Tuesday, February 7, 2012

the best dollar I ever spent...


Tomorrow is the big day. Larry the painter is coming to transform this place. Only a few more hours left. For me to change my mind. I'm pretty sure the paint store opens before 8:30am.

I'm starting with the kitchen. I figured it would be the easiest to prep. I am an idiot. It's now 10pm. And there is still crap everywhere.


I thought I was going to throw a few things in some boxes. Move the toaster, the coffee maker and a few random jars into the dining room and be done.

That was before I climbed up on the counters to take down the vases. And realized they were covered in grease. I spent a good portion of the night degreasing the place.

But luckily I had the help of this magic potion. Have you ever heard of this stuff? LA's Totally Awesome All Purpose Cleaner. This stuff really works miracles. It's concentrated and there are mixing directions on the back that are too small to read. And I think it says something about not breathing it in or wearing a haz mat suit when you use it. But I just sprayed it on these vases. And wiped the grease away with a wet rag. Same for the kitchen cabinets. Spray and wipe. Totally Awesome stuff. Just like the label says.

And the best part? It only costs $1. At The Dollar Tree.

OK...my last box is packed. I'm ready for Larry. I'll be dreaming of the changes a'comin...

Nightie, Night.

13 comments:

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Ha! You got sidetracked big time! But you got the job done! Right on! I can't wait to see the "after" photo!

karren said...

Oh my word!!! I laughed till my belly hurts. You are so funny! I hope you love the new paint.

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Just popped by when i saw your link over at Jen's Ink Pen. I'm always interested in a dollar well spent. I think I might be popping by quite often. Very interested in how your Photog course unfolds. Oh how I would love to have a class like that. Enjoy, find your wizard and enjoy!
Dana

Kerri said...

How exciting to be getting that done today! Hope you didn't oversleep! Your vases are so pretty! Off the subject but I need to ask- do you like your fridge? With the freezer on the bottom? We went to look at appliances last night and all but one of the stainless refrigerators had the freezers on the bottom.

Jen said...

Your kitchen is fabulous! Love the layout! And that cleaner seems wonderful. How did you ever think to try it? I always stick with brands...now im gonna try it too. Thanks. I thought for sure it was one of those cleaners that people sell door to door or on qvc. Ha!

Gabe said...

Isn't it amazing how greasy things get and you don't even realize it. . .it always kinda grosses me out. I may have to find some of my own kind of awesome for the next time I tackle my kitchen!

Yeah, painter Larry! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Megan said...

There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint! And there is nothing like Larry the Painter coming to get your shiz together! Can't wait to see the finished room!

Amy said...

I too love your kitchen. I may have to make a trip to the dollar store-I noticed yesterday that the tops of my cabinets are looking pretty yucky. Can't wait to see the after!

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

can't wait to see "afters"! i think my whole kitchen needs some de-greasing!

Bridget said...

I love The Dollar Tree and the "Awesome" products. Their stain pre-treater does a great job, too, if you've never tried it. Next time I go, I'm getting the All-Purpose cleaner.

Karina said...

whoo Hoo - can't wait to see the transformed space. I hate all that grease and dust on the kitchen stuff. Every time we move...I'm appalled at how dirty my so called clean house it. What a great fresh start - it's going to be awesome!

Anonymous said...

Looks like I'll be trekking to the Dollar Tree. I love that they accept coupons now.

Hope you love the magic of Larry's painting! Our saving grace was Tammy the Painter. After it took Greg 12 hours to paint the kitchen & breakfast room he looked at me & said "call Tammy". Our priority rooms were painted in 2 1/2 days, it looks great and she's very affordable.

You're aware that painting is kind of like "When You Give a Mouse A Cookie". Your kitchen will have that freshly painted, renewed look which will tempt you to redecorate :)

Mitzi

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Exciting to have anything painted...look forward to seeing the change. Have a great weekend!