Sep 15, 2008

Marvelous Monday Update 9/15/08

Does anyone ever say "Woo Hoo! It's Monday... Time to go back to work!!" LOL I suppose there is, but I think they probably need an evaluation by a licensed mental health professional. ;-) Let's see, what can I share on this Marvelous Monday?


Stitchy Stuff
You'd think after my last post, I wouldn't have any other stitchy stuff to talk about. But, I do! After Nancy left, I stitched a couple hours on LK's Peace Hope Love. Can you believe it's been 13 days since I last stitched on it? After 7.5 hours, this is what it looks like:

While Nancy was here, I stitched 2.5 hours on JG, but I haven't taken a progress pic because I don't feel there's enough to show. I spent that time doing a lot of over-one stitches to create a detailed edge on a stork. Nothing really exciting.


Kitchen Update
As you all know, I've been trying to finish up that *one* section of the kitchen cabinets before Nancy got here. Tuesday night I was putting the last of the newly painted doors back on the cabinets. I set it in place and reached over to get the screws and drill when crash-boom-bang! The door fell out off the cabinet, bounced off the exhaust fan hood, down to the step ladder, off the step ladder and landed on the floor! Talk about a very unhappy me standing there looking at a door with two corners dinged down to the original cabinet color of dark dark brown.

This meant in 2 days, I had to re-sand, re-primer, and re-paint the corners with hopes that they would look "normal", i.e. matched the rest of the paint job. By Friday night, I was again setting the door in place and what could possibly happen? I stripped the screws and had to go to Menards to get more. And yes, I *did* get the cabinet doors back on and new hardware changed out.

They went from this:

Pretty yucky! That's just two of the colors on the cabinets. Originally, I think they were a dark dark brown. Then painted that lovely green. Can you imagine an entire set of kitchen cabinets in that green? Next was a pale yellow. Finally white.

Pretty dingy, eh? No amount of cleaning would take away how bad that looks. If you look close near the cabinet pulls, you can see the indentations of previous hardware.

Here's what it looks like after my toiled labor and mishaps:


Now 1/4 of the cabinets and all the drawers have been re-painted and have new hardware. Several months ago, when my old Menards store closed, they had a clearance on cabinet hardware. I took that opportunity to stock up since I knew I would be repainting the cabinets.

19 comments:

Jennifer said...

Awesome job! The cabinets look fantastic.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Beautiful stitching.

Cabinet doors look wonderful.

Gabi said...

You did a marvelous job with your kitchen cabinet Maeri. It looks simply fantastic.
I like your stitching update too

Kristin said...

The new cabinet hardware looks fabulous. And good work on the L*K.

Barb said...

The cabinets look great. I love that Lizzie Kate piece. It is so cute. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Sarah said...

when I bought my house, it had dingy white cupboard and boring ugly handles, I noticed that beautiful new hardware makes a huge difference. Now it looks like I meant to have white cupboards, just like yours does!

And yes I do have poms! I don't think I'd ever want to have any other kind of dog now that I have them. They seem like little living plush animals.

Shebafudge said...

Lovely stitching and the cupboards look fantastic too.

sales said...

I love your cabinets! They look great. So does your Love Peace and Hope piece.
Heidi-ILCS

Chiloe said...

Will you believe my sister in law (ok, the weird one) had painted her kitchen cabinets the same green? Yucky .......

Rachel S said...

They look great!

Ruth said...

Congrats!!! Sure, the stitching is wonderful, but HUGE congrats on the cabinets!!!!! :)

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Well after all that the cabinets look great. I like the little LK design you are working on too. CJ(ok;-)

Alberta said...

Ah Meari...I think this is about where I would be asking you if you ever hired yourself out! You did a FANTASTIC job with those cupboards! I just hope they don't re-assess the value of your home with all these improvements!

Sharon said...

The cabinets look fab!

CJ said...

Meari -

The cabinets look fantastic. I need to re-do my bath cabinets, dreading that project.

CJ

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Lisa said...

Fantastic job on the cabinets, Meari. I love how you can think ahead (bought hardware at a clearance sale/going out of business). LOL @ door falling off the cabinet, thinking of the look on your face...glad you didn't get hurt, though.

Your L*K looks great, pretty colors. :-)

Barbara said...

Your cabinets look very nice, Meari. Are you thinking of taking up woodworking or carpentry as another hobby? LOL Love you LK stitching.
Barb in TX

Patricia said...

awesome job on your kitchen WTG!!!!
HUGS
Patty Smith
ILCS