DIMS Day – The Pantry Door

Well, here it is. The pantry door makeover. Well, here’s the INSIDE makeover – I still haven’t finished the outside redo. Shall we say Kristen has more spare time than I do? Or maybe she was just more motivated.

Here is the door before any of the painting got started.


You can see the hinges from when it was a bi-fold door and the braces that Joel added to give it strength as a single door.  What you can’t see is the disaster in caulk that he used to “fill in the gaps and seal the braces and hinges”.

So, I painted over that with the paint that we had bought for the duck hut that never materialized (never fear they are still on the future plan).


I really, really like the color and am thinking I’ll have my friend, H, “practice” on my kitchen cupboards with that color – way down the road in the future plan!  Anyway, I’m so pleased with the interior background painting.  You can barely see the hinges and braces though in person the caulk mess is still obvious but no longer obnoxious.

And then I let Kristen loose with her paint pallet and the sketch we had imagined (that we changed in mid painting and are so, SO happy with!!  Without any further wordiness from me here is the new interior of my pantry door.  I smile every time I look at it!!





I just LOVE all of the bumble bees.  They look so happy.  The daisies were an on they fly addition and they really make the picture come together.  I’m trying to convince Kristen to do something with her art when she goes to college.  She’s trying to convince me that she should paint the back of every door in the house!

Now all that’s left of the pantry makeover is my job on the front.  Maybe by the end of September??

And that’s the latest Did It Myself (Ourselves) Successes.

Just a Quickie

My Mom periodically sends me coupons in the mail that she has clipped from the local Sunday paper.   I have gotten dozens and dozens of notes over the years that started out, “Just a quickie . .  .” (usually trying to get the coupons to me before they expire!).  So, this morning I have “just a quickie” for ya.

Our rounds of college visits are over and now I have to convince her to go where I think she should instead of where her heart is set.  Oh yeah, it’s her life, Mom, not yours!  I have truly enjoyed and cherished the time spent with Karra on our cross-state tours.  The memories of sweltering and too long campus tours and the Sonic we shouldn’t have eaten, but did and regretted and then did again!!  For some reason she is more bothered by that foot long chili dog than I was – oh, was it good!!!  And all of the times we got lost – including yesterday WITH the Navi System!!  That was the machine’s fault because she told me to turn left at the second road but there was no FIRST road!!!  We just drove in circles on campus a couple of times before we got onto the right road and out of town.  I love that mechanism 🙂

Today I’m frantically trying to can peaches, make salsa, shred zucchini (and make bread to replace the two we gave away), freeze zucchini, feed some old summer squash to the chickens while I dream of fried summer squash to devour myself, try to decide whether to make more pickle relish or make sweet pickles with the cucumbers that Kurt isn’t devouring, cleaning and preparing for Life Group and trying not to kick myself for planning a trip to Michigan right when the tomatoes are ripe and we only have a handful of days left until school starts.  I think I’ll sleep the whole time at my Mom’s!

I did manage to get my carpet shampooed (and Lexi promptly re-soiled it two nights in a row) and have been working on two DIMS Day projects.  I have to finish my part of the pantry door, which translates into finding whatever I did with the blue painters tape, but Kristen’s part of the project turned out gorgeous.  It’s exactly what I wanted and I smile everytime I look at it.  The other project is gifts so it will have to wait until September to be posted – along with Karra’s bedroom curtain update that is taking much longer than expected.  Who would have thought that a valance could be so much trouble?

Well, my “quickie” has gotten long and I need to hit the treadmill – now in the basement where I can use it early in the morning without disturbing a sleeping husband.  I have a peach crisp in the oven and the pork loin in the crockpot simmering away into carnitas that will be barbecued for tonight’s Life Group – wish ya’ll could come and share the food and fellowship.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!