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Tired of hearing me talk about renovating my home?

November 7, 2012

I trudge into Lowe’s Hardware almost daily. All the employees know me by name and we swap hellos, jokes, and “watcha up to’s.” I know every isle by heart including tools, hardware, lumber, windows, kitchen, tile, plumbing, bath, electrical, AND their garden center. I love Lowe’s. It’s been my mecca of building materials and advice in my quest to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.

Last month I was supposed to finish remodeling my kitchen but I deliberated over granite and a color scheme for four weeks straight.  Finally I decided to go with an onyx piece for our eat-in kitchen and black granite for my counters. I know the onyx is not as durable as granite and cost a heck of chunk of change, but “Birth of the Universe.” (Far better than “Blue Louie” which was what the granite company called it.) was bought in commemoration of my dear friend, Vera Best, who died recently.

Vera was 83, a world traveler, and probably the most influential person in my adult life. She taught me to soar fearlessly as I explore the world, read good books passionately, make friends with everyone I possibly can, and give abundantly of my talents and energy. Every time I look at “Birth of the Universe” I ‘ll think of Vera in heaven, probably teaching a whole of folks how to play Phase 10 and happily waiting for me to show up so we can reminisce our thirty years of making memories together.

At any rate, today I spent two hours hunting for tools and another hour getting proper lighting in the basement so I can start making cabinet frames and doors. I boxed around the back bricks of my chimney to use as a backdrop for my peninsula in the kitchen and hung most of the drywall. Now that I’m back in the groove of drywall dust, the scent of fresh-cut pine, and power tools everywhere- it feels really good. I’m building my nest the way I want it- with my own two hands.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2012 11:28 pm

    I’m going for a high tech/ look, so the black will look great, however I’m with you on the dust and water stains showing up. I MIGHT reconsider on that score. I do really think you need to go to Lowes and get a kit to paint your counter tops a lighter color. You’ll be a lot happier and life is too short to hate your counter tops.
    How is your duckweed doing? What’s happening in your part of the world?


  2. Susan Munroe permalink
    November 7, 2012 10:55 pm

    Black granite? BLACK?

    I know tastes differ. Widely. But BLACK???

    I live in an old, cheap-junk double-wide mobile home. One of the many things I hate about it are the godawful dark brown countertops. Kitchen. Both baths. A strange but useful shelf just inside the front door. BROWN. Blech!

    And it isn’t the brown so much as the darkness of the color. I hate it. It shows the slightest amount of dust, and ‘slight’ and ‘dust’ have never been words used near me. Maybe I like the thick layer of dust because it makes the counters look lighter… Water deposits show up easily, too. Dusting powder. Soap spots. Toothpaste spatter.

    Did I mention how much I hate it?

    Good luck in your renovation. I like hearing about it. Not as much as about duckweed, but I can live with that.



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