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Kitchen final push... for now

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More on me and my life.... because in my imaginary world, this is a platform and I have an audience that is interested.... My life is busy because I am trying to fit 2.5 careers and 3 lifestyles into one. I am a librarian/professor primarily, and an actor and a merman (it's a thing) on the side... and I drive for uber to make up for bills. If i'm honest, i have a little bit of a debt issue I'm catching up on.... it's a slog. I'm also a crossfitter and a I-refuse-to-be-40-the-way-every-one-else-is-er. I exhaust me. So that's my multilayered excuse for not updating this blog, which isn't really a blog because I'm still catching you up on stuff I did months or YEARS ago. So next layer on the kitchen! Fast forward (backward) to August of 2019. The intended date of this project came right after the ancient AC died and I had to have a complete HVAC replacement. (more on that later, if i have the strength)... so I was tired and really short on funds, …

More kitchen!

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Next kitchen project. This was in March of 2018. One of my favorite and most impactful projects. Let me start by explaining my family. We get together to work. My dad came to visit for 3 days... so we could work on my ceiling. (To be fair, we spent the following Christmas doing their kitchen ceiling the same way.) So let's begin in proper blogger style, with a before. Come on a journey with me, if you will. The ceiling is popcorn, there's a hole where the weird ceiling fan used to be in front of the sink...the only light is a 3 armed halogen fixture in the center of the room. (fan was removed prior to this project.) As a plus, you could point each light where you need it to be.... as a negative, it created a huge amount of heat. The new ceiling is laminate flooring, because it's cheaper than real wood. I don't like the feeling of laminate underfoot (too smooth), but it's on the ceiling. A lot of my friends have asked me about this project... so I in…
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Hello again gentle readers... or crickets. Ok, honestly, I'm writing this for myself. So let's try that again. Dear Diary, I promised I would create some posts that tell of the work I have done at Tanglewood in the first 3 years of my ownership. There have been many little changes, but the most dramatic changes have been in the Kitchen, which is the most almost done room in the house now. (It's not quite done, but what space really is?) so let's start with a before! It's not a terrible kitchen, the layout is good. The island (which is actually a floating piece of furniture) is super functional. The cabinets have been boldly painted a dark navy blue. I have to give the previous owner (let's call her SD, since those are her initials) credit in at least it isn't a predictable color like white or brown? the counters and back splash were a printed laminate that was supposed to look like butcher block... but didn't. The ceiling is popcorn and is ado…