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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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Closing in on floor tiles

All of the major surfaces together at last!  Here is a pic of the soapstone sample (oiled), the veneer sample, a possible paint color and a likely candidate for backsplash tile along with what what unanimously voted as the floor tile:

All samples together

All samples together

(The backsplash tile is the 3×6 and the paint chip is the teeny yellowish thingy.  The tile is a crackle wheat color – hard to tell in the photo.  Both could change, but their replacements will likely be similar. )

The floor tile ended up being the Laufen Inferno, not the Marazzi Jade (you know, the “flu remnants” one).    At least for now.  I would venture to say that we need the full 24-48 hours of light cycle through the kitchen to fully confirm.  Fact of the matter is that when we had both floor samples in the kitchen they were so close it really wouldn’t matter.  There is a slightly more green cast to the Jade than the Inferno.  Since my favorite color is yellow and I wanted to do just a few red or rust accents, the Inferno works a bit better.

Oh, and the Olive was a resounding NO.  Too light and looked cheapey.

I woke up at 5:30 this morning – last day of school excitement perhaps – and had an idea.  Didn’t run it by Himself yet (hi, honey!), but maybe we’d use the leftover floor tiles and cut them into smaller pieces – a la large mosaic-ey – and tie those into the subway tile for the backsplash in a decorative way.  Since tile backsplash is only going over the sink and stove, we’d have more than enough I’m sure.  Haven’t fleshed this idea out fully yet – and I need to see the new stove in place to see how high up it goes in the back.  Regardless, I’m picturing a 2 hour design session with my guru – since that was genius work on the bathroom 3 years ago – and whatever we come up with will be Awesome times 10.

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