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Sep 082015

Redecorating Terror Continues

Well, it’s been some time since I’ve been gone and instead of being MIA this time, I was a POW. Now by that I mean, a Prisoner of WORK!



You see, husband decided that after doing the counter tops, it was time to rip out all the carpet in our dining room and living room (all 600 square feet of it), as it has been too damn hot to work outside and even too wet with all the rain again this summer! He had been wanting to do this almost since we bought the trailer and with living in the country with lots of sand tracked in, it was overdue to say the least! My task was to do the demolition of the carpet, with very little help from the mastermind behind this scheme, and it took this old body a little while to complete my chore! Under some of the old carpet was the original vinyl (YUCK) that had been stapled and stapled and stapled………….. Although some of the staples could be hammered into the floor, a lot of them had to be pulled out because they were rusty. What a pain, literally!


Went with Forrest Green. Came out very cozy looking.

Went with Forrest Green. Came out very cozy looking.

Now, I do have to say that, while I was cutting and removing the carpet (had to do it in small sections as it was so heavy from the sand buried into it), Kenny was repainting the ceilings, then the dining room walls and then started laying the planking behind me. In all reality, the prep work took much longer than the laying of the planks. We used the Allure Flooring and was by far the easiest of anything we had ever used! By the time the day was done, it was quick easy meals of lots of burgers, eggs and sandwiches with no time to do any experimenting in my kitchen!

Well worth the time..

Well worth the time..

I was so happy to hear the words, NO MORE major projects until after the holidays, I almost, well you know what in my pants! Of course, it was well worth the effort when we look at what we’ve accomplished together and knowing that that old carpet will not be haunting us any more except for the back pain I seemed to acquire shortly afterwards, another reason I have not been here playing on the computer!

I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day Weekend and we did manage to make some awesome baby back ribs that I will be sharing with you this week along with a couple of animal stories that we experienced in the last few weeks here in the boondocks…… I also have a baby shower to attend this weekend for our 2nd great-grandson Atticus and hopefully, I will be making something new in the food line to take with me!

Happy to be back up and running…………..Enjoy! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook  and Twitter and join our Saturday news letter..up there..at the top.. to keep up with the latest recipes…

(Note from Kenny)The Allure Flooring was easy to lay down, but, beware of the finish of your floor. It has to be perfectly clean and perfectly level. If not it will show little knots and have a hard time gluing down properly. Of course this is my opinion only. Thanks Ken

Jul 172015

Welcome..To..The Terror On Counter-Top Lane

Don’t change the channel or go to another site…there are no blood and guts here, only the nightmare of changing the counter top in our kitchen. TWICE…I might add.

Hey everyone…Kenny here to tell you the story of the  counter top nightmare we have had in our kitchen. You see, our house was built in 1979 and as you can guess all the decor was of the same era. Flowery wall paper – tacky wood paneling – walls that are paper thin – plastic sinks and so on. But, we love the place and we are trying to make it home…despite all the problems, a lot of it we have already upgraded.

For some reason, everyone tells us that our home looks like a log house. With the cedar siding and metal roof I guess it could fool anyone. Regina and I have always wanted a log cabin and I suppose this is as close as it gets til we hit the lotto, ha ha! With that in mind we started working on the inside of the home to get that log cabin feeling.

We are getting sooo handy!

Our cabin in the woods!

The kitchen counter was in pretty bad shape when we moved in. We doctored it and babied it for some years until we decided that we had to do something. They were originally yellow…you heard me right… BABY SHIT YELLOW! At some point in time the previous owners had the tops recovered in Formica. GRAY Formica…yukie-poop (no pun intended)…which started to peel off. Soooo…the brave soles we are, started to just peel the rest of it off. Bad idea! After peeling it all off, 1 day, and cleaning all the glue off, about 2 days, we now have YELLOW counters everywhere!!!!!

We were in hell for a while....Really!

We were in hell for a while….Really!

Being the handyman I am, I started checking out different ways to cover the counters at a very reasonable price. Being the cheap-skate I am, I went for the Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating. I mean after all they are a trusted quality product since 1921. “That’s what it says on the box.” And the price was fairly cheap. I will refrain from using certain curse words at this time, but, this product STINK’S (again,  no pun intended)!!!!!!

Looked pretty for a couple of weeks…then…BOOM, the bottom fell out of the toilet, boy am I on a roll! More puns, oh my! All kinds of scratches and peeling started appearing and we just want to pull our hair out…if I had any…HA HA!

 As you can see the counter looked+ good for a short while!

As you can see the counter looked good for a short while!

We put up with it for a couple of years until I ran across a video on Youtube. The video was called…Transforming/Painting Countertops – DIY! and was by Nancy Jean. Watching the video and the thought of painting the counter-tops really lit my idea buttons and we were off to the paint store.

I tried this procedure on a small table we have on the back porch with some paint we have had left over from other projects. I have to say it came out pretty damn good and the wife fell in love with it at first sight… NOW that was a large plus!


Not bad for a hair lip!

Not bad for a hair lip! Almost looks like the moon.

Sooooo…I jumped on the counters in the kitchen. Now it took a little while to do this job because I wanted at least 5 coats of polyurethane on top of the counters to be sure they were protected.

O.K. Lets bring this story to an end, shall we? I used paint that we had left from other projects because they were the colors we liked. I used Nancy’s basic procedure to get the look we wanted. Today the wife is happy and I am happy and the Terror at Counter-Top Lane has been put to rest.

Here are some pics of the counters. I wanted to make a video, but I didn’t want to show my Brad Pitt side.

This is the dinning room counter.

This is the dinning room counter.

Well...What do you think?

Well…What do you think?







Counters in the kitchen1 003

That was a lot a counter!









I have to admit..takes a special talent for this job...Hee-Hee!

I have to admit..takes a special talent for this job…Hee-Hee!














Oh yea…I almost forgot…stay tuned for our next project. Laying down 600 sq. ft. of wood flooring.

( Just shoot me now and get it over because now I want to redo the cabinets too!).

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Well Wayne and Donna…Think you can handle it?

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