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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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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Snow Bound and Mid Century Update

So when I came up here to Portland for this design job I had a few other reasons to visit. First of course was the bathroom design, also to see family and friends, do a little thrifting, and salvage. Pick up a gently used new to me car. And to celebrate my Birthday. I’ve done a little of all those things, but would have done more if I hadn’t got caught in a snow and ice storm! So the bathroom design was a several day process working with the clients.

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A day with a good friend doing some salvage.

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I found some great pieces for a couple of projects.

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Drove a new car.

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Made progress on the bathroom remodel.

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Had a wonderful Birthday dinner.

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With family and friends!

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Tried to get places during a terrible storm for supplies during some crazy weather!

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Unable to drive due the weather. Have to depend on a SUV ride. But enjoying the peaceful snowfall and beauty too.

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So wonderful at dusk the sight of the new fallen snow. However I’m ready for our rain to return. And to be able to drive again!

Hugs,

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Paint and Tile for Mid Century Redo

We are coming along.

The paint chosen for the walls and ceiling is Toasted Almond.

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The feature wall behind the vanity is Amazon Jungle.

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The paint is still wet in this photo.

The floor is laid, we used a porcelain tile that looks like wood. It isn’t grouted yet, since it takes a while to cure. 24 hours to be exact. We wanted to get a few things done before.

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Cant wait to show you it when it is grouted.

Also some progress on the shower wall surround was made.

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The he Hardibacker was hung.

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Seams were secured and taped. We are making some good progress now.

Stay tuned for more exciting progress.

Hugs,

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Re-design of a Mid Century Bathroom

imageSo this is a design job for a Mid Century Bathroom. 1968 to be exact. This young couple just bought their first home and are faced with the main bathroom stuck back in the past. Not only components of the 60’s but some upgrades from the early 90’s as well. They want to honor the design but need a second shower to make this functional.

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For some odd reason there is a niche and cupboard above the tub that you can only use if you are standing in the tub. Everything seems solid, but we need to gut the shower to make it ready for the new tile around the tub and install plumbing to create the shower head.

It has been a process to help them decide on the choices of materials for this update. They needed to pick out tile for shower surround, floor tile, new vanity, paint, counter and sink, lighting and faucets. As with any young couple they want  it to look like a dream photo they have found but with the budget, cannot have the amount or certain materials that they want. It is all about compromise.

I put together some samples after talking with them about their likes and colors. What I got from them was dark cabinet, mosaic tile behind a free-standing or stand alone vanity.  Nickel or pewter colored fixtures, tub to ceiling tile with inset of mosaic tile, dark wood look ceramic floor. Paint that could match all the existing house that the interior has recently been painted. And possibly tiled wainscoting. All this on a rather small budget for materials and labor.

Tub surround, subway which was requested. In almond not white.

Tub surround, subway which was requested. In almond not white.

Mosaic, subway and floor tile in wood look.

Mosaic, subway and floor tile in wood look.

Vanity request, with open shelves for baskets.

Vanity request, with open shelves for baskets.

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After presenting them with photos, samples and cost or materials and labor. Changes happened to get closer to budget and what they really wanted. I eliminated the ceiling lights and wainscoting right off, knowing that the budget wouldn’t support that.

It was decided to eliminate the entire wall being mosaic tile behind the vanity, changed the subway tile surround to a smaller connected tile at a greatly reduced price but still achieve the desired look. Add a larger vanity when presented with photos of one. Also add a feature wall behind vanity with a different paint color, and additionally may add some mosaics above vanity when it gets closer to the finish.

The toilet is newer so it will be reset. Also the client will do the shower demo himself which has begun.

It is fun to see them shopping for materials and changing their minds after seeing different materials when we went to purchase the components.

updates will be coming…….

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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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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