Monthly Archives: August 2009

Well that’s funny.

All set to fasten the 30″ inch bottom cabinet to the right side of the stove today.  Leveled nicely front to back and side to side.  Then I was staring at the stove.  Which was exactly the same height as the cabinet.  Hmmm.  Let’s get the soapstone sample.

Wow, that sucker is 1 1/2 inches thick – can we raise the stove?

Yes.  But then the cooktop is practically up to my chin.  And the stove now looks like it is up on stilts.  Hmmm.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah……  We raised the floor.  Like an inch or so.  What to do?

Looks like I’m cutting the toekicks down.  I think it is funny that of ALL the things I’d thought through, I never even saw that one coming.

Feh.  I’ll get to it this week.  Or Labor Day weekend.  I’ll need to sit with it a bit to decide how much to cut off the bottom.  Plenty of other stuff to get to in the meantime.

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Glimpses of the future. And the past.

I veneered the stove wall cabinets today.  Yes, there are flaws – completely expected as I’d not done this before.  Actually, that isn’t quite true.  Veneer and its application is not unlike Formica/laminate.  My dad and I re-laminated a desk while I was in college.  It was a prop from a soap opera he’d worked on and had the character Mac Cory’s script lines written inside.   The major difference between today and 20 years ago is that the laminate project required contact cement – which stinks crazy bad.  Today’s project had self-adhesive peel-n-stick stuff.  Much better.

I really wish I’d gotten around to buying the hinges and then the full impact would be infinitely cooler.  But here you go:

The test cabinet - with door nearby

The test cabinet - with door nearby

Work in progress

Work in progress

The view from my desk

The view from my desk

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E pluribus cabinetum

What once was three now is one

Leveling, leveling, leveling – NOT for fun

Securely it hangs above the range

Veneering begins tomorrow  – a new task, so strange

I nearly threw up today.  We’d had the whole thing up but for two last screws in the center cabinet.  And the cabinet torqued at the top.  My hours of screwing those bastards together so that the veneering would be seamless and the whole damn top front piece of the range hood cabinet tilted 20 degrees backward.

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and he fixed it.  Mostly because I was useless what with being all green and in the fetal position on the floor.

We/he decided that I’d spend tomorrow applying the veneer to these cabinets because I need to start seeing some “pretty” before I rip the whole thing off the wall.  So yes, you can see a pic.  Just remember that the pretty isn’t there yet.

New Trusty shows us the floor drops off > 1/2 inch

New Trusty shows us the floor drops off > 1/2 inch

Ready, Set, Heave...

Ready, Set, Heave...

Ho.....ly crap it's up.

Ho.....ly crap it's up.

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My 7 year old self comes out

I was in the backyard yesterday pulling nails out of the soffit frame we took down.  Pull a nail, walk 5 feet, put the used nail in a pile by the sawhorses, walk back to pull the next nail.  10 times.  On the 11th time, I forgot how my feet worked and got tangled up in the remnants of the original range hood cabinet.  Flew through the air and landed on my bad hand and hard on both knees.  On the only brick pavement in the whole backyard.  My little pal was out keeping me company and was an excellent triage nurse.  Thank goodness she’s tall enough to reach the ice packs.

Suffice it to say, I was extremely lucky that my injuries weren’t as bad as they could have been.  Including – um – where the hell did the nail I was carrying end up?  Yes, I happen to be current on my tetanus shots.

The whole incident smacked – quite literally – of walking home through the tunnel under the parkway when I was in 2nd grade.  Forgot how my feet worked that day too.  Poor friend Kelly had to run all the way home to tell my mom of my “grave” injuries.   I still have the scar on my left palm.

Today – a teeny bit of painting.  In a teeny area.  The color difference is super subtle in the evening/florescent light.  We’ll see how daylight hits it.  It certainly doesn’t look yellow at all to me right now.  (Well, since it ISN’T yellow that is probably why.)  Altogether still quite lovely.  Tomorrow, second coat in that corner and the rest of the upper cabinets go up.

Primer to kill the obnoxious yellow

Primer to kill the obnoxious yellow

1st Coat in progress

1st Coat in progress

A soft yet saturated caramel

A soft yet saturated caramel

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Priorities

Today is our 11th Wedding Anniversary.  Yea to us!

We’ll probably be hanging more cabinets, patching walls, and painting a little. Or not.  Our little pal has taken it on the chin this whole summer being patient while waiting for us to give her mere snatches of our time.  So we three will find somewhere fun to eat dinner tonight (not Fenton’s) and hold hands while we pass the ketchup.

So Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband.  You are the best!

Our favorite wedding day photo

Our favorite wedding day photo

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Metafunctional Cabinet #1

I made up a new phrase.  Deal.  The contents of any given cabinet will be loaded and unloaded a minimum of 5 times before this is over.  The alternative was to box everything up and use the same pan and three glasses.  Unacceptable to me.   But the glimpse of being able to stack a set of dishes in one spot without a separate set of bowls on top of it is so COOL!

The 42 inch upper is in place!  Is it perfect?  No.  Is it great?  YES! I’ll post pics, but bear in mind – no veneer is on yet.  Awesome is still to come.  It went up fairly easily.  Marked off studs, installed and leveled ledger board, marked pre-drill holes for cabinet, a couple of clamps, and boom!  Up like a kite taking off in a gentle breeze.

New Trusty - since old trusty wasn't wide enough

New Trusty - since old trusty wasn't wide enough

Some Final Adjustments

Some Final Adjustments

Gorgeous!  Except for the not gorgeous parts.

Gorgeous! Except for the not gorgeous parts.

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The dishwasher clips don’t make sense

While we were back east, the dishwasher clips came.  They are the precise model that the lovely woman at Whirlpool told me to get (we have a Maytag dishwasher, but it seems that Whirlpool bought Maytag a few years ago).

They don’t fit.  Allegedly, they are to slip into slots on the sides of the dishwasher and get attached to each cabinet on either side of it.  Perhaps there are slots on Whirpool dishwashers, but my lovely 9 YEAR OLD MAYTAG don’t got em.  Since I’m not cutting holes into the plastic front of the dishwasher to mount these puppies, I’m forced to get creative.

From my google research,  countertop installers go a few different routes with this.  One option is to epoxy a firring strip of wood underneath the countertop that you can use to screw the top-mounted dishwasher clips into.  Other options include notching out a hole in the underside of the soapstone and screwing into that.  (No WAY man.)  I found a product that is a metal clip that is mounted to the underside with epoxy, but I’m not sure…

The more I think about it, the more the laws of physics don’t even support side mounted clips.  If the dishwasher legs are on the bottom (well, of course they are), then your wiggle room to get the dishwasher in and out of the opening should be on the top.  You can’t wiggle the cabinets and you wouldn’t want to see space on either side of the dishwasher for side mountings.  I’ve searched high and low and I can’t find close up pics of a side mounted bracket.

So – Rube Goldberg to the rescue.  I’m considering using an appliance strap – similar to the kind that holds the water heater in place, but the one with holes every inch or so.  I’d mount it to the top edge of the cabinet on the left, carry it over the top of the dishwasher, and attach it to the top of the side panel on the right.  Then the clips that are currently on the dishwasher will screw right into it.

Genius!  Unless it doesn’t work.  So I might be back to the Granite Grabbers.

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