Sunday, March 13, 2011

Details, Details

Wow, It's been a month and a half since I have posted anything. Time flies when you're having fun. And sometimes time just flies.

Our kitchen is progressing. We're getting down to the smaller details, as you will see in the pictures that follow. There are just thousands of those smaller details to take care of.

The first small detail (OK, maybe a bit larger than 'small') was the tile work. We decided to to an accent above the stove using the tile set at an angle, and framed in small squares. Deb then made little accent pieces from Sculpy clay, baked them, painted them copper/bronze color, and then fastened them to the tile. It turned out rather nicely, if I say so myself.

Tile work in the sink area.

Starting the accent above the stove.

Accent complete (click on the picture for a larger view)

Accent pieces added. I also have the range hood power unit hung in this picture. Building the range hood is another 'small' detail.

The next 'small' detail was the wood floor in the extra room off the kitchen. We are planning to use this room for our homeschool room. A few months back there was hickory wood plank flooring on sale at Home Depot so we picked up enough to do this room. It sat in the basement, occupying quite a bit of floor space, for a few months. I finally got to take some it out of the box to see what it looked like shortly before installing it. With a floor nailer purchased on Ebay and a couple Saturdays, I managed to put the floor in. Without Joshua's help, I probably would still be working on it.
Yours truly, just starting out.

A rather long evening's work.

Just finished.

Love the look of a hickory floor!

Yesterday I spent some time putting in baseboard molding and also made some accent strips for the bottom of the upper cabinets. These served two purposes: to add a black accent to the bottom, and to hide the undercabinet lights. For the cost of a router bit, some scrap lumber, and some black paint, it turned out rather well...

A view of the black accents. The next picture shows a closer view.

The 'before' shot. The lights are visible here. They don't show up in the picture as much as they do in real life. At the right angle, they could be downright annoying. Now that's all hidden.

Next up, building a range hood, finishing the trim, finishing the insulation, and a bunch of other things that I've already forgotten about...