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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?







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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?

Jun 172013

Loony Tune June Holidays II

Why I left this to Monday, I’ll never understand, especially after a Sunday holiday. However, I’ll try to put some humor in these crazy days that mark the last half of the month!

Besides Father’s Day yesterday the 16th was No Orange Clothes Day and I hope that the former President Bush was warned! I don’t know if anyone saw it, but Mrs. Bush gave a whole rendition of her husband’s odd habit of wearing crazy colored socks these days and Mrs. Bush had a good laugh along with the audience as she showed a lot of pictures of this weird habit that he has started!

Picture doesn't do the socks justice, they were really orange!

Picture doesn’t do the socks justice, they were really orange!

Today, the 17th, is Mud Pack Day, something our yard and ourselves have seen way too much of lately. It is now dry again thank God and although I like to have some rain, we don’t need 4 or 5 inches at one time! What happened to those summer showers we used to get in the afternoon here in Florida? I guess we should be thankful that it’s not like Noah’s time!

The 19th is World Sauntering Day, so? Eat an Oreo Day and Garfield The Cat Day also on this date, so grab up a big glass of milk with some Oreo cookies and read Garfield’s comic strip, it will put a smile on your face every time!

Yes, Monday's Suck!

Yes, Monday’s Suck!

The 20th is Juggling Day and I would dedicate this one to all the ladies out there, as we are always juggling things in our everyday life, the kids, chores, errands and cooking, just to name a few!

World Handshake Day is on the 21st which is strange in the fact that, we also have National Handshake Day on the 24th and just plain ole Handshake Day on the 28th. Why didn’t they just combine them  all to one day you ask, hell if I know! Today is also Take Your Dog To Work Day and I don’t think there are too many jobs out there where that would be appropriate. Can you see the butcher taking his dog Butch to the shop with him, there wouldn’t be anything left to sell in the meat counter!

So cute!

So cute!

The 22nd is Stupid Guy Thing Day, need I say anymore ladies?

On the 23rd we have Let It Go Day, don’t tell this to someone hanging off the side of a cliff, nope not a good idea at all! Today is also Pink Flamingo Day and living in Florida, you get your fill of seeing these EVERYWHERE in people’s lawns. I say it’s time to let the flamingo go people!

International Fairy Day is on the 24th. I can attest to fairies being real, as they left me money under my pillow when they took my teeth when I was a kid, really! Today is also National Go Fly A Kite Day, not to be confused with Go Fly A Kite Day back on the 15th, again why didn’t they make it all one day, I get so confused and that’s not hard for me at my age! And this one, Log Cabin Day is today or possibly on the 30th, two conflicting dates on this one but I’d take it everyday as that is one of our dreams.

We'll take it!

We’ll take it!

The 26th is a good one, Please Take My Children To Work, someone desperate must have come up with this one, for sure!

Well hope it’s your birthday on the 27th because it’s Happy Birthday To You Day, some of this stuff is just too silly!

The 28th holds yet another Gone-Ta-Pott Day, how many of these can we celebrate in one year?

Well that was a chore for me today and glad it’s over as I have more pickles to get into my freezer and another batch to put together. Hope you enjoyed, maybe next month I’ll be in better form!


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