Sunday, March 2, 2014
"I accidentally hung the doors upside-down. Can you reach the knobs if you jump?"
Right-side-up now. While open top cabinets worked with the busy previous backsplash and vinyl floor, they detracted from the new floor. The fabric skirts are only up until I successfully stain two new doors.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This bad boy's a whopping 20" across.... we'll just have to remember to hang it high enough so as not to block the conversation area.
UPDATE: One Kings Lane was amazing about retroactively applying the First Time Purchase discount and in notifying us that delivery had been delayed.
New electrical outlet, sheetrock; first coat of mudding; made doorway wider; reinforced half-wall; prepared top of half-wall for countertop:
And the archaeological dig continues: under the ugly green 1990s vinyl tile squares is an even uglier 1980s floral sheet vinyl. Beneath that is a 1970s Moroccan theme vinyl tile:
Unfortunately, there is no hardwood flooring or ceramic tile beneath that.
We've already picked out some new "real" tile, which will go in at a later time, as time, installer schedule, and budget permit: Level Just 10 x 20" porcelain tile in Oro:
(The pattern won't look at "crazy-quilt" as this: the manufacturer is just trying to show the variations.... We'll also be installing in a brick pattern)
KITCHEN (You can't fool us, seller: we know that rolling cart is not an "island")
UGLY POST AS SEEN FROM DINING ROOM:
WE TRIAGED WITH PAINT FOR THE FIRST YEAR.....
Above: We also removed the ceiling fan before it decapitated anyone: apparently, trolls or midgets must have lived here at some point. The busyness between the floor tile and backsplash are retina-searing! (And no, it doesn't help that the backsplash is a neutral color.)
WE EVEN TRIED A SKIRT AND MATCHING VALANCE WHEN THE DOORS BROKE:.....
Above: Note that we're unsuccessfully trying to hide the "Pantone Color of the Year for 2013" vinyl tile with a small area rug. (Obviously, the Pantone folks didn't have to actually live with the color.) The faucet is new and a necessary change after the kitchen plumbing failed.
But we finally decided that enough was enough. Because we don't have the finances to do a full renovation at this point, we're tackling projects a step at a time. Here's where we're at after one day of light demo: (The backsplash tile was removed earlier this month)
Above: under the ugly white paneling was an even uglier brown one, if you can believe it......
Above: And under that was some hideous floral wallpaper. It's like an archaeological dig in here!......
Above: The post is gone and it really opens up the space! (Yes, we checked to make sure it wasn't load-bearing first....)
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
For instance, tonight I came home from work with more toys from the "Big Orange Home Improvement Box Store", including a digital thermostat for the mancave, two 4-foot replacement electric baseboard heaters for the master bedroom, and a floor tile sample for the kitchen.
These new projects are, of course, over and above all the other projects already on the to-do list. D will be ripping up some nasty dark green carpet on a flight of stairs soon, in preparation for some staining, painting, and riser tile installation. As for me, I've currently got two cabinet doors set aside until I calm down more: I'm having trouble exactly matching the stain on the existing 35-year old cabinets. Then, there's the slab of live-edge wood we're hunting down for a countertop for the pass-thru; upcoming kitchen demo work; and new swag lighting for the family room.
I've enjoyed looking at some of my earlier posts here and seeing how far we've already come with our efforts to create a "bespoke split-level." The idea is to keep chipping away and polishing up the place as time and budget permit. While the "House For Someone With Steep Student Loan Payments" may not be the place of which I've always dreamed, it's already the house where some great memories have been made.