Monday, April 26, 2010
Minor Kitchen Work + Spring Pics
A beautiful Spring day on Saturday helped get our green thumbs out. My talented wife single-handedly made a dramatic facade transformation just by adding two 2 topiaries.
The kitchen turned a corner this weekend. Stainless backsplash got installed and the counters are now complete. There was a small section of butcher block near the fridge that needed to be attached & there was a joint near the sink that did not line up. At first I thought it would be a quick & easy fix, but I didn't anticipate 2 things: 1) There is a reason oak is referred to as 'hard wood'. Too hard for self-tapping screws to self tap, and 2) Removing sheered off screws out of said hard oak is harder than the wood itself. Thanks to a newly acquired grinder (thank you craigslist!), the screws got cut off easy enough, but...long story short; what should have been a 1 hour job, turned into almost 3. The new Makita hand held power planer made light work of any alignment issues. Still need to repaint wooden backsplash & install with brass finish washers. Then hook up vent to exterior & install child locks (which are quickly moving up the priority list). That should wrap up kitchen for the time being & allow me to focus on the basement next month.