. Is there no end to this madness?

Day 14:

Not all green tape is created equally. Oh, sure, some will try to fool you with their green color and deliberately misspelled names and make you think they have magical properties to stop paint from bleeding. They lie.

Paint Bleed Through

Furthermore, not all brands of blue tape peel off as cleanly as it should. There are words to describe how I feel about both of these problems, but I’m too Mormon to use them. In print.

*Words uttered in my head or in the privacy of my own home when no one is around to hear me cannot be held against me or as a basis to judge the extent of my Mormon-ness.

Painters tape damage to wall

Let’s just say that if I could create a stink bomb comprised of paint fumes and Brutus farts, I would send one to each and every bad tape manufacturer out there. Probably more than once.

Day 15:

I still have nineteen cabinet doors that need one coat of primer and at least two coats of paint, upper cabinets that need two coats of paint, and a ceiling that will hopefully only require one coat of paint but will probably actually need two because that seems to be how things are going for me these days. Still, I am taking the day off.

I know, I know! There are endless touchups. End. Less. But today I’m going to bask in what IS done.

Kitchen Window Wall Shelf

The shelf is up. Yes, it needs touch ups. Gosh! Let me have my minute. I now have a spot for my spices and I love seeing some of my tchotchkes.

Base Drawers Painted

In spite of my kid sanding off the numbers I wrote on the back of the drawer fronts, I still managed to get them all back where they belong and the new handles installed. This spot right here? I officially declare this spot in my kitchen as done! Woo Hoo!

The rest of the kitchen…not so much, but tomorrow is another day and I’ll be back to the grindstone once more, painting and painting and painting….

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Comments

  1. You are amazing! That is one beautiful kitchen and you have done so much work! I cannot even imagine trying to do all that.

  2. What a lovely kitchen. You are amazing. I am in love with the bookshelf. 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh, you make me laugh!! That business with junk-punching your hubby…love it and I’ll have to remember that the next time he steps out of line! I feel for you with all the painting, but it’s looking amazing!! XO
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  4. serously that is the most gorgeous kitchen EVER! you can do it!
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  5. Keep the faith! Your kitchen is looking AMAZING.
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  6. Your kitchen is looking lovely! 😀

  7. Thank you so much for writing an honest account of your painting experiences! I need to re-read this everything I get the idea to “paint something.” Even if it is just a simple piece of furniture. Five days later and I’m no where near done!

    Meanwhile, good luck on the touchups. It really is looking smashing!!

  8. Suesan, I am so proud of you! You have been through he – doublehockeysticks to get this kitchen finished & your determination is uplifting! And I love the colors you have selected. They are one of a kind selections for a kitchen & you, are also one of a kind!

    (And I equally hate the blue & green painting tape)

  9. Suesan,

    WOW! BEAUTIFUL! I felt your pain as I read your diary… and I cracked up at the same time by your humor. What a beautiful job you have done. I would love to refinish my kitchen and baths, but on the other hand, I am not loving where I live, so I think I will forego a refinish. I miss seeing you!