So we're (Audrey and myself) officially moved into our home and the week before we started getting busy with painting. When I first showed pictures of the house to my boss, she made a comment about how I wouldn't be able to live with the kitchen floors. They were/are awful but something I could live with for awhile. What I needed to change immediately though were the cabinets.
See what I mean? They were wood adjacent with chrome fixtures. I think I had the same cabinets in my studio apartment on Virginia Street. So with some knowledge I had absorbed from the nice kid at Lowes and lots of help from my very loyal friend Nikki and my sister Andrea, we got that shit done in a week.
Yes, the refrigerator is pink and has chalk board doors now. What of it?
I wanted the kitchen to make a statement. That statement is, 'I have a uterus.'
Mission accomplished! Woo! Now my second project was the yard...it is where weeds go to mate. One of the things I'm most excited about having a house is being able to have a flower and vegetable garden, and I could already see where somewhere down the line there had been a garden in the back yard but do to neglect the yard had reclaimed it as it's own. Having this entire weekend off I decided it was time to get a couple garden tools, plug in the iPod, and get to work. Keep in mind all I have to work with is a small gardening shovel, a claw like handle tool that I got at the hardware store, and my bare hands. Easy peasy, right? Ha! After 2 hours, I had barely chipped the surface and I'm sure my neighbors were sick of hearing my rendition of 'Wannabe' and seeing my ass in the air. Cut to borrowing a pick axe, hoe hybrid like tool from my mom and a few hours later I had my garden cut out. (That Xena call you heard echoing through the neighbor hood was not me. I swear.) It's far from done but it's an incredible start. I can grow gummy bears, right?
THINGS I'VE LEARNED SINCE MOVING INTO MY OWN HOME
- There is a way around having to sand down your cabinets before painting them. It's called 'bonding primer' and it's my new boyfriend. For $20, you can't beat it.
- It will take you twice as long to put the cabinet doors back on than it took to take them down. Resist the urge to kick them. You just spent 3 days painting them.
- Paint in your hair is the new highlights.
- You will swear you are never moving again unless you become filthy rich so that you can hire movers. Put that in writing, people.
- Your second home will be Lowes. Brush your hair for the cute contractors.
- You only really need to like one of your neighbors...
- I am too sensitive. I realized this while I was over turning dirt and finding a number of Grubs (and yes, I only know what they were because of my vast knowledge of The Lion King) and worried that I was separating them from their family. Seriously.
I've never been so dirty, sweaty, exhausted...and I love it. Welcome home to me. :o)
Audrey thinks it's alright.