Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

After a very long wait, we received and installed the walnut countertop for the laundry/mudroom. It’s an impressive fish, at 12 feet long, 25 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches thick. Thanks to Tisha for help carrying and cutting this glorious monster. We squared off the end, cut the countertop length & and cabinet end wrap. The leftovers yielded a pleasingly long cheese board paired with an ample cutting board from the sink cutout area....

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It’s Going Down!

It’s Going Down!

Yes!  Oak floor is going down..incrementally.  I lay out 6 or seven rows, and Jeff does his thing.  Since these boards are 5″ wide, we were advised to glue and nail.  It’s more time, but the floor is very solid, and it should stay that way. Monty isn’t too keen on the incredibly loud floor nailer, or the air compressor, but he does like to keep an eye on things from the comfort of the throw rug.

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Waiting on Walnut (another first world problem)

Waiting on Walnut (another first world problem)

We ordered the walnut butcher block countertop from Lumber Liquidators in February, with the assurance it would be delivered around the first of March. One month and many phone calls later, it arrived on Fed Ex freight wet, scratched, 2 corners crushed and every plane bearing some manner of blemish. We had to refuse it. Fed Ex claims it was not properly packaged, Lumber Liquidators asserts it was improperly handled.  Either way, we are caught...

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Handling It

Handling It

It’s not a difficult task, but it fell off the priority list for a couple weeks, that is, until the make-shift-tape-handles began to give way, blocking access to temporary snack & cereal cache. I rounded up the cadre of tools and set about installing the cabinet handles/drawer pulls for the laundry cabinets. It’s a good idea to square up the position of your cabinet doors before you begin installing handles, especially when...

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IKEA Hack: Fundera Blocks

IKEA Hack: Fundera Blocks

One of my favorite brain-teasing pastimes is imagining how to use a product I’ve admired apart from its convention. 99.9% of the time, this only happens in my imagination, but occasionally I let the little redhead out, and she goes to town.           What triggered this latest burst of creative insanity? The seemingly natural pairing of IKEA FUNDERA wooden blocks and some uber ugly closet doors in the Caley house...

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