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?



Demo in the basement – small room, dog room

The basement is scary.  I have seen worse, but this is pretty raw I’d say.

The goal here is to take everything out, and basically paint it white, and design a dog room, and a workout area, and a gaming area/movie watching area. I have developed a bad habit of not taking before photos.  I did it again today.

Here is the demo, the maybe dog room.

I needed a saw for these shelves. So I’ll have to tackle this later – maybe tomorrow.

I thought the wood behind the cabinets was kind of pretty.  Only one wall is like this so we’ll see.

Closing time

We are waiting for the final papers to sign today.

The listing has moved to contingent status and we are due to close soon.   We are both very excited even though we know that all renovations have to be completed on a shoe string budget.

This house gives me the opportunity to really get rid of things I don’t need or want any longer.  I am not going to blow this chance.  I have been downsizing for the better part of the last two years.  And I am planning yet another sale for the second half of next month.

We can’t wait.  It’s a wonderful way to embrace spring, a new beginning on so many fronts. Cheers.