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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

BasketBall Season

Peyton is playing basketball this fall. They opened a local league for homeschool kids. Peyton was really upset that the local school would not allow him to play football this year, so this was a nice compromise.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Counter Make Over

I decided I wanted a counter make over. Granite really appeals to me, but of course I didn’t want to fork out $4-$5k Right now for them.

A friend did this to hers when she moved into a new house. So I got inspired to give it a go.

Now just a disclaimer here depending upon how well you paint….They do look like granite especially from a distance. But they do not feel like granite, and when you get close to them-the common person could tell that they are really painted. However, I still like them much better than my old ugly plain laminate counters. I really love the high gloss shine on them too.

My bathroom vanity taped off and ready to be primed.

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After the primer dried, I sponged on one color. (I used acrylic paint from Walmart.) I chose various shades of brown, black, and kahki, and a beachcomber color.) For the first sponging I used one color of brown.

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Kind of hard to tell here, but I added a second color of brown over the last color, to give a varying degree of color and depth.IMG_0004

Here you can see the top is completely covered and some black has been added.

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As you can see here I added in some vein lines as well. I used the edge of a sponge and used the beachcomber beige for that. Then after 2 coats of poly this is the result.IMG_0018

I took a close up here so you could see the effect.

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My kitchen counters before.

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Counters with primer and one color sponged on. Looking pretty bad right now.

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More colors sponged over.

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Just play with colors till it looks the way you want. (Oh I also got a few swatches of examples from Lowes-so I had a guide sort of what I wanted it to look like. IMG_0008

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The final result. I love them!

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Sort of hard to see, but the window sill had a marble piece under it. But it was grey and white and I wanted it to match, so I painted it too!

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Love that high gloss shine and reflection from the light now.IMG_0016IMG_0017

Now I just wish I could get a quick, easy, inexpensive fix for those cabinet doors. (But they are easy to clean.) I am just not into a “modern” look.

No matter what I think it is an improvement.