Still here…

Nearly a month has passed since my last post. It was not my intention to disappear but in the spirit of Surrender, something had to give. Thanks for all of your private messages to make sure we are OK. We really are OK! It has just been a busy, busy few weeks. A major part of this busy time involved finishing THIS:

I use the verb “finish” rather loosely here… there is still a lengthy list of what Jeff calls the “final finicky stuff” and I haven’t thought about accessories etc. yet (seeing this photo confirmed that our old and very uncomfortable stools are completely the wrong proportion for the new peninsula). Despite this, we moved back in on April 11; Jeff and I both find ourselves forgetting the old layout because the new space works better than we could have ever imagined. Over the past two weeks, we’ve hosted a 5 events, each with more than 10 people (our weekly small group dinner, a Seder meal, a bridal shower, a baby shower and Jeff’s extended family for Easter) – I think it’s safe to say that the kitchen has been well christened.

A number of you have asked about the Lesotho matching meeting- it has been postponed several times (for valid although complicated reasons). We don’t know when the next meeting is scheduled so we wait. We’ve become really OK with waiting. It’s sort of like the kitchen- the process feels very, very long but we know that the end result will be better than we imagine.

And, I’m going on a fun adventure in the meantime. I’ll tell you about it on Monday.


The Fan

This kitchen renovation started with my frustration at the lack of exhaust fan over our former cook top. That problem has now been solved.


When we started our kitchen renovation, we were not sure about what we would do about the floors. At first glance, they looked great for 1950s wood parquet. It’s only closeup that you see how yellowed and beat up they really were.

We decided to have them refinished and this has turned out to be one of our favourite parts of the renovation. They are super smooth and look brand new. Before photos are on the left and afters are on the right below.


Here is a clearer before and after shot. The change is subtle but one we’re so glad we did it. Next week we FINALLY get to move furniture back in.

I can just hear my mom exclaiming, “That room looks like a different colour from the first picture at the top!” and she’s right. Opening up the wall to the kitchen completely changed the lighting in all three rooms and left the living room paint looking a slightly nauseous turquoise green (instead of the beautiful blue it used to be). We painted everything the week before the floors were refinished. You will also notice there is no trim around the doors and windows in the living room- we will replace it to match the trim around the kitchen window. There is lots of finicky stuff yet to do but the end is certainly in sight.

Window Dressing

Window trim? Check.

The trim actually went on before we tiled last week… I just forgot to post this photo. We are so happy with the classic shape of the trim that we decided to match it around the living room windows. So off went the trim in the living room and on went another task on our “to-do list”.

Kitchen Update

A few more photos of our new kitchen counters. All of of a sudden, the completion of this long project (which kicked off last May) seems less like a distant dream.

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The new Blanco silgranit sink and part of the new faucet.

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Next up? Formally installing the sink and faucet, finishing plumbing, adding trim to the window and painting the second coat of paint in the kitchen. Then, we tile and refinish the floors.