Monday, September 17, 2007

Hot damn! I crafted something non-swap related!

hehehe Check it out over on my craft blog.

I've done some knitting, too, but those things aren't posted. Completely jacked up my wrist there...damn tendonitis.

Other than that, we're in the final stretch before The Hub comes home finally. *YAY*

Teaching my first stamping class tonight. Can you say "bundle of nerves"?

That's about it from here. Exciting life, huh?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A tale of two floors

The kitchen floor is FINISHED!!! After 3 days and a lot of sweat and sore muscles, the tile is in! Humor me because I have to show the progress.

Remember from previous pics? Yeah, yuck.

This is what it looked like where I ripped that bar out. Eww, gross. A rug has been covering that all this time.

So I decided Monday afternoon that I wanted my floor done THAT DAY. We started ripping linoleum and old tile up. This shit was STUCK, so it came up in tiny pieces.
We *finally* got it all ripped up, swept up, and ready for tile.

I was in charge of the tile saw. Can I just say, "I LOVE cutting shit with these heavy duty tools!" By 9:10pm on Monday, all tile (except those pesky 3 I was short) was cut, and I was soaked and covered in shards of ceramic tile.
On Tuesday, it was time to grout. Word of advice for those who may try this someday...don't waste your time, money, or aggravation on grout bags. They SUCK! We went back to the traditional rubber trowel method.

This morning brought with it the need to clean and seal the grout. A lot of work, but very necessary to the process. After going over the floor 5 or 6 times trying to get ALL of the residue up and then sealing, then putting the stove and refrigerator back in place (and being scared to death I'd screw up my new floor), it was done! VOILA!! I just love it!

I just noticed that my cabinet by the stove looks crooked. I guess I left that door ajar when I took the pic or something. I dunno.
All that's left to do is replace the countertops, sink, and faucet and install the knobs/pulls on teh cabinets, install the dishwasher, and the kitchen will be complete.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Little by Little

This house will be remodeled. My small changes to the kitchen have turned themselves into a major overhaul. I have things sitting and waiting to be installed...dishwasher, flooring, cabinet, new countertops, you get the pic. By the time I'm done, the only original thing that'll be left in that kitchen is the upper cabinets, and that's only because we can't afford new ones for a while. Well, because my body betrays me daily and won't let me do what my mind wants to, it's a slow process. BUT! My cabinets are repainted!

This is before...

Then I had this attempt at a beachy, distressed kind of look. I didn't love it, and The Hub hated it.

So we discussed it, and he reminded me about the terra cotta kitchen we both LOVED in a house in NC. So the cabinets went neutral.
This is now.

It's called "Satin Weave". It's not white, but it sure looks like it. Amazing how much brighter the kitchen is now with just that little change. And did you notice? That awful flowery contact paper backsplash is gone, too.