Design Job and a Road Trip

Ok a quick post. I know I’ve been absent as of late. Kitchen posts are coming.

I promise.

So one of my building girlfriends came for the weekend to help me! I had a ton of projects that were falling behind. Not just furniture, and remodel projects. This darn Frozen shoulder is coming along. Going to the pool seems to be helping in a big way. Sorry back to my girlfriend.

Well, the shed is almost done! Yippee. We recycled some siding to enclose it, used a recycled window also it in! Then got the mover and other stuff temporarily stored in there for now.

I love using all the materials that I have stored here! We did 2 projects and didn’t buy one thing! I’m feeling pretty clever right now that my hoarding recycling has paid off now.

We worked on the inside of the Chicken coop too. Did some weather/ varmit proofing.

We also had picnics on the back deck in the warm sunny weather. Seriously the end of January and we had better weather than we get in the Summer or Fall! Built a fire and cleaned up some yard clipping, and scrap wood. We also sat around after dark and drank some wine! Gee I felt like I was on vacation!

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This is Mr. Nostalgia with some onlookers while he eats his chicken. Hard to eat Chicken when you have 3 little fur babies looking at you!

Yesterday we went to my good friend Franks house. I sold my table saw and he graciously offer me use of his when needed. So my girlfriend and I loaded our Table saw projects and headed over.

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Here is the two of them working on the planer.

So today we head off on a road trip. I’m hitching a ride to the big city to pick up a car, and do a design job.

So I have lots to share coming up. If your interested you can check out my Instagram, or Facebook.

Hugs,

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Upper Cabinet Installation

So we left off with the walls being done at this point. Click here to see the wall post. So since the cabinet maker had the shells of the uppers done, and I had finished painting the uppers will get installed before the lowers.

I guess I should give you a little back story.  This part of a kitchen remodel is “compromise” yes that is the name of the game. You have a mental photo or dream in your head for the space. But in all actuality it will look very close but you will have to compromise at some point in the details. This might be due to budget, or unforeseen problem your space will throw at you. This could be a major wiring in the way, to support beams, and sometimes just a few inches can make or break an idea or plan.

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So far I’ve had two compromises. The first was the old panty area, which now will hold the supersized refridgerator.  Then due to this it would have been major problem to remove the soffits, so they remained and we even have to change them up and extend them.

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Here the soffit is already altered. The corner cabinet, and vintage inspired curved shelves were on my list! The other side was to either have a matching curved shelf or not one at all and the wall completely tiled.

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Then I lost my open shelf and wall concept above the range and to the sides. To the right one open shelf was to house the microwave, since things shifted to the left and right something in the center had to go, and it was the microwave shelf. Now the range hood is to be built in and become a focal point structure. Which is now looking pretty slim of becoming a reality.

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So the new cabinet has bead board  in the back. This is due to the fact it will have glass doors and contain dishes.

So we are on a roll. No shelves and have install the doors. But it’s looking more like a kitchen everyday.

The next step the kitchen sink!

Hugs,

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A Chicken Coop

So I do have a New Year word it is “Change” and you can read about it in this post.

I am also in the process of making a list of those changes. I do know one of them is to complete this chicken coop! It has been under construction for the better part of 3 years! I’m placing it on the list again in hopes it will finally make it to the completed list this year.

I grew up with Chickens. I had Chickens when my kids grew up. I think I even have photo of the kids with chicks watching TV, in pet parades, and helping with the gardening.

When we bought this house and started to remodel it, and retake the over grown landscape I knew I wanted to have Chickens again. It started with the oldest son giving me some sides to a rather large crate that a piece of equipment had arrived at his work in. I managed to get one side pried apart and the boards off of the timber parts. It was a stubborn job. So I decided I would just use the pieces as the floor of the coop, and porch of the coop.

From here I framed the coop. I think it went through one winter with a floor and framed sides!

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The next year it got it roof framed and galvanized metal roof on the coop and the porch. It also had its great old window installed and salvaged door.

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Then when I was away one long weekend I came home to it having plywood On its sides. It also had a welcome chicken sign on the door!

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This of course is still far from being finished. It isn’t varmint proofed, and doesn’t have its Chicken door put in yet, pen built or the interior done.  One day my “helper” had the idea of using some hand split cedar shakes to cover the front   and side. So one day  I came home to this.

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My little “Cottage” Chicken Coop looks a bit more like a “Miners” Coop now, but that’s ok it is cute too! This is pretty much where it has stopped. Other projects have moved up the list, and once again the Coop, with the chickens has been bumped down.

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I did get it cleaned up since this shot. And now it gets put once again on the todo/finish list 2014!

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Hugs,

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Kitchen Walls

So before we can move forward on installing the new custom cabinets, work on the existing walls needed to be done. Yeah another step in the right direction!

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So after the carpenter Frank installed a false wall to hide the wires I didn’t want to pay to have moved, there was the job of reworking and adding to the soffit, make the new angle the corner, and extend the end.

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This was all a compromise on my part as I did not want a soffit at all. I wanted it all ripped out, finished off the ceiling, and the tops of the cabinets exposed for display. But I’m keeping the cost pretty low on this kitchen, I know it may not seem so with my sink choice or custom cabinets. But truth be told the sink was a splurge. But my cabinet maker gave me a screaming good deal, and I could not have bought the right sized cabinets for this kitchen anyway.

Examples of some of the cabinets I looked at that were pre-made. I like the one in the center with the bead board inserts.

Examples of some of the cabinets I looked at that were pre-made. I like the one in the center with the bead board inserts.

And this kitchen is very small when you consider the cabinet area. Plus I built the island and the pantry is in the adjoining room. (It is being re-done) So it was a no brainer!

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Here the uppers are removed, the soffit extended and reworked. All ready for texture so it matches the existing work in the house.

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Now once this dried I got busy painting it all. The whole great room was to be painted. This corner is the kitchen, to the left is the dining area, and I’m standing in the living area.

I went to Lowes, and for the first time in my interior design life, choose 3 paint colors all from the same paint chip card! I must say I’m not sure if I was just tired, or it just worked that day. I Chose Valspar  Signature. Card 3008-10. It has the 3 tones on the one card ranges from a darker tone, midtone, and then the lightest.

This is the beat up paint chip card I carry in my purse, so when I need to match or mix paint I have it with me.

This is the beat up paint chip card I carry in my purse, so when I need to match or mix paint I have it with me.

I had painted the interior of the house after we moved in. The big feature wall was a darker beige color, and the other 3 walls were a soft cream color. At that point anything was good. The walls were all a pink color, and the kitchen cabinets were 2 toned. The bottom plum, and the uppers lavender!

The thing I learned first about painting when living near the ocean, is color changes color. The color you pick out, and paint color you end up with may not necessarily be what you had envisioned after it is applied. And certainly not during certain times of day. Something magical happens when you paint near the ocean, I can’t explain it, but I have encountered it several times, and have discussed this with others who have encountered this very phenomenon.

I must say when I started on the feature wall, I was prepared to paint at least 2 coats. I had washed the walls from the mishap with the smoke and soot with a TSP solution and a special sponge, but there were still streaks and discoloration to deal with.

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This color went right over the darker color not only easily, but covered in one coat! I wasn’t sure until it dried, but sure enough! WOW! I’ve used a lot of paint over the years, and still have various cans and brands around that I will refer to on this blog, but none of them will get glowing remarks from me as this will! It will be my go-to paint from now on, and I’m not getting paid to say that either. Oh by the way, I would love to get paid to say that! I will never, ever say that I like a product unless I truely believe in it!

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Here is the feature wall. It is a Historic Preservation color and the darkest color.

The other 3 walls in this great room consist of one wall with a large window, and the other two wall are chopped up with doorways, and the kitchen area. They needed to be lighter in color so the middle color on the card seemed to work real well with the overall theme.

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Im not sure about you, but I always thought my dream job would be part of the group that picks names for paint colors. I’m sure it is an awful job if you think about it. How many names can you come up with for beige, or white?

Speaking of white, I had always used Dutch Boy Sweetened White for all my trim in a Semi-gloss. But as you can guess not anymore. Which leads me to the cabinet color I chose.

It needed to be whitish, but not all in your face screaming, blinding white. That’s where the third color comes in from the paint chip card.

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As you can see, it really isn’t white at all, but remember the magic that happens with paint. When you open this gallon of paint it looks white. Just not the glaring, awful in your face white I didn’t want. This can was used for the soffit, and then delivered to the cabinet maker. The great thing about this color is it has replaced my Sweetened White as my go to trim color.

Its coming along, I’m excited about the next step. The lower cabinets will be torn out, prep work done then the installation of the new cabinets. Oh and that large farm house sink!

This I’m sure will be the hardest part, and the most trying part of a renovation. Pretty much several days without a functioning kitchen.

Hugs,

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New Kitchen Island

So we started the island if you remember from this post here.

So now that the floor is done on the part where the new island will be we can install and finish it.

It looked like this as we placed it in the house.

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Ran the wire up into it and secured it in place. Then connect it all together and put on the backing bead board. You can see it doesn’t line up with the green tape on the floor. The front has a toe kick that needs to be brought out to make it a solid piece. This will give it the illusion of a piece of furniture, or in this case the old general store counter appearance we are looking for. This was achieved by using 2×4 spacer pieces and one long 2×4 the length of the counter. The trim will hide all of this work.

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Here you can see the trim along the floor. I pre-painted it so it will just need to be touched up once it was nailed into place. You can see the poplar strips added to give it the antique look.

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This is the other end with the opening for the built in microwave. you can see the wires there for the dedicated line for it. The microwave was suppose to be on a special shelf between the range and fridge, but due to having to allow extra space for the custom corner cabinet we lost space and had to move it. I’m not a big fan on them on the counter. This made sense and would allow a opening for it.

I wanted the doors to be different on this piece than the bead board doors I selected on the cabinets. The pieces had a raised Shaker style doors, so I had a recessed area to work with. I got the brilliant idea to use old ceiling tin on them. I looked and found some online, but they were what I thought pretty expensive. So I figured why not use the fake plastic stuff. A trip to Home Depot, provided me with just what I was looking for.

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It is PVC and looks like tin ceiling tile, but is made to be used as back splash and has grooves to overlap and pieces to finish off the edges. You can order online if they don’t have the color you want in stock and delivered to your local store. It will be in the kitchen decor/remodel department.  I wanted my doors to match pattern wise so had to use a full sheet for each of the 3 door on the island. It seems a little expensive, but not when compared to original antique pieces if you can find them to fit your cabinets. I think they could be primed and painted too?

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I measure the door inserts and marked the panels.

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I then simply cut them with my kitchen scissors. They fit tightly into the insert area. I used liquid nails and put 5 dots on the door area, staying away from the immediate edge so it wouldn’t squeeze out the sides and show. I  then pressed the PVC  Tin Tile piece into the area and rubbed well. I let lay flat for a day and dry.

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I attached the new hinges and hung them. I had selected the hardware for the new cabinets and couldn’t find anything I liked better so did use the same hardware on the island.

30mm Victorian Glass Knob, and Martha Stewart 3" Bracket Bin Pull in Iron.

30mm Victorian Glass Knob, and Martha Stewart 3″ Bracket Bin Pull in Iron.

The glass knobs are just under $3.99 each. I did get the iron bin pulls for $1.98, they sell now for $4.97.

They didn’t show very well on the black painted island so I took a silver paint pen and rubbed it on them, quickly followed by rubbing with a rag to spread it and get it into grooves.

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The top is going to be butcher block. I found one at IKEA that is perfect. They sell counters that are a narrower width, but also a piece that is a wider width. Problem is the nearest IKEA is about 3 1/2 hours from us so we need to wait until someone is going that direction that can haul it! So until that happened we made do.

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This is before the hardware and distressing. I sanded, then stained, and waxed to give it and old used feel. If I would have know about milk paint then, it would of been milk painted with some chipping goodness! However it turned out good, and even people who love antiques think I “found” my old store counter and converted it! We finally got the top, the cabinet maker cut it down to fit. It was wired with an outlet at both ends and one inside on a separate circuit for the microwave. I tested several stains and found one that matched the Red Oak that is on the floor on 2 sides of it. And used a natural Bees Wax to seal it. It gets a good cleaning sanding and re-waxing about every 6 months.

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While on my trip to see my son, (here) I purchased a few things at IKEA. I installed them on the island to give it more of that general store look and also some practical storage solutions too.

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And a view of the microwave end too.

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Here you can see the distressing also. Just were it would be worn perhaps from customers rubbing against it while talking to the shop owner, or from being moved or cleaned over the years. I love it. It is functional and looks great too. Plus I like the fact I can say “yeah I built it” ( insert big smile).

If you have hung on long enough to read this whole post thank you! Sorry about the quality of the photos. There was no lighting installed in here when most of these were taken. Also before my new camera purchase. (Yeah)

So more to come, the lower cabinets are next, and another great repurpose project too.

Hugs,

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New Year, and My Changes!

So I decided my word for the year is change! It seem like the past year things just seemed to float by, and nothing got accomplished. I had a few health battles, but I’m determined this year to recover as much as possible, and get stuff done. I’m tired of clutter, and things half finished. I want to feel the liberation of stuff done, gone and out of here!

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With that said, I started back to the gym. I go early in the morning, it is quiet and I have the small pool to myself so far. I can do low impact, and meditate while I work out. Perfect!

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Everyday I try to tackle something. yesterday was paperwork. I gathered tax stuff for the accountant, and went through a large box of papers!

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Today I started on the garage. Oh Dear. It is overwhelming. When you remodel a big piece of your house it becomes the dumping ground for purchased supplies, leftover supplies, and torn out parts that you deem to good for the dump! Ok remember change!

I usually forget the before photos. Today I snapped a few! Are you ready to be totally overwhelmed too?

This is the side door looking towards the garage door.

This is the side door looking towards the garage door.

This is where the car should be parked!

Dumping ground inside door. You can see a small path if you look real hard!

Dumping ground inside door. You can see a small path if you look real hard!

You know the spot, it’s easier to drop it hear than to put it away?

I cleaned this spot in less than 15 minutes!

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So the beast of a lawn mower will have it own shed real soon! That will open a large area on its own.

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Ok just more of the same. Most of this goes. I started a pile for the thrift store. It’s funny you have to clear it out just to be able to get to more of it to sort it to get rid of it. I would love to call the “take away” truck, or get a dumper too. I could make short order of this real quick!

So I’m feeling pretty good about getting rid of stuff. Can’t wait to take the first load off. Then sell some of the other stuff and begin another pile for donation.

I will keep you posted of the progress of my cleaning liberation! How about you, does the New Year make you want to clean, and recycle?

Hugs,

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Laying the Kitchen Floor

So because we are living in this mess at the same time as remodeling it is a challenge to say the least. Almost all the old is torn out now and the wall repaired and ready to paint.

“We” are laying the floor before we tear the last part of the cabinets containing the existing sink. First the “We” is me. Me and me alone. And second I know it seems odd to lay the new floor with part of the old cabinets still in use, but it will all work out. The part where the new floor isn’t being laid is under the cabinets so will never be seen. Using plywood to level it out, after the tear out will be cheaper in the long run.

As you remember we have that 1970’s vinyl as our base. Oh gee how could you forget.

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So first thing first. Moved out the temporary island sweep and vacuum existing floor area. Also checked for any spots that protruded or stuck up which might cause the new flooring to have a bump in it. I choose an Armstrong snap together floor. It looks like travertine tile in a random pattern. (Sorry the exact name I can’t remember)

Starting with the underlayment it was rolled out and joined as was directed on the package. It covered the open area when the floor was to be laid. I have installed a good many laminate and snap together floors so figure this small area with these large pieces will not take very long to install, so I’m anxious to get started and finished this morning.

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The green tape marks the island placement. The power supply is the wires coming out of the floor that will come up into the new island to power the outlets and the microwave outlet. You can see a piece of the flooring on the left hand side of the photo. And this corner is where we will be laying the first piece to start the pattern off with.

I opened all the boxes and there was 3 different patterns included. However one of the patterns I had a lot of, and one of them only 3 pieces. This made me wonder how this was going to work?

The first piece was laid and the end piece running into the old cabinet was cut and attached to the first long piece. As I laid out the next row to match the pieces or their grout lines, I ran into a problem. This wasn’t going to be easy at ALL! Once I found suitable pieces I just laid them there without attaching them and looked for the next row. This took the better part of the morning just trying to match the grout lines! I was in over my head!

Before I pulled my hair completely out I decided to call my next door neighbor. After all he is a professional floor layer! I felt awful calling him! After all I didn’t hire him to lay it. And who was I to ask him to look at it and help me? But as I was nearly in tears, I felt it was my only hope, so I dialed his phone number! Sure enough he was home and came over to look at my problem. I’m sure he heard the “I’m desperate and about to do damage” in my voice!  One look and he said  “Yeah, this stuff is awful to lay. It is suppose to look random, but isn’t. All I can say is you are really doing a good job, and you just have to keep doing what you are doing”

Well I thanked him and promised him home baked cookies, for his advise. And after he left I looked at the floor and calmly told it, “You will not beat me, I will win!” I took a little break then started back matching this odd pattern and putting it together.

once I got to the stove and fridge I slid them onto the new floor, laid the pad and continued to the back wall. I might add this floor didn’t want to stay together either, so it was an uphill battle the whole floor! Finally by 5:00 I had finished the last pieces, then pushed the appliances back to the wall.

It looks perfect, is a breeze to clean, doesn’t really show when it is dirty. But I would never have this floor again! The corner are very brittle and seem to break easy, it was awful to install.

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Now that that is complete we can move on!

Hugs,

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