My day started with picking up a couple dozen chicks at the post office for my neighbor. I put them in the chick pen she had all set up, dipped their beaks in water so they would know where to find it, and left them in their new home. They were cute little things. I didn't get any pictures, but they looked a lot like this:
Then I took my daughter to work and ran errands. I got 4 gallons of paint, 2 gallons of zinsser 1-2-3 primer and a 6' step ladder to replace my old rickety one that was threatening to dump me on the floor if I stepped on it one more time!
Heads up if you need paint, primer or ladders. Ace Hardware has them all on sale through July 4th plus they have great rebates. Their line of Royal paint has a rebate of $10 per can and you can get up to 4 rebates! The ladder I got was regularly priced at 59.99, on sale for 39.99, plus an additional $10 rebate. The primer is on sale for 14.99 and has a $5 rebate each, on up to 4 cans. Great time to get that paint you need. I love Ace paint, and no, I don't get any kickbacks for saying that. But if any Ace reps see this, I wouldn't mind another gallon or two :)
After I got back home, I primed the base cabinets and doors. I don't think my knees will ever forgive me. But it's looking better already, and that's just with primer. When I walked in tonight after going to dinner and a play with Jamie, I did a double take. Even with the doors off, and all my kitchenly goods hanging out, it looked so much brighter!
Without further ado, here's the progress:
Everything will not be bright white. I've picked 2 tones of white for the soffit, beadboard (yes there will be beadboard), and cabinets. I plan to glaze the cabinets too. The walls will be kind of a soft cocoa color, but very light.
This came in the mail today too:
Yeah...that's what I've been living with. Can I get me some sympathy? Having seen the before of my kitchen, is it any wonder I hate to cook? It has very few cabinets. Of the 5 drawer fronts you see, only two are really drawers. And counter space is precious real estate here.
To be fair, I love my stainless steel appliances. Except the dishwasher. It's white. I will not complain. I waited years for a dishwasher, but I really would love a stainless one. When I was buying the giani paint, they also featured this stuff:
They made it sound great. I didn't notice when purchasing it (online) that it was an "As seen on TV" product. Sometimes those are great products, and sometimes not. Has anyone ever used this? I'm a little afraid now. It was pretty pricey at $24.95, although it does come with a can of base coat and one of topcoat. If it works it will be a very inexpensive way to get a stainless dishwasher. If not, I will hear echos of Billy Mays every time I open the door.