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Mom to the rescue, again

Letters From the Farmhouse: Our house remodel project continues — with some help from Mom.

Allison Lund, Indiana Prairie Farmer Senior Editor

June 10, 2024

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Planting season pumped the brakes on our house remodel projects, but I jumped back into things a couple of weekends ago when my mom, Judy, had a chance to visit.

You may remember that we left off with me feeling defeated by our kitchen cabinets. However, a mom and a plan never seem to fail. She came cruising in from Wisconsin with a goal and enough motivation for the both of us.

We had originally planned to get one coat of stain on all the cabinet doors, drawers and structures. Those hopes were cut short when we realized there were a total of 39 doors and drawers to take down, clean, sand and stain.

Luckily, the stain I picked was dark enough that one coat did the trick. We managed to stain all 39 of those pieces, but we did not even get to wash the cabinet structures. That will be a project for my husband, Ryan, and me to tackle in the coming weeks. I also still need to apply a clear seal to all the pieces we stained.

Teamwork makes the dream work

It has been a while since my mom and I have taken on a big project together. But I think there’s just something about a mother-daughter duo that never falters. We jumped into the project as if we had never skipped a beat.

She unscrewed hinges and knobs, and I cleaned. She did all the sanding, and I did all the staining. We both listened to a Dateline NBC podcast episode and discussed how obvious it was that the boyfriend was the murderer. You know, just typical mother-and-daughter things.

Related:Staining cabinets no walk in the park

We both felt accomplished at the end of our time together, and we think the stain gave the cabinets the face-lift they needed. Browse the photos to catch a glimpse of our DIY adventure.

As always, if you have tackled a house remodel with your spouse or are a fan of DIY projects, please shoot me a message at [email protected] with any advice.

About the Author(s)

Allison Lund

Indiana Prairie Farmer Senior Editor, Farm Progress

Allison Lund worked as a staff writer for Indiana Prairie Farmer before becoming editor in 2024. She graduated from Purdue University with a major in agricultural communications and a minor in crop science. She served as president of Purdue’s Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter. In 2022, she received the American FFA Degree. 

Lund grew up on a cash grain farm in south-central Wisconsin, where the primary crops were corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. Her family also raised chewing tobacco and Hereford cattle. She spent most of her time helping with the tobacco crop in the summer and raising Boer goats for FFA projects. She lives near Winamac, Ind.

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