Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Decades of dirt and grease and scrubbing away the remains of the same have wrecked the finish on our kitchen cupboards.  The varnish is gone here, and the grime is soaking into the bare wood.  So we bit the bullet and checked out various cabinet refinishing companies.  Many of them wouldn't touch it, prefering to sell us new cupboard doors.  But I'm a lumberman's daughter, and these are gorgeous clear grain veneer like youcan't get anymore.  The wood was part of what sold me on the house.  That golden hue is warm  and natural and comforting in this dingy grey weather.  Anyhow, it's foolish to buy whole new cupboard doors when the doors we have are perfectly good except they look grungy.

And then we found N-Hance.
They use a non-toxic solution to clean and prepare the old finish, then touch up the color, and apply a clear finish coat when they're done.  The magic ingredient is elbow grease.  The guys doing this work have impressive shoulders!  The only power tools they use are the screwdrivers that remove and replace the hadware.  They'll be done today, and we can have our kitchen back without clouds of dust, noxious fumes, and ear-abrading sanding.

Theyll be doing the floors, too.
They leave their shoes out on the porch and wear house slippers so they don't track stuff all through the house.  they are polite, hard-working fellows in khaki pants and navy-blue polo shirts.  Very professional.  We are pleased!

Between DH's bonus check, and tax returns, and some inheritance, we have been spending.  Not quite like a drunken sailor.  More like a tipsy sea scout.  But still, we practice economy.  The doctor said we could get some exercise, or we could get a bypass.  So rather than blow money on a gym membership which we don't use anyway, we bit tih bullet and got a treadmill.  It's set up right in front of the TV.  We both played on it last night (I got in 30 minutes at 3.8 miles an hour.  He ran for 20 minutes!) and we both slept like babies!  Today, I'mm going to walk my way through Dancing with the Stars!  (Hooray for Kirstie Alley!!)

This post has been brought to you by the words Dingbat, Damascene, and Dandelion, and by the concepts of  Double, Dozen, Divinity, and Drowsy.


  • At 10:00 AM , Blogger Tim Young said...

    Delightfully clever of you to drop the fat deflagrator in front of the demon box.

  • At 12:52 PM , Blogger LA said...

    What a delight discourse. That's a dandy decision to re-do the cabinet doors!

  • At 1:43 PM , Blogger Wannietta said...

    glad the refinishing worked out on so many level!!

    I do like my gym membership & actual walking, but I sometimes would really like a treadmill. Maybe one of these days ...

  • At 8:12 PM , Blogger JulieLoves2Knit said...

    So will they come to Redmond - I have the same exact issues...beautiful Birch veneer. I love it but it looks dingy. What I really want is new hardware - but too expensive because there are so many hinges!!

  • At 7:28 AM , Blogger KnitTech said...

    We got a phone call from the gym, because we've not been using it as much as we should be. (You know, the stupid tax.) We've been very good this week and will be for the next 11 weeks.

  • At 9:38 AM , Anonymous Benita said...

    Congrats on the treadmill!! With your climate, it's easier than trying to find a dry enough day to walk outside. :)

    Wow! Floors, too. Looks awesome!

    I see you are up to D.


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