What Not to Do During the Holidays

Kitchen Cabinet Project holidaysAh, the holidays. The time when all well-intentioned planning and coordinating goes to shit and we realize we really aren’t in control. I know I said I’m going the positive route this year and this may seem contradictory but stay with me.

We had planned to have our first floor and kitchen cabinets painted before the holidays.Our painter ended up starting the morning of the 23rd, the day my in-laws were supposed to come into town, and got our living room done. As soon as they left (it was a quick trip) we went back to moving furniture from the dining room and my office to prepare. He came back the day after Christmas and painted the foyer, dining room, bathroom, kitchen nook, and stairs to the basement. That took us through New Year’s Eve.

January 2nd was the start of Operation Kitchen Cabinets. Let me set the scene a little. We went from shuffling furniture to now cleaning out every single shelf and drawer in our kitchen. During this time, our garbage service was switched to a new provider  and we had a week and a half between pick up dates. The worst time EVER for this to happen. We had 2,003 bags of ripped wrapping paper, boxes, packages and discarded kitchen items to welcome the new garbage crew. Needless to say, we weren’t able to leave it all at the curb so the garage looked like a dumpster sans the dumpster.

If you want to incite an anxiety attack, empty every kitchen cabinet or drawer and put it all on every table you have available. You won’t be able to cook a proper meal because there is paint dust on everything and your appliances and counters are covered in plastic. 2017 hasn’t been the healthiest of years so far. Breakfast and lunch are faring well but dinner is about survival at this point.

We are on the home stretch and Saturday is the final final, so I’ve been told. But here’s comes the positive.

I love my home again. You know how you can go for a long time with things being sub par just because you tend to look past it all. You been around it so long that you don’t really notice. Well, after being in our home for 12 years now, it all became glaring like a spotlight. The paint had scuff marks from various children, splatters, and oops from moving furniture to aggressive vacuuming. The finish on our kitchen cabinets looked like my half-painted fingernails, worn off and in major need of attention.

But through all the inconvenience and lack of order, I’m very, very happy. Our walls look awesome in their new shade of Dorian Gray (Sherwin Williams) and Pewter (also Sherwin Williams). It makes everything feel clean, new and open. The lighter shade in the living room makes the room feel bigger and now finally matches the new carpet we got last year.

Our cabinets, I’m dying over how gorgeous they are. Seriously, where have you been all of my life?! I never thought I would like white and initially wanted them to be painted gray. Then I realized the walls and carpet were gray so white became the glaringly obvious choice.

I’m so mad I didn’t take before pictures. I took some post-cabinet dump stage, I thought, but realized I put them on my IG stories so they’re gone! I totally spaced taking pictures to compare the before and after! Oh well, it’s the final product that we’re so happy with so we’ll just go with it.

So positivity abounds with my almost finished kitchen. We still have to put the new pulls and hinges on, add white padding to each shelf to protect the new paint, and put everything (or almost everything) back to where it belongs. We haven’t reorganized ever since we moved in so this is our chance. So while our cabinets will be done very soon, the real work begins.

We’re supposed to get an ice storm this weekend so sounds like Operation Kitchen Cabinets may just done this weekend with nothing else to distract us.

My advice to you is not to plan any home projects during the holidays because it will wreak all kinds of havoc into your life. However, if you choose to do so, you will embrace the new year with some serious gratitude and love for what you already have. Sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of paint.

See, even an ice storm can’t bring me down. 🙂