Since You Asked

When we installed a kitchen in the Cottage we used mismatched base cabinets.

The bottom cabinets are a mixture of leftovers from our old and new kitchen in the house.
The bottom cabinets are a mixture of leftovers from our old and new kitchen in the house.
Primer equalized the different cabinet finishes.
Primer equalized the different cabinet finishes.

On Saturday morning the tenant decided to paint the base cabinets white.  She started with a primer coat.

The bottom cabinets were painted.
The bottom cabinets were painted.

Using a foam roller, the second, third, and even fourth coats were painted with special cabinet paint. I got a text with the photo above asking how it looked.

I said I needed to see it in person.  I was bluntly truthful and said the stark white cabinet paint didn’t go well with the top cabinets and didn’t look great against the sofa.

One issue is that a foam roller gives such a thin layer of paint that a piece painted with one often needs multiple multiple coats.  The other thing is that the upper cabinets are creamier white than the bottom ones.

Waterbury Cream, my kitchen paint, warmed up the cool white paint.
Waterbury Cream, my kitchen paint, warmed up the cool white paint.

I suggested that I take the paint and tint it with some of my leftover paint.  I added some Edgecomb Gray and Waterbury Cream which slightly warmed up the cool-tone white paint.

The new paint color on the center door is a better match to the upper cabinets -- warmer.
The new paint color on the center door is a better match to the upper cabinets — warmer.

Unfortunately the tenant needed to paint a couple more coats of the new tint.

Clear Briwax would be a nice finish.
Clear Briwax would be a nice finish.

It’s looking much better. I also suggested that in a couple of weeks when the paint is cured the cabinets should be waxed. I think waxing would create a sheen similar to the upper cabinets.

Are you blunt or tactful?

Painting in The Cottage

My future tenant has been working on getting the ceiling and walls in shape in The Cottage since most of the floor is still covered with building materials.

The back wall of the Cottage has been freshly painted white like the ceiling.
The back wall of the Cottage has been freshly painted white like the ceiling.

The back wall where the washer and dryer will be placed is white for maximum light reflection.

The aqua blue wall is "Siamese Eyes".
The aqua blue wall is “Siamese Eyes”.

The other walls have been painted and touched up with the original “Siamese Eyes” by Martha Stewart.

"Templeton Grey" by Benjamin Moore on the floating wall behind the bed.
“Templeton Grey” by Benjamin Moore on the floating wall behind the bed.

The floating wall was fixed and painted here.

Behind the floating wall.
Behind the floating wall.

Finally, enough of the painting was finished so we could skid the floating wall into approximate position.

The floor will buff up nicely.
The floor will buff up nicely.

That allowed for mopping and waxing the front part of the Cottage floor.

Installation has begun.
Installation has begun.

Tomorrow some mini-kitchen renovation.

Are you relishing the last days of summer?

Upgrades to a Garage Apartment

I am helping to freshen up a garage apartment with two bedrooms and a living room which is being improved with paint and new appliances . The best part for me is that for the most part it’s not a DIY project.

Most of the apartment had been painted swine peach with tan trim.
Most of the apartment had been painted swine peach with tan trim.
The new color is Benjamin Moore's "Dove White" with "Revere Pewter" trim and doors.
The new color is Benjamin Moore’s “Dove White” with “Revere Pewter” trim and doors.

Over the next week or so, before new tenants move in, the entire place is getting painted.

We'll be removing the full-size refrigerator.
The kitchen is getting a major upgrade.
The kitchen alcove on the left will brighten with the kitchen installation.
The kitchen alcove on the left will brighten with the kitchen installation.

And a mini-kitchen (much like the one in the Cottage) is being replaced.

This vanity set-up will be replaced.
This vanity set-up will be replaced.

The bathroom is a dungeon but we’ll try to improve it with a new vanity, sink, and lighting fixture.  We discovered that the exhaust fan in the bathroom which turns on with the light doesn’t actually draw so it will also be replaced.

The small blue bedroom is also going white with grey trim.
The small blue bedroom is also going white with grey trim.
Dove White and Revere Pewter
Dove White and Revere Pewter

And it will be partially furnished.

Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.
Ikea Ektorp sofa in Nordvalla dark beige.

In today’s post are the “before” shots.

The entry was very dark with wood paneling on walls and ceiling.
The entry was very dark with wood paneling on walls.
The walls were primed with oil primer and finished with "White Dove".
The walls were primed with oil primer and finished with “White Dove”.

Even the entry way is getting lightened and brightened.

Would you care if your new living quarters had been freshly painted? Or would you prefer to pick your own colors?

And So I Did

Last Saturday I made a short list of tasks to complete and I’m happy to say the list is complete.

I finished covering all four dining room chair seats.
I finished covering all four dining room chair seats.

The morning was filled with stapling until all the chair seats were reupholstered. Chairs 1, Chairs 2.

The chair seats are very plain and will show stains if not protected.
The chair seats are very plain and will show stains if not protected.
I had 2 cans of ScotchGuard on hand which should be protective.
I had 2 cans of ScotchGuard on hand which should be protective.

I laid the four cushions outside and sprayed them heavily with ScotchGuard.

Exterior trim paint.
Exterior trim paint.
I don't have enough paint to finish all the shutters but I can use it as a base coat.
I don’t have enough paint to finish all the shutters but I can use it as a base coat.

I found the paint for the exterior window trim and shutters.

My dermatologist suggested Cerave for morning and night creams and Neutrogena for cosmetics.
My dermatologist suggested Cerave for morning and night creams and Neutrogena for cosmetics.

I treated myself to some skin products recommended by my dermatologist. The above brand seems to be scent-free and doesn’t irritate.

I like using liquid soap especially in the shower.
I like using liquid soap especially in the shower.

I had already been using Dove in the shower which is also recommended.

I cleared up a box and Charlie got rid of the pile in front of the dresser in the conservatory.
I cleared up a box and Charlie got rid of the pile in front of the dresser in the conservatory.
I added a standing lamp to the television side of the room so the book club could see to read.
I added a standing lamp to the television side of the room so the book club could see to read.

Finally I got rid of two boxes of clutter with Charlie’s help.

What have you been meaning to do?

Today I Will:

I have some lots of unfinished projects. In the past I’ve planned for the week or month. Now I’m planning for just today.

One down, 3 to go.
One down, 3 to go.

Today I will finish covering the dining room chairs.

Ultra Pure White Satin Enamel Exterior Paint is necessary for the exterior window trim.
Ultra Pure White Satin Enamel Exterior Paint is necessary for the exterior window trim.

Today I will find the paint for the exterior window trim and shutters.

Skin care moisturizers recommended by my dermatologist.
Skin care moisturizers recommended by my dermatologist.

Today I will treat myself to some skin products recommended by my dermatologist.

Box by box we're clearing the attic.
Box by box we’re clearing the attic.

Finally I will get rid of two boxes of clutter.

What’re ya doin?

A New Room Plan

I’m trying to convince a friend of mine to let me help her paint her living room.

A not-to-scale drawing of the living room I'd like to paint.
A not-to-scale drawing of the living room I’d like to paint.

The room probably measures about 9 feet by 12 feet.

My friend's room has faux white brick next to dark wood paneling similar to the picture above.
My friend’s room has faux white brick next to dark wood paneling similar to the picture above.

Now the walls are a mixture of textures and colors:

The wall on the right of the front door is faux white painted brick with black lines painted in the mortar section.
The wall on the right of the front door is faux white painted brick with black lines painted in the mortar section.
The adjacent wall behind the sofa is super dark wood paneling.
The adjacent wall behind the sofa is super dark wood paneling.

My first thought was to paint the walls white and put a beautiful rose pink (my friend’s favorite color) on the ceiling except that the ceiling flows through the rest of the first floor and into the kitchen without physical barrier so I nixed that idea.

White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.
White Dove for the walls and Simply White for the ceiling and trim.

Instead the ceiling also needs to be white.  I am thinking of suggesting Benjamin Moore’s Simply White on the ceiling and trim and White Dove on the walls.

An Ikea Ektorp in beige would also brighten the space.
An Ikea Ektorp in beige would also brighten the space.

I also have plans to replace the sofa and maybe the rug.

A new rug would mean pulling up the old wall-to-wall. I wonder what's underneath.
A new rug would mean pulling up the old wall-to-wall. I wonder what’s underneath.

I’ll really have to be sneaky persuasive to pull that off.

What line of logic would you use to convince a friend that she wants your help?

Rain and More Rain

I know April is supposed to be a rainy month — April showers and all — but I have projects to do. Outside.

I need the left section of fence to finish off the potage entrance.
I need the left section of fence to finish off the potage entrance.

I started painting the last piece of iron fence that goes at the front of the potager .

We started refurbishing the last piece of iron fence for the potager.
We started refurbishing the last piece of iron fence for the potager.

It needs at least another coat of navy spray paint.

A good base coat of Rustoleum's Rust Inhibitor (matte black) covered with navy blue enamel.
A good base coat of Rustoleum’s Rust Inhibitor (matte black) covered with navy blue enamel.

I reserve spray painting for outside.

We used an old piece of rebar cut into 2-foot lengths to support the fence.
We used an old piece of rebar cut into 2-foot lengths to support the fence.

Charlie needs to find the rebar that we had specially cut to secure this fence.  It must be around someplace.  I hope.

The iris blades are growing fast near the fence.
The iris blades are growing fast near the fence.

The irises are starting to break through the ground so I’d like to get this fence in place as soon as possible.

Purple iris flank the iron gate to the potager in May. (2015)
Purple iris flank the iron gate to the potager in May. (2015)

Won’t be long now until it looks like this again.

We're due for a bumper crop of lilacs this year.
We’re due for a bumper crop of lilacs this year.

Looking forward to lilacs this year also.

What’s growing in your garden?