1. I finally have my new light installed!
Yep, it’s the light that Matt bought for me three months ago. It’s the light that started this whole kitchen remodel. And finally…finally…it’s installed in my kitchen.
Matt bought mine from One King’s Lane, but I don’t think they have it anymore. However, Lamps Plus has it right here.
I absolutely love it! Of course, I’ll love it so much more when it’s the cherry on top of an otherwise very pretty dessert, rather than the only shiny and pretty thing against bare wood and one really filthy looking wall.
And for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to take a picture of a light while it’s on, and without it turning out looking like a glowing sun. *Sigh* Those photography classes are still on my “to do” list, but other things always seem to take priority.
2. I’m tiling everything.
Rather than just the backsplashes, I’ve decided that all of the walls in the kitchen are going to be tiled. That means this big wall will have tile floor to ceiling, as will all of the other bare wall areas in the kitchen.
I love that look, but I’ve always thought it would be cost prohibitive to use that much tile. But I realized that since I’m using inexpensive subway tile, and since I really don’t have a whole lot of wall space in this kitchen (since the cabinets cover most of it), it actually won’t cost an arm and a leg to tile everything. I think it’ll end up being in the $250 range for the whole kitchen.
3. I want to add brass wire mesh to these four doors.
I was planning on using glass, but then I saw a few examples of cabinet doors with wire mesh in them, and I really love that look!
The problem is that brass mesh is really expensive. The cheapest place I can find it would run about $100 per door. That’s not gonna happen. So I’m considering using hardware cloth and painting it with a brass paint. Or I could even use brass metal leaf to cover the mesh.
This one isn’t brass, but here’s an example of hardware cloth painted black and used in cabinet doors.
But I’m still not sure. I go back and forth between wanting the sparkle of glass, and wanting the brass-colored metal mesh.
4. Electrical tip – wiring an outlet or switch is easier than you might think.
When you’ve got a standard wiring situation going on (i.e., you don’t have multiple wires coming to and going from your outlet or switch), you don’t even need these screws on the sides of the outlets or switches.
I always thought it was such a pain to have to wrap the wires around these and then tighten the screws, making sure that the wires were in there really good. Such a tedious task. Well, it turns out that you generally don’t even need those. Just tighten those screws all the way in, and forget about them.
Instead, the wires simply insert into these holes on the back.
Just strip the wire according the the wire stripping guide (which you can see down by my thumb), and poke those wires into the holes. Takes about ten seconds, and you’re done!
The white wire goes in the hole behind the long slot on front, and the black wire goes behind the short slot on front. You do still have to wrap the ground wire around the green screw, but only having to do one as opposed to three can save you lots of time if you’re having to wire a whole room of outlets and switches.
5. Another electrical tip — these boxes are awesome!
If you have a room that you’ve taken down to studs, or if you’re building new construction, and you’re wiring/rewiring using electrical boxes for new construction (as opposed to rework boxes that are used when you already have drywall up), I highly recommend these boxes. Once they’re installed, and after you have the drywall up, there’s a little screw on the side that you can adjust to get the box positioned just perfectly. Right now, I have them tightened so that they sit flush against the wall.
But when I get ready to tile, all I have to do is use that screw and move the box away from the wall a bit. Then I can tile around it, and then readjust so that it sits flush with the tile.
Yes, they’re more expensive than basic boxes, but these are awesome for us DIYers who are often going back and redecorating rooms. We might just want drywall today, but tomorrow we might want beadboard, or a wood planked wall, or tile, or something else. These make it so easy to allow for extra thicknesses of materials being added to the walls in the future. No more frustration of having to add those little plastic spacers to make room for extra materials being added to the walls.
6. Look! Drywall!
I finally installed the drywall on this short wall by the peninsula. I know at least a couple of you were concerned about the fact that I hadn’t done that before doing the counteretops, so I just wanted to assure you that everything has worked out.
I’ve said it many times — my methods aren’t always “correct,” but somehow I manage to get it all done.
I do still have a couple of pieces to add on the header. Those will get done, too…eventually.
Oh, and I finally wired those outlets, too! Now all of my electrical stuff is officially finished in the kitchen.
7. Check out this push button.
Those of you who don’t have a sink on a peninsula or island might not be familiar with this little gadget. It’s a push button control for the garbage disposal, and it works by sending a little puff of air through that black tube and to a box that you plug into a regular outlet. Then the garbage disposal is plugged into that box. The puff of air somehow turns the disposal off and on. There’s no wiring required. Just plug in the box to any regular outlet, plug the disposal into the box, and you’re good to go.
But it can be used with other things, too. I tested it out by plugging in my box fan to the box, and then used the button to turn the fan off and on.
Now my mind is spinning. How else can I use this cool little gadget?
I know! When I decorate our bedroom, I want to use two chandeliers above our bedside tables (rather than using table lamps), but how do we turn them on and off when our bed is up against a window/wall that will be eventually covered with draperies? A switch on the wall won’t work, because it would either be covered with draperies, or it would be too far away from the bed, and I want to be able to turn the light on and off while sitting in bed. So I’m going to install these little push buttons right on top of our nightstands, run the tube out the back and to the outlet behind the draperies, and then plug the lights into those boxes. Then to turn our lights on and off, we’ll just use the push buttons right there at our fingertips.
I love this gadget! How else can I use it?!
I can’t go crazy, though. They’re kind of expensive. (About $60 each.) You can find them at Home Depot, and I would assume that Lowe’s also carries them.
So how’s that for a random post? Gotta go get ready for the plumber to come. He’ll be here after lunch. And then I very well may waste the rest of the day standing in front of my kitchen sink, turning the water on and off. Just because I can.