Archive for August, 2008

Kitchen Walls Painted

One step closer to complete on the my kitchen remodel. This weekend I finished up painting the walls. The color I used is Benjamin Moore Louisburg Green (HC-113). This is a bold green and I think it ties in nicely with the floor and white wainscoating.

All the detail around the doors and windows made painting a challenge. Although the pictures look good, I struggled to get crisp lines around the mouldings. I tried taping, freehand — no matter what your going to get paint on the moulding, so you had better keep a wet rag close by for quick fixes.

This is the picture of the window seat
Window Seat

The built-in for the eating area
Kitchen Eating Built-in

Kitchen Sink Area
Kitchen Sink

August 17, 2008 at 10:16 pm 4 comments

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Yet another step closer to the finish line on completing my kitchen remodel. Now I have painted kitchen cabinets. Overall, it looks pretty good but the process of getting to this point was painful.

The big lesson I learned at this stage, is when you get down to the finish work, you had better be on site to prevent any screw-ups. Yes there were pretty big screw-ups. Although I provided explicit directions for the painter not paint both sides of the pocket door, the did anyway. The even painted some of the moldings I spent days to stripping and restoring. If I am unable to get the paint completely off the pocket door, I may have to replace it — which means the painter’s fee will be slashed in half (the douglas fir pocket door cost me over $1K) .

Despite complications and frustration the kitchen is shaping up nicely.

Before Photo
Kitchen Countertops
After Photo
Kitchen Sink

Now I have some painting to do and I need to select my backsplash material. That means another trip to CV Tile in Pasadena and a consultation with my favorite tile person Veronica. After rummaging around amongst tile samples for an hour or two here is what we came up with.
Glass Tile Backsplash

Originally, I was only looking for glass tile, but after seeing this combo, I think the border of white and greeenish/gold tile are extremely compelling. I will need to get a whiter white to match my cabinets, but this is a winning combination!

Stay tuned — within the next couple days I will be painting the walls and ceiling. I have selected a earthy green as my field color. It’s going to look rich

August 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm 5 comments


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