This weeks post begins like lots of stories I've heard before. I started one project, then got distracted by a pile of laundry, which got me thinking about how dirty my floors were and that they needed cleaning, which made me notice how gross my baseboards were. You see where I'm going here. I feel like I did SO much this past weekend, yet have no fabulous before and after photos to show for all my work. Just keepin' it real here folks.
But I do have progress on two major kitchen projects that I've been meaning to tackle since the day I moved in (again over 5 years ago), the pantry and the under sink cabinet.
Be warned, these are gross...
Seems I have lots of stuff under there
This much to be exact. How all of that fit under there I have no idea.
Hope you aren't eating your breakfast right now, because this picture is just nasty. But I posted it to keep it real.
When I moved in I cleaned it best I could and put some shelf liners over the mess to just hide it. Like putting lipstick on a pig. The photo above shows what it looked like after I pulled the shelf liner off.
Then I scrubbed it with a magic eraser to get some of the stuck on grime. But it wasn't magic enough, it was still grimy.
So I crossed all landlord/renter lines and pulled out the paint. It really was for the best. I think my landlord should pay me for these changes, right?
I had a quart of some blackish oops paint from Home Depot and decided the grime needed to be covered. I painted the whole bottom and up the sides about 2 inches to camouflage the cords that were on the right side.
I gave it two coats of the glossy oops goodness and let it dry/cure for a good 3-4 days. Meaning my kitchen floor was a disaster for 3-4 days.
But just doing the cabinet bottom was not good enough because the sides were pretty nasty too...
...so I grabbed another can of my oops paints, this time I had a can of a light pinkish color, and painted the sides of the cabinet. I would have done all black, but I wanted to still be able to see what I had in there. The light color makes it easier to find items way in the back.
This is where my under the sink project ends. Everything is clean and back under the sink, but there are still a few more things to be tweaked in there before I can show you the after magic.
While I was waiting for the paint to dry from the sink project I got to thinking about my pantry and how it probably was filled with expired food and needed to be cleaned out as well. Since I was in such a cleaning frenzy I forgot to take proper before pictures, but lets just imagine it like this
Please tell me you remember Monica's secret closet??
I had 2 large trash bags of expired cans, pasta, sauces, and just about everything you can imagine going on in there. I guess that massive grocery store run (to get the basics) when we first moved was not necessary.
Note to self: I do not need 6 cans of coconut oil when I do not even know how to cook with the stuff.
Big waste, HUGE. I will never do it again.
After the pantry was cleaned out and the shelves removed this is what I was left with
A clean slate. Well, mostly clean.
And those shelves....EW is all I can say. Apparently my landlord just painted over the LAYERS of shelf liners that had been put there before and it was a painty-sticky mess.
The shelves (and the rest of the pantry) are still in the works, so you'll have to wait till later to see how they turned out.
But in the meantime, here is how the kitchen is shaping up color wiseI've already used all those colors in different places and I love them! Check back in the coming weeks to see how and where I used them.
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