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Storage is your friend

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I’m compulsively crafty – I knit, make jewelry and do paper craft type stuff. This means that I have loads of yarn, beads, buttons, paper, stamps, diecuts, stickers, embellishments and tools. With the recent move, this meant alot of boxes of stuff, everywhere in our sunroom, which is my new office / workspace.

I finally bit the bullet and hit IKEA. Came home with the giant sized Expedit shelving unit – 25 cubbies in a 6′ square monstrosity. I am a happy bunny – there is room for all my yarn, with access from both front and back. I got bins that fit the cubbies for small stuff and to help keep things together. It’s massive, but it does the trick. Etsy inventory is now divided by style and easily reached. Supplies are logically sorted and logically placed. I can see where everything is with a quick glance.

Front size of Expedit.
Front side of Expedit.
Back side.

Back side.

 The last thing to do will be to print labels for the fronts and backs of all the bins to aid a quick find of whatever is needed for my newest project.

 

The joy of finishing rooms once moved in.

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I’ve been in the new house in Maryland for a week and a half. We’ve unpacked 95% of the boxes and rooms that only a few days looked deserted are now ready to live in. It’s been fun placing furniture and getting antiques from my grandparents to cohabitate with pieces from Rooms to Go and IKEA.
 
The dining room is finished. Finally put up the new light fixture, thereby allowing me to put the table in place. The furniture is a mishmash of styles – Mission style table and chairs, country buffet, vintage corner piece, Mahogany nesting tables plus two liquor cabinets – one Oriental themed and one Arts & Crafts – at least I think it’s A&C. Coupled with the Mid-Century Modern dinnerware, it’s a happy schizophrenic place that will see alot of entertaining.
Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

 
The living room is half IKEA (love Billys and Bennos) in birch with basic comfy furniture and some antiques thrown in for good measure. There’s the bench that my grandmother made a needlework cover for – I have pics from the mid 1930’s of my mother and her sisters sitting on it. There are also some small vintage tables here and there.
IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

The family room, which I used to call the Bat Cave, thanks to the dark brown paneling and wall to wall brick fireplace, is now a lovely light room with IKEA Ektorp pieces covered in black and some big sturdy slate topped tables. I still have to put down the laminate floor in there. We’re living with the vintage vinyl parquet ick right now. The fireplace is currently gas, which was so horribly done that we’re not making that wall a focal point until we get someone out here to take all the piping away. Right now, we just pretend it doesn’t exist, except as a wall with alot of brick.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

 It’s nice to know that since the end of April, we’ve taken an empty mess of a shell and have made it a home. It’s been alot of work but we’re nearing the finish line.

Granite loveliness

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So, I’ve been back in Georgia for a week and a half. Today, my hubby got to play host to the granite installers at the house in Maryland. The pictures he has sent are wonderful. Shivakashi Burgundy Granite looks like a perfect match to cabinets finished in Cabernet.

New granite countertop installed

New granite countertop installed

Once cabinetless wall with cabinets and countertop

Once cabinetless wall with cabinets and countertop

Next stop is backsplash, which I’ll do myself, once I decide what I want to use. I’d love to find a bargain on glass tiles. I’ll be wandering stores with a piece of cabinet & a piece of counter in hand.

The joy of new kitchen cabinets

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So, my wonderful contractors showed up at 1:00 pm on Monday. No phone call, no notice. I had to call the office to make sure they were coming out. These are the same guys whose working day ends at 3:00 pm. Gosh, thanks for making a 2 hour appearance. I appreciate it very much…

They spent that time playing with the sink plumbing and putting in a couple of the base cabinets. “we promise we’ll be back first thing tomorrow.” Yeah, OK. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Well, on Tuesday, I did see it. They showed up at 8:45 am, which for them was about 45 minutes early.

They finished with the sink stuff and put in the rest of my cabinets. End panels by the fridge, new sink base, everything in place. They drilled holes for the cabinet knobs. They cleaned up, had me sign paper work and then poof, like that, they were gone. Yippee!!

I put on the new knobs, a wonderful gunmetal grey that looks amazing with the Cabernet finish on the cabinets. The knobs were a great find – a closeout store in Marietta, GA had a pallet of cabinet hardware. “Buy the box of 30, $1.00 each.” These same knobs were at the big box stores for $4-$5 apiece.

Cabinets in place.

Cabinets in place.

No more avocados for us, unless they're in guacamole.

No more avocados for us, unless they're in guacamole.

The cabinetless wall really needed cabinets.

The cabinetless wall really needed cabinets.

I spent 2 hours last night putting in all the shelves and thinking about how I wanted each cabinet used. The kitchen stuff that is currently in the house is what Steve had in the 1 bedroom apartment where he lived for 9 months. It’s now off the dining room table and is properly secured in its new home. Now I get to pack up all the stuff from Georgia and bring it here.

The kitchen is coming together so well. Next up is granite measuring. The stone we’re getting is called Shivakashi Burgundy. It’s ivory based with swirls of burgundy, shades of grey and mica flecks.

Shivakashi Burgundy Granite

Shivakashi Burgundy Granite

It’s gonna be lovely. It will brighten up the whole room and once in place will be the deciding factor in how I do the backsplash.

New cabinets… Le sigh….

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So, yesterday was a fairly pokey day regarding the kitchen. Had 2 new guys appear at the door at 9:00 and they only worked until 12:00. They put in and moved outlets around. The old kitchen configuration only had 1 outlet on the main stretch of wall. Any modern kitchen needs 1 outlet about every 2 feet – there are so many gadgets & gizmos to plug in. I now have 3 at the main section, plus 2 more on the wall where there have never been cabinets before. They finished 2 of them completely and wired for 2 more before leaving. Not happy with the minimum of work but at least they were thorough.

They appeared again today. They finished the outlets and commenced working on cabinets. Man oh man, did they make up for yesterday. First, I walk into the kitchen to see this:

Initial cabinets up.

Initial cabinets up.

An hour or so later I see this:

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Previously naked wall with upper cabinets installed.

It just gets better and better. By the end of their working day (3:00 pm), this is what I have:

I knew this wall needed cabinets. Look at all that storage space!

I knew this wall needed cabinets. Look at all that storage space!

The hub of kitchen, now sleek and lovely. Can't wait to see it with base cabinets and the stove.

The hub of kitchen, now sleek and lovely. Can't wait to see it with base cabinets and the stove.

Sink wall with upper boxes in place.

Sink wall with upper boxes in place.

They should be done on Monday. I can have my granite people out to make their template. It is going to be so freaking beautiful, I don’t think I can stand it….

The kitchen has been destructified

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Yeah, I know, not a real word but very fitting.

The contractors came out today – a crew of 2 young guys who knew their way around a pry bar and a SawzAll. First, they made sure that the garage full of Kraftmaid cabinetry was what I ordered and that it arrived damage free. Check. Melanie made sure I kept a few of the monster sized boxes for her for the fort she wants to build.

Then they commenced destructifying my kitchen. Goodbye old 70’s wretchedness. Cabinets and counters were chopped, yanked, pulled and ripped out until I was left with nothing but a really hideous row of tile backsplash. I did save a piece of my really groovy green formica counter – I plan on making a table top with it that will go into my mid century modern hang out room.

Kitchen 2a

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Once the boys were gone for the day, I finally got around to ripping off the tile backsplash. Really ugly stuff with thick heavy grout. The trash can they went into weighs, well, alot.

I now have a bare wall kitchen. The dishwasher and refrigerator are sort of in place, but that’s it.

Kitchen 4

Kitchen 3

The demolition of a kitchen

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We’re in the process of moving from Roswell, GA to Silver Spring, MD. The house we bought is one of those where you say “Oh, it has great bones.” What you really mean is “Wow, there’s alot of work to do.”

Since the end of April, we’ve removed carpet, wallpaper, old lighting fixtures, bathroom counters, toilets and other general stuff. We have had new carpet & hardwood floors installed, have had the house painted inside, have had 6 trees removed from the yard, have put in new kitchen appliances, had new windows installed and put in a new garage door.

Next on the list, kitchen demolition. The new cabinets were delivered last Friday and are currently taking up 1/2 of the 2 car garage. The contractor comes tomorrow to begin the removal of the ugliness that is currently my kitchen. I’m sure back in the mid 70’s, cabinets in a really ugly shade of dark brown were all the rage. And adding those heavy looking Spanish influenced handles were the way to go but now, not so much. Oh, and the backsplash tiles that feature jugs of wine, bowls of fruit and baskets of bread. Um, meh. I’ve chosen to remove them myself, because the cost quoted by the contractor to do that is beyond amusing.

I think I might keep a log of the daily kitchen work here. I’ve got digital albums of the rest of the house – the whole before, during and after is so much fun.

Here are some of the befores:

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Kitchen as it was when we purchased the house.

Everyone wants an avocado dishwasher, right?

Everyone wants an avocado dishwasher, right?

New stove and microwave installed.

New stove and microwave installed.

New fridge and dishwasher.

New fridge and dishwasher.