The new kitchen cabinet knobs

January 5, 2009 § 4 Comments

After the giant game of who’s on first I played with Lowe’s regarding these knobs, I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised at the customer service activity that took place once I wasn’t working with Jane Schmoe at the customer service counter. We finally got things figured out, got the knobs reordered, and these are it. All my cabinets in the kitchen will have these knobs.

Now we have both the pulls and the knobs on. Next on the agenda is deciding what to do about the damage on some of the door facings. Likely a quick pass with sandpaper and then some touch-up paint is all we’ll do because of funding. We’re saving for an eventual redo, but it’s not in the budget for quite some time. Oh and we bought two whimsical bathroom cabinet pulls.


Drawer Handles, the Continuing Saga

December 20, 2008 § 3 Comments

A while back, I reported on the drawer handles that we had installed in the kitchen and were quite pleased with. I still love the look. At the time I installed those, we’d also ordered the matching drawer pulls (not quite the finish shown here). They were due December 2. Clearly it is well past that date at this time.

I had grand plans to regale you with the largely “who’s on first”-ish account of where we stand with the drawer pulls, but it just makes my head pound. Short version: 4 trips later and they finally refunded our money and let us reorder them. We now have a new target date of December 30th for delivery to our home.

Anyone want to guess the likelihood of that happening? I’m not betting at all. If they arrive, they do. If not, then I’m never ordering anything at Lowe’s again and they get a letter as to why.

So, what’s next? Some sanding on the cabinetry and then some paint on the facing. 10 years of wear on the doors is apparently enough to make me think of gutting the kitchen. Clearly we’re not that hard on them. The family in the house before us had 4 children and I suspect that their 6-pack construction efforts[1][2] extend to paint choices in the kitchen, if only for “freshness” when selling a house.

White paint on the cabinets now, so presumably more white to touch them up again, but should we? I suppose we could change the color now, since we’re changing the knobs, but are we then going down the slippery slope of home project scope creep? Probably. I think what may happen is the white will go on and then I’ll have to find some creative finishing technique that will hold me until we can build up enough funds to redo the entire room. Saving the hardware of course.

Red was right. I feel like the lady in the commercial who brings in her faucet and says “Build me a house around this.”

Ah the joys of home ownership.

[1] We had three ceilings in one of the rooms on the first floor because they were too stupid to fix the source of the problem on the roof.

[2] We found an empty case of beer cans in the attic crawl space.

New Kitchen Drawer Handles

November 23, 2008 § 12 Comments

I suppose new kitchen drawer handles aren’t all that exciting as things go. Usually they’re attached, at the very least, to new kitchen drawers. These will not be. Unless the lotto fairy shows up soon, we cannot afford the costs of redoing the kitchen just yet. We’ve had to make some choices and the kitchen wasn’t on the top of the list. Or even near the top. But…there’s always a but…sometimes it inches closer. We made the choice to get new handles for drawers and new knobs for the cabinets for right now. A light face lift as our current nobs from the previous owners were the absolute cheapest they could put on the cabinets and it shows. The faux gold is peeled, peeling, or deteriorating fast enough that we worry about those places above food prep areas. They are plastic and cracking in a few instances. They are, in fact, more than ugly now. They’ve crossed beyond from utilitarian to teetering on the cliff of “dear god why don’t they paint that thing” except that the extraordinary effort that would have to go in to painting them would be more than the cost of simply replacing them. And so we’re in that mode now. These are the handles. I snapped a shot of one and sent it to my kitchen designer friend, Duke Sir Muffin Man, and he said “How very utterly you.” Which is exactly what I’d hoped.

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The view from the downspout drain

July 3, 2008 § 1 Comment

Over the course of time that we’ve been living in our current house, we’ve made some pretty big changes to the house and the garage. Those were the immediate and identifiable things that really needed attention. We’re now working on figuring out some of the things on the inside that would really benefit from updating. Chief among them is the electrical work in the house. In all, it’s pretty standard for a 1940s bungalow in Royal Oak, Michigan. War housing went up fast, but personally I think the quality for the time was better than what most people realize. It has been the updates since that time that have really killed us. We call it “6 pack Construction”, as in “I have a 6 pack of beer. Wanna come over?” « Read the rest of this entry »

Garbage-picked dresser

May 2, 2008 § 12 Comments

Garbage-picked dresser
Originally uploaded by iasmindecordoba

I just garbage picked a piece of furniture from my neighbor’s front yard and got another neighbor and his brother to move it into my garage for me. It’s a lowboy dresser (no mirror), with three banks of drawers. I thought of using it to hold some of the more delicate fabrics I have and smaller pieces of things, plus patterns and such in my sewing room.

So…now I have this piece of bog standard, not valuable 1955-1960s furniture that is….boring. I have a vision of it being painted. Colorful. Different. Something to make me smile. Anyone have any suggestions on such an undertaking? I had someone just suggest modgepodge but for such a big thing…oi. That would be quite the project. Open to ideas if anyone has suggestions.

Our First Garden Purchase of the Year

April 4, 2008 § 16 Comments

We’ve succumbed. Our first tree purchase (not that we could plant many, mind you). To be received via the city we live in and, therefore, considerably cheaper than if purchased from a greenhouse (though a bit younger than you would get from them too). Check out the fall foliage colors on it:

It will be planted in the easement of the front of the house.

Installation Complete

February 20, 2008 § 4 Comments

Installation Complete
Originally uploaded by iasmindecordoba

Je suis finis. Everything is set in place and we’re now just waiting for the caulk to dry. The replaced pipe turned out great, but the chain cutter could only do so much. We ended up buying new blades for our much ingored sawzall. Tomorrow, everything should be put to rights.

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