Cabinet Painting

Why is it that builders (and those folks who are building) always choose oak?  It’s so dated, yet it’s all over my nearly brand new house.  I am on a quest to say good bye to all of the oak house.  I’ve never painted cabinets before, so I decided to start with the upstairs guest bathroom vanity.
Here’s what it looked like before:
After wandering the paint aisle at Lowes the other day (yes, weirdly enough, once you become a homeowner you find yourself randomly wandering the aisles at Lowes…), I decided to try and tackle the bathroom vanity while J was gone for the night.  I picked up a dark espresso paint (Valspar’s Kitchen and Bath Enamel) and headed home to paint!
First, I sanded the vanity and started with a tinted primer (a light gray) to make sure the dark color would hold up in the humid conditions of a bathroom.  Luckily, the nice gentlemen behind the paint department was able to point me in the right direction.  Without him, there would have been no sanding, and definitely no tinted primer, so my finished vanity is very thankful for his expertise.
Once the primer dried, I was ready to start painting.  This project was surprisingly easy and it turned out great!
 Already, this bathrooms looks 1,000% better!  The espresso vanity gives it a much more custom look (and the ugly oak is finally gone!).  We had to improvise during the hardware installation.  I had planned on installing two square knobs on each of the doors and a handle on the panel across the top of the vanity.  J’s attempt at installing hardware for the first time ended in tragedy.  The measurements were off slightly, so the handle wouldn’t fit.  We were left with two holes in our vanity and really didn’t know how to fix it.  Thanks again to my Mom for the vision of switching the placement of the handles.  It’s not what I had originally envisioned, but it works!
I’ve been looking around for bathroom mirror ideas and stumbled upon Mirror Mate.  They will custom make a frame to go over your huge bathroom mirrors that change the look of the mirror completely.  They are not cheap, so I might attempt to build one myself…. stay tuned for that. 🙂

A Sticky Introduction….

Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  We’re so excited to share the daily happenings of the Stickelman household with you.  We live a pretty ordinary life, but we’re far from ordinary which makes life verrry interesting!

For those of you who know us, you know that we okay, fine, I, love DIYing and crafting.  We bought our first house in March of 2012 and admittedly, there was nothing that needed to be changed.  It was built in 2009, but was the typical “builder basic” house and just didn’t feel like home.  We’ve tackled a couple projects so far, including paint on the entire main level…twice, a very cool stencil application in the master bedroom, updating the ugly oak vanities and even replacing the staircase railing after a very sticky (no pun intended) situation.  I have asked forced J to jump on my DIY train and devote every single Saturday, and sometimes Sunday, to my crazy projects.  Stay tuned to hear about the successes, and failures, along the way!  We’re in no way experts, but are those new homeowners that YouTube our way to installing a new toilet.  Here are some before pics to hold you over…

What about during the day?  I’m a Senior Property Manager who is working on a 27 acre campus full of renovations and construction.  Yes, my daily wardrobe does include a pink hardhat if you were wondering.  After graduating college with a Justice Studies degree and every intention of attending law school, I suddenly had a change of heart.  I no longer felt excited about law school, but instead was dreading the stressful life of an attorney.  I brought J to Maryland to meet my family and we decided that we would move.  You know, a fresh start?  It was a long way away from anything J had ever known, so it was certainly a huge step in our measly 9-month relationship.  But, we survived the move, I started working in property management and have never looked back.  No, I never in a million years would have guessed I’d be managing construction projects and working in Real Estate.  Funny how plans change…  J works for State Farm Insurance–another shocker, as his heart was in the restaurant/bar management industry for nearly his entire adult life.  We love Boston.  We love hanging out together and being silly.  Basically, we’re in love with our life and each other.  I’m blessed.  I really couldn’t ask for more.

J’s family is the best. His family lives on the West Coast.  It’s tough to be so far away from them, but they say distance makes the heart grow fonder, right?  My family is amazing.  We all live so close together, yet never seem to get sick of each other! I have a not-so-little brother who I adore.  Actually, the fact that he just started his Senior year is making my blood pressure spike. 🙂  I’m sure you’ll have the opportunity to meet these wonderful people in a post or two!

I couldn’t tell you where this blog will take us, but am looking forward to having an archive of wonderful memories to look back on.  Thanks for tuning in!