Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kitchen Makeover Update

Just an FYI to kick things off with: I will be posting info about our trip to Vegas, but it's going to take me a bit to pull it all together, and I haven't had a chance to upload photos yet. So it's probly going to be up tomorrow. Maybe.

In the meantime, I had wanted to pop this update up before we left last week, but then our computer at home went BSC, and kept shutting down mid-post. So the photos aren't even complete, but it's the best I can do, so we'll just have to muddle through somehow.

(What does "muddle through" mean anyway? Let's see..."to succeed or manage to keep going despite being disorganized". Hey, it means just what I thought it did! Imagine that...)

So, last you all saw, the cabinet doors were up, and waiting to be topped off with molding, and then get stained. So here they are with the molding...

And here they are all stained!...uhm...oh...

Oooohhh...no...

...ok. Yes, they do look a bit like they have skin problems after they were stained, but to be fair, that was just after the 1st coat of stain. And once they were sanded and then stained with 2 more coats, they look infinitely better. Our house is covered in a fine, mocha-colored dust, but the cabinets look better, and that's all that matters. I'll be sure to get pictures of the final product tonight.

And that all reminded me about why we didn't use birch for any of the cabinets in our house when we did the addition! Oak, my friends. Oak is the way to go. You might get a knot here or there, but you will totally avoid the leopard skin pattern. I'd rather have some knots than the random patterns, to be honest.

On to more fun stuff! PAINT!

These are the colors we originally picked...

Here they are next to the pantry, for comparison's sake.
I like the top one, but I get the feeling Leo has pretty much veto'd it all together. We both think the middle dark brown is just too damned dark.
But the lighter brown one...we like that. It's just coming out a bit too greenish in our kitchen's light for us to be totally happy with it.
It's hard to see it in the pictures, but in real life, it's got a definite olive tone to it. So Leo went and got two more samples that are more beige-brown, and less green-brown. We'll check those out tonight.


Here are the accent tiles we picked!
We'll actually be using strips of three rows of that tile in a little stripe along the backsplash, so (a) it totally is a cost effective way to use those tiles, and (b) we get a little bit of glass tile, but nothing too overboard. Which makes both Leo and I happy. (He's anti-glass tile, because he thinks it'll be out of style in 10 years. Whatever...I think it's pretty! I'm glad to have a little bit in the room.)
Here, he was holding it up to the darker brown color for us to see how well they go together. We got pictures with the other two colors, but those were the ones that kept getting lost when I tried to load them last week. Stupid effing computer...
Here are the accent tiles against the floor we chose to go with. LOVE!
And here are the floor, countertop, and accent tile examples all against the dark wood, so we could see how well they all go together. Snazzy, no?

We didn't get any samples of the actual backsplash tiles that we'll be accenting with those small rectangle tiles, though. Which bums me out a bit, but believe me, they look very pretty with all those elements!

Today, they're installing the countertop, and scraping the ceiling/installing the electrical. (I hope.) At the end of this week, they'll be tearing out our floors. In the mean time, very little cooking/prepping can be done in our kitchen, so we're pretty much living out of our microwave and on take-out. Which makes it very hard to focus/perform on Phase 1 of the South Beach diet. We'll get back on track after all is said and done in there, though.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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