Monday, December 30, 2013

Tuxedo buffet

There's something... dapper about how the buffet came out. The white and dark wood almost feels tuxedo-ish, and the knobs are like cufflinks. Maybe I'm the only one with that take, but, well, suffice it to say that I'm quite pleased with this fellow.

Still needs knobs, of course. I had a few Anthropologie mercury glass ones from last year's Christmas stocking that I tried out, and liked, and so then I waited until the day after Christmas, and found, low and behold, some beach ball-striped mercury glass knobs marked down to $2.21 apiece. So, that meant I could get eight of 'em for $17-something instead of ninety-six damn dollars. Which is what they would've been not-on-sale. Cripes.

So, those will be on their way shortly, and then we can call this puppy done. As I mentioned before, I used Benjamin Moore's SmartPrime primer, and their Cabinet Coat paint in a color called Acadia White on the painted parts. I can't say enough good things about that combination-- so durable, with such a nice professional sheen. And it hides the grain really well, too, which is nice on painted pieces. 

I still have some rearranging to do on the wall behind the buffet, as I bought three giant, heavy mirrors for up there-- all antique, all varying degrees of shabby-- and neglected to provision myself with super heavy-duty hanging cable. My plan is for a mirror "collage" with all different shapes and sizes on that wall. Someday.

And now that this little project and holidays are over, I'm ready to sit still for just a minute, put all the decorations away, and officially launch myself (and our whole house) into the official Big Kahuna, the Epic Kitchen Renovation of 2014. The kitchen we (I) have planned and dreamed and envisioned since we bought this place. The kitchen that involves taking down a wall (oh goody), doing a ton of electrical work, laying ceramic tile, casting our own concrete countertops (I think) and sliding the cabinets into place one at a time, as my dad, who is doing the work pro bono (+ materials) can squeeze in the time to finish them between, y'know, actually taking real jobs from real customers that write checks. 

I am on the edge of my seat with excitement and terror. I am spending lots of time scrutinizing graph paper. I will be back here Friday with a run-down of our new floor plan, design, etc. In the meantime, I'm going to try to find a sink. Wish me luck!

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Becky said...

Excitement abounds! You did a great job on your cabinet! I have always heard that a kitchen renovation is the most taxing on everyone. Maybe it's the worrying about not being able to fix food? I dunno. Can't wait to see the wonderful y'all create!!!

Kristina Strain said...

Yuh. I am fully expecting a lot of chaos, mess, stress... oh, all the good stuff! But it'll be worth it...

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