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The Accidental Remodel Part 26 - Spray Painter  

Welcome back to Part 26 of The Accidental Remodel!

I have been so excited to try out my first ever spray painter!  I have been so wishing I had had it when this project first began.  I read out this particular model on another blog.  It listed for $89 plus tax and shipping.  I found it on Amazon, new in the box and paid a whopping $11.57 TOTAL with free shipping!  As I was checking out, Amazon offered me $50 off to  sign up for their credit card, and that brought it all the way down to just $11.57!  Amazing!

I have been thinking that the spray painter would be such a blessing in painting those new shelves over my old cabinets where the panels were removed and shelves put in.  One of the openings was white and the others were brown with white ceiling showing.  I needed to make them all match and have been hoping it would brighten the area to have them white. 

So, I studied the manual.  It took me a full hour to thin the primer properly.  It made quite a mess doing so as it required several items.  There has to be a better system than I used...and that goes for my attempts at cleaning it after use too!  There was another hour or more!

The first bit of reality that hit me in the face was that it says to spray 4-10" from the surface.  I have 11" deep openings for these areas and the sprayer is too big to fit in.  You can't tip more than 45" either way.  Yep, results were not good.  I also had envisioned painting the brown wood and ceiling that show at the tops inside the openings and the shelves.  Hmmm...not fitting, too far away and too great an angle.

The second BIG issue I encountered was BLOWBACK!  Literally!  I hadn't anticipated that.  The sprayer sprays by powerful air currents.  Sprayed into those boxed openings, it all blew back on me and I do mean powerfully!  My readers were painted.  My hair...oh my hair!  Even with it braided down the back to be out of the way, oh you should see me now!  I am not looking forward to trying to get it out.  I'm crunchy!  And the air!  It was all paint mist!  I finally found the mask I'd bought and some old goggles to put over the readers...and still they got painty!

Another shocker was that the air was so powerful that all the plastic drop cloths I had set up where blowing everywhere and not doing their job.  SO much clean up!  Note for tomorrow...TAPE them in place!   It turns out that I need to cover things on the other side of the room it traveled so far!  But I don't have enough of them to do it.

It suggested practicing on flow and such before starting to paint.  I didn't have anything but the cement planters out back, so I practiced with the water on them beforehand.  Clearly I didn't get it right because with the problems trying to paint inside the shelf openings and trying to paint the insides entirely, I have ended up getting PRIMER on cabinets that were done months ago!  :( 

Another thing that raised the stress level was that it said not to let it sit more than 30 min. without use or cleaning the unit.  It turns out that they didn't give directions as to HOW to disassemble it.  It took me over an hour to try to scrub the sprayer and it's still not clean :(.  There are two filters in it that they say to clean ever 50 gallons or something huge.  Well, both of them were full of paint from the blow back and the motor was HOT for almost an hour, even disassembled!  Even with three different brushes and scrubbies...and a paperclip for areas I couldn't reach, I couldn't get it all clean and I hate that.  :(

You might remember that I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands last Christmas and have a 2 yr. recovery period.  After doing all the work I did on the kitchen this spring (waiting for the cabinet villan), I developed more hand troubles.  I had one two years ago.  They say over use and Rheumatoid arthritis are linked to them.  Goody, I had both, so after working on the kitchen, I had three more trigger fingers.  For the first one, the surgeon did a "needle surgery" in the office, severing the tendon.  It healed just fine.  This time they are insisting they don't do that any more and I need three more surgeries.  I have been told not to use my hands this last month or so and am on some meds for it that are risky for other conditions I have.  When they said I would have to have the full surgeries, I decided to just try to get the kitchen done as best I can.  LOL, it's really PAINFUL and almost impossible, but I'm really hoping to finally get it done.  Was praying the sprayer would help.  LOL not today!  What I experienced today would have been much better OUTSIDE!  :)  What a mess!

So, as of tonight, I have one questionable layer of primer on the new shelves and arch.  I'm not sure whether I'm going to try to use it again tomorrow or not (on the same areas).  It was SO MUCH WORK just to clean up and so painful to do it, that I'm just not sure it was better than a brush.  And I couldn't get the paint everywhere it needed to go.  I shall rest on it and see!  That is after I clean it all up and make DH his breakfast and lunch for tomorrow!  Yech!

Hope you stop by for the next exciting, LOL, installment as I crawl toward completing this hysterical Accidental Remodel!  :)

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The Accidental Remodel Part 25 Crown Molding  

Welcome back to Part 25 of The Accidental Remodel!

Hi again!  So, you know about the cabinet disaster and leaving us without all the work done.  That included the crown molding we had paid for.  DH put it up this week, and that's a huge YEAH!  However, being new at this and having horrid equipment, we ended up with the need for some "creative artwork" on it.  I have been using spackle to patch nail holes and other damage, shaping and sanding to replace what once was there and it looks like new!  I have also been creating the mitered joints with layers of spackle, drying in between, and sanding till it looks just like wood mitered corners!  Once it's all primed and painted, no one will know that we had 1/2" wonky gaps where miters were supposed to be and other interesting things going on!  It looks better with each step!  When you get lemons, make lemonade!!!  After all, necessity is the mother of invention!  I am so grateful it's finally up!!!  WoooHooo!

The hardest part was more collateral damage from the horrid job the cabinet man did.  The pantry and new upper cabinets were to be the same depth, but he made the upper cabinets just slightly less deep, thus causing two more mitered cuts and teeninsey ones at that!  But Praise God, it's done!

I also used paintable caulk to try to mask some of the horrid gaps in the cabinetry itself.

Yes, I know you can still see the original wall paper behind the fridge, but until someone moves the fridge for me, there's nothing I can do about it.  My arms aren't long enough to even paint over it!

Stop back by for the next installment of our Accidental Remodel where I try my new spray painter out and have a great day!

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The Accidental Remodel Part 24 Finally Something Good!  

Welcome back to Part 24 of The Accidental Remodel!

If you have been following this remodel, you will remember that our granite fabricator left us with completely dull edges.  After much effort and research I learned that a company must own some kind of a water tool to get the famous shiny edges we all know as granite.  I learned that my fabricator doesn't have that tool and must have had someone else make his showroom countertops.

We opted not to continue with this fabricator for the small countertop we would need after the cabinets were in.  He kept our slab.  All these many months waiting for the cabinetman to finally do his part, I have been aware that this small countertop would be a problem.  Such a small job wouldn't interest most fabricators, and also, given it was a small piece now instead of the entire kitchen, there would be no motivation to give us a good price. 

After the horrid cabinets were put in on Monday, I took a day to cope with the carnage there.  Then on Wednesday I started calling fabricators.  Our granite is Verde Butterfly, a bottom price range builder grade granite.  It was everywhere when we started the kitchen.  Wednesday, calling five fabricators, no one had any and I was told that we would have to pay for an entire slab, and only the 40" of counter would belong to us, the entire rest of the slab would be theirs.  Almost $900!  Not good.

The first place I had gotten an estimate in the beginning with the kitchen was where I intended to use.  DH wanted a second estimate.  Normally I am all about price shopping, but some how I felt very good about the first place and wanted to use them.  We went to another fabricator and were given a much higher estimate without them even coming to the house.  Then driving, we passed another place and stopped.  The counters in the showroom were fine.  The owner was personable and insisted he'd done all manner of important jobs in our area.  No we didn't check.  We had no idea one could have dull granite, so who knew to check?  His price was just a little better than the first one and he decided to go with them.  I liked the sink racks and granite turntable they were throwing in.   Needless to say, after the installation, we never got the turntable.

I was uncomfortable contacting the first company for my new smaller need as we hadn't used them.  But I was running out of options.  I was treated nicely on the phone and he was at my house immediately.  He was professional and said he thought they had a remnant just the right size and could put it in Friday (today).  There's a shock after waiting five months for what's turned out to be terrible quality cabinets.  I met him at the store and sure enough, it was almost exactly our size.  It wasn't as pretty a stone as the slab I chose, but at least it's close enough not to clash.  Given my experience, I asked to see the fabricating area and we swept dust from a couple of edges and behold THEY SHINE!  Deal!

He said he'd noticed our granite and assumed it was extremely old and not well taken care of.  Nope, brand new.   Though I had been told by all back when the bad granite was put in that it wasn't possible to fix the edges in our home and would break to remove it, I asked this man too.  He said they wrongly split our counter in the middle of the sink, thus guaranteeing that the slab would break if we try to remove it to be taken to a fabricator to fix.  The original fabricator had insisted that we break it in the middle of the sink.  :(  This man said all that might help a little was to use Turtle Wax and steel wool to buff it out.  We have now tried two layers of it and any improvement is so minimal that I don't really see it.

So, yesterday, Thursday, I got a call mid-day asking if I could be home in 30 minutes.  The counter was done and he could install right away!  Yes, the only thing we paid others to do in this entire make over and they actually did what they were supposed to was this 40" counter.  Breaks my heart that we didn't use them in the beginning like I planned.  We would have all proper shiny counters.  At least I have one tiny piece that shines.  The dull edges of the other are so gray that the stone doesn't show at all and the edge is what I see mostly.  DH is very tall and sees the tops and has had no trouble with the counters.  Now he sees how it should have been and has finally acknowledged my case.

So Monday the horrid quality cabinets that were not made to our specs in any respect finally came and Thursday the new counter was put in.  After so long waiting it seems shocking that it's physically here.  I had another carpenter estimate fixing some of the major problems with the new cabinets yesterday.  Still waiting his price, not that we have any way to pay him after all this.  We do need the crown molding to be put up as the bad cabinetman tore down all our pretty white molding in preparation, then left us undone, even though we'd paid for it. 

I long to get started trying to repair the new cabinets so I can start that it will be DONE and kitchen things can finally be out of the rest of the house.   DH is over the top about that.  But...after all I did with the remodel earlier, I developed some serious troubles in my hands and the doctor has forbidden me to use them for another month minimum.  GRrrrrrrrrr!   I want to make progress!  I'm a dooer!  Sigh, time to keep with God's lesson on patience and forgiveness that I've been in for five months.  Apparently I haven't grown as much as He wishes yet, cause it still just keeps coming.  I'm SO glad that His Word promises that He won't allow more on us than we can bear with His help!!!!  I couldn't stand my load (not just remodeling) without it.  I cling to it and snuggle up with it and rest in this promise.  He is faithful and true though all men be proven liars.  It's in His Word and as His servant, I believe it.  And look, He just gave me a piece of this job that went right!  It's like a ray of sunshine He's sent me straight from heaven!

And for those of you faithfully following this less than great journey, I am confident that when all is repaired, one way or another, the change will be very impressive.  I hope you will drop back by for the next installment.  I am so blessed by every one of you that come!  Thanks and have a great day!

UPDATE:  The carpenter's estimate to fix the new cabinets and put up the crown molding is veeeery high.  We won't be able to get any help with this mess.  I'm a week into my month long treatment on my hands and there is no improvement, so I'm likely looking at three more surgeries and their healing before I can start trying to "fix" the cabinetry to the best of my ability and get them painted and finally move things into them and have the house return to normal.  SO HARD not being able to start. 

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