Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Sink Arrived

I got home today and there was a big Elkay box sitting on the porch. The Bear and I ran around in the afternoon sun, swinging, playing tag, and throwing around a ball. I took a bunch of nice pictures with the pencam. Nice little cheapo camera.

Nice big expensive sink.

Sink and Faucet

Thanks to, we're on our way with some dlx accoutrements. They should be arriving next week.

The Faucet is an American Standard Culinaire. We're getting the stainless steel one. I like the look of it, kinda right angles. I also like the all metal construction. The plastic handled sprayers turn my stomach, although they do squirt with some force. I'm mostly a drizzler. This faucet should do.

The sink is an Elkay Lustertone Double bowl. N picked it out. I like it. We went small shallow bowl for the disposer and a big wide deep bowl for everything else. Super.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Backsplash prep

04-08-06_1815, originally uploaded by Jrome.

A few weeks ago I gave the plaster behind the sink some attention. I patched some cracks, filled some voids, and generally had a fun time.

I let it dry over the weeks, promising "I'd be back" and I've noticed how much shrinkage really does occur. I don't think 2 days is enough time. Even over a week of really dry weather there was more shrinkage. Once the next layer goes on, I'll wait another couple weeks and do a third coat, sanding in between. Tarps of plastic will keep the kitchen mostly clean.

We're still debating doing stainless steel or tile. We saw a nice stainless backsplash recently that kinda turned us back onto it. N even suggested it!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Lamp Lighting

Lamp Lighting, originally uploaded by Jrome.

A long time ago, I promised myself I'd have a camera and post some pictures of new things we had just gotten. I seem to recall a promised picture of the living room overhead fan. It's a marvelous thing, wood, metal, italian glass. It feels Japanese to me.

The camera I recently bought is a PenCam. It's not ANYthing special, but it amuses.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Temporary Counters

Temporary Counters.jpg, originally uploaded by Jrome.

Here's a camera phone shot of the kitchen as of a couple three weeks ago. It's very natural woody feeling.

We still have to...
1) buy and install the track lighting and rewire, buy, and install the overhead light (a hanging pendant)
2) finish patching/leveling the walls and paint
3) install the range hood and vent outside
4) pick the color and then install custom concrete counters
5) build custom shelves and four space frames before the counters go in
6) pick out a sink
7) buy the faucet we like (this one)

Sink Cabinet level.jpg

Sink Cabinet level.jpg, originally uploaded by Jrome.

I spent a day installing three cabinets, an end cap, the dishwasher, and running new supply lines for the sink.

The floor slopes away rather dramatically, so there was lots of shimming to get it all lined up.

I crafted a counter out of two sheets of 3/4" birch plywood, sealed with Velvit Oil. I joined the pieces, both a full 8' long, with pocket screws. I used the Pocket Rocket. I like that tool a ton. No need for a million clamps, glue or biscuits.

Once the concrete goes in, the counters will move to the basement workshop. I'll just remove the screws and then I'll reassemble once they're in position downstairs. I'll have a very nice shop and plenty of workspace as well!