Just Giving The Old Gal A Freshen Up

So today I went on a bit of a house refresh rampage. So if you are looking to give your place a nice refresh (for under $20), I thought you might want a peek at what I tackled.

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First of all, some of our interior doors have these doorstops…

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But the shoe closet door in a high traffic hall of our house got a hole dented into its hollow core self when one of the kids tried to push past it one day. Although a new hollow core door is typically under $35, we would need to mess with switching the doors and hinges and all that. So I’m [in the process of] patching the hole. Since it is more of a dent than a hole, I have seen some people suggest using spray can foam insulation to fill in a hole and give something to build on. Since our hole is shallow, I am just building it up with thin layers of patch compound. Then I’ll sand and paint it.

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So, the walls. Although we do not need an entire paint job, there are a lot of places that were in need of touch up. It seems like corners, especially, are constantly attracting little fingerprints.

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We keep a little bit of touch up paint on hand, and I went through almost this entire can today. I love using a mini roller tray and roller because I can walk around the house getting all the touch up spots I see, carrying the tray in one hand and the roller in the other. I just walked into every room like a spackling, paint touch up fool. 🙂

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And speaking of paint, I grabbed one of these today at Lowe’s, and I’ll be putting it to work tomorrow on all the trim touch ups.

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One other little maintenance thing I like to do is in the master bath. We have solid surface shower walls and a liner pan in the bottom. Seems like about once every year or so I feel the need to scrape out the old grout and redo it. THIS three-hour shower ready silicone is awesome. I mean, seriously, who has 24 hours to burn, NOT showering, while caulk dries?! I love it. And the caulk removal tool makes the job a snap.

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So what did the kids do during all this, you ask? Well, not touch the walls, thankfully. Ha! They ran around out back a lot. And Sis, L’il, and I executed his plan to paint rocks, too. I sprayed his rocks a base coat of white, light aqua, or turquoise.

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Then–once dry–he and Sis painted them with watercolors. Those munchkins are so cute.

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And, in completely unrelated news, I’ve started to eat better. It’s not healthier, per se, as far as calories are concerned, but I’ve basically only eaten foods with few ingredients and ones I can recognize and pronounce for the past week or two. I’ve been feeling pretty energetic and fantastic, yay! Like even more than usual!! [Scary?] 🙂  One of my sweet tooth faves this week has been plain Greek yogurt, raisins, and agave nectar. Any healthy people know if this is completely bad for me?  I hope not ’cause it tastes GOOD! And THIS old gal can do with a bit of freshening up too, so a little boost of good fuel can’t hurt, right? Wheeeee!

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3 responses to “Just Giving The Old Gal A Freshen Up

  1. About the agave nectar, a friend sent this e-mail to our homeschool moms a couple days ago. Might want to check into it. If you’ve started using “raw agave nectar” , thinking it’s a heathly alternative to all those artificial products on the market, think again.Turns out , it’s neither “raw” nor. “nectar”, but instead is a product that’s as highly processed , and as potentially dangerous , as HFCS. Agave “nectar” is made from the starch of the large , pineapple -like root of the agave plant. Making it into a sweetner is much the same as converting cornstarch into HFCS, a chemical process that results in a liquid of 70-90% fructose (HFCS is 55%) . Crafty marketing claims tell us that agave is a traditional Mexican “natural” sweetner, but the traditional miel de agave is made from boiling the sweet sap of the agave plant for hours until a maple.syrup-like concoction results. Like other highly refined sugars, commetcial agave nectar is not as sweet as it may seem. Read this in a MaryJane Farm magazine.

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