The Kitchen Renovation.
Wet sanding

I’m finding it pretty hard to focus today. As I write this, looking out my window, it’s a beautiful autumn day. The leaves have just changed, it’s warm out, but has that feeling of fall. Birds and squirrels are in manic mode, running through the grass then shooting straight up through piles of leaves searching for the perfect hiding place for winter snacks.

No wait, that’s me.

Regardless of who is trying to hide their chocolate covered almonds, it’s a beautiful, beautiful day and I can’t concentrate on this website of mine. OR the kitchen renovations I should be attending to.

There’s a lot to do with any house renovation but a kitchen or bathroom is the be all and end all of misery. Anything that disturbs pooping or eating is a nightmare.

One of the first things I’ve had to do is remove the large pantry from my kitchen. Doing so, revealed a big blank floor underneath which I had to patch with my floor tiles. Luckily I had enough floor tiles leftover to do the repair.

While I was in the middle of starting to level the floor so I could lay my tiles someting came to me. I should probably do a post on the technique I was using; wet sanding.

Wet sanding is where you sand drywall compound with a damp cloth, as opposed to using sandpaper. In a lot of cases it’s cleaner and easier. Great for when you have to fill a small hole in a wall or even nail holes for instance.

I couldn’t be bothered to set my camera up and start taking pictures so I figured I do a short video. That’d be easier! And probably better!

I should have stuck with the pictures.


Wet sanding


The cleaner alternative to dry sanding your drywall compound.


  1. Lindsay says:

    Oh my word! I’m so glad I was poking around your site today! What a terrible video!!! LOL! I fully appreciate the fact that you still posted it anyways. I wouldn’t have been so brave! :)

  2. Kim from 3 peanuts says:

    Like many before me…I also love you Karen. I am not sure I will ever need to wet sand but if I do I will surely remember this video because somehow you make the mundane cute and quirky.

  3. Louise says:

    Girl, even your mistakes are cute! You’re GOLDEN!

  4. kathy says:

    I’ve always thought little sayings or posters with messages were, well, a little on the hokey side, but I think that having a nice set of letters for the entry hall, or the front porch, that announces Mess Mess Mess would be really useful. That way, anyone who happens by and expects to come in will be forewarned, and then, they will, of course, have to say, oh, I thought there would be a mess in here, but this is SO NOT a mess! Yes Yes Yes, I”ll make me some Mess Mess Mess signage!! Of course, we all know that mess is part of the genius process…..

  5. Ella says:

    thanks for the laughs!!

  6. Lisa Kuhl-Thomas says:

    I”ve wet sanded drywall for years. They also make a sponge on one side and a scrubby like thing on the other. This works well too. It’s the only way to go. To much dust dry sanding.

  7. Lisa says:

    You are very clever for a mere girl! LOL what a hoot you are,. So, I know of an awesome prize you could give out….”Spend a day with Karen” that would be amazing. I am not a celebrity stalker, nor have I ever had an interest to meet a celebrity, but you I would love to spend a day with drinking a bottle or two of Moscato! And then have to limp home because my stomach muscles hurt so much from laughing too hard; or my head would hurt from the spinning of trying to keep up to you. It wold be worth it though.

  8. Leslie says:

    First chuckle of the day. Thank you!

  9. AnnW in the US says:

    And YOU are a television professional! That was good. I would watch you unpack your groceries or pick out your clothes. Or hang your clothes outside on the line. You should get a YouTube channel or whatever they call it. I missed the robot. I’d better go look for it. You could get an intern to help you around the kitchen and hold the camera. Or they could wet sand and You could Hold the camera. Or sell tickets for people to come and hold the camera for you. Ann

  10. Barbie says:

    ….I meant “it” totally worked not “is” totally worked GEEZE!

  11. Barbie says:


    …..this so gives me hope!

    Your a genius blog lady!! You used the entire blooper! ….and is TOTALLY worked!

  12. Marion says:

    perfect! I needed that at work this morning, thank you :)

  13. Call Me Patty says:


  14. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    When is HGTV gonna recognize your great talent and give you your own instructional DIY show??? What is wrong with these people..give me their number Karen..someone needs to have a talk with their executives..

    • Karen says:

      Lol. The funny thing is I’ve spent many years on HGTV and in fact know many of the executives. Well. In Canada anyway. But we’re the ones who provide all the good US HGTV programming anyway.

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        Yes..I know you work for HGTV CA..That’s why I think you should have your own show..with your DIY knowlege and wacky sense of humor it would be awesome!!

      • Karen says:

        Well you have to keep in mind Nancy, that if I had a show … I wouldn’t have time to have a blog. It’s one or the other. I vote blog. You? :) ~ karen!

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        OK..since you have to do the actual win..I vote for the blog…

  15. says:

    I almost threw up when your camera phone flipped upside down, but that’s ok…still love ya.

  16. Johan says:

    Although I have experienced the merits of wet sanding, I couldn’t help myself. An out loud laugh in the morning is a good workout for the face. Thanks yet again! I love you too, Karen! (in a weird way)…
    Can’t wait to see the end result!

  17. Vicky says:

    That flipping around kind of made me dizzy. Great Video!

  18. Melissa Leach says:

    You are almost better than my first chia tea in the morning…thanks for the video. You crack me up while you taught me something. I love you, Karen! (and not in a weird way)

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