Monday, March 21, 2011

Cabinet Hardware and Barn Update

The cabinet hardware I ordered came in!  We are going with oil rubbed bronze finishes for the metal in the house.  This wasn't really a decision, it just sort of happened.  We found lights we liked  for over the island - the finish they came in was oil rubbed bronze.  The kitchen sink faucet we looked at - oil rubbed bronze.  The upstairs bathroom towel bar and toilet paper holder that we are now going to keep - just happen to be oil rubbed bronze.  So, when it came time for the cabinet jewelry, we had to go with - oil rubbed bronze. 

The hinges are wrap style, butt hinges - the wrap part will give a little extra support for the doors and the "butt" means that the hinge pin butts out from between the door frame and the cabinet face. 
The knobs are 1 and a 1/4" round and they are heavy.  I love how they feel, that weight, like a good solid foundation for us in this house, something that will last for years and years and years.

We also were able to get the locks off of the chicken coop and the double barn doors this past weekend, with the help of my Uncle's bolt cutters.  My sister scooped up a few treasures and I found a couple projects.  But the best news is that Nate is now completely on board with SAVING THE BARN! It's going to be a big project it needs to be straightened, reinforced, and have the foundation fixed or replaced, and that's just to keep it standing.  My hopes to turn it into a great get-together space will be many years in the making...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Kitchen Progress

It’s a slow progress, but we are definitely in the “putting it all backtogether” phase of our complete kitchen renovation. 

Since Nate and I both work 40 hours a week, with him commuting an additional 20 hours a week, we don’t put in many work hours on the house during the week.  To be honest, we love working on the house, but we love our family time with Charlie much, much more.  Plus, we are trying to stay sane during this process.  Luckily for us, we have very supportive families and the best friends in the world that have all been helping out.  We definitely wouldn’t be as far along as we are without them.

My dad and I are building the cabinets.  Custom cabinets were out of the budget, stock ones we could only get in oak and that just wouldn't work for the look.  So building them was the only decision.  It's been a challenge, but I love it!  They will have inset shaker panel style doors.  I wanted the cabinets to look like we had used just the base of an old stepback cupboard and repurposed it to fit our gas cooktop, so I designed them so that there will only be doors, no drawers.  To keep the look cohesive all of the cabinets will have the same “only doors” look.  I have plans to use old wood tool boxes or milk bottle racks for holding utensils, etc. on the shelves inside the cabinets or in our island’s many cubbies.

The electrical work was all finished up last night.  I got to play with the double wall ovens - I didn't even bake in them, but just getting to hear the beeps and feel the heat has me dreaming of Thanksgiving dinners and cookie baking marathons. 

We still have quite a bit left to do, but we are getting there.   Here are some pictures of where we are at now and descriptions of the pictures.

The view of the kitchen from the main entry off of the greenhouse.  The cooktop will go in the cabinets along the knee wall, looking into the dining room.  (That is the wall we took out the day we closed on the house.)  I had to do a mock up of the island with a couple folding chairs.

This is the view from the back porch door entry.  The goal is for the fridge and the wall ovens to look more built in.  We are still working on those cabinets and all of the doors.  The beadboard ceiling that is visible is original to the house, this part of the kitchen used to be an old porch.  We plan on keeping it and just painting it.  We will be adding a wood plank ceiling in the higher portion of the kitchen as well.

The view of the kitchen from the dining room.  See the giant beam we put in with my Uncle's help.  It fit perfectly on the first try.  This side will all be drywalled, except for the far right part - my dad is making us a built in shelf that will be very shallow, only about 4 inches deep.  There is another built in shelf like this in what will be our office.

My farmsink!!!  All I can say is, I think this deserves a post of it's own, so that will be coming.   

 Another view of The Sink.