Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Spa Project

I like to be busy. Or at least you'd think so, by observing the alarming rate at which I take on multiple projects. The truth is I just like to do fun things, like planning weddings and spa rooms. It just so happens that usually, with my luck, I end up doing things like that at the same time. And that's not as much fun, but I always forget until I'm knee deep in projects and my front room is full of lavender sachets and votive candles while my garage is full of half painted cabinetry.

So, rewind: one of my friends who I went to esthetics school with is also a hair stylist, and she has her own salon suite for that business; if you're not familiar with that concept, it's like hallways full of individual salon rooms and businesses, so instead of leasing a station in a salon you have your very own space. It's pretty neat. Anyway, she went to esthetics school and is now leasing the suite next door also and will be turning it into her spa room for facials, peels, body waxing... all that good stuff.

She approached me and asked if I'd design and decorate it, and of course I said yes! She wanted something that felt desert-y and tranquil, without feeling overly southwestern.

That was the easy part. Now I'm painting cabinets for her -- just in case you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, saw the photos and decided I was certifiably insane for painting my kitchen cabinets again. This time they are definitely not mine!

To save on costs (this is a spa room not a custom kitchen, after all...) I had my friend buy unfinished stock oak cabinets. Oak is not my favorite, but they're going to look nice once they're in and she'll be happy with the money she saved.

So I've spent the last several days priming, painting, sanding, caulking, sucking down Diet Coke that I had promised myself I wouldn't drink anymore, crying a little as I remembered what a pain in the butt painting cabinets is, and giving myself pep talks in the vein of the St. Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare's Henry V. (Kenneth Branagh, anyone? I'm a fan!)

Oh, and showering. Priming and sanding is so messy.

My goal is to have these suckers finished tomorrow so that while I'm out of town for 10 days at the end of June for various commitments, they can magically be installed by the cabinet fairy.


  1. I like this kind of decoration the most! This year I'm leaving for songwriters journey with camp but I will decorate my windows. This is like a rule for me.


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