Yes, I have swapped out the curtains and removed the rug.
Yes, I have had to replace the original dishwasher, stove and refrigerator.
And yes, my style has changed.
However, other than those few cosmetic alterations, everything else has been here since the initial construction.
While most of it has held up remarkably well over the years, which is amazing considering I have had toddlers, teens, dogs and cats in and out of this room and nothing is especially high quality, there are a few minor scuffs and marks that are easily hidden in pictures.
Smoke and mirrors if you will.
A stove that is dirty more often than not, a water stain on the ceiling from a leak in the roof and windows in desperate need of a wash.
And a few kitchen cabinets that have chipped.
Painted cabinets are my absolute favorite, but after many years of being opened and closed with wet hands, the finish breaks down...even on factory finished doors. To be honest, it was only happening on two lower cabinets and I really didn't notice it.
They were down low, I rarely wear my glasses in the kitchen.
But the other day, I really looked and I was horrified. Not only was it super ugly, the wood was getting destroyed.
I needed a fix.
When the cabinets were purchased the manufacturer sent us a paint pen to touch up any damage or wear and tear that may occur. I'd honestly forgotten that they had sent it to us. So I called the company to order one and they told me that they no longer made my color...but if I wanted to wing it I could try a close touch up paint.
Yeah, I passed.
I was all ready to take the door off and bring it to the hardware store for them to match the paint, when miraculously the touch up paint pen literally fell out of a closet! Unbelievable.
I was honestly a little nervous to use it, because it was so old and I was afraid the paint inside had turned or dried up. Perhaps it would be gloppy, perhaps it wouldn't be the same color anymore, perhaps it would ruin the cabinet and I would be stuck with a big mismatched mess.
So I made my husband try it. 😉
It was actually super easy to do and the paint was fine.
Of course, I always recommend getting fresh if you can. If you know your cabinet manufacturer and finish they are easy to reorder. They do sell generic paint pens and wood tone ones in hardware stores and online.
The screaming disclaimer here is always, always, always test your color in an inconspicuous spot.
That's what we (okay, he) did. He spot tested it on the inside of the cabinet and waited for the paint to dry to make sure it cured the same color.
Once convinced it was going to match, he removed any loose pieces of paint with a light sanding. He did not use an emery board, like me. What? It works.
To start, he shook it very well and applied it in long, thin strokes. If the coverage was not sufficient, he went back over it when the paint was dry.
It took several coats, but when he was finished, this is what my cabinet looked like...
Good as new in under thirty minutes.
Fabulous. I should've done this years ago.
You'd never guess they were so old.
Now if only they made a pen like this for my face.
Thank goodness for smoke and mirrors.
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