Home Improvement

I love my house.   That being said, I am always open to improving it.  Sure—it has many functional attributes, and a good location, but I often find myself adding to our house’s “to do” list.   Anything can be improved upon, right?

Well, I’d say that is true as long as the project doesn’t cause you to take two steps backward.

Last month, I decided to take out one of our upper kitchen cabinets.  It was next to our refrigerator, and it was connected to two smaller cabinets that went over the fridge.  Those had been taken out to accomodate our lovely new fridge, that just happened to be too big for its hole.  Years passed and the cabinet served as a storage place for our kids’ plastic cups as well as the adult-sized glasses.  But you know what?  It was not a very functional cabinet.  Out of the three shelves, one had all the cups/glasses crammed into it, and the other had a mass amount of medications stuffed too full, so they’d spill out when the door was opened.  As for the top shelf—which is “no man’s land” in my vertically challenged world—well, the top shelf had an old container of spackle stuffed in the back where I’d forgotten about it.

So—I did it.  I took out the very unfunctional cabinet and the kitchen instantly looked bigger.  No longer was the eye distracted by this “rogue leftover,” but the line of sight went all the way to the corner of the kitchen, where the fridge currently resides.  “Ha!  That was easy!” I thought to myself.   Well—One step forward, two steps backward, right?   I found rather quickly that behind this cabinet, was leftover glue from ancient gold-speckled formica that graced the backsplash.  And of course, no paint.  When we bought our house, the kichen looked like this:

And when we made it ours, it looked like this:

I wish I had a picture from the same spot as the “before” photo, but I think you get the point.

Well, back to my cabinet.  Behind the cabinet there was no crazy orange with glazing, and I have every paint we used in the house except the kitchen’s orange.  So, I decided to paint the backsplash the same color as the cabinets.  I had to tell myself it’s just temporary in order to do it.  I really don’t like painted backsplashes.  Especially when the drywall/plaster is not very smooth.  Our faux finish helped hide such impurities, but this time I am hoping for the white to reflect the impurities out, just like this newfangled concealer the make-up companies are toting.  Really I want to rip the whole kitchen out and really make it mine, and you know, If I put in my favorite tile for the backsplash, I ought to get that new countertop, and the heavy duty sink…. and so on.   After a few coats of the “cabinet white” I was getting excited–it was starting to come together nicely.  I even moved the refrigerator and painted behind it so my paint didn’t look like an afterthought.

Well, that’s when all my trouble started.  I didn’t realize it for a few days, but everyone started complaining about our lack of ice in the automatic ice maker.  Mr. Man, the greatest home cook ever known to walk the earth, had come up with a delicious sugar free coffee milkshake that requires quite a bit of ice.  Considering our very hot weather, we consumed quite a bit of said concoction during the month of July.  It is a hard thing to make a frozen drink without the freezing agent.   As you may have guessed, I pulled our water line out of the fridge when I painted the wall.  I didn’t realize it until I saw water in our laundry room.  Then I went into my office, which is in the basement, next to our laundry room, and directly under our kitchen.   The drop ceiling tiles that were over my computer desk were swollen with water, and looked like they were about to let lose a fury of water.  I went into panic mode.  My desk was already wet from drips, but I had to wisk everything out of the office just in case the tiles let out more water.  Once everything was out of the way, the tiles were removed and the rest of the water was drained into buckets.  But then I heard “Squish Squish.”   Our floor had soaked up the wetness.  The only way to fix Laminate flooring once it gets wet is to remove it.  One step forward, two steps back, right?


Murphy knows me well.

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