Along the Kern River at Hart Park
Thanks for your responses to my request. Commercials can be so wonderful - consider the Super Bowl phenomenon! But more often than next they're guaranteed to make you reach for the remote. I think our local commercials are the worst but some of the nationals are pretty bad, too. The silliest ones are for "enhancements," Zestra and Cealis (sp) are the worst, especially the folks sitting in bathtubs out in the middle of a cornfield!
We tend to like the ones with animals, but my favorite is the baby stockbroker in the crib. He's in trouble because he tried riding the dog and mom took his laptop away. It's very clever and the baby is adorable. I can't begin to tell you the name of the brokerage house, though!
Have any of you seen DIY "I Hate My Kitchen?" Well, that's how we feel about this mess. My former son-in-law gutted our kitchen at our previous house, put in all new cabinetry, new counter tops, new appliances, etc. It was gorgeous! So moving in here, with the pretend wood paneling was disheartening, to say the least!
My present son-in-law finished the new cabinet fronts for the kitchen. (My daughter has kept the cabinet shop open). As I've been peeling away layers, there are at least two different types of wallpaper involving ugly little red teacups and orange flowers. They previous owners left a lot of wallpaper that they'd used in the den. It's not bad - better than the fake paneling for sure! It looks kind of like grass cloth which I've always liked and it's back in style again. So I tried papering over the ugly mess of teacups. It looked pretty good for awhile - until it started peeling off. So, I tried glue. Nope, didn't work, either.
So, our SIL is going to put new backing up which we can either tile over or paint. Instead of dark pretend paneling, it will be crisp and light! I can hardly wait! A couple of years ago we bought all new appliances but the kitchen still looks shabby. We replaced the indoor-outdoor carpeting which was in all the bathrooms and kitchen. Who wants carpet in the bathroom? YUCK. Painting over the pretend paneling is hard work. It takes 2-3 coats of Kilz and you've got to get in all the little grooves which eats up paint brushes like crazy.
Next, we'll replace the counter tops which are laminate butcher block - charming - with a newer grade of laminate that really doesn't look too bad. But that will have to wait a bit. Doing things in bits and pieces has driven me crazy. I want to wiggle my nose and just make it all happen, but I haven't had any luck in that department!
Anyhoo, I'll be happy just to get this part finished. One step at a time...Patience.