Archive for June, 2009


Countertop is being templated….

June 19, 2009

Sergei and Aleks from Precision Countertop are here making the templates for the Ceaserstone White Ash countertop:



Will be installed on July 7!


Electric is done… we got cool lights!

June 19, 2009

Electrician was here for a few more hours finishing up. We love Arturo (thanks Frank!).

He got all the outlets working and the undercabinet lights, and recessed lights are in and the schoolhouse light fixture is good…. check it out:





Tomorrow I am home again…. to do some tidying up and the coutertops are being templated. Three weeks after that, countertops in, then sink and dishwasher in…then done! Yay!


The Cupboards are… DONE!

June 17, 2009







More progress….

June 16, 2009

More pix as they continue to work:




I did have to make one more run to Ikea (one of the panels I bought previously was dented).


Cabinets in Progress

June 16, 2009

Appliances arrived yesterday. Are currently sitting in our dining room:


And…. this morning bright and early the cabinet installers (Olson Installation) arrived and started getting to it. They are fast and good! May be done today!

We did adjust a couple of our cabinet configurations and I had to make one run to Ikea for some supplies (2 panels). I got back at 11:15 and sooo much has already been done:






June 8, 2009

We really had a hard time motivating ourselves to work this weekend, but we knew we had to get it done, and that after this weekend, we could relax a bit and have others do the work again soon! Our part will come again at the end…tiling the backslpash.

We got  a late start on Saturday cause I had to work that morning until 10am. We worked from 11am – 9pm that night with just about a 15 min break for dinner with Kyan and GramJ.

Should mention here how appreciative we are to MJ for helping so much with K.  Kyan has stayed at her GramJs several weekends so we could get stuff done. We sure miss her, but know she is having fun with her GramJ. And we THANK MJ lots for all her help!

Saturday was spent measuring out our plan. We spend alot of time on this part. We always do. We go back and forth with all the tools we think will tell us if we are in the exact center of the room. And we measure again, then do some math equations, then try to chalk line (which NEVER works for us!)… then we just go for it and hope for the best.

We chose to do a brickwork pattern, which we were cursing about half-way in. Naw, was not that bad…..

Here are some pix of process:




Kyan helped us place the last few tiles:


Proud fo those few special cuts (door jamb):


Sunday was much easier. We just had to grout the seams. That was not so bad… took about 2 hours. We don’t have pix of that process…. but trust me, it went well (messy, but well).

And wall-aaah the finished product!


We have rinsed it with water (to clean off the grout film) about 5 times, but still a little hazy. We will continue to clean it, and will seal the grout this week.

We are very happy with it!!!


Other stuff…

June 2, 2009

This last weekend we had to devote one whole day to other stuff…. Ya’ know, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, laundry, cleaning the fish tank etc. Not as fun but necessary.

We did manage to do some kitchen related things…just a few. Kyan really wanted to be home this weekend and wanted to ‘help’. Uh, maybe that is why we did not get so much done. Naw…. But was more trying and disorganized than we usually like.

We did lots of touch up painting and still have a little more to do. We LOVES the painters tape, but inevitably some bleeding occurs and we are too picky to not fix it.

We got the tile to rug transitions measured cut and in place…ready for the actual tiling which will have to happen next weekend (more on that later).

And M. made the window frame. Kyan did get to help with that. She got her kids tool box out and was ready to saw, hammer, measure wherever we would let her. She did get to help me saw the wood for the window frame (don’t worry, she could not get hurt with the mitre box set up):


And here is window frame. I am pretty proud of it. It is pretty non-descript, which is what we were going for, and it does need another coat of paint:


This coming weekend we have to tile. The tile came in last Thursday and we picked up the topo-the-line wet saw we are borrowing (thank you Jon!). Kyan is going to stay at her grandmas till Saturday night.  But to complicate things a bit, M. has to work Saturday morning (just 6am-10am or so). So we will not have ALL day Saturday, and Sunday our little helper will be home….

Should be jam packed! We realize we like to be involved and doing our part, but we are ready to be done soon and back to contractors. The appliances get delivered on June 15 and Cabinet installers are here June 16 & 17!! Woo hoo!