Learning to do home repairs for me has not been an easy task but one I am tackling. I had to go to Home Depot this morning to get some drywall tape because I realized that I had 4 outside corners where the metal really should be covered and the drywall compound was just not doing the job. I only when to get the drywall tape and walked out with a small can of polyurethane for the stair, concrete patch for repairing the concrete foundation when I remove the nails, a small scrapper which I should have gotten the first trip, and a hand sanding block for any minor sanding when I don't need to use the power sanders.
I have to say that taping and bedding is not an easy thing to do and the first corner is okay, second one was a bit better, but the last two were easier to do as I was beginning to get the hang of what I was supposed to be doing. Now having to let that dry so I can do a second skim coat on the walls is teaching me a bit of patience in the process because I want to just keep working on it till I can see the end results.
I will say that I have never been the one that goes for frilly girly things. I was a tomboy growing up and could beat my 3 brothers in just about anything they wanted to do except for sports. I could climb the highest tree, out shoot them, catch more fish than they could, and just about anything else we needed to do to help out on the farm growing up. I think the tomboy is beginning to emerge again and I like it. I like the feeling of knowing that just because I am a woman and a widow on top of that I don't have to depend on someone else to do what is basically considered a man's job in our society when it comes to home repairs around the house. It is nice to be able to see the accomplishiment of starting something and slowly seeing the progress each day.
I have so many home repair projects but as I am seeing one project begin to take shape that I am now anxious to finish it and move on to the next one. Each project now only is an accomplishment for me but it is a reminder that this isn't just a house because Jim isn't here to share it but it was and is now my home and one I want to be proud of. I do want to thank Steph (AuntT) for giving me the inspiration to do this because of all the things she has done on her own and Fred (hendrixx2) for answering my questions in chat some nights and guiding me with his input.
Here are the picturs of what my kitchen looked like before (1st 3) I started this project and then the after (last 2) pictures I took today of what my kitchen looks like as I slowly progress getting it finished.