Monday, June 17, 2013

3,4, Paint the Door...

This weekend I was nursing a wicked sunburn so I didn't have much energy to do a whole heck of a lot.  I helped out with a fundraiser for my daughter's cheerleading team and was around shiny metal food lid covers (it was a roast sandwich fundraiser) from 11am-2:30 pm.  Ordinarily I think I would have just gotten a little pink but I looked and felt like I spent all day on the lake.  Ouch.  I ate ibuprofen like candy all weekend and kept myself covered in coconut oil.  I was really grumpy on Saturday so I took Taylor to Lowe's just to get out of the house.  We got a couple of mini paint samples (her color is probably a no-go.  mine is probably a keeper) and I decided since I had the van and the time and the space that day to just go ahead and pick up the lumber to make myself a Farmhouse Bed (I finished a bed each for Callie and Taylor a week or so ago.  Post is in the works).  I was going to work on building a kitchen island but I haven't 100% decided what I want so I put that project on hold for a bit.  I looked at the jigsaws but still just couldn't pull the trigger.

I am just slightly biased towards Ryobi (even though my dad scoffs at anything that is NOT DeWalt), even though the DeWalt was on sale for $80 (down from $100)

{ This DeWalt Jig Saw can be purchased here }

{ The Ryobi Jig Saw can be purchased here }

I didn't buy it because they didn't have a display out for me to test.  I have smallish hands (being sort of petite) and I NEED my tools to feel comfortable in my hands in order for me to feel safe using them.  My dad's DeWalt cordless drill (which I used to borrow all the time before I bought my Ryobi) is just SO HEAVY and feels a little awkward in my hands and I just didn't ever really enjoy using it. (Hence why I bought my own)  The only downside to being partial to Ryobi is that the nearest Home Depot is about 45 minutes away... and Lowe's is 5.  (I do have a DeWalt compound miter saw and a DeWalt random orbital sander so I have a nice mix of yellow in my tool arsenal!)

While I was deciding whether or not to actually buy the DeWalt jigsaw (and I couldn't just open the box like my dad suggested because it was wrapped both ways with plastic zip ties) Taylor pointed out the Porter Cable jig saw on sale for $60 (the same price that the Ryobi one is).  They did have a display for that one and I was impressed that it seemed to fit nicely in my hand.  It was heavy enough to feel solid, but not so heavy that it would feel cumbersome (not that that REALLY matters in a jig saw since most cuts would be on a horizontal surface).  But still...  I hesitated.

{ this porter cable jig saw can be purchased here }

The reviews on both the Porter Cable and the DeWalt are kinda iffy.  People either really liked it or they didn't.  and it seemed like if one thing was going to fail on it, it was the same thing throughout the negative reviews ( like where the blade inserts to the saw I think seemed to be faulty on one of them... can't remember which one though).

ANYWAY.... This post was supposed to be just a quick little update.  Yesterday I was feeling stir-crazy and wanted to do SOMETHING.  So... I painted my bedroom door white.  Here's what it's looked like for awhile:

Why the previous owners put white doors upstairs and el cheapo brown "wood" doors downstairs... I'll never know.  There's white trim throughout the house so the "wood" doors downstairs just look... unfinished.  I started to get nervous after the first coat of primer went on.  I was thinking... oh crap... I'm going to be painting all day and it's not going to get any better....

But... it did.  I ended up putting on 3 coats of this primer that I think I picked up at Wal-Mart (since primer is cheaper than white paint):

After an additional 2 coats of white paint (Valspar's Ultra White... it doesn't need to be mixed) my door looked like this:

Success!!!! It makes SUCH a difference!!!!

Note: I am not being compensated in ANY way for the links provided on the jigsaws.  


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  2. I think the only plausible explanation for this door was the previous owners got lazy, LOL! But great job on that re-painting job.

  3. It really pays to read valid Jigsaw Reviews before making the purchase. I personally liked DeWalt, but then that could just be me. Probably depends on how you use it and how often you do that boils down whether it is something you can also make use of.

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