Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wednesday Workday

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

It's been a difficult spring and summer to get anything done - at least anything personal. The very small company for which I work landed a huge contract that started mid-April and will wind up in early August and has meant lots of 14-hour days for me; bad meals and inattention to Mitchell; and just no time for anything fun. Add the wrist issue and I have not been writing or doing much - not even in the garden.

I did finally manage to complete a project we started in January. You might remember that we put in hard wood floors right after the holidays. Once that was done, we resurfaced our kitchen counters - replacing the dark green formica with a speckled black epoxy surface. I intended to tell you all about it, but never even took the pictures to show the process. this is the only photo I can find of the old counters.

It's a much more modern look and immediately made the walls look ... well, insipid! [Don't think I have ever written that word before!] Here's the new counter.

For months I have dithered about what color to paint the walls to give the room a punch. three trips to the local big box store to get paint samples, days of looking at one-inch square samples and wondering what they would look like all over, many samples discarded and more brought in. Finally, about a month ago we settled on "Ridge View".

My Fourth of July gift to myself was a day to paint. For the first hour I had big doubts about my decision but as it dried and the sun started pouring into the kitchen, I started to smile. What you think?

This is the window corner - always full of light.

And this is the side
where I prep ... and
more than likely dump everything I carry home.

Mitchell had also changed out all the gold-toned knobs for a pewter tone. And finally, we decided that to complete the more sophisticated look, we needed a pendant light. One last trip to the big box and quite a struggle to get all the bolts and nuts and screws and wiring to fit into a tiny little canopy [the electrician is worth every penny you have to pay him!], we are done. It's the room we do the most work in. It might as well be a place that makes us feel good.

One of the joys of a home you love is when ten years later you can make a change and love it even more!


  1. Looks fantastic. Totally different room now.

    Must say glad to see a pic of meat, everybody seems to be going vegan on us.

    Well not everybody, there's always Marie thank God.

    love the new wall color.

    xo Jane

  2. It all looks great! I love the pendant light. What kind of pie?

  3. I love your updates! Sophisticated! Don't mind those items on the counters either :). Hope your wrist held up in the process.

    You are certainly putting your time to good use. It does sound like too much (paid) work though; when are those "5" years going to start, the ones you mention in your profile?

  4. Jane, we tried that vegan thing for three years and went back to good old red meat! Of all things, i missed turkey! The one thing you have only twice a year. I'm trying to work up nerve enough to eat Marie's pork raclettes!

    Bonnie, it's peach pie! from the first CSA peaches. I scrounged the Internet until I found a 6-inch pie pan so that I could make pie for two, so now I do it a lot more often. makes four servings.

    Anneke, don't even ask about retirement. I've already pushed it out two years - 401(k) bust and all that. Probably shouldn't have painted, but it's a different motion and didn't seem to set me back. Wrist is improving daily. Im hoping one more week will do it. thanks for asking!!

  5. Oh I can't wait to be settled in a more permanent home that I can make my own!
    Your kitchen looks fantastic, love the new counter tops :-)