Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What I did over my summer vacation

I've been in denial about school starting again. Not that I don't like school and having a schedule again but it seems like Summer just got here. It was a cold Spring and I was busy with this 

and this

and I'm not really ready for this
followed by this..
BUT in an effort to embrace carpools, packing lunches, and getting up at 6:15 AM.
 I will share with you a few things I have done to my house this Summer.
Starting with something small:
Not the greatest picture I know but it's all I have.
Notice the countertops, 24 year old formica, scratched, cracked in places with wood trimmed edges.  What you can't see is the 24 year old porcelain sink which has long lost it's luster and stain fighting abilities, rimmed with a stainless steel crown, equally aged and tarnished...
Mark has offered to replace these with granite but I'm holding out...
At some point I would like to reconfigure the kitchen a little and replace the tile floor.

So I'll be patient... but still there has to be some way to fix it up without spending $$$.

A google search turned up Giani Countertop paint.
It was reasonable and worth a try. I experimented first in the bathroom in the basement with mixed reviews and decided to try a different color in the kitchen. I also discovered that putting the paint on a little thicker allowed the colors to blend and make a really cool "stone like" texture.
(I realize that any geologist would quickly know it is a faux finish but to the layman it looks pretty good)

I also got a new sink and faucet...
And painted the basement door RED... just for fun.


Amy said...

You have definitely had a very busy summer! I LOVE the red door.

Chelsea said...

the red door is way cool, what a fun idea! I agree, the summer has past too fast and I am not ready for the other seasons yet!

Grandma T. said...

You are AMAZING, Karen! I feel so proud of you -- and proud to have you as my D-I-L!!
Love & Hugs

ducksfly2gether said...

I'm still contemplating whether I have the creative ability to get this to look even close enough for a layman. yours looks great!