Pinterest Moms You Can Suck It!

I’m going to make a clarification here….I do check out Pinterest when I need ideas for many different things.  But I’m done looking for cleaning solutions. I did find house cleaning in Nashua and was very happy with their services. But apart from them, no one else could meet my expectations of cleaning.

I’ve read at least a dozen different ways to clean the glass on the inside of my oven.  NONE of them work!! NONE!

I feel that there should be a requirement of a video posted with a cleaning solution.  I feel this way because I think that many people just use a photo of a brand new fill in the blank as their “after” photo so that others believe their way of doing things really works.  I want video proof of them actually doing the work and the before and after.

Why?  Here’s what I went through in about an hour and a half a few weeks ago….

This is what the oven door looked like when I started:

The most recent Pin I read said to use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it would sparkle like the top of the Chrysler Building.  Oh they lied…boy did they lie!

This is what my oven door looked like after 20 minutes of scrubbing it with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser:

I figured since I was already in cleaning mode let’s try another idea from Pinterest.  So I got out the baking soda and vinegar.  Made a paste and let it sit on the glass for a bit. Then I used a regular sponge to take the grime off.  Here’s how it looked after that.  Not anything near clean.

Now I’m at a loss and have no clue how to get this door looking remotely clean again.

So I get out the Easy Off Oven Cleaner.  It works wonders on my stainless stove top so why not give it a whirl?  Here’s the look after attempt number three.  Still not sparkly like a unicorn, but it’s definitely an improvement.  I can see a reflection in it!  We are getting there.

At this point I’m at my wits end and cursing the man (it HAS to be a man!) who invented Pinterest.

Then I decide to go old school and get out a razor blade.  Yup, it’s come down to this inch and a half little piece of metal to clean my oven door.

Guess what?  It worked!  Now I’m not sure if it’s because I had already loosened up the grime with my three previous options, but my oven door now looks amazing.  Notice I didn’t say new, but amazing.  I’ll take amazing after working on it for over an hour.

But still, Pinterest…you need to require proof so I don’t go spending an hour and a half using three methods to clean something!

Here are the weapons I used to attack this oven door.  Geez!

I Needed A Project

Being out of work for a few months is not something that agrees with me at all.  I start to get stir crazy and eventually I find a project to tackle.  Something small, that won’t cost a lot and can be done in a few days.  The last time I was unemployed I organized the pantry and I’m still enjoying it, sometimes I do other things like remodeling the bathroom,  and I know we can browse around here to find the best services for this.

This time I set my sights on a project that was bigger and would require me to do something that I really hate doing – painting.  I decided to change up the playroom.  I was tired of looking at this all the time.

When we first got our house at, I really wanted to get rid of the shelves that we’ve been using to hold all kinds of stuff for the girls.  So off we went to Ikea.  I had an idea of what I wanted and actually thought I knew exactly what I’d buy.  But then I found something even better than what I had envisioned.  And to sweeten the deal, it was on clearance so we got it for a great price!  I have to give a big thanks here to my 16 year old neighbor Molly who came over to help me with the final steps in building it.

Next on the list was deciding on a new color for the walls. For two girls, that blue had to go! I wasn’t really sure what I wanted and of course the girls requested PINK!!!  However, Bill was having no discussions about pink paint in there.  He had a valid point, we’d just have to paint it again in few years and well….see above for how I feel about that!

After Bill did some tooling around with colors we finally decided on ‘Restful’ from Sherwin Williams.  We felt it complimented the Down Home color on the other walls in the common area of the house which can also be decorated with glow in the dark garden pebbles.

The girls love telling everyone who will listen about their ‘new’ playroom.  Here is the finished product.