Monday, September 8, 2014

Weeks 9 and 10: 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.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 7 Kitchen Reno: What a Difference a Week Makes!

Has it only been 7 weeks? Feels like 70. We are so ready for the renovation to be finished and to have our house back. Good thing the guys have been busting out some serious progress. It is starting to look like a room again and I couldn't be happier.

The blueboard went up and it got plastered "smooth as glass" (as our contractor kept saying). Over the weekend, Chris and I painted the walls and ceiling.
Since the patient was already open, we decided to have 1/4 inch sheetrock installed over the dining room wallpaper to save ourselves the trouble of tearing it down later. The plasterers are coming back in a few days to skim it. (Another room, another project!)

Our brand new ginormous window is finally in. This kitchen will be so sunny and bright, I'll need to wear sunglasses inside. And possibly even at night.

The cabinets were delivered late last week and are currently camping out in our dining room. The plan is to get them in today because the stone fabricators are coming tomorrow to template the new countertops.

Speaking of counters, we selected our slabs of honed cararra marble a couple of weeks ago. We needed two and were lucky to find a bookended pair, meaning they are mirror images of each other. This should make the seams hardly noticeable.
Apparently,  the trend with choosing marble is to go "white and light", but when we went to pick ours out, Chris and I gravitated towards the slabs that were on the grayer end of the spectrum and had lots of veining. And who knows? Maybe the darker version will help hide the red wine stains that I will inevitably cause (and blame on Chris.)

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