Let me preface week five’s post: THIS WAS A MAGICAL RENOVATION WEEK!!! That frenetic energy is back and I’m lovin’ it. Don’t get me wrong, the nerves are still a bit high until I hit the One Room Challenge finish line, but there were so many line items crossed off this week that I’m simply gleaming with delight.
This week my tradesmen killed it. The penny round tile backsplash grout was completed. The range, dishwasher, fridge and hood got installed. I poly-ed the floating poplar shelves and, at the waking hour, I requested assistance from the big guns installing them. I’m so glad I did; it was quite the project getting those gorgeous hunks of wood hung properly over the penny tile. They did an outstanding job, to say the least. How pretty do these babies look?
But seriously now, a respectable moment of silence, please. Is this 36” Antique White Hallman gas range what dreams are made of or what?! I can’t wait to make alllll the sauce. Say it with me … saaaawwwwwwce. 🍝
WASSUP FOREST GREEEEN
Once my contractor’s jobs were complete, I spent two days clearing up the energetic funk outta this house. I mean, there were curing cabinet doors errrrrrywhere. I happily ripped up the ramboard exposing the magnificently restored red oak hardwoods and installed the cabinet doors and succulent solid brass knobs and pulls. When I saw Emtek’s hardware in person I half near died a hundred happy deaths. They’re glammy, weighty and sexy AF, and even more so than I expected.
Fact: I had to reassess my cabinet hardware at the last-minute due to an unexpected backorder. What’s really cool about situations like this is you can end up with an even better result. Originally, all of the knobs and pulls were super square. In my swift browsing, I opted for Emtek’s Satin Brass Trail Pulls and Globe Knobs all of which have a soft, round design. This newfound roundness tied into the Hallman range hardware so gosh darn well. I’m over the moon at this swift change in course.
It took two days to install all the cabinets and doors. I owe my life, and my sanity to the simple tool commonly known as the cabinet hardware jig.
HELLOOO, BOLD BRASS BEAUTIES
Seeing Legrand’s switch plates and outlet covers installed was a welcome sight. Just feast your hungry eyes at that precious nightlight. Maybe, JUST MAYBE, I’ll be making a latte in this kitch sitch rurrrrl soon. ☕️ the adorne Collection brings in such a sophisticated feel to the space. Initially, I was a bit dubious introducing modern hardware in an older home. With such a wide selection, it was rather effortless to find pieces that spoke to me and pair so well with the antique reproduction brass plates and outlets I’ve incorporated into my home. The brushed brass has got this modest patina about them, and I adore that immensely.
One of two Paige chandeliers are in and the Reese wall sconces are being installed to-friggen’-day. I’m dyin’ to see these Art Deco-inspired statement pieces in their rightful home. Not to mention, I’m chomping at the bit to get all the final touches in place as well as utilizing Soraa Radiant lightbulbs to create colorful and crisp-looking photographs of craft cocktail and fine foods to share all over the world wide web. #priorities
In my Instagram stories this week, I discussed a problematic sitchy-aay-shin with the wall sconces. The Reese wall sconces were directly abutting the brand new Craftsman-style window trim. I’m madly in love with Reese for so many reasons, so I came up with a solution! I purchased four extension boxes and reached out to an Etsy woodworker to construct wood “collars” to conceal said extension. The collars protrude from the tile wall enough to provide the necessary depth to hang wild and free. On the fence on whether to paint them white or gold, I finally decided to on a glossy white to quietly blend with the backsplash as best as possible.
NOT GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN
There is one looming line item that’s just killing me: the exterior. After the windows were raised, I repaired the missing stucco and let it cure for three weeks to eliminate moisture prior to priming. Unfortunately, so many things were going on and life was moving so goddamn fast I only captured one of two layers (that is, scratch coat and not the finish coat) on digi-film. Not even a freaking cellphone photo. C’monnnn, photog. 🙄
The spring weather has been rather uncooperative, making for poor priming and/or painting conditions. Painting in wet, unpredictable weather is not worth the risk. What do you get? Poorly cured paint. It’s more likely than not the two exterior sections will have to wait until after the reveal. 😩
On Instagram, I polled this bitty bungalow’s potential color selections (obsessed with all, btw). Clockwise from top to bottom, we’ve got Queen Anne Pink, Lafayette Green, Toasted Sesame Seed and Patina. GUYS. I love them ALL, but my gut is going green. Which one do you love?
- Scrap, prime and paint exterior sections (🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻)
- Final coat hardwood floors (might be after, they lookin’ good)
- Install chandeliers, sconces and exterior/outdoor lamps
- Assemble bench and buy all the plants for outdoor seating area
- Hang bamboo blinds
- Hang artwork
- Finishing touches—decor, rugs, etc.
- Move back into the kitchen
- Make latte ☕️
All right, fronds; Imma wrap up week five with some serious gusto because HOLY MOLY BATMAN, next week is the full-on reveal!!!! This kitchen has been such a pleasure and a labor of love. I cannot wait to share the final result and a mizillion DIYs posts and tutorials in store. Oh, and take a long, hard nap.
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