Good news: It’s just the right amount!
Bad news: This week we turned into the clients from hell for a short while. The issue was grout. When selecting the color we went neutral, alabaster to be precise, a nice, safe choice. Too safe. We realized (after Daniel the tile man had already grouted 2 out of 3 areas) that the alabaster color was fine but we much preferred the dark outlines around the tiles on the wall that had not yet been grouted. It just looked more modern.
We debated – should we let it ride with the off-white color since it looked okay and he’d already done the work? Or risk pissing everyone off and ask for what we really wanted, a re-do with a darker color to make the backsplash tiles pop rather than blend? I think you know how that debate ended.
I have to say, Kelly at KBUI and the tile guy were remarkably cool about our past-last-minute change, even though it meant that Daniel had to quickly un-do his day’s work before everything dried and then do it all over again, in DeLorean gray this time. Everyone’s bottom line was – you need to love it. And now we do – thanks, you guys!
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Ilise did an amazing job of stripping, sanding and refinishing our old kitchen table, which came from IKEA 13 years ago. Frankly, we were surprised that A) It’s made of real wood, not particle board and laminate; and B) It’s still standing. But stand it does, and it is now a Thing of Beauty.
Unfortunately it’s a little too big for the space in its new configuration, and the color isn’t ideal either. We’re still discussing it but possibly will buy a new smaller/darker table for the kitchen and find a home for Ilise’s Super-Awesome Table downstairs in the Groovy Room. (What’s a Groovy Room, you say? A story for another post, that’s what.)
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Tune in next week for another renovation recap. You can read previous recaps here.
Do you have any house projects lined up this fall, before the holidays and “company’s coming” season? Let me know in the comments.