Thoughts From The Beach

What I have learned about life, living at the beach.


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Never under estimate the power of paint to transform! I have always known that and when moving back into my family home paint was never far from reach. In fact the entire week before moving in Peter and I painted. We painted with stain and smell blocking primer, twice (50+ years of smokers in the home required it) we painted walls, ceilings, mouldings, doors, floors, you name it nothing was safe from our paint brushes. However, by the end of those 7 days I never wanted to see or hold a paint brush again. Only problem was we weren’t done.

It wasn’t until a month ago that I finally tackled the last job, the inside of our kitchen cabinets. Now remember this is an old cottage, built in the 40’s, with it’s original cabinets (aka plywood boxes). When we were in the midst of our painting frenzy we did get a coat of primer on them which helped with the smell but it only made them look worse. So now I was going to finally fix that, nearly 4 years later.

So what color should they be I wondered. I mean no one, or hardly anyone, will actually see the inside of the cabinets, so did it really matter? Yes to me it did. I would be looking at the inside each and every day so I wanted something that I would love.  So my inspiration came from a spice jar lid from Anthropology. With the jar lid in hand off to Home Depot I went. Only one problem, the lid was too small and not flat enough to put in their color matching machine. So on a busy Saturday morning the paint department attendant hand matched the paint to the jar lid! This again fostered the LOVE side of my love hate relationship with Home Depot.

The color was perfect! While Peter was gone on a business trip I painted and painted and painted! Who knew that even with a coat of primer the cabinets would still take 3 coats to cover.

The results? Amazing!! I love my cabinets. They look and feel clean, they brighten up what use to be dark black holes in my walls that dishes and spices would get lost in. They are great, and again I learned the power of a coat of paint (or two or three)!

I want to know what your greatest transformation with paint has been!

Happy Painting!







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