Kitchen: Painting!!!!


Ohhhhhhhh it’s feeling good!

The seemingly never-ending spackling and sanding routine is done, DONE.

Paint brushes and rollers have been broken out

I’ve said it before and I will say it again –

If you can paint, you are almost done.

Just getting to a point where the paintbrushes are dipping their little brush heads in primer means things are in the home-freakin-stretch.

The spackle has been sanding. Usually about 8 billion times.

Or 3.

But it feels like 8 billion. And you’re pretty sure it took the equivalent hours & minutes of 8 billion times.

All of the associated dust and debris has been vacuumed and mopped up – lest it interfere and screw up the perfect paint job and your now perfect surface.

Two weeks ago, things were looking pretty sorry.


A motley crew of bare wood, spackle, primer, and top coated surfaces.

Last week, I put on my big girl pants and talked myself into priming the main wall.


So many corners. Up & down the ladder. In & out of cabinets. It honestly felt completely overwhelming at the start. To get myself started, I negotiated the project in bite sized chunks.

“Just prime the inside of the cabinet above the fridge, then you can be done.”

“Since the brush is already out and filled with primer, just do the little skinny cubby.”

“The ladder is right here, just quick do the fancy moulding at the top.”

And so on and so forth until the entire thing was done – 2+ hours later.

This past Sunday, a ground swell of productivity took place. What was supposed to be a weekend of beach camping got rained out and rescheduled. Suddenly my man & I were faced with the prospect of making the house look less like we were merely squatters in a construction zone and more like an actual home fit for human beings.

He also agreed to man the roller while I cut in.


We got one coat of paint on the entire wall in about an hour. It was miraculous.


For your gif-y pleasure, THE PROGRESS (thus far).

There is still another coat of paint to go but the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing. It’s looking more like the sun and less like another train intent on running me over.

The large doors on the 36″ cabinet are painted and hung.


Same with the 24″ nook cabinet.


The nook’s cover panels have 1 coat of paint on them already. Just awaiting a second & final coat before being installed.


Perhaps even more exciting – is the fact that every single remaining door & piece of trim has been primed. Front AND back!




Every single remaining door & trim piece also needs 2 coats of paint. Front AND back. But, it’s a start!

The painting zone is set up and (relatively) dog hair free.

The other day I was talking with a coworker about how the kitchen was coming and I mentioned how excited I was to finally be able to paint. To which she replied, “You’re painting the new cabinets you just bought????” Yes. Yes, I am.


So there you go. PAINT!


In progress. But – PAINT!!!!

Exciting times. Exciting times.

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20 Responses to Kitchen: Painting!!!!

  1. Yay! It looks awesome – and you are so right about paint meaning you are nearing the end. Hurray!

  2. That is really exciting! Don’t worry about your co-worker. Some people just don’t get it. That is why it is fun to blog and get comments from people who care about things the way that you do!

  3. Susan in MD says:

    Paint, paint, paint, paint! Hooray for paint! I always hated the priming step because I knew I have to repeat the same steps but with paint….you are in the home stretch, now, girlie! Congrats!

  4. So very exciting, indeed! I love the way everything gets gussied up when you apply those first coats of paint and primer. I felt like we were getting close in our bathroom when we painted, but given all of the tile and tile and also tile…notsomuch. Great job knocking stuff out on an unexpectedly productive weekend! Something to be proud of, I know.

  5. Looks amazing so far – it was cool to see a reminder pic of the “old” kitchen in your last post – I forgot how bad it was! You’ve done SO MUCH!!! And you’re almost there 🙂

  6. Carla says:

    That fancy molding is exquisite. Was it original? You give me hope that someday I will have a beautiful remodeled kitchen.

  7. greycottage1 says:

    so whats happening with the kitchen?

  8. Jenny Quld says:

    I can’t wait to see what is happening in the kitchen 🙂

  9. lurker says:

    Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuupdaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate 🙂 Pretty please?

  10. jauhien says:

    What’s happening?

  11. Painting always makes such a big difference. Great job!

  12. Sandra says:

    Yikes, last post 5 months ago!!!!! How’s it looking now?

  13. Susan in MD says:

    Would love to get an update on the kitchen. Do you have running water yet? Are things looking settled? Is the kitchen complete enough for you to host a dinner party? Have you done so yet? Hope things are well and you’re just incredibly busy and happy and that is the reason there hasn’t been an update!

  14. I agree with Susan in MD! I hope you’re doing great and are super happy and healthy! Just wanted to add my voice in here, to say I’d love an update, too 🙂

  15. maria says:

    Update please!

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  17. mary says:

    Hi, Carrie!
    I saw all your news on Instagram and wanted to give you congratulations! Such a cute, laugh-y baby. I don’t have an instagram account so I am leaving kudos here.

  18. Wow, a baby!!! What wonderful news, Carrie and family!

  19. Looking Good! I’m about to start painting my kitchen also, so I’m with ya! : ) Great job!

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