May 9, 2017

Hallway Doors

Slowly and surely the honey-colored oak is disappearing from our home.


Our bedroom and hallway doors were in excellent shape despite being targets 
for nerf gun competitions and being in the line of fire for a mean game of sock war.
I couldn't see replacing them even though they are plain and boring.

First step was ripping down all the oak trim and replace it with the white molding
we did throughout the rest of the house and doorways.

With the molding complete and the weather getting nicer, I took the doors down and worked outside.

Oh how I love the sunshine!  <--- side note

Using a hand sander, I sanded down the doors with a medium grit paper.

After wiping all the dust away they were ready to paint.

Also in fantastic shape are the hinges.  I cleaned each set thoroughly.

I pushed the screws into a cardboard box and laid the hinges flat onto a
paper bag I had ripped open.

Using a spray paint for metals in an oil-rubbed bronze finish, I sprayed the hardware.

No more shiney brass!

<Insert jig of joy here>

But what color should I paint the doors?  

I adore the look of white molding and white doors; which I get to stare at every day in my front hallway.

(That project I discuss here and here.)

It looks so clean and crisp and open and light.


Here is the dilemma I created for myself : I also love the color of my 
breakfast bar against my white cabinets and the dark wood floors.

So after much thought, I decided to break out of the box of conformity once again.

I went with what you do not normally see.

And I love it.

May 3, 2017

Kitchen Remodel : Week 2, 3 and Probably 4

Progress is forward.  
But slow.

Behind the scenes, things are moving.
However, that does not always show visually.

My floors are still covered in cardboard.
The cabinets are now all firmly in place.
Design has been finalized on my custom piece and the new shelving.
The counter top people have received my quartz and mapped out my kitchen.
The next step is to cut the quartz.
Until the machine broke and pushed everything out another week.

Expect the bumps.

Expect the bumps.

(This is mantra)

Expect the bumps.

I remind myself of this as I'm washing dishes in the bathtub.  Again.

Our contractor is amazing which has been a huge blessing through this process.

While I wish there was much more to report, there just isn't. 

So lets just take a few minutes and drool over the picture of my new counter tops shall we?


Be still my heart.


April 18, 2017

Toast & Heat Marks

The kitchen remodel has made our dining room table Grand Central.

We do everything here.
Prepping, cleaning, storing and cooking.
It's just part of the process.
Even if it is a little maddening at times.

The remodel has made us masters at creative dinners that produce very little dirty dishes.
Paper plates are my best friends!

Not really, but it sure is nice not having to wash plates.

One clever night, I made breakfast for dinner.
We love breakfast for dinner.

I took out the tabletop skillet, plugged it in to the wall and created magnificent french toast.
Soon a mile-high stack was on a paper plate on my dining room table.

Everyone had their fill.

It was amazing!

It was great!

It was easy!

Then I moved the paper plate that held the uneaten pieces of french toast.
I gasped and felt sick to my stomach.

There it was.
The biggest, uggliest heat stain.
In the shape of french toast.

Heart stopping isn't it?

After searching online for some hints, with shaking hands I tried the following.

Ready for this easy, peasy 3-step process?

1.  I took a white towel from my bathroom and laid it over the spot on the table.
 Maybe any color works, I don't know.
I just knew white wouldn't bleed through when I did step 3.

2.  I placed my clothes iron on the hottest steam setting it had.

3.  With the iron hovering closely over (not on) the towel, I hit the "burst" function on my iron.
I did this a couple times.

It doesn't make any sense does it?
Here is a picture of the exact same spot.

Hopefully you will never leave hot french toast on a paper plate on your dining room table.
Yet, if you do this trick will help erase the evidence and make it a distant memory.