Monday, March 7, 2016

Did You Say Tile?

My post yesterday may gave led you to conclude that the front door was all we got done this past weekend. In fact, the door was done two weekends ago, and we've been working on the slow and grueling task of painting cabinets. It's not the most fun part of the renovation.

Last week The Builder was being incredibly stubborn particular about the tile we need to replace in our master bedroom. You see when we ripped out the first vanity months ago, we discovered that when they re-tiled, they only retiled up to the vanity, not under it. And since we've had a change of plan on the bathroom vanities, this is a problem.

Let's go back a few weeks.  The Builder and I decided that do to time constraints, we're not going to build the vanities. I really wanted something custom, but by the time we build the vanity, order the doors with the over priced shipping! and order the granite top with the dual sinks, plus the hardware, it's a time consuming chore we don't have time for. We've decided on an alternative, which I will share in another post.  But we were at a local tile store looking for a match when we found a tile that would be perfect for a back splash in our kitchen.

A back splash that we hadn't any plans to do.

But it was perfect. And after a brief discussion, we decided we only needed to do small strip above the laminate back splash to extend it up. We were confident the additional six inches would be perfect. So we bought what we needed and ran a test strip today:

And...I hate it. The Builder wasn't to fond of it either. Looking through some of my favorite inspiration sites, I realized that modern kitchens have the tile going from the counter to the cabinet and behind the stove. Not a wimpy little strip like this.

So Sunday morning, we headed back to the tile store to get enough to do the back splash properly.

Here's where we went with:

Yeah, it's much better tiled all the way up. Of course, it added extra work to the scope of our project. We had bought new outlets because someone had painted over the ones that were there. But with the tile, we needed a different cover so they would be flush with the tile. And the tile has to be cut around the outlets. As do the light switches. So while these are on a sheet that make it easier to install, The Builder had to make a bunch of small cuts to get it all to look right.

So as the end of the weekend, here is where we are with the kitchen:

I can't even imagine why I thought a small strip of tile would look better than this! Even our kids were impressed. And impressing teenagers with another home renovation project is a hard thing to do! There are still a bunch of small cuts to do around the window, as well as one more strip of tile to go on the other side of the window, but once that's done, and we've grouted, all we'll have left to do is put the cabinet doors back on (that are all painted!), refresh the trim, and put everything back.

This project wasn't as fast, or as budget friendly, as I had planned it to be, but we're getting a lovely updated kitchen when it's done and we're super excited about it!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kitchen Paint, Cabinets and - oh my gosh!

The Builder and I had a conversation last night. There I was, drawing up a to do list for the weekend so we had a starting place, when out of the blue he said he didn't want to build the doors for the new vanity in the bathroom, he just wanted to order them and be done.

Apparently cabinet doors are a pain to make. (and while Ana White makes it look super easy to build cabinets, she bought doors to go with them - even my dad, Ultimate Builder, bought new cabinets for our kitchen reno when I was a kid.) We meed four for the bathroom vanity (that we are not starting for several more weeks) and one of the lower kitchen cabinet doors is badly damaged and my not be worth repairing (water damage - of course). 

Have you priced replacement cabinet doors? Surprisingly, they're fairly affordable. So I put what I needed in my cart and proceeded to check out. And then I stopped.  The shipping was $45. Umh. No way. There's no glass, they don't have a special finish that could get damaged in shipping (we were ordering them all unfinished), and they're not very heavy. There is no reason that shipping should be that much. Even when I took off the four for the vanity and just left the one for the kitchen, the $32 door had a $31 shipping cost. That's just stupid.

So we headed to my favorite treasure trove, ReStore, to see if we could find something that would match. They have piles of cabinet doors, but nothing that would work for our cabinet. We were headed out when the The Builder stopped at bin of doors, reached in, and pulled one out.

It was. The One.

Do you recall this post where we painted the door red? Because the door I really wanted from Lowes came in at almost $600. It wasn't in my budget then, and it's not in my budget now. But the red made me happy and I got positive comments from my neighbors, so it was a good solution.

But I wanted the one with the leaded star, similar to this
The star is what I really loved. And the one on display at my local Lowes was a rectangular window with the door red. For $569. Like I said, a budget buster for us given the renovations we have going on.

But there we were, at ReStore, and The Builder reached in and pulled out my red, leaded glass star door! In fact, it was actually a display door from Lowes and may have been the very same door that I admired for months, since Lowes is right down the street. All for the budget friendly price of $150!!!

Needless to say, we put a hold on it (had to check the dimensions to ensure it would work in our actual door!) and came back within 20 minutes to get it. And it is perfect! It did take some goo gone and a little elbow grease to clean off all the stickers from the Lowes display and the foam stickers from where it was mounted, but it was completely worth it. It also put a hamper on all projects that weekend as The Builder still had to do some frame modifications for it to fit properly, including building a new threshold.  Totally worth it though!
And a close up:
So, no kitchen updates for the last two weeks. But this door is amazing!!

Hmm, now we're going to need to paint the door trim too...