Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Neverending House Maintenance

You know, house maintenance never seems to end. You finish a project and there's another one staring you in the face. I always say when you get to the bottom you've got to go back to the top and start all over again.

After finishing our big project in the family room and library/office I've decided to continue with painting closets. They haven't been painted since the house was built 21 years ago. Is that shameful? I don't know. Closets are just an afterthought in refreshening I suppose.

I bought a gallon of paint for the front hall closet and of course that was WAY too much paint. A quart isn't enough. So, my question is, why don't the paint companies enter the Goldilocks zone and offer paint in half gallon sizes? The crazy, crazy thing is that the price of two quarts is equal to a gallon so I always go ahead and buy the gallon and troll around the house looking to see where I can use the leftover paint.

Newly painted and organized utility room closet.

The utility room is next to the kitchen and I use this space not only for coats, shoes and umbrellas but to store all those kitchen appliances, crock pots, waffle irons, etc.

I'll just keep painting closets with the leftover paint until I run out. My next move is to the pantries. Oh my goodness!!! They are loaded and this is going to be grunge work, going through all those spices to determine what's old and needs to be tossed.

The Other Mother lined the shelves years ago with some fake plastic lace edged shelf liners. It's torn and awful looking so I'm thinking of replacing it with a fabric liner edged with Prairie Points and covered on top with a piece of clear tablecloth plastic that's available by the yard. What do you think?

After that I'm going to probably tackle painting the kitchen cabinets. The closet painting is just a warm-up exercise.


Becky said...

I like the idea of the shelf liners with prairie would be beautiful....but honestly, Suzanne, it sounds like too much work for me!! hahahaha. I use the rubber, webby looking, grip type in my cabinets. But if you do the prairie points, I want to see a picture!!!

Thirkellgirl said...

I don't know what prairie points are, but I think the plastic doilies have to go. I'm pretty big on good old contact shelf liner but that's because I'm lazier than you are. I would love a little bookshelf for my waffle iron/salad spinner/crockpots/food processor...

Tess said...

I would rather set my hair on fire than paint.

Yours at the Menger,


Vee said...

I like the prairie points idea...can they be made from oilcloth? That way, you could dispense with the extra layer of plastic. You know what's going to happen, don't you, with the closet're going to be halfway through a closet when that gallon of paint runs out and you'll be at square one all over again.

georgie said...

I don't know what prairie points are. My Mother kindly volunteered and painted the closets and inside the cupboards for me a few years ago. I don't like painting and do a terrible job of it. Oilcloth shelf liners sound like a great idea!

Crossed said...

I understand two crock pots, but two George Forman grills?