mini dachshund puppy

Kitchen Renovation Phase 3 - benjamin moore white dove painted kitchen cabinets and absolute black honed granite counters

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It’s like I’ve got this music in my mind…

Happy Fall Ya’ll.  That’s what I would say if I were from here, but I’m not, so I would say Happy Fall You Guys, or if I was on my blog I would say nothing.  For two months.  Can someone be my accountability keeper?   I’ll speed up the kitchen stuff since who cares anymore about every little step. Unless they’re Cobalt’s little steps, then I care about them.  They’re cute and they go tick tick tick tick tick tick tick on the wood floors as he trots to you.  Hey, who’s still reading this? Here’s our white kitchen…

kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

And here’s our new window!!

kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

And here’s a mini dachshund!

kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

That’s Nick.
kitchen renovation benjamin moore white dove

I promise I’ll take better pictures, but these are all old and terrible. Things started moving pretty quickly once the kitchen was painted.  We went back and forth between Benjamin Moore White Dove and Benjamin Moore Simply White, but I ultimately liked the slight softer tone to White Dove.  It felt less stark.  What didn’t move quickly was my decision-making.  I’ll pause and let everyone be surprised and confused.

The counters made my brain freeze up the most because I envisioned white in my head all along – either marble or something that looked like that.  Well, guess what? Marble is expensive and high maintenance, and I guess between me and Cobalt there are enough high maintenance things in our house.  The most durable and cost-friendly option was granite, but all the white granite options had too many other colors speckled in them, or they just seemed more beige/grey than white.

I liked a couple of the white quartz options, but those were a lot more expensive than granite, and seemed almost too plain. Basically granite was too busy and quartz was too clean/modern looking for me.  So, I switched gears completely and considered black for a contrast against everything else white in our kitchen.  I didn’t like the shiny/sparkly factor to the black granite though, so I started considering soapstone…also more expensive.

Then, finally, after hours and hours of neglecting my loved ones and being a slave to houzz.com and pinterest.com on my ipad, I found a new option!  Honed granite. Basically the polishing process stops before the buffing stage and you get a matte finish instead of a slick shiny one.  So I went and looked at some slabs again, and loved it!

absolute black honed granite

Done. Phew. Then there was the hardware to choose.  Which meant there was a lot of this.

benjamin moore white dove subway tile and honed granite

But, what does it look like in the sunlight?

benjamin moore white dove subway tile absolute black honed granite

This went on for many hours. I had narrowed it down to black or brushed nickel.  Black to match the counters and brushed nickel to match the appliances. (I was also trying out a light blue wall color in that photo, and you can also see the quartz sample on the right.)

This seemingly small decision was by far the hardest to make.  I called my friend and got her husband, one-year-old, and lab-doxie involved, and we were basically split down the middle.  So naturally, I polled Cobalt and Miles.  You can see the results here:

http://youtu.be/s6bHNwJlK3A

Cobalt helped, and Miles was pretty pissed that I was clearly trying to feed him metal instead of food.

Ultimately, I chose…….

the brushed nickel!  Not what I originally thought I would choose.  Actually, my first pick was a more aged finish that didn’t even make the final two because it just didn’t work with the rest of the materials.  I thought the black hardware would pop out a little too much in the small space, and I liked how the nickel ones added some more shine and matched the appliances.

Our next challenge was to find a kitchen faucet.  We knew we wanted a pull down sprayer, but most of those come with the goose-neck style faucet which would impede our new kitchen window. It was actually fairly painless to find a shorter one at a decent price, and the good news is that Cobalt really liked it.

delta cassidy kitchen faucet

delta cassidy pull down kitchen faucetIt’s Delta’s Cassidy faucet if you’re curious.

delta cassidy kitchen faucet

Nick liked it too.

fireman likes delta cassidy kitchen faucet

Now that we have that covered, if you’re wondering where I’ve been for two months, the answer is all of the places. Beaufort, Orlando, Ocean City, Charlotte, and Folly Beach – where we looked at wedding spots!!  I’ll share that with you next time once I sort out how much of the wedding planning  I want to write about.  A. I don’t want to give it all away, but I do want to share the process.  B. It will be a small wedding so I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings who’s not invited, but I do want to share it with the people I love, all of whom we may not be able to invite.  and C. I hate to even mention it, because I don’t like to ever recognize or talk about it, but I know there are plenty of not nice people out there wanting to hate, hate, hate.  And I don’t want to share it with those people.  Any suggestions?  Please comment your advice so I can sort this out. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep cruisin…

CCOTD:

In honor of Cobalt’s 6th bufday a couple days ago, here are all the toys, which are all his.  Not anyone else’s.

Cobalt mini dachshund loves toys especially his yellow long dog

Cobalt mini dachshund loves toys especially his pumpkin long dog

Cobalt mini dachshund loves toys especially his green long dog

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Pallet Shelves in 5 Simple Steps

And then it was March.  That means there are only 11 month’s left of my twenties.  And only 2 months until my best friends wedding. And only 7.5 months until my best friends wedding.  Riddle that.  So, let’s get right to it.  Time’s ticking away.

Easiest rustic project ever.  Pallet shelves.  I was first inspired by these, which I am sure many of you have seen all over Pinterest.

Ready…

1. Grab a pallet shelf from outside of a store and run like hell to your car.  Or walk, because no one cares.

2. Pry off middle boards on one side to expose the “shelves”.

3. Sand down the splinters a little, or don’t, it’s rustic.

4. Screw that thing into the wall.

5. Style away!

Pallet Shelves

We actually had another pallet shelf so I wanted to try making smaller ones out of it and staining them.  Basically, imagine that pallet above with all the boards still on, then cut across horizontally right under each of the “shelf” boards.  Then the top vertical boards were cut down to just a couple of inches to hold things in, and the back boards left taller as the “back”.  This will all make sense in the photos 🙂  Sorry this one’s so small, don’t know what’s up with that.

After they were cut, I sanded them all the way so they could be stained.

sanding pallet shelves

Then we stained them, and I didn’t take pictures of that, because, I didn’t.   But, we used a paint sprayer and it was way easier than using a brush to get in all the little nooks, which is what I started out doing until Nick decided to bring out his glorious sprayer.  Oh. My. God. I almost deleted that sentence, but instead I’ll give it a Lorelai Gilmore, dirty.

Alright, here is the final product in the old apartment because I still haven’t decided where they should live in this house yet.  I am pretty sure they will go in the dining room, but that still needs to be painted.  It has been taped off and ready to paint for…like…a long time.

You wouldn’t have known this, except that I’m telling you now because I like to voice my frustrations, that it’s been almost an hour since I wrote that last sentence.  Yeah, blogging behind the scenes, it’s exciting stuff.  It’s like the bonus features that come with a dvd, which are always disappointing.  The point of this story is that I have NO IDEA where the after pictures of these shelves went.  So you will have to settle for random appearances of them in the background.  Like this one on Nick’s birthday…

pallet shelvesCobalt says, Oooooh pwesents, fo me?! 

And this spooky one.  The shelves got dressed up for halloween…

pallet shelves

OK that’s it!  Go DO!

CCOTD:

I don’t usually do the throwback Thursday thing, but I can’t resist.

Cobalt little baby

Pwease uppies mom, I’m too wittle.