Yesterday, I needed to run some errands and play some catch up, so I didn’t have a chance to start painting the kitchen island. I must admit that it’s nice to have a break from cabinet painting, although I’m looking forward to having it done!
While I was out, though, I picked up samples from Home Depot to “try them on” in my kitchen. I can picture design elements in my head pretty well, but it’s nice to be able to see something in place and get a feel for how it relates to the colors and textures already happening in a space.
I picked up a Grecian marble floor tile and beveled subway tile mosaic backsplash…
When Jeff saw it, he commented how much be loved the beveled subway tile, but he raised his eyebrow at the floor tile. “We’re not going to use floor tiles for our counters, are we?”
I had to laugh at that; that he felt the question even needed to be raised. I have been known to have some crazy DIY ideas, though…
“Gosh, no!! That’s just to use as a sample of the kind of slab I would want!”
It’s going to be a while before we get new counters and tackle the backsplash, but it’s fun to dream about for now. I’m going to get a quote for the counters soon, though, so we know how much we need to save.
I did install the new glass knobs on the cabinet doors and drawers this week, though, and those make a big difference. I love that they lend a cottagey-look to the kitchen, but still work with the traditional styling of the cabinets.
After installing these, though, I can say that they are a total pain to work with! The place in the handle where the screw is inserted must be glued on by hand, because no two are the same. That meant that I had to drill larger holes to allow for the inconsistencies. It took me a couple of hours to get it all done, so it was slow going, but worth it in the end. You just have to really want these knobs, because they take some patience and gentle coaxing!
They are perfect, though. The bar-shape of the handles references the straight handles on the appliances and they add a nice sparkle against the white paint.
And while I was picking up the tile samples, I also bought two $30 plastic shelving units for the laundry room closet. One day, we’d like to rip that closet out and replace it with built-ins that maximize the space, but this makes the closet more practical in the meantime.
All of the contents on the shelf were stacked around the sink and on the floor, so now I can do laundry without tripping over paint cans! And I can actually see the sink! I was washing out brushes in there last night and my youngest did a double-take. “Oh! I didn’t know there was a sink in there!” It was that bad!
And I am finding, that as much as I want to get paint on the walls and projects done, I’m really craving organization. Even though we’re pretty settled, there are still lots of boxes to unpack, half of the contents of our garage are still a mystery to me, and most of our stuff is wherever we made the split-second decision to put it on moving day, some of it still wrapped in plastic.
So, once the cabinets are done, organization is next on my list.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share something…
The first time I met KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms, she was hanging out of her truck window, honking her horn and joyfully howling at anyone within earshot. Those who have had the pleasure before smiled and said, “Well, there’s KariAnne.”
And I came to learn that she was a lady who knew how to make an entrance, knew how to make a room full of people laugh, and knew how to rock some red lipstick. Mixed with all that is boisterous and fun, there’s also a savvy entrepreneur and a woman with a heart for encouraging others by simply being real with them.
Her new book, So Close to Amazing, is an extension of all of that. If you need a pick-me-up, I would suggest checking it out…