Monday, 4 May 2009

When Good News Leads to Bad other good news

First, the good news: I finally, finally found a lead test kit! Woo hoo! Right? I couldn't believe how many stores had never heard of such a thing (and these were paint and hardware stores!) Eventually, I drove nearly all the way across the city to a Benjamin Moore store to find them. I still think Rona and Home Depot should have them. I suspect the 5 different sales people just didn't know what I was talking about. Now, the bad news: Red equals positive for lead. Now what am I supposed to do? I can't complete my project for the Procrastination Party! I suppose I could paint the cabinet without sanding it, but I wouldn't be happy with the result (some of the existing paint is drippy and rough). The cabinet isn't worth having professionally stripped, especially since it's made of fir, according to my painter grandpa, which doesn't strip or sand well. All I want is to lightly sand it, then paint over it. Sigh... I'll have to wait until my kids move out I guess. Now that's procrastination! Thanks to Jen at Sanctuary Arts at Home for helping me protect my family by posting about lead testing kits. The possibility of lead poisioning didn't even occurr to me until I read this post.
In other news, this morning I went downtown to apply for a development permit so we can build our fence. KD will probably want to start construction as soon as we get the permit. So that's some good news! More good news is that I made myself a compost bin (I've been wanting to start composting ever since I learned what it was). Thanks to Manuela at The Pleasures of Homemaking for posting directions for a "tumbling" compost bin. I also somewhat followed her directions for making a raised garden bed. KD built me one using just scrap wood that was left in our garage when we moved in. It's not pretty, but I plan to make it so once it's filled with dirt and planted. First I need to move the sod to some bare areas of our yard, then order some bulk dirt to fill it. It will be our veggie bed this year. PS: yes, I do like to hyperlink ;-)


  1. Your blog is enjoyable to read! Happy I stumbled upon it!

  2. Hi sweet Jo :)

    Can you sand it with a mask on? My mom wore one the whole time she redid the old farmhouse she had and it's supposed to be safe. It's going to be cute when it's finished.

    I'm so jealous of your raised bed! I wanted to start one this year, but indoor projects kept me from it.

    Have a wonderful mother's day!

  3. I am glad to help. Even if it doesn't strip well,,as long as you are going to paint back over it, it won't matter.


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