Monday, April 21, 2014


Have you forgotten about the giveaway? Don't! It ends next week!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and got your fill of ham. I know I did. My sis decided to do the cooking and sent me home with plenty of leftovers. Yummers.

I think today I won't complain about anything.

Now that you've picked yourself up off the floor, I'll show you something positive I did this weekend. I got motivated!

As you all know, we're doing stuff around the house. I finally picked out a color for our bedroom. We were sitting around chatting it up about all the work that needs doing, and I got the brilliant idea that we might as well paint the laundry room, too, even though that wasn't really ever part of the plan.  It's a small room, I said. It'll be easy, I said.  It won't take long at all, I said.

Holy shitballs, was I ever wrong! For some reason it didn't occur to me to consider what a difficult room that was going to be. SO damn many places to cut around. Jeebus! There's the doorway into it, the doorway to the porch, the closet door, the furnace door, the water heater door, the electrical box door and all of the tubes and shelves behind the washer/dryer. Between that, having to move the washer and dryer by myself and then squeezing in back of them to paint, it was the most difficult room I have ever painted.  

It took me a ridiculous amount of time to get the first coat done because of all the nooks and crannies and edgework. Then since I was using leftover paint from the kitchen, I ran out of paint. I thought I was so clever on Friday and went to the paint store with the intention of getting a gallon of that paint, 2 gallons of the bedroom paint and swatches to repaint the spare bedroom. Because yes, I have now decided to repaint that room, too, for no apparent reason other than I feel like it.

Got all the way to the paint store and found them closed because of Good Friday. Poopski. Just my luck. So bright and early Saturday morning I went back and got what I needed, headed home and did the second coat.

While that was drying, I took a break and was texting with Kev. I was telling him how hard the room was and said if it needed a third coat, he'd find me hanging by my neck from the garage rafters when he gets home. Lucky for him (and me), two coats took care of it. 

I even took off the grating that is on both sides of the door that are screwed on (tight) so I could clean out the slats. May I say, DISGUSTING! Just a shit-ton of black lint and dust that has accumulated for probably as many years as the house has been there. Now that I've done that once, you can bet it's not something I will neglect in the future. I was completely grossed out.

So here's the before and after. I never have to look at those damn flowered walls again.  Before....yucksville.
And the likey much more.
Personally I think it's a drastic improvement. We keep that door between the kitchen and here closed so we don't have to listen to the furnace so every time I go in there now I do a double-take. 

When I finished that room I would have loved to start painting in the bedroom, but since I'm not a body builder, I don't have the ability to move furniture. A task for a different day, I guess.

I do have a mani to show although it isn't what I'm wearing right now. I actually had a pretty gold on over the weekend, but it was completely destroyed by the time I got done painting. I didn't even take pics of it beforehand. That'll teach me.

So this is one from a few weeks back when I first got my AliExpress plates. 
HIT Mari Moon Cool, AliExpress 12-52 stamp
After doing one coat of black, I did one coat of HITS Mari Moon Cool and continued on with the Sinful Colors Black on Black to do the stamping off the AliExpress 12-52 stamping plate.

As always happens, I forget how much I love those HITS polishes until I use them. I'm amazed by them every time.

It's kind of an odd stamping image, different sized chain links is what I think it's supposed to be. Very "un-me". I tend to like designs that make more sense. I'm trying to make myself use some of the more quirky ones, but it's hard for me to do.

All in all, a decent mani.

Now, since I am back to work 2 1/2 days a week, I guess I'll go do some!

And for the record, all of that convo above about the difficult laundry room painting was not a complaint. I wasn't mad about any of it. Just exhausted....and sore. This old body doesn't appreciate being all pretzeled up to squeeze into small spaces.  lol


  1. Good work! You done well, it look so much better now :)

    I like your manicure as well

    1. Thank you, Dina! I'm trying hard to remember to do "before and after" pics as I go along.

  2. I was looking at my Hits just the other day, thinking... I'VE NEVER USED THEM... gotta get them out and use 'em! Needless to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE this mani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Well done, love the mint green! I also repainted my Kitchen cabinets over the last 2 weeks, those beggars had to be sanded down first, every door, every drawer and the wavy decorative bit, and it 35C and climbing! Gah! Love the nails, I just bought a new metallic green today, my treat for dragging my ars to Zumba for the 1st time in 3 months! :-D

    1. I'm considering doing my kitchen cabinets, too, but not paint. I would use the same kit from Rustoleum that I used in the bathroom. I just can't decide what color to do. They are honey oak right now. The nice thing about the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations is there is NO sanding. You just rub them down with the liquid and rough sponge they provide. Works great. What slays me is the cost for new hardware! That alone is going to cost almost $400!