Matt-the-contractor came by and we mapped out a plan, hoping he will start in the next 10 days. That means I need to make a million or more very expensive decisions, like practically…now.
Slide One: I tried to prime a section of the beams in the kitchen. I had primer in the garage but it wasn’t working out so well. I went out and bought a new gallon of Benjmain Moore’s latex primer. After four coats of primer, it was only marginally better. I’m thinking that maybe I need to use some really harsh chemical cleaner to get the kitchen grease off of the wood so that the primer can adhere. I don’t want to sand. I probably need to sand. I don’t want to sand. Grrrr. I don’t have a pic of the 4th layer of primer – believe the bottom-most pic is 2 layers. All that said, I agree that the beams/kitchen will look much bigger/better once those beams are painted “into” the ceiling.
Upstate Joe had an amazing surprise for me. He attacked the dreaded “dirt pile”. It’s gone! Hallelujah! This was the best surprise all weekend.
Slide Two: I started to rip up more of the kitchen flooring with Joe’s help. It was pouring rain, nothing better to do, right? I need to see what the floor-floor looks like to figure out if we can sand & paint it. I ripped up linoleum, then that nasty foam stuff, then plywood and then found MORE boards. I think there might be another “floor” under the “floor boards” but can’t tell. I was afraid to rip up any deeper and make a mess of “the floor-floor” so I’ll have to wait for Matt-The-Contractor. That kitchen floor is like the rings of a shitty old tree.
Slide Three: There’s the hated crank out window and next to it, possibly the “new window” from Marvin. I’m also looking at Pella and Peachtree. I don’t really understand what the difference (other than price) is in these brands. Got an opinion? I should be able to fit 2 of these very easily and that will give this dark kitchen SOOO much more light. I went to GNH Lumber and they were super-nice as I showed them my crude drawings, measurements and pics on my camera. Two windows will be $552.24 (if my contractor installs). These windows are named “Integrity” I thought that was kinda funny.
Slide Four: Then I went to the dentist. No cavities. Yay!
Slide Five: Driving back from the dentist into town…dark storm clouds and yet…pretty! On Sunday morning Mom and I went to church. By that I mean she dropped me off at "my church" - the hardware store and she went to a large building with a bell and pulpit. I spent an hour or more at Ace Hardware. I love my little town hardware store. They are so friendly and helpful and they don’t act pompous & intimidating like the folks at the big box hardware stores. Ace had Peachtree windows. I’ve never heard of them, but they looked real nice. Since it was Sunday, the window guy wasn’t in – so I have no prices. Gutter guard. Ever used this? It looks so cool and my gutters fill up with leaves & debris so fast. It’s like a big hard sponge that lets water pass through. Steel nipples? Nuff said.
Slide Six: For my birthday, Ace sent me a $5 gift card. Wasn’t that sweet? I bought a new toilet bowl lever. What are the odds that TWO of the THREE toilets in my life require this exact item? Perhaps we’re hard flushers? Hmmm.
Slide Seven: We went to Lowes and Home Depot to look at countertops. Since this is a big, expensive, color-palette decision – it is quite stressful. And, it was. It’s probably a task best done – solo. I’ll leave it at that. I kinda like this “basil” countertop from LG but I’m too susceptible to BIG displays. I need to see things in big scale, I can’t make a decision based on a 2 inch chip. Why don’t they have a system to print color copies of the countertops so that you can bring them home and get a better idea? They do that with pianos. Makes sense to me. I also like the Santa Cecilia (patron Saint of music and arts?) granite but the price made my stomach curdle.
When I got back to the Fiance on Sunday evening he had so much great fun planned. We carved a pumpkin, baked the seeds, made chocolate chip cookies and watched the weird polygamy special on Oprah. Thank you Fiance and Tivo.