Kitchen Renovation Week #1 } Help me Lordy

What a fricking week.  Kitchen renovation...No really when I say "what a week" I mean it. Imagine 6 people, 3 dogs, 1 cat and a bunny all living without a kitchen sink or dishwasher....add in Summertime so kids are ALL home all day. Sigh. I am tired.  Like bone tired. Like "I just shop vaccumed my kitchen for the third time today where the heck is this dust coming from?" Like "I feel odd washing my dishes in a sink beside a toilet...."   but it's that or the garden hose and at least this way we have hot water. Like "Where is ....(insert whatever item that you have zero clue where it went too)????" Like "When is this going to be finished again?" question from every single family member at least multiple times a day.

I could go on BUT I really don't want to sound like I am complaining. I have waited close to a decade to get these concrete countertops fixed...hopefully correctly. The story of the concrete countertops is a very long one but let's just make it fast and say they were never sealed correctly...actually the only person who managed to seal them even halfway correctly was ME. And that only lasted a year before it went poo poo too.

The kitchen sink was my biggest complaint. Dear friends, never....ever....ever...get a kitchen sink made of concrete.  It is a super bad idea.  Like crazy bad idea.  Learn from the error of my ways. You know how I know? I can list off every single business in my town that has concrete sinks in their bathroom and I can report their sinks aren't holding up well either.  Concrete simply doesn't like water. Bad idea.  The worst. It was gorgeous for a year then a dirty yucky mess for the remaining years. Now perhaps some of you out in blog land did manage to find a concrete expert who did your stuff are lucky!! So so lucky! Count your blessings and kiss your person who created that masterpiece! It's a modern marvel. This will NOT be the outcome for many who aren't as lucky. But yes, I have heard rumor that some actually do this concrete thing correctly.  I am just jaded. So take this warning with a side of "Man she is just jaded.".

So out it went last Monday. I all but had Joey throw it straight out the door.  I would have taken a sledge hammer to it if I hadn't ripped out the 17 year old tile back splash the day beating the heck out of it with a hammer. (No really I did and my arms hurt!)

The truth be told I want nothing more in life than lovely Carrara marble counter tops BUT I have two kids with tuitions and am a homeschool mom who runs a photography biz(I see you clients out there wanting your family Fall sessions!  Better get on the books soon the leaf change dates are filling already) and crafts/apparel shop (which by the way is almost back up.  September 1 the shop will go live again). The $5600k they wanted for that wasn't gonna happen. Carrara marble didn't even make a short list of reasonable idea when it came to fixing our counter top dilemma. Epoxy redo won out.  Considering I work with Epoxy often with my jewelry you guys know I already have a love affair going with the stuff. Found a fella who said "Ya know I can make you faux marbleish concrete at a fraction of the price" and I was like "Sign me up!  I have nothing to lose but a crappy disgusting sink."

So it started with the counter tops and has merged to backsplash being torn down, painting all the walls downstairs...and ceilings (good Lord I fricking hate painting ceilings). Oh the things I get myself into!


Then first layer of epoxy...

Then the 60th layer of Epoxy...don't ask.

Well and that is kindof where we are at now...the sink did get dropped in today but we still need to re-hit the fronts of the counters one more time. Through this process one thing has become super clear. I have mad construction worker skills.  No really... It's all my mothers doing.  Three girls in a house without a man.  You fix your own everything. No whining you just do it.  Sometimes it's just the only way to get what you need done...done. I think I would need to actually enjoy doing it to actually make it a career choice though...but if you need something done I could probably tell ya how to do it. My life.  Filled with random and weird knowledge and often interesting skill sets.

This week (assuming I get running water back tomorrow and a completed kitchen) I will be moving on to painting the cabinets and finishing painting the living room walls and ceiling.

Did I mention the massive amounts of homeschool, college, high school events/planning and overload I am buried under right now? That is a post for another will be long and rambling no doubt (just like the good old blogging days). I know some of you have missed my Bramble Rambles ;-) Now back to my sander and shop vac. You haven't lived until you sand at least 5 times a day for days on end. Sorry for all the cell pics instead of the real life right now does not have time padded in for the fancy camera images just

P.S. I think my new kitchen may just need this sign😂