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Oh, you remember that whole battle with Brick City Love to finish our kitchens, right?
Yeah… well, I guess I am officially losing after getting distracted with blue dining room walls and then losing steam, because that’s pretty much what happened with my side of things this summer. Meanwhile, Carrie is picking up speed and really throwing some salt in my game (that’s throwback slang from 2005, folks. And yeah, that made me feel old. 30 is apparently making me cranky.).
But this weekend, I am pulling myself out of my DIY rut. I was on a good path for a while there, but quickly I realized that the oil primer trick that a contractor tipped me wasn’t really holding up to my expectations for locking down all of the torn drywall paper (a crucial part of getting a smooth skim coat finished). So I had to go back to the drawing board. The issue was that even with the primer, a handful of spots continued to bubble, which only becomes more frustrating when you apply layers of wet joint compound over it. So, rather than do it wrong and hope to minimize the problem areas, I’ve decided to look for a new option that promises better results. And it’s currently sitting in my car awaiting application.
It’s a little disappointing to have to repeat the same step I thought I was already finished with, but now that I’ve found the product I need, there’s nothing stopping me from trying to move past this speed bump over the next couple of days. I don’t want to share it just yet until I know it’s worked, so look for that update next week.
And as always, it’s good to remember that this is just how DIY goes… someone else’s trick sometimes just doesn’t work for whatever reason (even if they swear by it), and you have to figure out what fits for your circumstances (good God, yet another Goldilocks moment? I think so!).
When I look at it that way, I don’t feel all that frustrated… even though I’m not yet painting the walls, I’m close. And the coverage of the white primer alone makes the whole kitchen feel cleaner and brighter. So I’ll put that in the win column.
Speaking of win, I’m guessing you can probably tell I’ve been posting less frequently than usual this summer. But that should change soon. In just a few (almost whiplash-inducing) months, I found myself taking on a bigger role with the new job than I first anticipated, so other things have kind of been in a holding pattern while adapting to things (such as finishing the house and moving like I announced when I first started). For someone as ambitious as me, it’s pretty freaking fantastic, even though it’s stressful. And thankfully, they seem to be saying the same thing. I’m working with people who have a lot of natural talent and a strong work ethic, so it helps quite a bit – even if that means I’m posting intermittently until things become more predictable (we’re busy, but that good kind of busy). I’m hoping to have a behind-the-scenes peek (other than Instagram) for you guys and catch you up on all of the goings-on sometime in the near future as we start doing some feature pieces around the South. It should be a lot of fun.
Have a great weekend!