We were really busy this past weekend. Seriously, we did a bajillion things, including:  putting up our open shelving in the kitchen, and  finally — FINALLY! — opening our wedding presents to put them on said open shelving. No biggie… we’ve only been married *eleven months* and all…
The view through the pass-through is pretty adorable these days. But Manny and I bemoan that this space doesn’t seem to photograph as well as we’d like. The dining room paint, in real life, is a warm and lovely saffron color, but it seems so dark in pictures.
Firstly, we did end up raising the kitchen backsplash a few rows. Regarding the shelves, Manny and I wanted vintage white brackets. I looked high and low for something just right but nothing panned out. This was as close as I could get; they’re inexpensive white steel brackets and do the trick pretty nicely. I bought the pine boards from a local lumber supply company. They came as a single 12 ft plank, which the lumber yard kindly cut for me. So now they’re each 1″ x 11.75″ x 6′. They hold our iittala Teema dinnerare and serving pieces super well and, all in all, I’m pretty charmed by them.
I stained the raw wood a light pecan color using Minwax left over from the floor refinishing. It was a bit of a thing — I honestly didn’t know that pine is liable to blotchiness and needs to be prepped. So there I was, rushing about naively applying stain before work one day last week. They looked… not great. So then I had to sand them down a bit the next day before applying a sealant. It was a hassle, but in the end the blotchiness isn’t noticeable and we like the color a lot. They match the floor as well as our Ikea BEKVAM stool, which I finally got around to staining and sealing:
I used the same stain as I did for the floors and shelves and then applied polyurethane. It’s the little things, I guess…
We also added the hardware to the cabinetry:
We went with Bedford brass pulls by Martha Stewart. I think they look super cute with the Ikea GRIMSLOV doors, and I like that the brass finish has an old-timey vibe.
cuddled with melted into a pillow:
We think she’s pretty tired of all the hustle and bustle of this kitchen reno. We know we are. In fact, we actually look a little break and LEFT OUR HOUSE!
This past weekend in Savannah was the annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival:
It’s super cool — hundreds of chalk art masterpieces and a carnival atmosphere at Forsyth Park.
The taste of freedom went straight to our heads because we also went to Tybee Island — i.e., THE BEACH. There’s a little cafe called Coco’s just before you get to the touristy part. It’s super silly and very relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered…
Alas, I think these pictures suggest we don’t know how to operate in normal society anymore. Seriously, we look like kidnapping victims. We had just dropped off the tile wet saw we’d rented from Home Depot to finish the backsplash, so the decision to head to the beach was spur of the moment, in blatant disregard of the fact that we looked… unclean. You can see two things in the lower photos: I am literally covered in paint/grout/caulk. Also, I am *so happy* to be sitting OUTSIDE of our house, in the sun, that I can’t even stand it. I am going straight up Amenhotep IV.
Phew. So after a productive weekend we’re about fifty steps closer to the end of this kitchen reno. We cannot wait to be done. Our kitchen has been holding us hostage. Sadly, we won’t have the sink hooked up until next Monday, but I am going to use this week to get the space clean and ready to go.
Thoughts on the shelving? I’ll be staging the rest of the kitchen after the sink and dishwasher are working and will post more photos of the entire space as well as a more detailed explanation on the layout and some of the cabinetry…