Good Friday in My Heart!
GOOD FRIDAY in my heart! Fear and affright!
My thoughts are the Disciples when they fled,
My words the words that priest and soldier said,
My deed the spear to desecrate the dead.
And day, Thy death therein, is changed to night.
Then Easter in my heart sends up the sun.
My thoughts are Mary, when she turned to see.
My words are Peter, answering, ‘Lov’st thou Me?’
My deeds are all Thine own drawn close to Thee,
And night and day, since Thou dost rise, are one.
~ Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Akurum Adel IKEA Kitchen Tweaks
So, we have ordered a full set of IKEA's Akurum frames with Adel fronts. In addition, we are adding the following tweaks:
Extra shelves. For almost every cabinet I ordered one extra shelf so that I can fit more in and so that I have a back-up shelf for the future.
Costco's Slide-a-Shelf pull-outs for the baking pantry and for under the sink. Why not just use IKEA's Rationell pull-out? Because I want real wood for these oft used and/or dampish locations.
TIP: If you use the Integral hinge dampers your hinges will use up 3 inches of your width (1.5 each side), so keep this in mind if you are ordering inserts for your cabinets.
From Lowe's I ordered Rev-a-Shelf's false front tip-out adaptor hinges and trays.
The Floor Is In!
We have a ceiling and a floor now. Very exciting. Alas, we lost the sink in the process: collateral damage I suppose. We disconnected it to put in the floor and when it was time to put it back all the valves leaked. They were at least 20 years old, so it's not terribly surprising, but distressing nonetheless. All that is left in the kitchen now is the fridge, a wee bit of doorless wall shelving, the bit of countertop in the bay window, a card table, and the frame of one cabinet which I set up in order to visualize and measure the baking pantry arrangements. Fortunately we have a laundry room sink, so we are not quite to the Dishes in Bathtub stage.
We are very lucky that the floor coloring is flattering to Nutmeg. It would be a pity to have to take it out and start over.
In spite of all this I am still cooking! Where there is a will (and a hungry husband and teenager and tweenager) there is a way. Tonight we are having Chickeny Bacony Spicy Cheesy Rice which I made this morning in the electric skillet and will set to heat up in the crock-pot when we leave for lacrosse practice (4 days a week!).
My New Kitchen
Our New Kitchen Selections
Here ya go!
Cabinets: Adel by Ikea 20% off sale
Hardware: by Martini at Home Depot
Countertops: Numerar by IKEA 20% off sale
Windows: Milgard Tuscany Line Double Hung from Home Depot 15% off sale!
French Doors to Dining Room from Home Depot 15% off sale! We can close the doors to keep kitchen smells in and/or to muffle the sound of children bickering over the dishes. But when we want the door open, it will be just two 18 inch doors standing open, not one huge 36 incher.
Door to Laundry Room: Orepac 15-lite from Home Depot 15% off sale!
The laundry room gets fantastic late afternoon sun and I want that sunlight in my kitchen, hence the windows.
Ovens: Double Wall Oven with Convection by JennAir at Deward and Bode's President's Day Sale + Floor Model discount = ovens of my dreams.
Dishwasher: Integrated by IKEA 20% off sale. Integrated means it will take a cabinet door and blend in with the other cupboards.
Backsplash: White beadboard. I know it won't last forever, but I can always replace it later.
Sink: by IKEA 20% off sale
Potfiller (goes above the cooktop): Fontaine from Home Depot
Flooring: Brazilian Cherry by Harmonics
Ceiling treatment: Wide Beadboard from Lowe's, painted in Pale Sunshine by Behr at Home Depot. The color is much nicer than this shows. I have it in my dining room already.
Main Light: Style Selections 5-light Antique White Chandelier at Lowes.
Still struggling with the other lighting.
We will reuse our existing faucet and cooktop and fridge.
My New Kitchen
I found a fun new app, Polyvore, which is way more fun than finding places for all the stuff that got hauled out of the kitchen yesterday.
The ceiling will be a bit paler than this. I already own the cooktop and fridge. Still deciding on tile. Imagine there is a Dutch Door in here too, with glass on the top half.
Best Apps for Remodeling
Well you know I love techno gadgets, so naturally starting a remodel means find new apps.
- When saving, if you use your mouse at all it won't let you change the name and save multiple drafts.
- Also to see it in high-resolution, you have to hit shift-control-alt-H. There's no documentation for that, I just learned it from the IKEA salesman. The high-resoltion only works on Windows computers.
This screenshot shows all the tasks that have a high priority setting or that have a subtask with that setting. These are all things that need to be taken care of first.
HomeZada: free. This is my desktop budgeting app. It auto-populated a long list of things a typical kitchen remodel needs. I deleted some items and added some others, and then I entered educated guesses for what things would cost. It tallied up my totals for me so I could see if what I had in the savings account was close to what I was going to need. As actual figures come in of course those totals are adjusted.
Houzz: free. This is a great tearsheet app. When my mom was remodeling we tore sheets of paper out of magazines and kept the scraps of paper in a big pile. Houzz is the iPhone generation's version of that. See something pretty you like? And it to your Houzz collection. It's rather like Pinterest only more dedicated to home improvement and decor.
And of course, there is an iphone Houzz app.
I'm using it to keep track of appliances I need to find homes for. I'm hoping to house these two in a coffee garage. This shows me the height, width, and depth in a way that make sense to me.
What remodeling apps do you favor?