Sep 27, 2011

WIP "Bone Cheeks"

We're really enjoying having our kitchen sink back.  And the bathroom sink is once again just a bathroom sink.  ;-)   DH got the cabinet doors fit to the cabinets.  Now I will polyurethane both the cabinets and the door fronts before we put everything back in the cabinets.  

Sometime in the past, a previous owner of our house stripped most of the paint off the lower cabinets and put some brown stain on them. They left them that way with no protective coating of polyurethane or lacquer.  Which means they had a lot of water and food stains on them.  I am going to scrub clean both the doors and the drawers within an inch of their lives and then polyurethane them.  I've already done the drawers and now must do the doors.  They still look pretty ratty but at least they will be easier to keep clean.  Here is a picture where you can see the polyurethaned drawers next to the unpolyurethaned doors.

And here is where I am on "Bone Cheeks."


Sep 25, 2011

Happy dancin'

No, I didn't finish "Bone Cheeks."  But DH did get the sink installed and the water hooked back up - it works!  WE HAVE OUR KITCHEN SINK BACK!

Determining the placement.

Cutting the hole in the countertop.

DONE! (Do ya see the running water?!)


Sep 21, 2011

Are we sinked yet?

No.  We are still sinkless in the kitchen, but we're getting close!  

DH got the face frames done on the cabinets.  He got the countertop pieces joined together after a trip to Lowe's to buy special glue as the glue that came with the joinery kit set up about 3.2 seconds after we mixed it.  Here's a progress picture:
You'll notice that the long countertop is not long enough.  We actually needed a 12-foot countertop, but Lowe's and Home Depot don't sell them that long; 10 feet is their in-stock maximum.  Well, they do sell 12-footers if you want to special order one and wait three weeks for it at an exorbitant price.  We decided that we didn't want to do that.  We have a old piece of solid maple countertop in DH's shop.  So DH will use that to extend the long countertop to its proper length.  Creative scrounging and repurposing - it works for us. 

Here is a picture of the inside of one of the cabinets.  Those vertical slots will hold my cookie sheets and shallow pans neatly upright instead of one big crazily leaning heap.  Cool, eh?  DH will fit and mount the cabinet doors after we get the sink installed. 

DH was using the nail gun a lot on the face frames.  Emma hates the nail gun.  At one point, DH was leaning way over nailing a small piece and Emma came over and nibbled on his nose after barking at him a few times!  She also pawed at the nail gun and growled at it a lot.  Silly dog.

Hey! Stop using that infernal contraption!

We might have gotten farther along on the kitchen if we hadn't stopped to watch the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday afternoon.  But you gotta do what you gotta do.  And it was a great game!  Go Cowboys!!

"Bone Cheeks" is turning out to be a really fun stitch.  I'll post a picture of my progress this weekend sometime.


Sep 17, 2011

"Liberty Lane" finished!

I put the last stitch in "Liberty Lane" by Country Cottage Needleworks this afternoon.  I stitched it on 28 count tea-dyed Monaco with DMC.  

I used RitaD's color conversions:  420 to 420, 640 to 3031, 937 to 3051, 3023 to 611, 3031 to 3371, 3347 to 3052, B5200 to 3865, GAST Liberty to 3750, GAST Rhubarb to 3777.


Sep 14, 2011

Let's talk stitching

I recently received the Just Cross Stitch 2011 Special Christmas Issue, otherwise known as "The Ornament Issue," in the mail.  Every year I look forward to getting this issue and have stitched many an ornament from its pages.  This year, I was a bit disappointed.  There were no ornaments that jumped off the page screaming, "Stitch me!"  In fact, I had to go through the magazine several times before I found even one thing I'd consider stitching, mainly because it looks fun to finish ("Peace on Earth" purse ornament by The Victoria Sampler on page 13-14).

Oh, don't get me wrong.  There are a lot of beautiful and wondrous ornaments in the issue, just not anything I'd stitch.  Do you ever do that?  You see a pattern and say, "Hey! I like that!  But I'd honestly never stitch it."  I do that a lot.  It saves me from being buried in stash.  ;-)

In the same stash package, I received a quirky pattern that recently caught my attention, "Bone Cheeks" by Prairie Moon.

It looks fun and colorful, and it appeals to my love of skeletons.  I've always been fascinated by skeletons, even as a kid, far beyond their usual Halloween appearance.  I never wanted to be a skeleton on Halloween, I just wanted to learn all about them.  I guess I've always loved learning about anatomy, even as a kid.

I remember a grade school science lesson where we each laid on a big piece of paper and a classmate drew an outline around our body.  Then we drew a skeleton inside the body outline and had to label the bones correctly.  I was totally engrossed in this project and my finished product graced the door of my bedroom for months afterward.

So I'll be stitching "Bone Cheeks" after I finish "Liberty Lane."  I don't have the fabric or fibers in my stash, so I'll be using what I have.  The model was stitched with Gloriana silks, which I like, but I don't have all the colors called for and don't want to spend the bucks.  Besides, the designers included a DMC conversion so I'll take advantage of their thoughtfulness.


Sep 12, 2011

Drawer drama

We watched the Cowboys snatch defeat from the jaws of victory last night.  Bummer season opener.

DH got a lot done on the cabinets this weekend, but we are still without a kitchen sink.  It took a lot of time for him to get all the old drawers fit into the new cabinet.  The old drawer slides are very old and poorly made and DH had quite the time with them.  Of course, an unexpected trip into town to Lowe's didn't help either.  (A trip to Lowe's for us takes at least an hour and 15 minutes.)  Next weekend, DH will finish the face frames and hopefully get the countertop installed along with the sink.

As of Sunday afternoon.
Emma made herself comfortable while she supervised.


Sep 11, 2011

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


Sep 7, 2011

WIP "Liberty Lane"

Here is my "Liberty Lane" WIP by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I'm stitching it on tea-dyed Monaco with DMC.  I'm using different colors than what the pattern calls for.  RitaD came up with the color combination I am using.  In fact, I wasn't interested in this pattern at all until I saw hers with the - in my opinion - better colors.  I'll post Rita's color changes when I finish stitching it.  And no, she won't mind as she's been very gracious in sharing them.


Sep 6, 2011

Close but no sink

DH got a lot done on the cabinets, but not enough to get the kitchen sink put in.  So we're still washing dishes in the bathroom sink.  Oh well.  

These cabinets will certainly look eclectic.  DH is scrounging in his shop for usable wood.  Paint would cover a multitude of blemishes, but we're not painting it.  Hey! Maybe we can start a new interior decorating trend - we can call it the "Scrounged in the Shop" look!
Adding the partitions.
Working on the face frame.

As of Monday night.

DH was sitting down on the floor checking some measurements when Emma decided to make herself at home in his lap.

I got some stitching time in on "Liberty Lane."  This project was mostly a UFO because it had bored me so deeply that I thought I'd never finish it.  I dislike stitching the same thing over again and this pattern has a lot of repeats.  But after ignoring it for nine months, I like it again and will finish it.  I'll post a picture tomorrow.

And we seem to be starting 'coon wars.  DH chased a family of raccoons out of his deer corn feeder yesterday.  This morning at about 4:00 a.m., DH chased another raccoon off the porch where it was trying to get into the garbage.  We keep our garbage in a big trashcan with a lid, but the raccoon was still trying to get into it.  Emma slept through the garbage can incident.  Some watchdog, eh?


Sep 4, 2011

Cabinet bottoms

Our goal for this long Labor Day weekend is to get the bottom kitchen cabinets made and hopefully get our kitchen sink installed so we can stop washing dishes in the bathroom sink.

Yesterday, DH was able to get the cabinet base made with help from Emma.  Because we don't want to waste time painting these cabinets, DH covered the floor of the cabinets by gluing down some of our leftover vinyl flooring.  We want to get the cabinets made quickly so we can get all the kitchen stuff out of the den and back into the kitchen where it belongs.

These will be eclectic but usable cabinets.  No painting.  I will polyurethane the face frame and two ends, but that will be it.  And we're reusing the old doors and drawers and they won't win any beauty contests anyway.

"Must protect male human from annoying nail gun!"
Base being built with supervision.
Adding plywood floor to base.
"I think there's an air bubble right there."
Cabinet base with vinyl flooring glued down.

Sep 1, 2011

Painting walls makes the old cabinets uglier

My kitchen was previously painted a nice shade of Aggie maroon.  I don't have a problem at all with Aggie maroon, I just don't want that color on my kitchen walls.  I like white walls.  Everything goes with white.

The old cabinets were/are an ugly shade of beige.  Did I mention that they are painted with flat wall paint?  Yeah.  They don't stay clean and get dirty real easily.  If you paint your walls white, it makes your ugly old beige cabinets beige-er and uglier. 

Before priming and ugly.
After priming and uglier.