Well dressed walls

I really never thought that a wall could be dressed, but, it’s a thing!  So far the walls have been textured and painted.  It’s now time for molding.  We really wanted meaty molding because the room is so big.  We were looking for something like this Image from “Little green notebook” for the base trim.


After a few conversations with Ed, our General Contractor, we came up with this.


The new molding replaced a smaller 5″ molding we first installed when we moved in.  We were just going to add to it but decided to replace it with the larger  7-1/4 inch molding.

The last time we had molding installed, we opted for no quarter round.  I’m happy we decided to add it, it gives it a much more finished look.


After it gets installed, I’ll have to apply another coat of paint on the base;  I only put one coat on and it needs at least two.





Nerves of Steel…Stainless that is!

We have moved many different times.   We’re talking double digits here.  And no, not because I’m running from the law!  New jobs or new homes drive our wanderlust.

There’s nothing like moving day.  It’s so exciting.  Promises of new adventures; new cities to figure out and truly live in.  But, moving is stressful.  You think with all those moves one would get used to it.  But you can become good and packing boxes or organizing a move, but, there are always elements that are out of your control when it comes to moving.

We decided to have our appliances moved in and boy am I glad we did.  The movers we chose were awesome (Big Al’s Moving).  Probably the best movers I’ve ever worked with (we’ve moved ourselves quite a few times, so we are included in the mix).  They were careful, gave suggestions and were all round good people.

The appliances we chose are heavy duty.  The stove weighs in at a hefty 750 lbs!  750 lbs! They moved that weight.  I couldn’t watch.  But they placed it in it’s spot and it looks like it’s always been there…without the tags of course.

This one has a griddle for all those hot cakes we’ll be making!

The refrigerator is a monster too and once again, I had to leave the room.  Couldn’t watch them move it in to place.


They must have thought I was crazy running in and out of the room.  That’s where the stress comes in.  Since the floors were finished, they warned me about finishing them BEFORE the appliances because, you know, something could happen and it gets scratched.  Plus, I didn’t want anyone to get hurt lifting this stuff.  I know, I know, they do this for a living and they know how to lift, but, still, anything can happen.

The big appliances came as well as the smaller items; microwave, dishwasher and compactor.  The hole for the microwave just seemed WAAAY too small and I didn’t think it would fit.  REORDER!


I kept walking by it when the microwave thinking, there’s no way.  NO WAY.  But, yes way.

Looks so good.  And to think we weren’t even going to have a microwave!  The plan was to put it in the island.  We rethought it and realized we didn’t want to have to bend down to microwave something all time.  We’d like to stand, thank you very much, when we get our radiated food.

The dishwasher we purchased is Asko.  Now a 2011 commercial shows people bringing their dishes over to wash them in the Asko Dishwasher.  I hope to he#$ no one brings there dishes over to clean.  Hey, I’d do it, but, it would be weird and uncomfortable.  Plus, I have a hard time getting my dishes into the dishwasher to clean, so why would I want to clean someone elses….getting all their food particles mixed up with ours…yuck…but I digress.




Mo’ Floors!

Did I mention we were redoing the floors?   Did I mention it was quite an under taking?  But, it will be worth it.  I guess when the floors are finished it’s just a few weeks ’til the finish line, right?

Just as a reminder, this is what we started with.  When we bought the home, there was carpet and light maple floors.

The first time we had Kips Hardwood in, they weaved in new maple and stained and finished coated with a Satin finish.

First time finishing.

When we decided to remove the wall and add a new kitchen, the floors had to change too.  So once again, more hardwoods are applied to the floor and weaved in.

Same process.  Sanding, staining and this time we wanted a semigloss top coat.  The finished product looks great!



Ta da!

You know when you really aren’t sure about something, so there’s apprehension and anticipation grows.  I think that’s exactly what I was feeling about the counter tops.  Really not sure how they would look again the paint color or cabinet color.  Plus, with the discussion about where to put the seam, not sure about the granite we choose.

The day to install the counter tops is finally upon us and it wasn’t a simple under taking.  Our island is quite large and both pieces weren’t tiny.  But, within about 3 hours, all the granite was installed.

This is the first section.  Pretty nice so far.


This is the area where the stove and hood will be.

And last, but, not least, the island….still covered!  More to come!

Smile! It’s time for tile!

Thoroughout this entire process, I really thought, by the time the backsplash goes up, we’ll be just about wrapped up.  Put a bow on it and drive to the party.  But, it’s really not the case here.

Some of the cabinets were sent incorrectly and we are waiting for them to be installed so, the tile work can’t really be completed until then.  But, at least one side can be completed.

The set up is nice, we have a covered porch so that he can set up outside yet be close to the action.


We decided on a Florida Tile, Retro Classique Lily.


It is a great quality tile.  Doug, the tile professional said that the finish is really nice.  The weird thing about this tile, are the sides.  Some are uneven and when you go to out grout in, it will look uneven. I think they look great so far though.  I guess we’ll see when the grout goes up.


They layed out the frame for the potfiller and are working from that to put on the wall.


Slow and steady hands completed the project.




Just thrilled with the thrawl!

What’s a thrawl you ask, well, it’s stone slab or shelf used to keep food cool in a pantry, in the days before refrigeration.  So I guess it’s really not a stone slab, more like a brick wall.  But, still pretty thrilled with it.

Jeff saw a brick wall and wanted to incorporate that into the design.  So, what better place than in a pantry. It’s not real brick, mind you, but a wallpaper.  It looks quite convincing.

Jeff found it on Amazon.  It’s a Faux Rustic Wallpaper in Grey and White.


This is all he had to go on.  Oh, and the finished look.


So, he ordered it and so happy he did.  He ordered three rolls, just in case we made a mistake.


I remember the brick wallpaper from the 70’s like this…


And there was some the look “real” and paintable.  This wallpaper isn’t that at all.  It seemed ok on the price, around $40.00 per roll and quality seems great.  There are some rolls up to $160.00 and probably more, but, for one wall, in a pantry, hidden by pantry shelves, this was good enough.

It only took a few hours to put up.  After measuring the wall, cutting the sheets from the rolls, and filling the pan with adhesive, it went pretty quickly.

The level helped out a great deal and laying it out to see exactly where the repeat was on the bricks helped also.  I just had to make sure the debris on the floor was wiped off thoroughly before I added the adhesive.

The final piece was a little tricky because it needed to be trimmed before and after it was hung.  It went pretty smoothly.  I put a piece of trim at the base just to envision trim on brick.  The finished wall looks really good and a lot like real brick!  I’m so glad Jeff thought to do something different.


How can it be so wrong if it feels right?

There is a break in the action.  The cabinets have been installed, except for one wall because they sent 2 right  cabinets.  (now you know where the title came from…what were you thinking it meant?).  So, for now an empty space exists where the cabinet will go.


I also ordered the wrong sink…right size, wrong sink, so, Ed fixed it so we can use the one we bought.  Just waiting for shorter doors and it will look so good!


Also, the cabinets in the island have top drawers.  Some will open and be used, but, the ones underneath, where the granite will extend, just won’t be usable.


So, new doors have been ordered and will be added when they get here.

The counter tops have been measured and now we are waiting for the counter top to be installed.  It’s about a week turn around.  Our question for the day though is where to put the seam.


Option 1 is straight across the entire island.  Option 2 is the pink line and to the side of the dishwasher.  Option 3 is just to the left of the sink.  Just not sure which one would be best!

We are using a dark color and if we go with option 1, it’s right underneath the pendant lights.  The light could shine differently on one side of the seam compared to the other.  Plus, that’s quite a long seam.  Seam 2 or 3 is by the sink and isn’t quite as long.

I just want to keep the line inconspicuous and can’t wait to see the finished piece.  So option 3 looks like the best option.

The countertop material we chose is an Antiqued Absolute Black granite.  It has a leather look finish and we just liked the look.


I’m hoping that the seam will be almost invisible, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.



We are just floored.

Now that the walls are painted, it’s time to weave those new wood floors in.  Lots of open space from underneath the cabinets and the old island.  Now usually we wouldn’t care about having wood underneath the cabinets, BUT, the appliances we purchased, well really just the oven, has legs so we have to have finished wood underneath.  Plus, the new pantry, needs a floor too!


Well, after day one, a whole lotta hardwood is gone.


After day 2, this weaving in was more difficult because it wasn’t straight!  For some reason, the planks weren’t angled correctly and it was much more difficult to keep them straight.  But somehow Vicente did it!  He’s a craftsman!


It’s hard to imagine that this will all be one color, but, it will and it will look great!

After day 3, everything is weaved and ready to be sanded, stained and finished.  We aren’t going to do that until the cabinets and appliances are all tucked in!

What’s that? Did you say paint?

It’s painting day! We decided to take this project on because it’s something we can do!

Trying to figure out paint colors has been fun!  I’ve left patches of paint blocks all over the house.  Who knew grays could be so difficult.

We always use Sherwin Williams and used Requisite Gray on bedrooms, thanks to Pottery Barn in Portland!  (They had a painted wall of that color so we could visual it).

I tried the lighter shade, called Alpaca…it painted on nice but had a purple tint to it. Back to the drawing board!

I heard that Joanna Gaines had Magnolia Paints from Miller Paint.  Once again, I grabbed the sample can and painted yet more swatches on other available walls and it was unanimous!  Wedding Band.


First, we painted the ceiling with A Sherwin Williams Ceiling White.  We used a foam roller with 3/8″ nap and wasn’t happy with the results.  So off to Miller Paints and I purchased new textured rollers.  Pretty spendy, but, worth it if the end result is free of streaks, etc.


We finished the ceiling first and then took on the walls.


We were able to finish up on 2 days.  Ceiling first day and then walls the 2nd.  I still have trim paint to touch up, bit, I’m so happy the bulk of the painting is done!


Sweet! our tile is picked out..or is it?

I’ve learned a lot this week about picking out tile.  What you think would be a pretty simple thing to do as part of the kitchen renovation really isn’t.  Armed with pictures from Pinterest or Houzz, we have made our choice.


I think the simple 3 X 6 tile with a gray grout will be simple yet striking…or we hope it will.  I guess once it’s up it will be too late, so, cross your fingers!

We are using a pot filler and will picture frame it in the backsplash.  Found this picture on Pinterest from http://www.goldenboysandme.com and it’s exactly what we are looking for.


The difference in our backsplash will be that we opted to the the pot filler in the center versus to either side.  That way, I can fill the pots on all burners instead of just two. We found our pot filler in Amazon (of course…where else!)


So, we need trim and bullnose and corner pieces as well.  My only choice in the Manhatten series is a beveled tile that has corner pieces.


With that in mind, I am now rethinking and picking another subway tile that is glossy, 3 x 6, non-beveled, that has a bull-nose and corner pieces and available in 2 weeks or less. Whew.

By gosh, I think we got it!

This looks more a kitchen backsplash versus what you would find in a bathroom.


We are using Ardex grout and caulk in Fresh Lily.  It looks greenish, but the sample, is more gray.


Can’t wait to see it after it’s complete!  Really excited about these choices!