Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No rest for the wicked!

I just finished a kitchen re-do today and I am exhausted!  It took me the best part of a week as I had to cart every door home to my house as my client had the painters in and there was no room for me to work.  How I squashed them into my little Aveo is beyond me but my trusty little car did a fine job.  In fact she has been known to bring home half a flea market in her without a word of complaint.  I love my car.

Anywhoo...back to the kitchen.  It started life as a run-of-the-mill oak finish and has now been transformed into a very sleek and sophisticated kitchen with style.  I used a new product by Benjamin Moore (I work for them part time as a colour consultant) called Advance.  It is an alkyd but is water based which means clean up is a breeze and drying time is cut in half.  Oh the miracle of science!  I still had to do a LOT of coats to get the finish I wanted but it was well worth it.



I also managed to take part in an arts and crafts market on Saturday called Fenton Street Market in Maryland.  Good fun but sales where nothing to write home about.  I don't think anyone is really buying this time of year.  Still, it was great to meet a whole new group of like minded people.  I will definitely take part again nearer Christmas and probably try my hand at a few other venues.

I got up bright and early on Sunday morning (4.45 a.m. ~ mad!!) so I could catch the sunrise on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah.  How amazing that was. Butterflies and dragonflies were everywhere and the mist sat quietly on the mountains. And how often can you say you saw a bear crossing the road?  Well, I managed to see two, yes two, in the space of an hour!  I really feel blessed to have all this beauty around me in Virginia, and right on my doorstep.

Well tomorrow brings yet another project - this time a kitchen, living room and hallway.  Best get myself geared up for a loonnnggg week!
Hope you have a good one!


  1. Sounds like you're really keeping busy which is great & the pictures of the bear are awesome!!! Love it! We have a brown bear cub that's been wandering around our house, I've seen it twice...there is some magic there!

  2. what a wonderful job you did with the kitchen.
    Love the pictures of the bear.Thanks for sharing.Have a great day.

  3. An alkyd base with water clean up? WOW, I'll be looking into that one!!!!! I can't believe how busy I got too. Whats up with that? no time to stamp. :0(
    The cabinets look great!

  4. Hi Anji!
    That kitchen re-do is just spectacular, well done!

    Thank you so much for the tips on the photo sites, I'm looking into them as we speak. :-)

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!