• Here are the latest numbers as I am getting into actually doing the work on the kitchen makeover. Knobs (bulk Pack of 20!, Lee Valley)  $5.95 Backsplash embossed wallpaper (roll, HomeDepot)  $19.99 Silver paint (1 can, HomeDepot)  $11.97 Sandpaper (leftover from another job)  $0 Primer (leftover from another job)  $0 Floor Tiles (Black and White, Vinyl, Rona)  $45.00 Melamine Paint (leftover from another job)  $0 PaintBrushes, tape etc.  $8.99 Blackboard Paint (1 can, Benjamin Moore Store)  $19.99 Mirror (IKEA)  $7.99 Trim for Mirror (Home Depot)  $8.00 Trim for Blackboard section (leftover from another job)  $0 Total $123.88    $95.92 OK, so I was over 100, but we added in a couple of things to spruce it up on top of

  • The new back door, which replaced the existing old screen and original wood door was giving us some problems. Mainly that the mechanism that controls the internal blind was sticking and binding. This mechanism is basically one powerful magnet on the external controller and one inside the sealed glass unit which raises and lowers the blind (which is completely inside the two sealed panes of glass). When I looked closer at the track I realized that the track was held to the glass by a strip of double-sided tape (sort of like foam weather stripping). I think that given the fact that the door is south-facing, the heat of the sun melts the glue and the track comes loose. You