1. When you get a burning sensation on your skin, wash it really quickly. If you ignore the pain, you will get a chemical burn. And they can blister. (BTW, pain is a gift from God for the foolish who strip cabinets in shorts and a tank top.)
2. If you live in an old house, you can assume that nothing in your house is standard. It means that hardware is very expensive. I found drawer pulls that would fit our drawers and cabinets. But they cost $400 a piece. Apparently, they were “vintage.” (Vintage is code for it-costs-way-more-money-than-it’s-worth.) We drilled new holes and used wood putty.
3. “Eyeballing” where you should drill the holes for the new handles doesn’t work. If you don’t want angled handles, use a ruler.
4. White wood-stain dyes fingernails. I’ve been very hip for weeks now. Not intentionally hip however.
5. The “helpers” at Home Depot know absolutely nothing about the products that they sell.
6. Don’t assume that the cabinets are dry. High humidity keeps things wet for a long time.
7. Remind your kids not to dump laundry on the cabinet doors that are “drying” on top of the washing machine and dryer.
8. Climbing inside a cupboard while staining the inside leads to volatile chemical brain-fry.
9. When you talk about stripping, you need to be very specific. People misunderstand. Enough said.
10. Don’t polyurethane when your dog is shedding. Seriously. Especially if you have a black Lab and your cabinets are white.