Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Seemingly Never-Ending Kitchen Project

The doors are back on, the drawers are back in and the new hardware is attached. I've got everything put back away!


So, why is this "never-ending" you may ask? We found a great surprise when we were getting ready to put down the new floor. As we were pulling up the linoleum tiles, both layers of linoleum came up. Low and behold...  wood floor!
We thought that we had wood floors underneath, but I thought that it was under quite a few more layers of linoleum. Finding this wonderful surprise ended up slowing us down, though. But I'd say it's worth it!

We had been on track to finish this by the Saturday of my graduation party (I finished my Master's program in December, but got to walk with the other spring grads this May). However, the floor uncovering was a no-brainer and I took back the old tile.

We got the doors and drawers back on, but they really need some more light sanding and another coat of paint. The insides and the trim are so silky smooth, but we needed to install the doors and drawers in order to get everything put away.


I love the cabinet hardware and the color. I also love the wall paint color - it's nice and bright and cheery. I also found this great shelf paper at Target. I only put it on the first shelf of my upper level cabinets because it was a little pricey, but I like how it adds a little fun to the kitchen.

In addition to the wood floor surprise, these are a couple of other surprises that we found. My son, Joey, practice writing his name as a mirror image in permanent marker on the inside of my cabinet. He was 4 at the time. (The "J" is on the right) My husband dated this - it was fun to revisit it and we left it there, although I did paint over it again.



We re-found this brackets in the basement - these same style of brackets are on the outside of our house. I'm going to use these as a decorative element in a set of shelves that I still need to sand, paint and install.

I thought I would share a tip in regards to sanding between coats. Don't use steel wool if you have a white or light colored paint. This is what happened:
It rubbed silver all over the white trim. I ended up sanding lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and then painting again. The white paint migh have covered it, but I will admit to being a little disconcerted with the color.

After my party, I ended up taking a break from the kitchen (and from blogging). My hands were tired and I was tired - done with the whining now.

Here's what else we have in store for us:
  • lightly sand doors and drawers and then add the second coat of paint
  • remove the glue from the wood floor
  • re-finish wood floor
  • install open shelves and brackets
  • re-install puck lights under cabinets
  • paint back door
  • install painted trim (already painted at least)
  • install painted bead board (alread painted)
  • touch up wall paint
The good part about this list is that the intensive work is completed (except the wood floor refinishing). There is a light at the end of the tunnel. YEAH!

Happy projecting -
Nicole

Monday, May 14, 2012

Yard beautification

What a lovely Mother's Day! My sons helped with some planting, my daughter helped with painting the kitchen, and my husband kept up his seemingly endless cabinet sanding project.

My family got me this lovely geranium and calibrocha basket. The geraniums have subtle pink and red striping.



The boys planted my planters with these flowers: a burgundy verbena, a coral-orange calibrocha, and these small white blossoms that I forget the name of. After I made my tangerine wreath for the front door, I wanted to try to stick in a similar color family for my flowers in my front yard.

They also planted these light coral geraniums in the ground.

Here is the mophead hydrangea in my backyard. Don't worry that she is looking a little wilted - she had a nice drink of water after this picture!

I am really trying to get mostly perennials in my backyard, so I added these Veronica spikes to my Creeping Jenny in my planter. Amazing how much the grass and clover show up in this picture.

As far as the kitchen goes, I got the second coat of paint on the cabinets and trim. My daughter and I painted the ceiling and walls yesterday. We got one full coat of paint on everything, and started the second coat. I had to stop when it turned dark because I have the light bulbs out of the light fixture.

When we started painting the kitchen yesterday (see post on paint color choices), all three of my kids said to me "Mom, it's white!" It's a creamy white color because I wanted to do a fairly low contrast paint scheme. They cracked me up, because the only white we have had in the house is white trim in our upstairs, and I think they were worried. I assured them that the paint actually did have some color. It really looks fresh and airy and I can't wait to show you pictures of the final product. Of course with the freshly painted cabinets and walls, the countertop isn't looking as good, and the appliances (almond color from the 90's) look dingier. But that will definitely be a project for another time...

I hope you all had a good Mother's Day, no matter if you are a mom, grandma, aunt, friend or someone else who loves and is an important part of someone's life.

Nicole

Friday, May 11, 2012

A new light shines

I happened to be at Walmart the other day and went down the lamp shade aisle. I found this burlap shade that had a simpler line than the old shade. It was only $11, too, so that was a big plus.

This was the earlier lampshade.



I tried updating an old lamp that had a fau cherry base, white, black and shiny brass with gold spray paint. I loved the look of the gold, but not with this lamp shade.


I like the burlap shade, but as I look at this, I think I need to add in some color other than brown!

I ended up taking a break from the kitchen project tonight, and I'll admit that it feels great. Back at it tomorrow.

Happy project-ing this weekend, everyone!
Nicole

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Finally... The first coat of paint

I painted for about 5 hours last night and got almost all of the interior of the cabinets and the frames painted with their first coat.

They look so lovely this morning! I used Sherwin William's ProCoat paint for cabinets and trim as well as a Purdy paint brush. I had heard about both of these through various blogs, and I am quite impressed. The paint brush feels nice, looks nice and provides nice coverage. I love the paint. It's the first time I ever used it - it really levels out beautifully. I can hardly see any brush strokes. I am definitely a fan. I need to repaint trim and doors upstairs, I'd like to touch up the upstairs bathroom, the living room probably needs touched up... Kudos to my husband and children who have helped with all of the sanding. The end of this project is in sight! We have a German Club banquet tonight and then it's on to the first coat for the rest of cabinets and trim tonight. I'm ever the optomist, so maybe I will have time to start the second coat on the other cabinets.

I am thinking about spraying the cabinet doors. Have any of you used a sprayer on your cabinets? Were you happy with the results? Did you need to use paint thinner or floetrol with it?

Happy painting!
Nicole

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Houston, we are primed

I took vacation yesterday and primed the cabinets. I think that they look immensely better already. I've had coffee, lightly sanded and cleaned up this morning. I am also finding that I want to plant a few flowers this weekend. Happy weekend projects!
Nicole

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

7 Link Challenge (or a Simplicity & Delight Reminiscence)

My kitchen project has progressed more slowly than anticipated, I am ready to prime and paint (finally) but the weather has been stormy, and I just think that the windows need to be opened to deal with the smell. In the meantime, I found a site on blogging that is called ProBlogger. This post seems interesting:  Take the 7 Link Challenge, and here are the 7 links it asks for:
  • Your first post
  • A post you enjoyed writing the most
  • A post which had a great discussion
  • A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written
  • Your most helpful post
  • A post with a title that you are proud of
  • A post that you wish more people had read
My First Post - This is one of my family's favorite recipes, spicy Italian sausage with peppers. This also happens to be one of my posts with the fewest number of views :)


A Post I Enjoyed Writing - I was so excited to finish up this upholstered headboard and master bedroom project and then do the write up about it.


A Post with Great Discussion - This was my "S" is for... post. I showed how to use Word to create decorative letter art. My mom has shared this with a bunch of her friends. I actually think she was impressed that you could type in your own font number.


A Post on Someone Else's Blog - Centsational Girl wrote a post of how she took stock bookcases from Ikea and made them look custom and built in.  She is a great writer, but also just really creative.

My Most Helpful Post - This is about a template for hanging the curtains. It was really helpful and I wished I would have thought of this earlier! This one also got quite a few pins on Pinterest.


Post with a Good Title - "Duck, Duck, Adieu" I thought this was a cute play on words (duck, duck, goose) and then also saying goodbye (adieu) to the ducks.



Post I Wish More People Had Read - I thought this was a fairly clever idea. This wasn't my page with the least number of page views, but I think it's an easy way to upgrade an inexpensive bed skirt.

This 7 link challenge was a fun trip through the past. I hope you enjoyed it, too.

Have a great day,
Nicole

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