Friday, August 24, 2007

More kitchen re-do

My friend Amy wondered what our fireplace looked like underneath, so I promised to post a picture:

Here's a shot of the cynder blocks that were under it and still are:

Except for painting some trim, the living room side of the wall is complete:

On the kitchen side, we have to buy some cabinets to go in the space where the back of the fireplace used to be. Here's what our cabinets look like:

Neither Lowe's nor Home Depot has an exact match, but Home Depot comes closest. However, we have stumped them with our request to have the door of an upper cabinet put on a lower cabinet. The company which has the closest approximation to our twenty-year-old oak cabinets has a cathedral design on their upper cabinets, but not their lower. Our cabinet experts at Home Depot say that we can order the upper cabinet doors, but they don't know how. They promised to call back last Sunday, and when I inquired Wednesday, the manager promised to call back that night. So far, we've heard only crickets chirping.

In the meantime, we're in the process of picking out a dark stain to re-finish what we have.

Also, we're trying to choose a color to go under the chair rail. We are not afraid of color here at Bystander manor. In the paint department, I thought for sure, the blue was going to be the way to go:

Blech. That did not turn out well at all. Luckily, we brought two other colors home--a purple:
And a green:

The pale yellow above the chair rail was done with a technique using an oil-based primer over the old wallpaper, then a water-based primer. Then tissue paper was rolled on top of that. It was then painted starlight yellow. After that dried, it was wiped with a brown glaze. The starlight yellow is two shades lighter than the mango yellow in the adjacent den (where I am typing this instant!), which is also above the chair rail.

Oh, I wanted to add this--we couldn't repair the texture to our own walls, so we hired that job out. Here's what the kitchen looked like while Ignacio did his magic:
It took about six or seven hours to complete the job, I think mostly due to the care he put into covering and protecting the furniture and floor. He and his partners took off their shoes every time they entered our house, even though I told them, with all the dust, it was hardly worth the effort.

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Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

I love vaulted ceilings.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Allan is persuading me that they are a pricey aesthetic feature, what with cooling half your house, which you don't actually live in, but it does give our narrow kitchen a nice open air.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous allan said...

I heard my name bandied about...

Here's a suggestion if that vaulted ceiling is precious to one and all. A ceiling fan can work its magic by pulling down the heat during the winter, and then getting some nice air circulation on hotter days. Of course, if you don't like fans...

3:57 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thanks, allan, I had a ceiling fan installed in the adjacent den with the same vaulted ceiling for just such a purpose. But it also added an aesthetic feature which I liked.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Oh, wow! I bet that's really opened up your living space!

10:31 PM  

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