September 7, 2021

Labor Day Weekend (almost all labor)

This is exactly how I felt heading into the weekend, knowing my goal was to paint the upper cabinets:

First, Scott took them apart for me. Then he showed me how to sand them. Then it rained all day Saturday and he went to the grocery store so I didn't have to. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder said that butchering hogs was "hateful" work, but necessary. So is cabinet painting. I hate it. But I hate ugly cabinets more. A lot of people have ugly cabinets. Unless you buy a house that you designed or was built in the last 5 years, you will be doing something to cabinets, be it painting them or replacing them. 

One coat:

Two coats: 


Sunday, I sanded these ^ and started painting doors. Everything needed two coats because people always like to choose ugly wood stains for their cabinets. 

Meanwhile, Scott really wanted to take Wells to the aquarium at Bass Pro, so that's what they did. 


I did take a break to walk the dogs for a good 90 minutes. 

And then we went to a friend's house so Wells could play and swim. 

Honestly, the most relaxing part of the weekend was when I just sat in bed on Sunday night and watched the first two episodes of Clickbait because...our DSL internet has been installed (this was a 5.5 hour process on Friday afternoon) and now we can stream without fear of reprisal (our satellite data being cut off for overuse). 
Now I have to call and cancel the satellite internet and pay the $300 termination fee. 

Also, did you know that this part of Missouri just has REALLY bad internet in general? Like, good internet just doesn't exist here? I don't remember a ton of issues the last time we lived here (we had DSL through CenturyLink) but we also didn't require internet just to survive back in 2013. It was a different world. 
So I have tried every. single. avenue. toward internet service over the last few months and there is nothing. NOTHING. There is one DSL service where we live. And there is satellite. 
In town, there's more options, but they're not more reliable. 
*Apparently*, they make you teach from home on snow days here and it's nothing but problems because no one's internet works that well (according to my coworker) and you have to wonder why they bother? 

Anyway, the cabinets aren't done yet...this'll be a two-weekend project because Scott has to hang them all back up for me and we still have to putty the extra hole where there was a handle and do the touch up over that. 

Now all we need to do is replace the roof, replace the floor, replace the countertops, and add a back deck.
Maybe next weekend. 


  1. You want to come paint my cabinets next? LOL. I want to upgrade our kitchen some. Get new countertops and do something with the cabinets. We replaced all the appliances except the stove and microwave/range. Eventually that will get swapped out too.

    1. No. I do not. :) I think new countertops are my #1 on the wishlist.

  2. I'm going to be looking into doing a little kitchen redo & I thought of you... I'm so not looking forward to the process

  3. Do you have tmobile too bc in that part of MO, the service for them stinks just as bad unless you're directly on 44.

  4. I am so thankful the cabinets in our new house are already painted. I can’t go through that again. Though in reality they’re so old they need to be replaced.


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