Sunday, March 22, 2015

My New BFF

This week has been a flurry of activity with my new best friend.  We have crisscrossed the city checking out appliances in an attempt to find a dishwasher that has a door short enough to open fully in the allotted space.  The refrigerator also has parameters so that was on the list too.  The stove is the standard 30" so it was a bit easier to select.  Finally after four days haunting appliance departments, T.M. and I settled on a trio that we hope will work well together even though they are not all the same brand.

 While that was going on, the guys were busy hanging drywall and smoothing out the textured finish
that has graced my kitchen walls for several years.

They extended the flue wall, moved an outlet, and did their best to level out the wall on the left.

It's good to have that behind us.

You may remember I have a piece I want on the wall behind the stove.  This is the piece I bought from Craig's List.  It will be surrounded by 6x6 tiles.

Dan marked off the dimensions on the wall.


And then I sat down to do more math with my good friend.  (This time a ruler rather than a tape measure)  Tile is another material that needs to be ordered immediately and I need to plan the layout and get a grasp on how much I will need to order.


The guys did their fair share of measuring too as they worked on getting this window reconfigured.

Not there yet but you can see where the new window sill will be.

Here they are making sure those new windows will fit properly.

Meanwhile I am searching on line for a wall mounted faucet that meets the specifications.  Again, it all comes down to measurements.  I found something I really liked but, alas, the spout was too short to work well in this instance.  So back at it again.  There are limited choices when it comes to wall mounted faucets.  Throw in the need for the spout to reach 12 inches and the choices drop drastically.  Add to that a brushed nickel finish and a reasonable price and...well, it's no longer a choice.  It's called, "take what you can get and like it."

I'm ending this post with a choice that does not require any math and is much more within my comfort zone.  It's a little premature to choose the wall color for the kitchen but we want a coat on the walls before the floors are screened and polyurethaned.  So even though it could all change when the various elements arrive and things start reflecting off each other, I selected Benjamin Moore 2109-60 for now.  It is called Portland Gray.  It is the largest sample shown above.   It plays nicely off this canvas that will hang on the only open wall in the kitchen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

About that Window

As with any remodel there is always something that does not go according to plan.  If it's only one thing then that's pretty much a miracle.  Another rarity is finding something interesting in the process.
Turns out both of these things were true for the part of the job that involved the window over the sink.

As a refresher, this is how it looked when the remodel started.


The plan was to remove the window sashes and replace them with two 46 inch high windows and raise the sill up about 12 inches.

 Oh, Oh!  Looks like the plan has taken another turn.  The casing had to come off?  OK, it had to be shortened to adjust for the raised sill and it would be easier to cut to fit if it was off the wall.

The next bump in the road came when it was discovered that the window opening measured 34 inches at the front of the sill but got narrower as it went towards the back.  So now those double windows were not going to fit.  So, off came the jam to be replaced in a tidy and, might I add, square fashion.
During the clean up, Ron heard a ping as he moved the rubble into a pile.  He investigated and found a business card ... a rather interesting one!


It is actually metal.  As you can see, the business was called, THE STANDARD STEAM LAUNDRY CO.. and was located at 7110.12 on South Broadway in St. Louis, MO.  The telephone numbers listed were:  South 133 A and Kinloch Victor 942.

It also lists the President and Manager as: Guido A. Doering.  The Vice-President as: Wm. J. Johnston and the Secretary and Treasurer as: Geo. S. Johnston.

On the bottom left of the card it says;  Strictly First Class Work Guaranteed

Someone wrote a note on the card but it is difficult to read.  It looks like someone's name followed by the numbers, 2657.


The backside of the card was not left blank as you can see here.
It shows a twelve month calendar from July-December of 1904 and continues from Jan.-June of 1905.

The card was printed by Aluminum Mfg. Co. of Two Rivers, Wis. U.S.A.

So, about that window....it's still right where you saw it pictured.  Other things have taken precedence.  Stay tuned for the next episode.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Elephant in the Room

Guess I have been tiptoeing around yacking about everything but that big monstrosity referred to as "the fridge." Fortunately I can keep it in the closet, but from there on my plans are sketchy.

 Here is the before picture to refresh your memory.

And all I've really said is that the doors and the casing will be removed.


I decided the only way to know exactly what I wanted to do here was to see what would be revealed in the demo.  I'm hoping it opens up more possibilities than it extinguishes

My 38 year old refrigerator has been delegated to the back porch until new appliances are chosen.  In case you are wondering the original finish on this was almond.  I painted the front with chalkboard paint at least 10 years ago....maybe more.

Obviously the stairs to the second floor pass overhead.  The guys decided it would be OK to cut out the section where they have removed the plaster creating a little more room over the refrigerator.

That done they proceeded to make the opening as large as possible.

Because I had new hardwood flooring installed somewhere along the way, that flooring would not be under the areas now being removed.  So all the flooring inside the closet was removed.  It will be moved forward and relaid and some new strips will be added in the very back.

This shows the other side stripped down to make it as wide as possible.  Now what?


This magazine clipping shows the general idea I have for this area although I probably won't have doors over the refrigerator.  I only have 18" for the side cabinet and for what they cost, I have to make it useful.

 Here is a sample of the possibilities.  The small gray square on top of the marble looking piece is what I would like for my base cabinets.  But I don't really want that for the pantry cabinet.  So I thought about using the the stained look on the cabinet samples in the background. (FYI: the boards in the background are two different samples of the same color)  The square on the far left is a possible tile sample for the wall behind the stove.  The one in the middle is a possible countertop sample for the island.


The dilemma I am facing is that the stained wood samples look very different depending on the light.  As you can see they look very brown in this photo and they have a more charcoal look in the previous photo.  It's a tough call.