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Saturday’s Progress

Actually I wrote all about what I had planned to do on Saturday here. Unfortunately I got sidetracked right from the beginning.

I had to wait for help to separate these roller sleeves from their handles.

I had to wait for help to separate these roller sleeves from their handles.

I was planning to paint but I couldn’t get the dried up roller sleeves off the handle times 3.

Stainless steel custom countertop

Stainless steel custom countertop

Instead I wanted to see if the stainless steel counter was truly clean.  My idea was to make a nice bucket of hot soapy water and wash it down with a clean sponge.

After a good wipe down with Dawn liquid detergent and hot water.

After a good wipe down with Dawn liquid detergent and hot water. (Notice I removed the blue painter’s tape.)

After I did that I could still see marks that had not washed off. I then tried Brasso which says on  the bottle it can be used for stainless steel.

Brasso will clean stainless steel.

Brasso will clean stainless steel.

It worked great.  It took off all the markings and tons of black gunk that I would have sworn did not exist except that I saw the residue on the sponge.

The top arrow points to a reflection in the countertop and the smudge that detergent and water could not remove.

The top arrow points to a reflection in the countertop and the smudge that detergent and water could not remove.

The reflection remains but the smudge has been removed with Brasso. Use sparingly.

The reflection remains but the smudge has been removed with Brasso. Use sparingly.

After drying the counter I sprayed some furniture polish on a rag and wiped down the entire countertop. I wanted to use my mother’s old stand by kitchen polish, Jubilee, but I couldn’t find any (and I know we have 2 or 3 cans of it).

The front of the counter has been waxed for protection.

The wax protects the countertop and makes it easier to clean.  In this photo the front has been waxed.

Then Charlie helped me to level the undercounter refrigerator by adjusting the feet.  It just fits in the opening created for it.

The undercounter refrigerator is ready for service.

The undercounter refrigerator is ready for service.

Hopefully this coming week our contractor will hook the water up in the kitchen sinks and install the dishwasher.

A Bosch dishwasher similar to the one we bought.

A Bosch dishwasher similar to the one we bought.

Then look out because we’ll wash the dust off of everything and put it way.

The coffee bar will soon be operational.

The coffee bar will soon be operational.

Aaaah, running water in the kitchen.  Can’t wait.

What’s your favorite kitchen cleaner?

The Plan for Today

Now that the floors have been finished I can lay into some of the projects we’ve been holding off on. (That’s a dangler, ain’t it?)

I'd say the bump out is ready for a table and chairs.

I’d say the bump out is ready for a table and chairs.

In the dining room I want to paint the pine tongue-and-groove paneling white.  It’s been a whitewashed pale woodtone since I’ve lived here (17 years).

The paneling covers the dining room wall up to judge's rail height.

The paneling covers the dining room wall up to judge’s rail height.

I’m going to take it slow and easy so my plan for today is to work on the dining room side of the knee wall.

The knee wall from the dining room side.

The knee wall from the dining room side.

First I must sand the paneling where two boards have been pieced together.  If necessary I’ll add a bit of caulk.

We reused the room's original paneling for the newly created knee wall.

We reused the room’s original paneling for the newly created knee wall.

After wiping the wall down with TSP, I’ll prime the entire wall.

Back in January I primed one of the paneled walls -- the point of no return.

Back in January I primed one of the paneled walls — the point of no return.

Next, add the shoe molding which has already been primed and painted with semi-gloss.

I painted lots of shoe molding to sit in front of the new baseboard.

I painted lots of shoe molding to sit in front of the new baseboard.

Shove the piano up against the wall.

We're going to try the piano against the knee wall for the time being.

We’re going to try the piano against the knee wall for the time being.

We still haven’t decided exactly what to do with the wall cap but it can surely wait until another day since there are 4 more paneled walls to prime and paint.

Charlie has lots of ideas about the color and material for the knee wall cap.  Let's wait until we have a clear vision, OK?

Charlie has lots of ideas about the color and material for the knee wall cap. Let’s wait until we have a clear vision, OK?

Let’s get to it and try not to be distracted by another project.

Saturday plans?

Moving the Front Door: An Insider’s View

One of the complicated changes we made during our renovation  was moving the front door from the east side of the front façade to the center.

The front door used to be on the east side of the front façade.

The front door used to be on the east side of the front façade.

The change on the outside is lovely.  Now the house even with its new additions appears symmetrical or at least balanced.

Now the door is centered.

Now the door is centered.

From the inside I’m sure we won’t really appreciate the change until we can set up our furniture again.

The living room door has exchanged places with the window on the right in the picture above.

The living room door has exchanged places with the window on the right in the picture above.

Moving the front door has given us another wall on which to put furniture since the door used to open into the living room and is now in more of a pass-through area.

The window has ductwork running down the left side which cannot b e moved.

The window has ductwork running down the left side which cannot be moved.

The window was removed and placed in the opening (at left) created by removing the front door.

The window was removed and placed in the opening (at left) created by removing the front door.

It will be so exiting to get this room primed and painted.

The front wall with the window inserted in the former doorway and sheetrock applied to the wall.

The front wall with the window inserted in the former doorway and sheetrock applied to the wall.

The door has been installed and the new drywall primed.

The door has been installed and the new drywall primed.

However, before I pick the final color, I’m going to wait to see how our new sofa (we haven’t chosen one yet) might influence that decision.

Right now our living room is the catchall for furniture and supplies.

Right now our living room is the catchall for furniture and supplies.

After the fast whirl of renovations I’m going to relax (try to anyway) and make color and design decisions in a more calculated fashion.

I can’t decide whether to get a regular sofa or a corner sectional seating unit.  Pros? Cons? Thanks.

Pale, Pale Pink

Back here I painted our smallest bedroom Benjamin Moore Head Over Heels pink.

A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

I had about a third of a can remaining and decided to use it on the master bedroom ceiling. The ceiling was part dirty and part raw drywall mud from repairs after removing the closets.

The master bedroom has not been painted for over 15 years.

The master bedroom has not been painted for over 15 years.

I bought a gallon of  flat Clark and Kensington White Mosaic and mixed it with the leftover pink paint. (We’re using White Mosaic in semi-gloss as our interior trim color.)

The palest pink you can imagine is on the master bedroom ceiling.

The palest pink you can imagine is on the master bedroom ceiling.

The ceiling is just the palest whisper of pink.

Virtuoso by Glidden for the walls.

Virtuoso by Glidden for the walls.

I’m still planning to use a light but intense periwinkle on the walls. But plans are known to change.

Are you painting something that really needs a lift? How many years (decades) do you wait between paint jobs?

 

Still Painting

I’m so excited to have a walk-in pantry that I wanted to do something special with it.

The pantry opens into the new kitchen.

The pantry opens into the new kitchen.

I looked up other folks’ ideas which included stenciling the walls, beadboard, bright paint colors, lovely chandeliers, tile, chalkboard paint, and on and on.

I wanted a fun color for the pantry since it will mostly be seen only by Charlie and me.

I wanted a fun color for the pantry since it will mostly be seen only by Charlie and me.

I was kind of perplexed until I hit upon my 2 favorite colors in tandem: periwinkle blue and yellow ochre.

Periwinkle and ochre.

Periwinkle and ochre.

The walls of the kitchen are Waterbury Cream, a creamy yellow ochre, so I painted the pantry ceiling that color so it would tie into the rest of the kitchen.

The pantry ceiling is Waterbury Cream.

The pantry ceiling is Waterbury Cream.

Then I checked my supply of on-hand paint and found a half gallon of Periwinkle that I had used on the laundry room wall above the white beadboard.

The top of the laundry room is Periwinkle blue.

The top of the laundry room is Periwinkle blue.

Get ready, this is intense color.  Against the white in the laundry room it’s cheery and nautical.  Against the ochre in the kitchen it’s very Provencal — just what I’m looking for.

The pantry is periwinkle blue.

The pantry is periwinkle blue.

The pantry will have doors so this is just for us.

Where do you use your favorite color?

Painting Has Its Scary Moments

The biggest paint job we’ve tackled in the new renovation is the kitchen. I showed you here the ceiling color: Edgecomb Gray. I mentioned that Charlie was really worried about the color until the entire ceiling was painted after which he calmed down.

When we first started painting the ceiling the color seemed very dark for a ceiling.

When we first started painting the ceiling the color seemed very dark for a ceiling.

Once the entire ceiling was painted it didn't seem too dark at all.

Once the entire ceiling was painted it didn’t seem too dark at all.

I had the same sort of uh-oh moment when we painted the kitchen walls.  I knew I wanted a yellow ochre color to give the feeling of a Provencal French kitchen.

Grey and ochre are a great combination to me.

Grey and ochre are a great combination to me.

My first choice was Martha Stewart’s Dried Chamomile which seemed just too bold for me.

The paint swatch near the dough bowl is Dried Chamomile.

The paint swatch near the dough bowl is Dried Chamomile.

After searching the swatches at our local Benjamin Moore store I came upon Waterbury Cream.

Waterbury Cream by Benjamin Moore

Waterbury Cream by Benjamin Moore

When I first brushed a sample onto the primed walls it seemed almost garish.

Waterbury Cream against the primed walls was way to gold for my liking.

Waterbury Cream against the primed walls was way too gold for my liking.

But since I had a whole gallon I decided to stumble on and paint the entire room.

Waterbury Cream is actually a nice creamy ochre with a hint soupcon of green.

Waterbury Cream is actually a nice creamy ochre with a hint soupcon of green.

I knew the kitchen would take two gallons so if I really hated the base coat I would change the topcoat.

This knee wall will have dark grey cabinets on the bottom, a stainless steel countertop, and grey limestone backsplash to the cap of the wall.

This knee wall will have dark grey cabinets on the bottom, a stainless steel countertop, and grey limestone backsplash to the cap of the wall.

Well, not necessary.  When the whole kitchen was painted the walls were a creamy ochre color reminiscent of Provence.

This wall will be mostly cabinets: grey on the bottom and white on the top.

This wall will be mostly cabinets: grey on the bottom and white on the top.

Much of the walls will be covered with dark grey bottom cabinets and glazed white ones on the top.

Not true to color but this is the idea.

Not true to color but this is the idea.

We’re also planning a grey limestone backsplash so the kitchen will be mostly neutrals highlighted with yellow ochre.

Royal Grey Honed Limestone for the backsplash.

Royal Grey Honed Limestone for the backsplash.

Even though painting has its scary moments I never get too crazy because:

  • I like color and have experience selecting color.
  • Paint is easy to change especially since we’re doing the painting ourselves.

Have you been totally surprised by a paint color? Good surprised or bad surprised? Did you live with it?

Painting the Mudroom

The paint color of any room depends upon the room’s use, the rooms it connects to, and any permanent items in the room.

The mudroom closet is to the right of the door in the photo above.

The mudroom closet is framed to the right of the door in the photo above. Insulation has been installed on the exterior walls.

Our mudroom is actually the primary entrance to our house.

The mudroom has been drywalled and painted.

The mudroom has been drywalled and painted.

It has no windows except for the upper half of the door which has nine lights but is under a porch roof so the mudroom isn’t bright on its own.

The globe for the mudroom pendants is small and very blue.

The globe for the mudroom pendants is small and very blue.

I decided the wall color should be light and not too colorful since the lighting fixtures are deep blue hanging pendants.

I generally do the cutting in and Charlie does the rolling.

I generally do the cutting in and Charlie does the rolling.

The ceiling color is the same as the kitchen ceiling color: Edgecomb Gray. And the wall color is a cooler grey called Moonshine.

The walls are Moonshine and the ceiling is Edgecomb Gray both from Benjamin Moore.

The walls are Moonshine and the ceiling is Edgecomb Gray both from Benjamin Moore.

While we were painting we even painted the inside of the closet (which has no light) white (left over from the laundry room ceiling) so it would be as bright as possible.

The mudroom closet is Queen's Lace, a creamy white.

The mudroom closet is Queen’s Lace, a creamy white.

The mudroom is totally painted and waiting for trim and a new floor. The plan is to install those things next week.

Do you have chores planned for 2014?

Painting New Drywall

New drywall that has been mudded, sanded, and wiped down with water soaks up the paint.

After living for a week with grey drywall I knew that I would not be happy in the long run with all grey walls.

After living for a week with grey drywall I knew that I would not be happy in the long run with all grey walls.

We used Zinsser 1-2-3 Bull’s Eye Primer ($19.98 for 1 gallon, $29.98 for a 2-gallon bucket) as a first coat.  Our kitchen and mudroom ceilings and walls have used 4 gallons and counting.

After priming the walls and ceilings I could definitely forget painting everything all white.

After priming the walls and ceilings I could definitely forget painting everything all white.

After the ceilings were primed I painted them Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb  Gray.

BM's Edgecomb Gray is a nice greige color that changes with the light.

BM’s Edgecomb Gray is a nice greige color that changes with the light.

It was amazing how light the color looked in the can and how dark it went onto the ceilings.

The blue arrows point to Edgecomb Gray painted over primer.  The lower ceiling on the right seems even darker.

The blue arrows point to Edgecomb Gray painted over primer. The lower ceiling on the right seems even darker.

After the entire ceiling was covered it didn’t appear very dark. Charlie remarked how the contrast seemed radical  then all of a sudden it seemed like there was barely any color at all.  Oh, the fickleness of paint.

Primer on the walls and Edgecomb Gray on the ceiling which changes shades in different light.

Primer on the walls and Edgecomb Gray on the ceiling which changes shades in different light.

The beauty of this color is that it morphs from almost tan to a warm grey tone.  It seems to go very well with our tile and granite choices.

River White granite for the kitchen island

River White granite for the kitchen island

Royal Grey Honed Limestone for the backsplash.

Royal Grey Honed Limestone for the backsplash.

Hopefully over the next few days we’ll make more painting progress in the kitchen and mudroom.

What are your plans for the New Year?

We’ll Be Painting Soon

Since the drywaller will be finished this week and the floor man is coming next week we’re going to try to get the mudroom, kitchen and pantry primed and painted over the New Year.

The kitchen is ready to be painted.

The kitchen is ready to be painted.

These are the colors I’ve planned. Originally I was going to use Martha Stewart’s Dried Chamomile in the kitchen but have changed to a subtler color, Benjamin Moore’s Waterbury Cream.

Martha Stewart Dried Chamomile doesn't look as green on the physical swatch as it on this electronic swatch.

Martha Stewart Dried Chamomile doesn’t look as green on the physical swatch as it on this electronic swatch.

My final choice for the kitchen walls.

The actual swatch has a little more yellow ochre tone to it.

The actual swatch has a little more yellow ochre tone to it.

Waterbury Cream seems to be more like this in real life or somewhere between this and the color above.

Waterbury Cream seems to be more like this in real life.

I hope we like them once they’re on the walls.

Benjamin Moore's Moonshine for the mudroom walls.

Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine for the mudroom walls.

BM's Edgecomb Gray for the ceilings in the mudroom and kitchen.

BM’s Edgecomb Gray for the ceilings in the mudroom and kitchen.

The Glidden Periwinkle we used in the laundry will be great in the pantry.

The Glidden Periwinkle we used in the laundry will be great in the pantry.

Not very daring, I dare say.

What’s your go-to color?

A Tricky Corner

Back here I showed you how the HVAC team added a lot of vertical ductwork that eventually would be covered by walls.

Framing that encases new ductwork and effectively relocates the basement entrance from the living room to the mudroom.

Framing that encases new ductwork and effectively relocates the basement entrance from the living room to the mudroom.

The new walls closed off the basement door from the living room side so that it is now accessible to the mudroom near the kitchen. Since our basement is totally unfinished and wholly utilitarian I’m happy to keep any muckiness out of the living room.

The configuration of the new walls was unexpected and creates a change in the demarcation between the living room and dining room.

The configuration of the new walls was unexpected and creates a change in the demarcation between the living room and dining room.

Once the area was drywalled I had to make some decisions because the wall turned out to be partly in the dining room and partly in the living room.

Notice how the framing connects the living room (left of the header) and dining room.

Notice how the framing connects the living room (left of the header) and dining room.

Once drywalled the dilemma became obvious: is this a dining room wall or living room wall?

Once drywalled the dilemma became obvious: is this a dining room wall or living room wall?

What’s more the wall intersected the header that formerly marked the end of the dining room.

What should we do with the transition wall?

What should we do with the transition wall?

My dilemma is how to decorate the wall. Should I paper it, paint it, panel it? Make it an accent wall? Mirror? Bookcase? I feel a Pinterest search coming on.

This is Benjamin Moore's answer. YIKES!

This is Benjamin Moore’s answer. YIKES!

I decided not to panel it nor paper it even though the header is papered.

I have some extra wallpaper but I don't think it's the answer.

I have some extra wallpaper but I don’t think it’s the answer.

Maybe sometime in the future when I’ve had a reprieve from making so many decisions at once I’ll figure out a way to tie the living room and dining room together while keeping the them two distinct rooms.

Is there a pat answer to this quandary? What’s your answer?