Living Room Cupboard – Part 4: Stained Topper

zar interior oil based wood stain in salem maple, foam brushes, and rags

As of my last update, the cupboard was painted white, but the dark blue laminate top had to go. Instead of replacing it, I decided to try creating a new top, out of stained plywood, which would slide over the existing top. So Thursday morning I headed over to the hardware store and bought a fancy piece of ¾” thick plywood. I had them cut it to the exact size of the existing top.

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House Numbers!

house numbers and historic plaque

A few months ago I came home from work to find the building-wide fire alarm blaring. It’s L·O·U·D and comes out of multiple speakers throughout the condo. There’s no way to shut it off without calling the fire department. Apparently the alarm was tripped by work being done in the 3rd condo. And no one was home, so who knows how long it was going off – poor cats!

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My First 5k!

me before walking the nate bibaud 5k in newburyport

Today I ran my first 5k! And by ran I mean walked 🙂 I am many things, but “runner” is not one of them! Hubby usually runs in a few 5k charity runs each summer, and this year he was like “why don’t we do it together? I’ll run, you can walk”. I had never even considered walking a 5k. I always assumed the people I’d see walking were people that were running/walking through it.

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Spaghetti Squash [Random, I know]

spaghetti squash

I’d never had spaghetti squash until last night. I’d heard of it, but never tried it. Something about putting spaghetti sauce over squash didn’t sound right. My brain was like “puhlease! I will totally know I’m being short-changed”. Then yesterday I came across another article mentioning how great spaghetti squash is, as a replacement for pasta, especially when you’re trying to watch your weight. So I decided to try it.

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Living Room Cupboard – Part 2: BIN Primer

painting the living room cupboard white

Last week I primed the living room cupboard base and doors with Stix primer. However, after two coats, I noticed the doors were showing streaks of yellow through the primer. Which made me worried that the stain was coming through. So, since my motto is “when in doubt, BIN”, I re-primed the cupboard and doors with 2 coats of Zinsser BIN. No more yellow streaks – BIN FTW! With 4 coats of primer between me and the stain, I should be all set to paint!

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Back in the Swing of Things

back yard of condo and my black velvet petunias

Well, here we are in June, and the last DIY-related thing I did was back in April! Oy! Every weekend I tell myself I’m going to do some DIY stuff, but every weekend comes and goes with no DIY. Lately my weekends look like this: Saturdays are spent relaxing, decompressing from the work week, and re-charging my batteries [aka – reading, napping, walking, and laying on the couch watching TV].

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