cape kitchen 2.0
but about that business – the latest business in brewster involved the kitchen, some sand paper, and a quart of minwax polycrylic protective finish. this project ran me about 2 full nap times and change, but i feel really good knowing that all our hard cabinet painting work is sealed up.
i think we captured the kitchen robber on film.. he is about 2.5 feet tall with very bulbous cheeks and a lightening mcqueen tattoo on his right hand. call the police if you see a man fitting this description.
a f t e r :
and finally, a reminder of the pre-fatzified kitchen:
i have another little update to share before the long weekend.
by no means an original concept, but i put my own spin on it.
would you consider taking paint chips by the handful stealing? because i felt really awkward and guilty about it. it took me 3 or 4 visits to the hardware store to collect a decent stack because i tried to be all natural and stealth… i considered having dane grab some (paint chip robbing monkey-style) … i slipped some up my sleeve one time. in the end i had just enough shades of teal and blue to pull this off..
martha stewart flower-ish shaped punch
2 ikea ribba frames
navy blue craft paper
paint color samples
wood glue (because it was the only form of glue i had in brewster over the weekend)
all i had to actually buy were the 20×20 frames, so $40 was the total damage..
i made a fish and a wave. no, not being very subtle with the whole nautical theme.
and here they are on the wall:
the kitchen is done… for my next post i’m planning to do the big reveal(!!) i can’t fancy things up like a real blogger, because the week is just too busy, but i’m dying to get the final pics posted. i’ve been waiting for this since february!
but first, do you want to watch my baby grow before your very eyes?
s i g h……
i don’t know where he got this from – we call it the sexy dance:
we just arrived back to ole cape cod for the long weekend (wooohoo). a quick one for you before we dive into another weekend of finishing touches to cape kitchen 2.0!
this corner was my little pet project.
aside from ripping out the row of cabinets to replace with the banquet seating, there weren’t any structural changes to our cabinets during this kitchen makeover, aside from this corner. we removed the breadbox thing from below the corner cabinet and left the door off the top. sure, i would love to have a custom glass door, but this is a much simpler, (free) way of achieving the same open effect..
there will definitely be updates to the “styling” of these shelves, but i think the open corner is a nice touch.
in related news – the corner below.. the lazy susan.. NOT supposed to be open. we broke the door and have been having trouble replacing it. its killing me. mike bought something at lowes that he thinks might be a fix, so fingers crossed we can remedy this tomorrow.
and there are definitely a few other finishes touches that are begging for our attention, but we are just going see what we have time for without killing ourselves this weekend. a little off-white clash never killed anyone…
happy memorial day weekend!
you know… like for cape cod.
so i’m pretty excited about this wall. remember what it looked like not too long ago?
so much crisper…
now – the latest state-of-the-kitchen:
and finally – my handsome bulldog:
here is the scene friday night before i made the curtains. i found these red & white striped panels laying around, so i threw them up for our guests who visited last weekend. they weren’t right, but better than nothing.
my working area was on the floor, on top of a table cloth. i first iron-hemmed each side an inch or so, then the top – leaving a good 3 or 4 inch gap for the rod to go through. i didn’t measure anything (i have a strict no measuring after 11pm policy). i just held them side-by-side to attempt to get the lengths to match as close as possible. i hemmed the bottom last.
for anyone who doesn’t know what ‘iron-hemmed’ means… i used stitch-witchery which is a “bonding web” that can be ironed in between fabric for a super quick and easy hem. there are a million no-sew tutorials out there if you care to give it a google. its sorta been a game-changer for me. i use it to hem my pants too!
here are my curtains! quite complex looking wouldn’t you say?
the last weekend i was here, i spray painted this curtain rod which used to be in the tv room. (we have since replaced with way better, sturdier rods.. hopefully i’ll explain that process at some point as well). so these curtains basically cost the 12 or so bucks the couple yards of fabric cost (i have an aggressive stock of the bonding tape).
i used twine to pucker up the middle of each panel because it just looked better. love twine. looove the twine. twine is soo fine… (i need help or sleep mostly).
(the view across the room):
which brings me to reflect on my favorite online sources for fabric. i spent 20 minutes searching for bold or geometric patterns in teal or navy and had the most luck with these online fabric vendors:
i can’t remember where these are from… i saved them to my camera roll but didn’t jot down the site. oops. i like this top print a lot. the dandelions below it are cute, and can definitely be found at a number of other fabric vendors (such as here and here) and then the I. print is just meh.
my all-round favorite:
my second favorite:
as i alluded to in my last post, this past weekend in brewster was the busiest yet. this weekend we have family using the house for a few nights, so we had to get everything ready. it didn’t have to be “rental ready” (thank goodness), but we wanted it in the best shape possible for our family & their friends to enjoy. they won’t be enjoying outlet covers in the kitchen, but here’s to hoping it won’t spoil their stay..
i didn’t even know what to expect when i loaded all the pictures from my camera… i was so busy with the clean-up and dane-chasing on sunday that i hardly have any pictures of what the place looked like when we left..
it was all-hands-on-deck starting bright and early saturday morning…
my sister – who is our gardener extraordinaire- came from the vineyard (martha’s) with her.. boyfriendish man-friend (?).. to resuscitate what used to be a beautiful landscape until we neglected it for about 2 years.
the deck-building crew – two of mike’s old friends & very talented construction people- were also here for a long day saturday finishing the re-boarding of the deck.
i haven’t talked about the deck much because its not very exciting for me… if it were being reconfigured in a new, interesting way it would be a different story. but this was just one of those maintenance things where the boards were old and splintery and just needed to be replaced. it definitely is so much nicer with new boards and because mike and his friends did all the labor we saved thousands of dollars.
and this is the most complete picture i have from later in the day sunday.. things are looking bright, don’t you think!?
more, including much better pictures to come later!
UPDATE: the kitchen is done! check it out here: http://80milestobrewster.com/2013/05/31/cape-kitchen-2-0-done/
he worked non-stop hanging these cabinet doors and installing the new knobs… barely sitting down to enjoy any of the masters (tho it was constantly on the tv). you can see the progress in the background. this basically took all day. it was frustrating work lining up all the hinges and knobs so everything hung perfectly level. if you are off just a quarter of an inch, it looks totally sloppy and wrong. there was a lot of swearing throughout the day. a lot.
after dane went down for the night, i began my little experimental project which was “scalloping” the newly painted, formerly laminate, backsplash.
true to form, my method was very imperfect. i didnt measure or plan much – i just went for it. its a very hand-painted look.
which was secured by many large, hidden bolts..
see how awful the laminate is where the microwave used to be? fingers c r o s s e d the new microwave covers this entire area!
so here is the evolution with the latest progress: