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Step one….

The paint came for my cabinets! Yay  (After all of those amazing colors you guys picked, I hope you’re not going to be disappointed!) !
Guess what I have none of this summer? Time!
I watch my nieces so there are six, count ’em.. six kids at my house every day this summer.
I am drinking as I speak.
But never fear, I am going to continue, it will just be in real-time “baby steps.”
So this weekend was step one.
Can you see that tiny overhang above my sink? It has a piece of decorative molding on it? It makes the kitchen waaay too dark and obscures the light. It’s only 6 inches tall, but blocks out a lot.
It’s gottta go.
I had to do it NOW, so instead of doing the right thing and using a ladder, I did the  I’m too impatient “Jen” method  of removal (which I wouldn’t recommend for any one else): barefoot on the edge of sink with a drill and screw driver. The only thing that would have made it even better is if it were a sink full of  old rusty knives and broken glass.
As my Dad used to say, “The project isn’t finished unless it includes 3 trips to the hardware store and one to the emergency room.”.
No ER trip this time, but some pesky screws that didn’t want to come out at first. It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact I was precariously balanced on a 4 inch edge like a do-do head or anything.
The finally 4 screw later, it was out! And so much brighter. I should have done it 10 years ago! I am going to have  a piece of wood cut to fill the space and trim added to the cabinets before they are painted.

I can at least check one thing off of the list!

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  1. Sweet Tara introduced your blog to me just a while ago and I can’t wait to see what color you paint your cabinets… I am a big believer in painting cabinets. I painted mine a little over a year ago (they were similar to the color on yours) and it has made such a difference. So hurry up so we can see them ;o

  2. The fact that you actually took a picture from atop your sink just goes to show the lengths you will go. I truly appreciate this post, because I too have precariously climbed atop my counters on a number of occasions and mostly out of impatience (I refer to it as my ADD ~ Attention Deficit Decorating)and I also watch my two nieces (ages 2 and almost 4) so there are 7 kids in my home… which makes getting anything completely done seemingly impossible. I look forward to following you as you tackle this project. Best wishes!

  3. Wow, we are in the same boat -painting kitchen cabinets in the summertime! I love the picture of you standing on the sink. Too funny! Can’t wait to see your progress!

  4. ohh can’t wait to see what they look like…and is it weird that i don’t have six kids and i am drinking as I type?? I kid I kid…heh! loved that at least you had your toes painted, you crack me up!

  5. That’s how I do things…climb on the counter so I don’t have to bring the ladder up from the basement. 😉 Man, I wish I had as many cabinets as you do. Removing that piece has definitely already brightened up the kitchen. Can’t wait to see what you paint the cabinets. That’s a job for sure! I’m not sure I’d be up for it.

  6. Yay for step one! I usually do things a little at time and it always gets done in the end. I think you’ll love your cabinets painted.


  7. Oh my gosh, that shot of your bare foot perched on the sink made me laugh! That’s the kind of knucklehead thing I’d do!

    I have a cabinet makeover planned to the neat future, so I’ll be watching yours eagerly!

  8. when I first saw your kitchen…I was totally envious of the amount of space you have!! I can’t wait to see your paint job –

    that comment you made of your Dad’s…hilarious…..

  9. I stood on my counter once while painting the kitchen and popped the sink out! Cost me $150.00 for a guy to come and fix it back to the granite. I have never done that again!

  10. i am the same as you. i never do it the correct way. i get to impatient and jump right in. i can’t wait to see what your cabinets look like when finished. i just know thew will be beautiful!!

  11. I hope you SAVE that piece of decorative trim–can be slapped on something else!

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