Thursday, April 9, 2015

Where are We?

Seems like forever since I posted the progress on the kitchen.  There's a good reason for that.  The sanding, staining, and sealing of the floor took an entire week!!  The details of all that I've put behind me, but I will show a few self-explanatory pictures.


                                            BEFORE


                                AFTER


                                            and IN BETWEEN





That took care of one week.  This week everything is in a holding pattern.  No one here working but me.  One of the things I have been working on is finding a kitchen faucet.  I have been trying to convince myself to give up on the one I want because it is back ordered until June.  However, every time I say I'm going to order a different one, I don't.  

I had to give up on choice #1 because the spout did not reach far enough into the sink.
So this is my second choice....the one that is not available until June.

This is the option that is available.  It costs approximately the same as the other one but there are a couple things I don't like about it.  The first thing is that block in the very center and the second thing that bothers me are the handles.  The handles on the one above are sleeker and don't have that little sphere on the tips.  In general, it's just too busy.

Back burner on this decision for a few more days!

I did however, accomplish something this week.  You know that metal piece, 3' x 3', that I bought from Craig's List?

 This is how it looked when I bought it.

 Here it is as I applied the primer to the left side.

Here it is with a coat of gray paint.  Sorry the color escapes me and it's pouring rain so I don't want to go out to the studio to refresh my memory and get soaking wet in the process.


I added a darker paint and stippled it.  Then I added some more of the lighter paint and blotted it with a plastic garbage bag.  Next I added an even darker paint and washed some of it off with the hose.  this was the result.

Then I mixed some rottenstone into the wax and applied it with a round brush.  Lastly I polished it with a soft rag.  I'm happy with the way it looks but remember, it's the ONLY thing in the room right now!

Here is the original again so you can compare the two.




Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bits and Pieces

It's hard to measure progress on the kitchen project this week, but I will give a brief recap of what I can gather together.
Ron put the hardwood back in the refrigerator closet....what he could salvage that is.  Then he filled in with some leftover pieces.  It won't matter because....
on Sunday I met with the floor guy to talk about screening the hardwood and putting on a fresh coat of poly.  Turns out a screening won't do the job, so a full sanding is in order.  There are some badly worn spots by the back door and in front of the sink.  Ugh!  More dust!!

Because the finish is coming off completely, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get rid of the golden yellow in the floor.  The sander guy gave me a sample of the only gray he offers.  That didn't really work for me.  So I set off to see my guys at Paint Supply on South Grand.  Doug worked with me to mix a gray.  It looked way darker on the board I took with me than it does on my floors at home.  I'm a little undecided but I don't want to go too dark.  Dark floors really show the dust about two seconds after you clean them and it's downhill from there.  A little more experimentation is necessary.

It looks a little pink here but I don't really have a problem with that.  I need to add a little poly and see what that does to it.

Now, about that window over the sink.

A lot of filling in happened around this window so that tidied things up some.

 Some taping and sanding and priming of the walls took place too. (That wall to wall shelf really stands out as creamy white now that the walls are primed.  Very distracting and I couldn't wait to paint it the same OC-23 as the rest of the woodwork.)

Finally ready for a coat of primer and a good-bye to the green ceiling.

The medallion was fitted for the wall behind the stove.  Because the border is 1 1/4 inches deep, it would not line up well with 1/4 thick tile.  So Dan cut a groove in the drywall and pushed the frame into the groove.  I had sprayed it will a primer before they installed it.  Now whatever I chose to do to the finish will most likely have to be done in place.

I stand corrected.  It can come down to be painted and reinstalled with ease.  Yay!!!

Because the floor sanders will be here on Monday, we had to scurry around and get one coat of paint on the walls and ceiling.

Remember I chose the lovely shade of gray called portland gray?  The large sample second from the left is the one.  Looks nothing like what you see in this next photo but when you place it on top of the painted wall they do look exactly the same.  Paint is really tricky.  It's best to have a glass or two of wine to cope with the surprises.

The cutting in process began on the walls.  I actually stood and watched the paint dry.  Even at this point I had some doubts but decided to see it through.  And just in case you are wondering, the ceiling has been painted pink.  I'll talk about that later.

Portland gray is really a beautiful color....at certain times of the day in my kitchen.  Early morning, dusk and evening it looks spectacular.  The rest of the day, depending on how the light is coming into the room, it is lavender!  Seriously, it is a little princess dress and with the pink ceiling it is over the top sweet.  So after the guys left, I went back to the paint store and picked up a gallon of abalone.  Not sure if you can tell in this photo but I have cut in the abalone over the top of the portland gray.

Here they are in the paint deck.  You can see that the portland gray is rich and full bodied.  Really a lovely color.  I thought about trying to tweak it by adding a little green then decided it might be better just to leave it behind and move on.

Here is another shot of the abalone as I cut in over the portland gray.  In this picture the portland gray looks great but I knew I could not live with the lavender from 8-5 every day.  This picture was taken in the late afternoon.

Here you can see just a little of the portland gray sticking out on the left hand side.  These colors are about the same intensity.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I had them hold back 25% on the colorant recommended for the abalone.

You know how the walls change color depending on how the light is hitting them?  Here is a perfect example.  All the walls are now painted abalone (less 25% of the formula).  But see how the wall on the right looks like a totally different color?  I'm really OK with that.  I think it makes the room more interesting.  But there are times when it just doesn't work.  Need I mention the wine again?

 I'm good with the walls. It's a nice neutral backdrop and it works much better with the color of the woodwork.   But I'm still thinking about the ceiling.  Nothing will happen with that until the electric is changed for two pendant lights.  And why didn't we do that first?  Well, because there is a chance that I will be "getting" an island.  I don't know what it looks like or how big it is so we can't space the lights yet.  The island story will have to be posted later because right now I don't have a thing to tell you.  This mystery island is literally 100 miles away and until it arrives I don't even know if it will want it.

What I do know is that this coming week will be all about the floor.

 The pantry cabinet and the chandelier have been buttoned up to prevent fine sawdust from coating everything.  We will see how well that works.

And today is my last day to use the stove before it it gets disconnected.  Looks like I will be eating a lot of salads until this project is completed.

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.