And so it goes... piece by piece. With masking tape guiding my way and going with my gut.
I finally fired my contractor last week. And I haven't slowed down since.
After cleansing myself of the bad craftsman I hired, I forged forward and ordered quality hardware from Whitechapel LTD to replace my awesome DIY painters tape placeholders I've had for 2 months.. its about time, they keep on ripping lately which is not so fun while doing the wannabe Ina Garten thing.
I looked for hardware online and IRL for at least 3 months on and off. And what I've learned is sometimes it takes hard work to find the one you love. It's a complicated situation to have 4 distinct areas to coordinate but not be too matchy with several different finishes, paint colors, tile, and flooring. It's all about the details, baby.
On the south side of the kitchen wall I have dark grey cabinets and on the opposite wall in the kitchen I have stark white modern appliances from Ikea and custom white cabinets.
I have a long way to go in the Kitchen but I've decided to take my time and really think about how I want to use the space. Living in it and letting it settle before I finish some final touches has also allowed the ceiling to settle and the crack to widen before I patch it. (Tutorial on that to come). I've also discovered several happy accidents like electrical outlets behind my cabinets which I can turn into awesome pullout accessory storge.
Breakfast nook / Mel's Office:
Main floor bathroom:
But the major change will come when I can actually open my dishwasher without chipping my gel manicure ... handles, man. SO ESSENTIAL.
So here's a preview of my shopping cart plus or minus quite a few exchanges and surprises towards the bottom of the list it took me days to decide and hit ORDER but I finally did and it's going to be SO BADASS.
5-10 days and counting.