Two More Summer Weekends

While we accomplished a lot at The Glade this summer — renovated 2 bathrooms — I’ve looked back at some of my projects lists from earlier in the summer and more than a few things have been left undone.

Two sets of pine doors need to be stained a medium grey.

In July I had hoped to stain the 2 sets of unfinished pine doors — the mudroom and the pantry.  I bought some light stain to mix with the dark stain I had been using to change things up just a little. Weather permitting, I think I can finish these doors in the next two weekends.

The closet has become a storage spot for lots of stuff that doesn’t belong.

Another summer goal was to organize all my clothes that were cluttering various closets, bed and floors all over the house.  This I have done. But still undone is a serious look at the clutter in the mudroom closet which is also one of the set of doors that needs to be stained.

I’m happy we can close the doors on the pantry because it looks a horrible mess.

The pantry has become a disorganized mess also.  Charlie likes to store things — grocery bags for example — on the floor.  It’s horrible and I plan to take control.

The pile has dwindled but the trim has not yet been totally installed.

Little by little we’ve been whittling away at the pile of trim in the hallway.  When every room has baseboard I plan to make another lumber order to finish the face frames for both the master closet and the master bedroom shelving which is not yet finished.

My main fall project is to get the back bedroom — The Treetops Room — ready for guests.

I know we can’t hope we can accomplish all this in 2 weekends and I’m comforted to have a plan.

Do you have an end of summer plan?

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Recaulking the Kitchen Sink

Charlie and I noticed that the caulk between the stainless steel farm sink and the stainless counter started to shrink away from the surfaces it was supposed to adhere to.

In 2014 the silicone caulk had pulled back on this sink so a new bead was set down.

This sink was caulked twice in 2014 because the caulk had shrunk. Now it has happened again.

Behind the caulk was wet board.

So before we went away for a week Charlie pulled the old caulk out and dug out some of the wet board that backs the stainless countertop.

There was a mess in the sink to remind us not to use the water.

The opening dried for about 2 weeks then Charlie recaulked with silicone caulk which was recommended by our carpenter.

Silicone caulk.

After caulking we didn’t use the sink for 48 hours — well beyond the recommended time.

Caulked.

This sink gets a lot of use.

The sides were easier to get make neat than the back of the sink.

The area near the faucet gets the most action of water and debris. Hope it lasts this time.

Do you get behind on small but necessary maintenance jobs?

More Light in the Cottage Kitchen

The Cottage kitchen is small but functional.

The Cottage kitchen gets plenty of light during the day due to a window near the sink.

Unfortunately it was more functional during the day than at night.

The area is bright in daylight.
An under-cabinet fluorescent tube lights up the sink area.

Sug went to Home Depot and bought an under-cabinet light much like the one I used to have in my old kitchen.

What small change can make your kitchen more functional?

Repeating Colors

Now that all the shutters have been painted I have an idea for using the shutter color is one place at the back of the house.

The back of the house looks less colorful than the front.

I think the bottom of the bump out might look good painted dark, the shutter color.

Before
I can paint the bump out paneling storm blue.

My original inspiration for the bump out was painted. What’s the worst thing that can happen: I paint it white again.

The house painting was completed in 2015.
Now I might paint the bottom of the bump out.

I mocked up an old photo to give a feeling of how it would look.

Do you use paint to transform spaces?

A Little More Redwing

My sister has a magnificent Red Wing vintage pottery collection.

I have the fabulous Red Wing stag flower frog and matching bowl.

On the other hand I have a few pieces of my own.

I have a huge set of Merrileaf by Red Wing including lots of interesting serving pieces.

I also have a large set of dinnerware in the Merrileaf pattern.

Merrileaf cup and saucer

As I was perusing eBay I saw a set of cups and saucers.  I already have lots of saucers but wanted to add a few more cups.

I might want to serve hot beverages to a crowd.

For a bid of $9.38 I received 8 cups and 7 saucers.  For comparison Replacements, Inc. charges $9.99 for one cup and saucer set.  Everything came well-packed as indeed it should for an extra shipping charge of $20.

A bargain for vintage dinnerware.

Still, this is a good deal.

Do you shop on eBay?

Cottage Kitchen Backsplash

While the tile setter was installing backsplashes in the conservatory and master bathrooms, we had a job for him out in the Cottage.

The Cottage kitchen

The tiny kitchenette needed a little upgrade so we offered our cottage-dweller choice of 3″ by 6″ white porcelain subway tile or 3″ by 6″ frosted glass subway tile. She chose the glass tile.

Glass Snow Frost 3″ by 6″ subway tile from The Tile Shop.

Unlike the tile on the conservatory bathroom backsplash, she decided on a diagonal herringbone placement.

Charlie, who was monitoring the installation, frantically called me to see if we had any more tile because they wee running short.

This is more labor intensive for the tile setter but adds subtle interest to the kitchen wall niche.

The tile seems to enlarge the space.

This backsplash goes all the way from the countertop to the bottom of the hanging cabinets.

Kitchen before the tile backsplash.
This tile appears to lit from within.

Since glass tile doesn’t have a bullnose option we chose to finish the edge with a brushed metal edging.  It is sleek and simple and prevents cuts to the hand when cleaning the backsplash.

Tile protects the wall behind the sink.

The Cottage is slated for more upgrades this spring.

The next items on the fix-it list are new windows.

It’s all so exciting.

Is it time or money that keeps your improvements to a minimum?

Mini Kitchen in the Cottage

The mini-kitchen in Glade Cottage is totally functional.

The Cottage kitchen set-up is behind the living room.
The Cottage kitchen set-up is behind the living room.

My friend and new tenant moved in on October 29th just in time for Halloween.

The Cottage corner that became the Cottage kitchen.
The Cottage corner that became the Cottage kitchen.

We started with open wall space on the back side of the bathroom wall. A drainage pipe had been previously installed a dozen years ago (behind the blue chair above).

The sink and counter in place.
The sink and counter in place.

I already had a mini-fridge for the kitchen.

One cabinet supports the countertop. and sink both from Ikea.
One cabinet supports the countertop. and sink both from Ikea.

First we added an Ikea counter and sink.

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A microwave and toaster oven are perfect for one-cook-one-diner eating.

Then my friend brought her kitchen cart with a new microwave/convection oven she had been gifted by her sister-in-law.

Upper cabinets over the sink and counter.
Upper cabinets over the sink and counter.

We added upper cabinets.

Base cabinets were custom made from the old cabinet doors from our now demolished kitchen in the house.
Base cabinets were custom made from the old cabinet doors from our now demolished kitchen in the house.

Base cabinets.

Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.
Left to right: Dryer, washer, refrigerator, water heater closet.

And a larger refrigerator/freezer back in the laundry area.

We tinted the lower cabinet paint at home to coordinate with the upper cabinets.
We tinted the lower cabinet paint at home to coordinate with the upper cabinets.

The tenant carefully primed and painted the lower cabinets.

The small coffee pot is set on a timer to brew early in the morning.
The small coffee pot is set on a timer to brew early in the morning.

After painting the base cabinets, a white enamel towel bar (also from Ikea) is hanging on the side of those cabinets. I also provided a small stainless steel shelf from Ikea that I had hoped to use somewhere.  It’s now a coffee station (over the toaster oven).

A kitchen where there wasn't one.
The final improvement is stainless steel knobs and handles for the cabinet doors.

Notice the induction heater burner near the window.  It works well as a cooktop.

The kitchen is in a space behind the sofa.
The kitchen is in a space behind the sofa.

I’m sure there will be a couple more improvements upcoming. Can you guess?

What’s your “must have” in the kitchen?