Value of a Home Project

A couple weekends ago my husband and I undertook what I call our first “renovation.” We painted our kitchen countertops with the Rustoleum Countertop Transformation kit. We had been talking about it all summer and now the time had come. Besides the usual party games, this was the first time we would really work together, as a team in a timely fashion, and hopefully not end up with a disaster.

beforeFrom the time the paint roller first touched the counter tops, we had 20 minutes to get the area covered with a base coat and topped with decorative chips. (This is where the timely teamwork came in.) Communication was key. It was amazing to focus in the job at hand and execute the process. chips

After an overnight drying, we sanded the tops smooth and applied the top coat. It wasn’t perfect. We each had a spot where we smudged the paint or sanded a little too much, but all in all, it looked pretty good. Although the instructions said we could lightly use the surface after 48 hours, paranoid to mess it up further, we waited a week. sealed

Completing the project as a couple gave us a sense of achievement and satisfaction. I think coming from the farm has instilled us with a strong work ethic and really makes me appreciate the work we did in our kitchen, even though it wasn’t perfect. I actually look at the tiny, kitty paw print, forever impressed in my countertop, with fondness. (Hopefully, no one else notices it when they come over!) The whole experience will definitely be a wonderful memory to look back upon.

before and after

The values of family, productivity and wholesomeness are something all Nebraska Farm Bureau members possess, whether they come from a farm or the biggest city. You don’t have to be a farmer to possess these values, you just have to be willing to get your hands dirty and pour on the elbow grease if that means an improved quality of life.


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