New Base Cabinets Finally!

(Sorry this post was delayed.  So many things have happened and seems it was hard to keep up with it all.)

Well it finally time to make some much needed progress. Living over a week without a kitchen sink or dishwasher was awful!

The plywood was put on top of the base cabinets by the cabinet maker. Then it was my turn to make magic happen. It was a hard choice, I knew it was white subway tile, with black counters. I went through all the options of Soap stone, but that bid was more than almost all the kitchen. Then solid black honed granite, well that was pretty much over the budget too…..What’s a girl to do?

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Never fear and as a budget designer I knew I could find a solution. First my cabinet maker had an idea for an industrial grade Formica counter. He even ordered a sample and mocked up a sample. Of course for the life of me I can’t find the photo! It is a solid color thru product used in labs. It was matte black and if it chipped or got cut it was black completely inside so it would never show. Sounds appealing. But not sure a big plus for a buyer who might not be as welcoming to a new custom kitchen with Formica counters.

(You can read about it here)

Along came granite tiles with a rounded edge already applied. These are called Lazy Granite and are 12×12 tiles and you could order any configuration to cover your countertop and it would have an edge already on it. However this kitchen has so many corners and edges that it made this product more expensive than it should have been.

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Seriously it shouldn’t be this hard! So with a little investigation and clever frugal mind I came up with a solution!

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Black granite tile with a black ceramic edge. Wait, give it a look before you judge it. It was budget friendly, fit with the vintage look of the overall kitchen theme and was a DIY project I could do myself, which meant further savings.

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The ceramic edges were installed upside down, for lack of a better description. They went around the edges, with the granite as the filler. Black grout used to make a flawless finish and voila the perfect Vintage counter was born.

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The backsplash was traditional white subway tile with a black accent line of vintage goodness.

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We we used the top of the bed posts as legs on the base cabinets. Also some quarter round.

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And you you remember the sink base legs from the footboard of the bed.

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It is so nice to have the cabinets in. Now for the uppers!

Hugs,

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Spring cleaning and MIA

I am truly sorry I have left you hanging on the kitchen. While I was gone on the design job, and stuck in the snow several things happened that have required my attention. I’m not the super woman I use to be so I can’t go without sleep any more.

I wish I could tell you some of what has been happening, and I will be posting soon on the kitchen updates and several other projects coming down the pike! Plus some exciting news seems to be developing too.

It is sure nice for spring to be here finally. I know it doesn’t make it official appearance until the weeks end, but I have been able to do yard work whenever I am available and the sun is out. Things are shaping up nicely!

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I so want to nap in the sunny spot with this little girl today, but I had too many things pulling me every where.

I did get a new toy! It is so nice to use too!

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Well I just wanted to touch base. Hope you are having spring weather where you are!

Hugs,

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Mid Century Bath #5

Well sorry it has taken me soooo long to get these posts out. Once the storm broke I was able to make a flying trip home. Had several problems going on which needed my full attention.

Taxes, family in the hospital, responses to advertisements, and the list goes on. Everything has settled down some now, but I’m sure as with life I’ll be converged upon in the near future with more items that a need my immediate attention. plus a few big changes in the future too.

So the bathroom is almost complete. I must say it turned out wonderful.

Here’s a little comparison.

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Before

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After, the mirror is just temporary in its placement. They will be going for a larger horizontal one with a wood frame.

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Another after

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Before of the awkward tub niche.

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This is is after the grout but before new shower hardware is installed. The photo does not do this area justice. These are an Almond 2X4 subway tile. This area isn’t finished yet, but hoping you can get an idea of the transformation. It is a big change in the before so and afters. They seem to love the way it turned out. The next time I’m up there I will shoot the finished photos to share.

Hugs,

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