Kitchen Makeover- An Overview

Yes I know, a blog website is meant to be updated and I have not done that, I am sorry.  I haven’t been sitting on my butt, simply put, I’ve been painting my kitchen for the past month.

A month to paint a kitchen? Yes, I’m just painting the cabinets, it is taking quite awhile, a lot of sweet and tears but I think it’s well worth it. So lets begin, at least the overview.

Before the chaos started.

Before the chaos started.

I’ll spare you the details of how to strip your kitchen, there is plenty of information on the internet. I could bitch about all of my struggles instead…nah, you probably hear enough complaining through your day. Let’s be positive then, how would giving my kitchen a makeover allow the opportunity to better myself.

1. Keeping my mind busy- otherwise you’ll drive yourself crazy.

2. Working towards a goal

3. Giving my kitchen a open and welcoming feel- onstead of the horrible green walls and a penis on my cabinet door.

4. Something new to learn- how to paint, hand drill and sanding.

5. Surprisingly exercise- the sanding is a prefect arm workout.

6. The rediscovery of yoga- ok, it has nothing to do with repainting my kitchen but my kitchen caused me plenty of stress that needed to be released.

This list is probably much longer, but those are the main positives for destroying my cabinets.

The cabinet frames all sanded down...phew what a work out!

The cabinet frames all sanded down…phew what a work out!

I’ve found that boredom is the worst part of unemployment. You’re sitting along in your house with little or no money, applying for jobs and receiving negative emails that your job application was not accepted, you start to become hard on yourself. You have to stay positive! I know that hard to do, but keeping your mind busy with something new or what you enjoy can make a huge difference on your state of mind. There is no reason, you should be hard on yourself being unemployed. It’s a waste of energy.

Use your energy towards a goal. It makes you feel better and gives you a reason to get up in the morning.  You have something to be proud of and even more importantly, you have something to talk about to others. When I was unemployed in 2011, I found myself discussing the same things over and over again with my friends. No wonder my friends didn’t want to hang out with me, I was a complete downer! Dismantling the cabinets and my frustrations and rewards, what great discussion piece. Most likely, your friends share your troubles with paint, sanders and drills.

Painted drawers, what do you think?

Painted drawers, what do you think?

Now for the last point; yoga.  I view this project as a job, I take days off and I only work until about 5pm. I had mentioned earlier in a past post, that keeping a schedule helps with the anxiety and gives you a purpose. I’ve given myself a schedule, including days off therefore; I deserve some R&R. Practicing Yoga seemed appealing to me because of the first high I received the movements with one class back in 2002. Finally, I felt that my body and mind needed something more, especially my flexibility and even soreness from sanding. With my anxiety, Yoga has always been appealing to me due to the mobility and the practice of meditation. I cannot meditate as of yet, but give me time, anything that will help my anxiety is greatly welcomed.

I know this was a brief discussion of what I’ve done in the last month. I’ve been kept busy with my 7th year wedding anniversary, friend’s birthdays and other gatherings. I’ve been busy, trust me. Tales of my anniversary will come later and probably some bitching about my kitchen. I guess I’m not going to let you guys off that easy without hearing some complaints :-) Hopefully, it won’t be another month until we talk again.

Of course, I had my manger onsite.

Copper inspecting my work

Copper inspecting my work



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