sink love

I finally got a working sink in my kitchen.  I never knew how special that would be… just like that old song; “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”  I was so overwhelmingly ecstatic I just had to post this on FaceBook – ( I don’t even like FB )

In order to get the sink in we first had to install a counter.  We decided to go with an 1 & 1/2 inch oak butcher block from Ikea.  Our counter length was one inch more than the 73″ one that they offer, so we had to buy the bigger one.  Let me tell you a few things about that:

1. The counter is huge, approximately 97″ x 27″.  It barely fit in my van.  It stretched from between the two front seats all the way to the rear door. So a car or a small SUV would never work for pick-up and delivery would cost more (199.00 shipping) than the counter itself.  Here’s its box in our dining room, it almost hits the ceiling:

2. It weighs a ton.  A ton. Which makes it incredibly difficult to maneuver in a small space, such as my 130 square foot kitchen. Here it extends into the hallway and sits on another cabinet awaiting the first cut. (the double-sink in the background was simply too big, out with it.)

3. It’s solid oak and hard as hell. Cutting the sink hole was painstakingly slow (at least with our jigsaw) and there was no room for error.

4. The catalog says it’s treated, but in reality you have to treat it with Behandla (bah-hand-la-la-la)  I am sure whatever it is ( latex based sealant of sorts? ), it must be sold at any local hardware store, but I bought mine at Ikea – because it was easy.

5. You must wait 24 hours for drying time between each coat and I think you need about 4 to 5 coats. I don’t know why I wrote directions on the can (?)- the graphic are perfectly clear……..bush 10-12 m-squared and for 24 hour keep it on the tip of your pointer finger.

6. Good news we have enough left over for some small cabinets that may someday flank our stove. (the stove we do not have yet)

So that’s where we are…..I have change my mind on the color for my accent wall….I was going with this vibrant red-orange (at the bottom of post), but all of a sudden I got this feeling I wanted  soft light colors inside the house.  So paint color is up in the air….just like my mind,  floating about without a clue of what I really want, but dead-fast in knowing I only want to paint once.

Is that even possible?

Cheers!

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trash plus 3.99

I found these two cedar (?) planters curb-side waiting for their journey to a local landfill.  They even were filled with high grade planting soil….I could not resist.  They virtually jumped into my car.

One box was split, some wood glue and a clamp handled that issue in no time at all.  So far so good.

I already had these six foot hardwood stakes that I bought at the local discount store, one package only 3.99.  I bought two packs.

Prior to finding these planters curb-side, I was actually planning on buying the planters for my project.  What was I thinking?  ( Disclaimer: I live near an area where people throw away anything and everything – maybe that happens everywhere I don’t know)

After a brief lesson with this saw, a compound miter saw, I was on my way. My goal is/was to build a semi privacy wall of flowers for the south facing end of our front porch.  Currently, morning glories are started in the box and I will add some hanger greenery, plus fill in the base color.

I also might try hyacinth bean vine, which I first grew while living in Texas.  I brought the seeds up north and have been  growing it ever since.  Up here it blooms late August and September.  It is spectacular. (shown below)

Once the box is populated, and it’s as pretty as I am imagining, I’ll be sure post an update.

I am hoping it will not appear junkie or cluttered once the plants take over. If it does I will move it somewhere else.

Have a great day!  Cheers!

Short post

I just couldn’t help myself, after getting this idea in my head I had to execute right away.  It may not be earth shaking in originality, but to tell you the truth I don’t have to have everything the latest and greatest most original according to “their” standards.  ( again who ever “they” may be)  Ha!  Basically I do what I want, some good, some mediocre and some fails.

This story is in photos, because I don’t think I can make sense with words right now.  I was inspired and educated by Stacy at A Goode House.  Visit her site you will not be disappointed, I promise.

Anyway the other day I made a modest purchase at Goodwill.  A few pieces of Russell Wright Pottery. If you want a more in depth profile of the man , his ideas and his work visit this post: design-russell-wright . Be sure to watch the short video at the bottom, it’s beautiful.

So here is my photo post:

This little combination project from the very start to finish makes me happy.  Plus now every time I look at this, it will bring gratitude and joy into my life – and that is really awesome!  Cheers!

Dining Room – before

This is the dining room. As you can see the floors need a total overhaul.  But the leaded cabinets are in great shape.  These windows look out onto the back yard.

We have chandelier that we bought at a estate auction while we were living in the Dallas area.  It’s circa 1930’s and it has been in every home we owned since then, so as soon as it is in, the house will feel more like it’s ours.

Even if I wanted I new chandelier I don’t think I could bare to change something that has been a constant in our lives.

At least not yet.

I actually like the chandelier that is in the photo. I may be able to paint it and re-purpose it.  That would be a huge win.