Monday, September 29, 2014

Week ? Kitchen Reno: WILL IT EVER END?

I've stopped counting which week of the kitchen renovation we're in because it was starting to get depressing. I'm pretty sure the end is near though because our contractor says he's on step 10,457 out of 11,000 steps in his plan.  In fact, I'm kind of limited in showing you progress pictures without giving away the whole reveal. Instead we'll just have to get up close and personal.

The hardware was installed last week. As you can see, I've mixed metals AND I DON'T EVEN CARE! Yup, I'm crazy like that. I used brass hardware on the gray cabinetry

and polished nickel hardware on the white cabinetry. (I couldn't bring myself to put brass on the white cabinetry...anyone else with me?).

Wondering how the two finishes would look together haunted me for weeks, but now that I see them together in person, I love it I love it I love it.

The floors were installed last week too. They did a gorgeous job replicating the mahogany inlay of the original floor in the adjoining dining room. Next they'll need to match the finish.
That god-awful orange finish....
Believe me, I'd love to sand and refinish the entire house but that's just not in the cards right now...   time to put the brakes on this renovation.


Right now, all I can think about is unpacking my dishes, stocking the fridge, and moving our dining room furniture back into the dining room. I can't wait to open up a bottle of wine and spend an entire Sunday afternoon with Chris cooking up something fabulous.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weeks 9 and 10 Kitchen Reno: Fully Functional But Not Fully Finished

We've got counters, working appliances & plumbing. That pretty much gave us the green light to cook our first meal in the new kitchen. A little sawdust never hurt anyone. Extra fiber. Yum.

As a side note, regaining access to the kitchen has not helped to eliminate our renovation clutter. Instead the mess has spread out and multiplied. Can't wait to officially move back into the kitchen and get organized.
The tile is el cheapo ceramic 3x6" subway tile you can get at Home Depot or Lowes, but I have to say that it looks like a million bucks finally seeing it up on the walls.  As for the grout color, I selected a mid-tone gray (Delorean gray) and asked our contractor not to use any spacers. As a result, there's only a very thin line of grout visible and just the right amount of definition between the tile.
Yes, there's still some work left to do in the kitchen, like install the shelving, lay floors, and hang crown molding.  I suppose the lighting needs to be hung too. And probably other important stuff. Minor details.

Lately the focus for Chris and I has been on the adjacent dining room. Now that it is SO OPEN TO THE KITCHEN (!!!) it really needs some attention. The contractors covered the old wallpaper with sheetrock for us and we were able to give the room a good coat of white paint last weekend. Chris has already started putting up crown molding in here to match our living room (which is just on the other side of the pocket doors).

And speaking of the dining room, here's our new closet jib door all painted up. 
I don't know why, but Chris keeps telling people the closet will be a good place for me...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 8 Kitchen Reno: Hidden Closet

SO MUCH PROGRESS LAST WEEK!

Yes, we have new cabinets, an interior transom window, more sheetrock in the dining room and in the mudroom, but the coolest reveal this week is our new jib door.
What is a jib door you ask?
Essentially, it is a hidden door. A door without any exposed hardware or trim. A door that blends in seemlessly with the surrounding walls...
Source ?
When designing our kitchen, we incorporated a small closet with an entrance from the dining room. We knew the entrance would be oddly situated on the wall and very narrow. In short, it would look like it wasn't supposed to be there. As a solution, we decided to disguise the entrance with a jib door. 
Chris just couldn't resist the challenge and opted to create the door himself instead of leaving it to the contractors. 

Using hardware especially intended for this purpose, he accomplished his greatest woodworking victory yet. 


The blue board and the mesh on the left will be covered with plaster tomorrow. The exterior portion of the door is made of MDO (Medium Density Overlay, plywood with a weather resistant cover sheet that takes paint well and is durable.)  The door will be the same texture as the walls once painted.
The magnetic catch hardware allows the door to open just by pushing on it.

 As I mentioned in a previous post, this closet will serve as Chris's Man Cave. He's got some big plans to hide all the AV equipment and his beer fridge in here. I've even caught him looking at inspiration images like this.
Source ?
The guy's got taste.




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