My half century of life experience has taught me to be careful about stating absolutes, but a man has to make a stand. I have my “I Will Never” list, and strangely, items on that list are being crossed off. I am investigating the cosmic power that is disintegrating my manly willpower but I suspect a certain female lifeform is behind it. Here are examples.
I made it this far in life without…never mind. Lesson 1 has been completed and homework practices are ongoing. If I watch where I put my #13’s, I can slowly slow dance my wife around the house without disturbing too much furniture. I think we are going to add music at some point. Shawn insisted we rearrange the dining room so I can try my moves on the wood floor next. We have a mirrored disco ball somewhere in the attic—maybe I can hang that from the ceiling fan?
I will never attempt dancing in public.
I love wood, wood grain, and the warmth it adds to the home. Some wood is too pretty to paint. Today I began Day 3 of 5 painting our 25 year old oak kitchen cabinets. Painting oak? Yes, painting oak. It is part of the 2014 kitchen makeover plan.
I said I will never, but I am.
Most of us have an “I Will Never” list even though we may not write it down. Some brazen people keep one posted in the office.
- I will never speak to so-and-so again.
- I will never step foot in that church.
- I will never drive another Ford.
- I will never vote for a (insert the political party you most despise).
- I will never eat Brussels sprouts.
- I will never text with a cell phone. (That was me, too!)
Painting the cabinets required advance planning, including finding space to work. I estimate one coat of primer and 2 coats of paint for each door with 21 doors to service. Paint takes time to dry and I need a couple of gallons of patience for this job. Mercy. I created a painting stand in the dining room to make things easier. It is a simple square – 2 2×4’s with 1×4’s tacked across the ends to keep it stable.
Note the finishing nails inserted into the 2×4’s. This allows the back side of a door to be painted then it can be flipped to the front.
While Shawn works on the doors I am up and down the ladder painting the frames and the new tea pot shelf installed above the cabinets. Team work rocks.
I sure hope she likes the color because I will never…