Saturday, August 11, 2012

Backsplash and chandelier

The back splash is up.  George loaned us his tile saw and Colin helped Scott put it up.

We will wait a while to let the tile adhesive cure and then grout it.  The tiles are big.  10"x20".  They are porcelain called Ascot Cube.     

Here is the "We did it!" pose.    

We also put the chandelier up for the dining table.  Love for things like this.  

Scott started working on window trim and baseboards.  Big and chunky.  Can't wait.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bad Apple

I love having a bowl of granny smith apples in my kitchen.  They usually sit in my glass trifle bowl and add just enough color to my otherwise plain kitchen.   

When the counter stools came from and we didn't like the color (We were warned from the many reviews of the possibility.), we knew just what to do.  Paint them in apple green.    

Well, it looks terrible.  Unfortunately, the cheerfulness of the apple didn't translate to the stool.  Did it get lost in the paint selection or should I change course?  I do have a few other ideas.  The red tomatoes are looking great on our counter right now.  What about the bright yellow lemons?  Or, are these bright colors better left to the food?     

Monday, August 6, 2012


Saturday was spent mostly on our hands and knees.  George, our contractor came in the morning to finish putting the sub-floor down in the addition part, while Scott prepared the old part by pulling some staples and sanding off a few raised parts.

Here you see the first row being carefully laid down.

Scott's brother Colin had put his floor down when he renovated his house, so he coached us throughout the process.  Here he is teaching Jerome who had just gotten back from a week of Encampment.  Jerome helped for a couple hours and then went down stairs for what he called a "power nap".  He then slept through until the next morning.  He looked very refreshed after the 16 hour nap.  

Scott's father came and helped us, too.  He is very handy and I appreciated his calming influence, especially towards the end when we needed it.  

And here it is!  All finished!  (This picture was taken the following day.)  

Well, almost.  We were short by a fifth of a box.  We thought we carefully calculated and then bought two more boxes on top of that like you are supposed to.  We don't know what happened.  We didn't waste much either.  I keep hoping that I would walk into a box that we somehow misplaced, but so far, no luck.    

And here is the crew at 10:30(Minus Jerome. I couldn't wake him up.).  Scott and I will be forever grateful for the help of Colin and Dad.  And let's not forget Kersten who watched our children all day.  Kai and Quinn were so happy and tired when they came back that they didn't even make a peep once they were in bed.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


It has been an exciting day.  Mario & Son from Spokane came and installed our countertop.        

And glued the sink on.

It looks like this with the fixtures, which are just resting in the holes.  The plumber is coming tomorrow to get everything connected.

Here is an attempt for a close up picture.  I wish I knew how, but I don't.  This is the best I can do.  You will have to come and see it in person for a better look.  

The wall mud has been applied.  Sanding and texturing to follow tomorrow.  I will start painting the walls and Scott is gearing up for a big day putting floor down on Saturday.