There has finally been some progress at Chez Renovation Inc. (insert enormous sigh of relief as she sees the end in sight for at least one project). Thanks to the most amazing plaster and paint work by two Irish brothers (Dominic and Martin), impeccable masonry repair by a guy named Jack, utmost patience and skill of our electrician Craig, and Tom - the most zen carpenter you will ever encounter, the kitchen is slowly coming to life. Click here for some "before" pictures (from the left sidebar) and then feast your eyes below:
A most beautiful ceiling. To my kitchen-hungry eyes, it's the Sistine Chapel. Benjamin Moore's Mushroom Cap is on the ceiling, trim is in Cloud Nine.
The wall where the (hideous) oak built-in cabinet fixture loomed over the rest of the kitchen has been removed. In its place, Tom is installing the most serene cream cabinets ("bisque glaze" finish, from KraftMaid). Wall color is Benjamin Moore's Honeywheat:
With the island gone and the old cabinets and formica countertops ripped out, the appliances are stacked on one side of the kitchen, awaiting their replacements on February 15th:
Here's a preview of the bathroom. We are nearly four months into this room's renovation and suffice to say that taking a bath in the jacuzzi every morning is actually getting old. I know, it sounds like blasphemy to say such a thing. We dream of hot showers now, and hopefully will be taking one in this bathroom very soon:
Next on the agenda is the reconfiguration of the second floor closets, some wall repair and skim coat plastering, and paint. The small dressing room wall of closets came down today and the rest of the week will be spent repairing the tin ceiling and trim.
Last week the masonry guys removed the a/c units that had been installed through the rear back walls on every floor (remember those ugly things?)...take a look at the nice hole in the walls that we still have on the second and third floors. Dominic the plasterer worked his magic on the hole left in the kitchen and will do the same to the remainders this week: