Thursday, January 16, 2014

I ordered  my countertop today from Home Depot.  I couldn't get a sample but it's a solid surface in a white quartz finish with beveled edge.  I actually went to order it yesterday because I had a coupon for 18 month payments with no interest charged but the coupon wasn't good until today.  At first I was upset because it meant I would have to come back today.  Well when I came back today, not only was I able to use the special no interest financing but I also got an additional 10% off because it is a special order.  I ended up saving $108.00 which is great.  No pics to show but progress is being made.  When all is said and done I'll post the pics.

On another topic I ended a potential relationship with a man I genuinely liked and could have helped me tremendously on my house because he kept pressuring me to do things I did not want to do.  I had enough aggravation about it to say goodbye.  I will miss him as we like to do all the same things and have very similar tastes, but I'm not going against my gut feelings and so it is.

I found this motivated me even more to do some other things I've been meaning to do but haven't.  I'm anxious to go back and do some artwork and spent last evening at a journal club meeting doing just that and enjoying the camaraderie of the instructor and other friends.

Time to back up a bit and change course.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Well my countertops are in the waiting.  I am undecided between granite and laminate.  Seems like a no brainer but it's not.  I have to consider the fact that this could all happen again and with the crazy weather patterns and excess snow this year there could be some flooding in the spring.  Heck, they're talking localized flooding today when it starts raining.  It won't be that bad but the possibility exists that the spring could be devastating.  That being the case it would seem laminate would make more sense.  And, they make it to look like granite.

On the other side, the granite could be re-used in the event of a flood, but the kitchen layout would have to remain the same and since it's such a small space, I think it's reasonable to say it will stay the same.
Now, the granite I picked that I like had to be one of the most expensive ones because that's the way my father taught me to look at things.  Quality.  He was definitely into quality.  Only bought the best.  Me, well I don't buy the best but that's where my taste lies.  In the best there is.  So whenever I pick something and then check the price it is almost always the most expensive.  Thanks Dad?  The granite I picked is $69.00 a square foot and because it is a "small job" there is an additional $150.00 (penalty?) placed on the order.  Where is the justice in this world.  Greed is everywhere.

For anyone interested in the color paint I chose in the kitchen,  I went to Lowes and found a paint chip to match my color.  It is called La Fonda Teal number 5007-88.  That isn't the actual color I used as I bought Behr Paint at Home Depot but I brought this home and it matches right up so can be used.

Next time I'm at Home Depot I'll see if I can match up the color there and come up with the "real one" but this one is close enough to be called the same.

Meanwhile, to keep me busy I took the "Cushman" cabinet I bought at Sonny's and cut it down.  Now I have a corner cabinet for the tv to sit on and a corner table.  Paint is still needed and I'll get to that soon.  Here's a picture of that.

Hope you enjoy seeing my progress?  It's slow for sure but it's coming.  P.S.  That corner table is the perfect height for next to a chair or sofa.  How does that work?

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year to all the bloggers out there.  I never know if I will write again but always hopeful that I will.

Almost finished my kitchen in 2013 but not quite.  The holidays and trying to make gifts for people really took me away from the construction, but am back on track and with only a few things left to do, although time consuming, should end my reconstruction within the month of January.  Hooray!  Then I can go upstairs and work on my other unit.

My cabinets are installed but have makeshift countertops.  My appliances are in and working great!  I am able to cook and eat downstairs now which is good.  Too many trips up and  down stairs to get the needed supplies etc.

Here are some pics.

I used cabinets in the kitchen nook as benches to make a booth.  I am not done.  Right now there is cardboard on the top to sit on but will be replaced with a sturdy base wood and then cushions I will make.  I'm looking for a table with pedestal base like you would find in a diner but that will take time.  The little round table went through the flood and is in good shape but is just a bit too wide for the space.  Unless you are skinny like me you won't fit.  I will fix that.

Am researching my options for countertops.  Have a sink riding around in my car as it is too heavy for me to lift and bring in.  It's a cast iron Kohler sink in white.  I love white, what can I say.

So here's to a new year, finishing projects, and returning to some much wanted art projects.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments.


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