Kitchen Cabinet Job

I had an opportunity this summer to paint kitchen cabinets for a very sweet lady. It was a small charming space that needed a little face lift. The cabinets were over thirty-years old and not in the best of shape. None of them closed properly, not one! And she needed these done in one week, just in time for a party she was giving. Even though it was small kitchen there was so much work to do!

I spent three days cleaning them with TSP and sanding them. I then primed them with Aqua Lock (purchased from a paint store that sells Benjamin Moore). Sorry, I am terrible about taking project pics so I don't have any. I used a 2 in. angled Purdy paint brush. I painted the cabinets with two coats of Benjamin Moore Aura in Satin. The color was not a BM color and I can't remember where it came from. It is a creamy white with a gold undertone.  Thank goodness my husband helped or there is no way I would have ever finished in a week. We spent two full days on sight painting and did the rest ( the doors) at home. We were determined to get them to close properly. We took several of the doors to a friend's house and used their table saw to shave the sides of the doors off  that wouldn't close. Even though it may not look like it this job took over 30 hours to complete! I forgot to take before pics until after I already had the doors off but you get the idea of what it looked like. A lot of old brown cabinets.

My pics don't do it justice. I was beyond exhausted when we finally finished. I'm surprised I even snapped these. I didn't even get a shot of the entire kitchen. Oh well!

The best advice I can give for painting your kitchen cabinets is to make sure the prep work is done properly and make sure you use the best paint you can afford. It is A LOT of work but when it's finished it is so worth it!

Charleston Part II

Here are some more Charleston pics from our trip this past summer. I am always amazed by all of the creeping fig, iron gates, and gardens more than the houses themselves!

This pic is of two garage doors with a smaller door in between. I love the round iron grille in the door and all of the gorgeous ivy.

Here's a close-up. When I was taking pics of the garage doors a couple riding on bikes pulled up to this door and went inside. I felt kind of dumb taking pictures of their garage doors but thought they are probably used to it.

This is a little "alley way" between two houses. This is the kind of setting I have to stop and stare at. They even make the often neglected tiny narrow spaces look beautiful.

Imagine living in a 10 million dollar home and this is your only parking!

Another parking space.

These are in front of a lot of homes. It is a huge stone that was used to step up onto carriages. Anything over 75 years old can not be removed (even trees that are busting up the sidewalks and streets). But that's what makes Charleston so charming. It is a place frozen in time IF you ignore all of the countless trucks and workers EVERYWHERE working on these homes, trying to maintain them. It is endless work.  There is no easy-maintenance anything here. It's all wood, crumbling brick, and stucco.

A brick home covered in crumbling stucco. They have chosen to leave the exterior as is (I'm sure with permission). Such a pretty contrast to the blue painted windows.

Creeping fig is very popular. Here it is covering an out building.

The creeping fig on this garage is meticulously groomed.

Creeping fig on stone steps!

I have a creeping fig obsession. I wish I lived where I could grow it. Unfortunately, it is a little too cold where I am. Be back with more pics soon! I hope you are enjoying them. If you have any questions about visiting Charleston, send me an email at  I often dream that I am one day going to live there and be in charge of tourism or something.


My husband and I have been visiting Charleston for several years now. Every single time I go this city still amazes me. The architecture, churches, iron gates, cobble stone streets, and the GARDENS! Some of these gardens were started in the 1700s. I get excited when I have flowers that make it through two seasons!

We were able to stay at a friend's house on James Island. It was only a 10 minute drive to the downtown historic district. I have over 300 pics from just this trip alone. I don't know how many I'll share but I will divide the posts up.

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This huge round porch is unbelievable!

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Do you notice the ceiling of the porch is painted blue? It is called haint blue. The word haint comes from the word haunt. The Gullah people would paint their porch ceilings this haint blue to ward off evil spirits. They believed that these "haints" could not pass over water. The blue, of course, symbolized the water. Now they just paint them blue because it's pretty.  But there are so many shades. If you want haint blue, paint your ceiling a blue-green. A color that reminds you of water. Benjamin Moore's haint blue is Palladian Blue.

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This little pink house was in between two massive houses. A lot of times these were "kitchen houses". There was a law passed at one time that required kitchens to be in a separate structure. I don't know if this little pink house served that purpose. Many of these have been converted to charming little apartment homes and bed and breakfasts. This pink charmer can't be more than 12 feet wide!

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I don't believe there is a single house without an iron gate somewhere on the property. I especially loved this one. Directly behind the gate you can see the bold red front door. Can't walk by and not notice this one!

I have so much more I'll be sharing with you!
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