Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kitchen Makeover: Finally Painting

Today is Day 14 of the Kitchen Makeover. Yesterday, I finally got to start painting! I first had to protect the surfaces that won't be painted, including the floor. We'll have it refinished, but no need to make the refinisher's job harder. Lots of blue painter's tape and dropcloths. I ran out of drop cloths, and almost stopped to run to the store, but I decided to just use what I had: newspapers. I had to go out anyway later, turned out, since I had forgotten that there were a couple of spots near the windows that needed caulk. Oh, well!

Here are some shots of the new interior. There are still bits of the old green, a door and trim which I'll prime today. I have some drips to tidy up with chisel and sandpaper. This was my first time using this particular primer and it's drippier than what I'm used to. It was cheap and the coverage was good, so I guess that's the price you pay, eh?

Oh, to answer a few questions...I actually have a heat gun, I got it when we removed the vinyl tiles from the kitchen floor way back when (and I'm not telling you how long ago THAT was:). I don't really feel confident to use it for paint, especially near window glass. I did use it yesterday to remove the vinyl tiles that were under the sink area. It took 'em up nice and easy. Those will be replaced with new ones in a shade that matches the new kitchen.

Lenten update: I've kept to my intention and haven't set foot in Target or any thrift store. I even managed to toss Sunday's Target ad without reading it.


Terra Carlson said...

How nicely not-green! I can't believe how much work you're putting into that, I'm tired just hearing about it :)

Momma Pauline said...

Your kitchen seems twice as large not being "hospital green" anymore. I can hardly wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

Looks better already! And don't forget your crockpot for cooking dinner while you're busy.....kcn