We Have a Set Of Doors!

Last week I had a hole in the wall leading to the outdoors. Read about it: Oh No! This week, the doors are up and I finished the staining to match the rest of the wood throughout our home.

And the doors look amazing!

*Pats self on back*

I’m also happy with the hardware on the doors and how they will protect our home. I put locking pins in the doors that go directly into the steel beam along the door frame. Because the doors swung outwards- the hinges are secured and not able to be knocked out. To complete the doors- all I have left to do is paint the frame and add weather stripping. That’ll be tomorrow morning once the stain sets.

Yay! I love completing home renovations. There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with a job well done.

Update the Kitchen- Budget Friendly

About a month ago I mentioned that we are thinking of Moving. But the home we are in is still a perfect size for our family at the moment. We’d only be moving for a short time, then have to downsize again later as it is once the kids move out. They do move out, right?

So my wife and I made a list of all the things we want done to finalize our home. That way we can spend the next while enjoying the house before selling. The number one thing was our kitchen. But our budget is really low. Like really, really, really low.

We couldn’t afford a total gut job of $25,000, so I called Home Depot about getting just the cabinet doors replaced. $6500 to start. Ouch. Next option? Paint. That’s more in our budget. And I found a product that does it for a fraction of the cost.

We bought Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kit from Home Depot instead (as well as some new hardware for the drawer pulls). A little bit of hard work and preparation is required in order to change our cupboards into some much nicer. Out with the orange oak and into an elegant whitewashed antique style.

The process is time consuming to be honest. We have 20+ doors to redo. First is a deep scrub followed by two coats of white chalk like paint. Then a brown stain is applied and wiped off. Once dry a finishing coat is added. Simple, easy, and I have been truly enjoying it.

Over the course of three days, I have completed about 1/3 of the kitchen. My wife and I are loving the final results. It’s updated the kitchen on a budget spending less than $400 on paint, supplies and hardware. The only downside is the time it is taking me to complete the project. Our kitchen is in some disarray but I’ll get it done in a few more days.

If you’re a DIYer like myself, this product is fantastic. I’ll gladly recommend this to anyone who wants an updated kitchen at a low cost. I can’t wait to show off the final result to our friends at our next dinner party!

Not So. So-so Day.

I had no desire to do anything today. I ended up driving my my son to school then came home and went back to bed. I slept until it was time to pick him up again.

As I lay in bed before leaving to get my son after school- I stared into the unfinished bathroom. The bathroom that I began to refinish 11 years ago. Ugh. I just wanted to go back to sleep after getting my kid from school.

Instead, I fixed the pipes for the sink, then grouted the bathroom. I probably should’ve started earlier in the day. It’s now 11pm and I just finished. Quick blog, an ice pack and some tv. Maybe I can finish one of my projects before vacation is over.

Ever Build a Door?

The back patio door of our theater room is in need of replacing. Unfortunately, it’s a 12 foot long sliding glass door from the 1970’s. They don’t generally make these anymore without a huge cost.

Before I began redoing the deck, the outside pane of the middle sliding door itself shattered. It happened to be from a pebble that got fired at it from my weed wacker. This was in 2011, the night the Canucks lost and the riots began (today is the anniversary of that day). I remember it clearly because we had been watching the game through the window while doing yard work. Plus riots aren’t cool.

In 2015, another panel blew out. This time on the inside. No one was in the room at the time. It just shattered. We could hear it throughout the house like a gunshot.

It’s taken me about 5 years now, but I have come to a conclusion about the glass door. We generally keep the blackout curtains drawn, and with our poor luck of the glass, it’s time to build my own door. Only no glass.

The door leading into the theater room from our foyer is a solid wood pocket door. It is rather heavy and made from tongue and groove wood that matches the ceiling inside the room.

I figure I could create 4 door panels like this that lock in place with decorative hinges to make it feel like a carriage barn door from the outside. That way I could open it in the summer and we could watch movies from our deck at night.

I have ten days off starting next week. We shall see how close I get done with this new project. I am hoping to enlist the help of my father-in-law who built the majority of this home. With his help and my knowledge from working the windows and doors section at Home Depot years ago, I hope to pull this off.

I’m An Electrician Too Now

Being a homeowner is a never ending job. Besides daily and weekly cleaning, there is landscaping, maintenance and home improvements. I don’t mind most of the time I spend on our home. In fact, I’m generally pretty happy with the results. It’s just getting to the right results that are tough.

I’ve mentioned before that I hate the Plumbing in our home. I’ve mentioned it on more than just that one occasion: Am I a Writer or a Plumber, Home Repairs. I’ve also mentioned home renovations numerous times such as in Making A Home and it’s a love/hate relationship some days. Today may be one of those days.

I’m going to embark on an electrical project today. We have an addition that was added onto our home back in the 90’s. A sunroom was enclosed from what used to be a deck. It looks wonderful and lets in a lot of light. However the problem is that *some* of the electrical is connected to our living room on one breaker. This means we have blown a fuse from time to time.

There is a plug outside the sunroom that is not working any more, so I need to fix that. We also have a light switch that is connected to an outside floodlight that we never use. So I’m going to re-wire it to be used for another socket instead.

All of this means I may have to turn off numerous circuit breakers to figure out which one is which and what is connected to what. I need to do this before I go in the attic and start to regret my decision to re-wire a switch.

We also have a workshop (aka mini barn) that has had the lights stop working. No idea how or why. It’s another project to get fixed so that I can clean the barn and fix the back wall that is rotting away.

Anyways, time to put on my electrician hat and see what can be done. Hopefully it’s all easy. But with a home built in the early 70’s- not likely.

Just Add A Coat Of Paint

I want to do so much to our home.  Most of it is expensive and costly.  Like new tiles for the three bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, counters and appliances, new windows, plus all the trims… that’s just what I can think of while sitting in our family room. None of which I have money or time to accomplish this summer.

So instead I went out and bought paint.


Paint to clean up the look of the ceiling in the family room.  Paint for the ceiling in the kitchen to try and brighten it up.  Paint for the walls in the dining room to clean up the smears and fingerprints from the last 15 years of children and pets.  All of it in white.


Rant time:

I hate the act of painting.  Not the painting itself- that’s easy.  I hate the pre-cleaning, prepping walls/ceilings, taping off the edges, laying down sheets, all before you begin.  Then I hate the post painting clean up.  Washing rollers/brushes, removing the tape, putting socket covers back on, folding up the sheets, and making sure you didn’t miss any spots.  

End rant.


Usually I’m pretty proud of the final results.  The way the rooms look with a fresh coat of paint.  It’ll keep me from wanting to spend more money to replace the fixtures in the rooms for at least a couple of more years.  I’ll probably just end up painting some other rooms in a couple of years…