While the boys are home and dedicated, quiet creative work time is limited (or non-existent), I am trying to knock out some projects that are quick and mindless and have been hanging around undone for months. The projects that fit in that category are on my “annoying project list”. Every once in a while I dedicate an entire day to annoying projects. (You can read about my annoying project day in July HERE.) That’s the only way I seem to be able to gear myself up to finish unglamourous and unexciting projects, so they aren’t hanging over my head any longer.
Instead of merging them all into one day, I’m trying to knock out a few annoying projects over the course of spring break week.
The one I worked on yesterday was touching up the paint on the butler’s pantry. I installed a beadboard back last summer and once the temperatures dropped and the heat kicked on, the wood shrunk and gaps started to show. It’s been bugging me since November!
So, yesterday, I finally got out the can of paint and a brush and touched up the paint in about five minutes. Isn’t it funny how we’ll live with something for so long when it’s such a quick and easy fix?
Now, it looks great again…
When installing wood in a home, this is common and it’s the main reason for letting the wood (especially flooring) acclimate to a house before it’s installed. Even with acclimation, though, there will be some expansion and shrinking as the seasons change. I may have to do some touch-up again next winter, but it’s less likely now that the wood has lived through a few different seasons in the house.
And, to everyone who thinks my house is always neat as a pin, I’d like to point out my dust. Ugh…I did dust, but I didn’t move everything and that’s evident in this picture. Oh well, that’s life.
In some ways, painting this butler’s pantry green felt like a big risk for me. White would’ve been the obvious, safe choice. I’m so glad I went with a stronger color, though, that’s a nice compliment to all of my blues and makes my ironstone collection a real feature.
If you’re interested in giving your cabinets a similar makeover, you can read about the transformation HERE.
Do you have any annoying projects that are hanging around undone?