Loft Kitchen – Cabinet Refinishing

It’s been a looooong time since we did any “loft improvement”.  The circa early ’90-ish kitchen appliances have slowly been croaking, and the fridge is on its way out (ice machine stopped making ice, frozen lettuce instances, etc.).  Of course, just going out and buying a new fridge wasn’t very simple in this kitchen.

Our current fridge has cabinet doors – I really like the fridge cabinet door look, and I think it’s easier to keep clean (there always seems to be a “kitchen accident” brewing – keep reading) than going with a stainless steel option.

Anyway, if you want fridge cabinet doors you need to custom order the fridge cabinet overlays to match the cabinets.  Our cabinets are in poor shape and need help:

Kitchen Cabinets - Before Refinishing

So first we need to deal with cabinets.  Research led to Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations – I really liked how it turned out in this example.

It looked easy enough.  It is easy, but it takes a lot of patience and time to do it right with their 4+ step process – Clean, Paint, Glaze and Seal (+ steps include taping, hardware removing/installing, etc.)

Cabinet Transformations - Before - After comparison

The biggest change came with just cleaning the cabinets with the deglosser; the cabinets were very dirty.  The color change is subtle (and hard to catch on film), and it just made my kitchen look more antique-y.

So slowing we proceed.  At this rate, I bet the new fridge won’t happen until next year!

Stitch Fix Spoiler Preview #2

I haven’t got a Stitch Fix in a while so I’m excited to check this one out.  Once again, I got the email that my box had shipped so I logged into my account

and off to Google I went to get a preview:

  • Paisley Print Scarf – no pic found
  • Ivy Solid Tab Sleeve V-Neck Blouse – I usually look good in the v-necks, and I found several pics of this one in different colors – wonder what color I’ll get? Mintlighter Mint-like (maybe it’s just the different lighting?), Green, Black, Grey
  • Front Pin-Tuck Detail Tank – I can’t see myself liking this one
  • Ingrid Striped Tank Dress – this one looks cute
  • Erika Mixed Knit Crew Neck Sweater – no pic found

and now the waiting ….

Stitch Fix did not pay me for this review; I just wanted to share it because I love the concept. To help their business grow, Stitch Fix has a great affiliate referral program for each referral sign-up, you’ll get a $25 clothes credit for future fixes. Here’s my referral url (Referrer ID Promo Code=3029293) if you’d like to check it out (there’s a bit of a wait list).

Coming up on 12 Weeks of Invisalign

Invisalign-ing at this point is pretty boring with the same repeating intervals everyday:

  1. Remove Trays
  2. Eat
  3. Brush
  4. Floss
  5. Insert Trays

My jaw is still sore, but mainly for only the few days after transitioning to a new tray.

I got whitening gel (Phillips Zoom! NiteWhite 22%) from the dentist at my last appointment, and used it once a day for about 2 hours in my trays for the recommended two weeks.  My teeth definitely look whiter.  I only used about half the gel I got; I need to ask how often I need to do it to maintain the whiteness.  The ability to do whitening with your trays is a nice little perk to Invisalign which wasn’t promoted by my dentist.  I asked about it after I had read about it and overheard someone else at the dentist talking about it.

I have another check-up and get new trays in a few days.  I can’t believe I have only 4 more trays (8 weeks) to go ….

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