We removed all the old kitchen cabinets from the main house in 2013.
The old cabinets were stained ocean blue on the bottom and limed on the top.
Before that we had stained the bottom ones blue and limed the uppers with Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain.
Most of our old kitchen cabinets found a new home.
We gave away some of the bottom cabinets but were left with two heavy solid wood doors. (See first photo above.)
One cabinet supports the countertop. another one could enclose the sink.
The Cottage carpenter came yesterday to use these doors on a custom cabinet he built under the sink.
The bottom of the cabinet is a piece of waterproof material.
He framed up the bottom of the cabinet under the sink with 2 by 4s and added a shelf of water resistant material. The walls are made from the Cottage walls and on the left by the other base cabinet.
All the cabinets need knobs or handles.
I’ve encouraged my new tenant to make the place livable but not to finish all the details until she’s lived there for a while.
This mini-kitchen still needs some tweaking.
Perhaps we’ll paint the base cabinets and the old microwave stand.
We can rearrange the furniture now and lay the rugs.
The move-in date is 12 days away.
What is your favorite color to brighten up a space?
Yesterday I made 2 cool sales of items I had posted on Craigslist.
See the wood flooring in front of the coffee table.
I sold our remnants of
red oak flooring for $50.
Now it’s gone.
I think there were about 40 square feet which means I sold it for $1.25 per square foot or so. They got a deal and I have some floor space in the living room.
This door sold for $10.
I also sold two interior doors that we had removed during the renovation.
This door was $5.
The young couple that bought them are going to use them as wedding décor early in November. I’m hoping they’ll text me a photo.
I still have a pile of things to remove from the Cottage including the twin bed.
Everybody came and picked up their purchases.
Are you searching for a used something?
We’ve been working on adding a mini-kitchen feature to
Glade Cottage which would make it livable year-round and not just as a guest house.
Back in August we put in an Ikea birch countertop.
Under the counter we used a skinny cabinet left-over from the house renovation 3 years ago. I needed to purchase upper cabinets that wouldn’t overwhelm the space so I visited the warehouse of our local cabinet retailer to see what they might have on hand.
I purchased two cabinets at a local cabinet warehouse for $75 each.
I was happy to find a 21-inch and 30-inch cabinets to fill the 53-inch wall. The shorter cabinet seemed perfect for over the high-arch faucet in the sink area.
The Cottage carpenter hung the cabinets above the counter and sink.
Our carpenter hung them leaving the 2-inch gap at the left side facing the sink.
The mini-kitchen in the Cottage is coming together.
The plan is to also have the front of the undersink area closed in with a custom cabinet using 2 all-wood doors from our old kitchen cabinets in the house.
33″ by 42″ for $100.
In addition to the kitchen cabinets I also bought an enormous cabinet that I hoped would fit over the washer and dryer in the laundry area.
Can there ever be enough storage in a small space?
While a shorter cabinet was available I thought it better, neater, and cleaner to hang a larger cabinet with doors all the way to the ceiling rather than to use the top for storage.
The large cabinet is hung all the way to the ceiling.
The laundry area needs more light so an under-cabinet fixture is on the list.
Where do you need more illumination?
I stopped on the way to work yesterday to see if I could get cabinets for the Cottage kitchen.
Open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. –We arrived at 8. (It’s not snowing; this is a stock photo.)
The clearance center opened a little late.
I had my choice of these white cabinets.
I persevered and looked more closely at the cabinets I had perused earlier in the week.
Cabinets will go on the blue wall.
The area that needs cabinets is 53 inches wide.
The top cabinet is 30″ wide by 18″ tall.
I managed a 30″ wide by 18″ tall for over the sink.
The warehouseman packed them onto the backseat of my Versa Blue Note.
And a 21″ wide by 30″ tall cabinet to hang next to it over the counter. Each cabinet was $75.
The cabinets should hang something like this. The longer cabinet might be a little longer than pictured.
The 2-inch gap at the end of the wall could come in useful in the long run.
Next project: Get someone to hang the cabinets.
Do you have a project to finish before the end of the year holidays?
When we returned home from our vacation
the floors that had been sanded and polyurethaned were dry and cured.
The floor before finishing.
The finished floor looks and feels very nice.
They looked great. The polyurethane gives the light flooring a warm and rich finish.
The floor in the master hallway has a reducer at the bathroom doorway.
One of the other tasks that I requested was threshold reducers at all the doorways where there was a change in level.
The living room floor needed a reducer after having been moved from the left side of the house.
We asked our flooring guy to add them even to doorways that were not attached to new flooring.
The French doors in the master bedroom needed a threshold reducer to make the transition from the floor to the door sill and to block air coming up through the floor.
The reducer finishes the floor.
The price breakdown for the new floors is:
$1200 for 400 square feet of select red oak,
$750 to lay the floors,
$1275 for the finishing and reducers.
Next we’re going to have
the trim finished.
What is your latest project?
I have always wanted a blue hydrangea hedge at the side of the house.
In 2013 before the excavation for the renovation the Nikko blue hydrangeas were filling in on the east side of the house.
After the new additions were built we returned our few Nikko blue hydrangeas planted to the east side of the house.
The hydrangea cuttings were planted a year ago in September.
I took cuttings with the hope of producing more plants.
The hydrangeas were merely one-leaf sprigs a year ago.
They also were planted well-spaced on the same side of the house.
From above the hydrangeas appear lined up.
This year, though they are still small, these hydrangea plants seem healthy.
The hydrangeas have grown to multiple leaves over the past year.
Next year they should be doubled in size.
What shrub do you admire?
When Charlie found out I had listed about 20 items on Craigslist he was surprised.
The granite samples were given away free.
Most things are on there for $5 or $10 and some things are even free.
When we removed the front path this light went, too. Sold for $5.
Importantly they’re heading away from us an on to new homes.
A man bought the blue screen door for his wife for $10. I had it listed for $5.
Some items are very particular size-wise to the space they need. One person in a thousand might be interested.
The second toymaker drove 35 miles to pick up some free wood.
However 3+ people are interested in our scrap wood pile. Two of them are planning to make
small toys with the wood.
The last of the scrap wood — 1st offering.
The remainder of the woodpile was picked up yesterday. Of course we have more scraps which we haven’t gathered together yet.
Believe it or not the pile in the Cottage is diminishing. The lamp with its shade is now listed.
What can I list next?
Our friend-and-future-tenant’s house went on the market today. Have you got any drastic changes planned?