Partial Progress

It’s an oft-made mistake, to expect that a DIY construction project will be completed within the projected time frame.

And then there’s the extended time frame that occurs when said project goes on indefinite hold.

Definitely in limbo status, our kitchen project is now in its eighth month.  Since the kitchen has been extremely functional for the past five months, we’ve had no pressure to move it forward, along with little to no enthusiasm for the process.

But the project is nearly at the halfway mark, and it’s time to give an update ( since we’re beginning to feel compelled to get back to work):

This little portion of the project was an addition to the original plan.  The skillets had been planned for an under cabinet hanging mount installation (the corner is part of the unfinished business) in the corner cubby.

kitchen sink area

I was concerned about this plan, as I couldn’t satisfactorily determine the weight limits of the cabinet top I have planned.  I’d considered purchase of a wall mount iron rack to mount to the top of this window frame and I’d finally located a rack to match the measurements and was nearly ready to place my order.

kitchen skillet rack

Then it struck me that the best option for weight support would be between the two cabinets, with a closet rod for the rack.

kitchen skillet rack detail

A quick trip to the nearest hardware store and I’d found my skillet rack:  a metal closet rod, cut to the proper length, with closet rod mounts, and large (and hard to find) S-hooks with rubber tips for added safety.  The total cost was less than $40, with the S-hooks being the greater portion of the cost.  SCORE!

kitchen closed corner

In the corner cubby, I decided to pull one of the cabinet doors to leave an open cabinet.  I can’t decide if it’s a win, but it’s not been a loss.  Sometimes you just opt for so-so and call it good.  Seriously, it keeps the open cabinet door out of the work space and has spared a few head injuries.

Also, I installed the towel rack and utility rack.  The utility rack isn’t pretty, but it’s been one of the handiest options so far.  How nice to just grab what you need rather than opening a cabinet or drawer.

I’m not showing you the bottom portion of the corner, as that’s an incomplete part of the project.

kitchen open cabinet

Here’s the close-up of the open cabinet.  Part of the remaining project is to paint the cabinet interiors the pale green you see on the sink window sill.  It will add some depth and contrast.  In the meantime, this cabinet functions well and looks decent enough, with my obsessive use of glass containers.

kitchen end view

The impact is the new hardware and paint.  Hardware was chosen to match the faucet as I had no reason to change it out.

I chose a dark paint color for the bottom cabinets, trim and corner walls, to continue the dark line of the oven.  I chose a monochrome light color for the upper walls, trim,  and cabinets to give the illusion of space.

The floors will be dark laminate tile squares, while the ceiling will be white bead-board.

We opened the cabinet above the stove to allow easy access to cooking condiments, seasonings and spices.  The bonus is the exposed brick from an original stove chimney.  We’ll frame off the opening and give the brick a sealer coat to liven up the color.

dining room view

The dining room has returned to its normal state (and left with its own unfinished projects, lol).  We live here and it’s evident.

Here’s a quick summary of what we have left to complete in the kitchen:

  • Floor tiles and trim
  • Ceiling bead-board and trim
  • Interior cabinet paint
  • Frame off brick chimney
  • Install corner cubby counter top and shelving
  • Hang iron shelf over microwave cart
  • Create mini pantry in basement door cubby

There’s where we are, with a practical approach project and a work in progress kitchen.

Dreamin’ Girl

Construction Alert and Clearing the Fog

Well hello there, Practicalities world!

It seems that I lost  my practical nature, as I hunkered down and focused to preserve my well-being.

But the fog is now lifting, and my B vitamins are now recharging, giving me clarity and restocking my depleted energy reserves.

So prepare for some dust disturbing, please.

As the cloud of memory loss and depression settled upon me, I lost the site focus and merged my angst into the realm of practical things.

My sincere apologies.

I’ve now created a time and space for such airing and I’ll be moving posts around to better separate my artistic side and my opinion side and my practical side.

Hang in there now, ya hear?!

misty mt close

fog on the mountain range

Dreamin’ Girl

Trisha

 

 

Making Progress

I cannot tell you how relieved I was once the electricians had completed the kitchen rewire!  One of our light fixtures was surrounded by blackish marks on the plaster and furring strips when we pulled the ceiling tile, and that light crackled when I next turned it on.

Now, a fabulous new ceiling fan with light hangs in its place:

New ceiling fan and light

Most fabulously, this light wonder of air movement was on sale for less than $40!  Win!

We’ve been moving right along with the kitchen redo, squeezing in work in between other obligations like jobs and events and garden and such, oh my!  Slowly but surely, we’re making progress in the kitchen.

bye bye redHere is a peek at the cubby corner, where the red is losing ground.  Hurrah!  Hubby never wanted red in the kitchen, but I was in my “phase”, ya know?  Out with the darned country blue and in with the fresh new red.

Ha!

Well, now I’m ready for some calm and serene, so green is the color of the new “phase”.

Color scheme comparisonJust for a quick design check, I set a few of the new laminate floor tiles in the corner.  I really think I’m going to enjoy the final effect.

No more peeking now, ya hear?

It was a fabulously sunny day, so I did take a few minutes to soak in some sunshine and enjoy the colors of spring:

Wild Violets Yellow tulips Yellow and Red tulips Color combination tulips Long tulip stemsPerhaps I do yet enjoy red – just not in the kitchen.  ;)

Keep dreamin’!