As I write this post, I’m not 100% certain when my tile will arrive, but I know it’s supposed to be here sometime this week. If all goes well, I could start tiling the backsplash as soon as this weekend! Hooray! (And Carrie, just a head’s up… that post is going to kick ass. I’m pretty damn excited about it.)
In the meantime, today’s Dueling DIY update includes something I loathe: painting door trim.
Normally, paint is awesome. It provides nearly instantaneous visual payback for my effort. Nearly. Because painting all of this 1980’s trim white has been something that I only seem to find enough patience to do about half a door. Or half a coat. Because about four coats per trim/door is required. So, I lose patience and quit. It’s the worst. It takes way too damn long. And my house is then full of places that are splotchy. It’s not on purpose… it’s just lazy. I sometimes just paint a piece of trim when I want to begin cleaning off a paint brush (it gets rid of the excess that would otherwise get washed down the sink).
And that’s how I get to the point of having two pantry doors that look like this. After, well, four years in this house, I kinda need to finish doing that. #slackerprojects
I’ve begun with my pantry in an attempt to gain momentum. Kitchen updated = house slightly more updated in general. At least, that’s the idea. There are four doors accessible in the kitchen: two pantries (which is just odd, but I use one for food and another for random kitchen crap that I really just need to throw away, which will be about 5 seconds after hitting publish on this post), the laundry room door, and the garage entry door. The larger pantry is positioned under the stairs, while the one on the right is a narrow little cubby (and as I’m writing this post, can’t help but wonder if it would look far better as more of a built-in than a closed second pantry!).
After a short trip to Habitat Restore last Saturday (big thank-you to Sarah for all of your help picking these out!), I took these home with me:
Which prompted me to do this:
And now I’m simply suffering through the priming and painting process (the doors were painted ages ago save for a few spots I didn’t feel like taping to finish, but the trim surrounding them has just remained ugly). I know that when they’re done, they’ll look about a million times better than they did just a day ago. Just as soon as I get through the last coat (after also caulking the gaps – dark trim hides a multitude of holes and other issues, which like to expose themselves like mean little trolls as soon as I start thinking I’m being all productive and actually getting somewhere).
Now, if only that wallpaper were a bit more cooperative, this wall would be nearly finished! Head over to Carrie’s blog to see her progress (and I’m still envious of that brick wall).
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