Kitchen Makeover

The complete home makeover continues in our house and we are currently working on the kitchen. Thus far we have painted the walls a deep shade of burgundy…..



We don’t have a lot of wall space in our kitchen and it’s a fairly open space so we were able to get away with the dark color and I absolutely love it! 

From there we moved on to the cabinets. They are old and really need to be replaced but since that is galaxies away from our budget, a fresh coat of paint would have to suffice. 

I forgot to take a before pic of the cupboards but they were a stark white and got a coat of tan, just $17.97 recycled paint from WalMart!



 After the cabinets were painted we moved on to the countertop which was an ugly shade of blue, chipped, dented, scratched and stained! 



We used a technique we found on Pinterest (you can find it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/551620654334995396/) I was nervous about doing it but it turned out great!!



We were looking for an affordable and easy to do backsplash idea and decided on peel and stick floor tiles that, believe it or not, we found at the dollar store for $15 a box (45 tiles). Because we were putting them on a cold wall we had a huge problem getting them to stick but, a tube of gorilla glue later, they are not moving anytime soon! 



And here is the complete project, minus cabinet handles that we haven’t found just yet!



Total cost of kitchen up to this point: $90

The next stage of the kitchen makeover is this wall….



I am planning to do a plank wall like this….



But that will have to wait because I am back to work for a few days. I’m hoping to have it all completed next week as our kitchen is in an uproar and nothing is where it should be and everything is where it shouldn’t! 

Until next time…..



Laundry Area Makeover

As you saw in a previous post, our porch/entryway makeover is completed. This was the first step in our complete home redecoration project. Next on the makeover list is the space that stands between the entryway and kitchen that houses our washer and dryer. Unfortunately, we arent lucky enough to have a separate laundry room so we had to make the best of the small space that serves as a laundry room. 

As you can see from the before pictures, this space was a mess! The shelves were cluttered and it was a real eye soar.  Everything seemed to be shoved on top of the shelves when not in use and it needed a definite purge.                                                  





Storage was key to making this area, which is one of the first things you see upon entering our home, presentable and manageable. So we found these white wicker baskets at WalMart for $9.98 each and a smaller, matching one for $5.98. It was too much white on the already white shelves so we gave them a color makeover…



These large plastic containers were at Dollarama for $2.50 each so we grabbed 3 of them. Just your basic white plastic storage tub. It got a hot glued ribbon trim just to take away some of the starkness of the white. 



And this is the end result. I am very happy with it. Organized (a lot of things got thrown out), a nice splash of color, and carries in well with the entry way and upcoming kitchen makeover. Because our entryway and laundry area flow into each other we really wanted a color scheme that will bring it all together and I am glad we chose a brown/beige/aqua pallet. 





I had planned to follow through this color scheme into the kitchen and living room as well, but have since fallen in love with a whole other idea!! That I will save for another post 🙂

Until next time….






Lithium

After the week I had, and the 2 pretty rough periods of depression prior to it, I knew I had to see my doctor. I’ve been medicated for nearly 10 months now, and although they do help somewhat, the recent episodes are proof in themselves that it’s not entirely doing it’s job. I called on Thursday and was lucky to get an appointment for the very next day. 

Sitting in his office the next day, fidgeting and gazing around the room that looks nothing like a doctors office I now notice, I try to remain patient as he looks over my chart but inside I am bursting to talk! All of the feelings that have weighed me down all week are ready to spill out onto the ugly blue carpet. 

He stops reading the file, sits back and looks at me, thinking a minute before he starts to speak. Then the questions begin.  

Any periods of depression? Yes. 

Suicidal thoughts? Hesitantly, yes. 

Any high phases? Happy or angry? Yes, both. 

How are you sleeping? Fine, off and on. 

Any nightmares? Yes, periodically. 

How are your mood swings? Terrible. 

Explain!

And then it all comes pouring out of me. The frustration and agitation, the anger and upset, the amplified sounds. I spill it all as he scribbles onto scrap paper (maybe he cares about our environment?) as I talk. When I’m done he continues to scribble briefly, then places my file back on his desk and begins to talk meds. 

Seroquel increase from 200mg to 300mg for the next week- 100mg at 6PM then 200 at bedtime- followed by another increase after 1 week- 100mg in the morning, 100 at 6PM and 200 at bedtime. 

Effexor stays the same- 75mg in the morning and another same dosage at 5PM. 

Lithium was to be added to my cocktail at 300mg twice a day for the first week, then 400 twice a day after that. 

He wrote the prescription with strict instructions to come back in 2 weeks at which time I would have to go to the hospital and have some blood tests. I left his office for the 2 hour drive home, deep in thought much of the time. The new changes to my meds was a bit overwhelming but he knew what he was doing, right? If he was convinced this is what I needed to do then that’s what I would do. I stopped at the pharmacy on my way and had the prescription filled, receiving the same directions from the pharmacist as I had received from my doctor hours before, and was told if I had any questions not to hesitate to call. Attached to the paper bag filled with pills was information on each drug. 

When I reached home I sat back and started to read about the new drug that was supposed to keep my moods stable. The information contained in the several pages stapled together was startling. The side effects, which included weight gain, dizziness, drowsiness, increased thirst, and tremors didn’t sound too bad, and it did state that they should go away once my body adjusts to the medication. However, the more serious side effects that can occur was what scared me- fainting, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, seizures, irregular heartbeat. From there online research began which was even more terrifying- possible kidney damage or failure, severe reactions, and serious side effects associated with drug interactions. Was all of the risks really worth the desired outcome? 

My first dose was scheduled for an hour before bed. The trip to the doctor that day had been a long one and I was exhausted by 8PM. So, I popped my first lithium and waited an hour before taking my normal seroquel dose before bed. Before the hour had passed I could barely walk or talk. I remember taking my seroquel and getting a blanket from the chest in the hallway- and that is it! The remainder of the night is a complete blank! At 10:30AM today my mother awoke me from where I was asleep on the couch- 13.5 hours after I had passed out there. 

Even after so many hours of sleep I could barely pull myself to my feet and the first hour was a sleepy daze. The remained of the day was groggy, dizzy, lightheaded, and a little confused. My head felt “funny”- the best explanation I can find to describe how I felt the entire day. I felt awful and I hated it. It was then that I made a decision….

I flushed the Lithium down the toilet! 

Living with the mood swings is horrible at times, yes, but no more so than walking though the day in a complete and utter daze, unable to communicate with people around me because of the muddled feeling in my head, and wanting to sleep all day after already sleeping for over half a day! My mind, once it was clear enough to form reason, was boggled with questions and thoughts. 

Were all of these pills really what I needed? Were they really going to fix whatever was broken in my brain? Was all of the nasty side effects really worth the outcome? What were all of these pills going to do to my health in the long run? 

Something has to change. That much I know for sure. 

But is the change that’s needed in the drugs….or is it in me?

Until Next time...

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