Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A DIY day

As inspirational as I find all those DIY shows, I also am huge on instant gratification. But every now and again, I get an urge to build something. And that something generally is from IKEA, which is designed for faux-renovators such as myself.

Today's project: a patio set.

First, size up the job. I can't believe I got that thing into my van!

Commence mise en place. For the purposes of furniture assembly, mise is putting things that look kinda alike together.

First up - the table. Breathtakingly simple, cause it's only six pieces. Win!

And now that I have a table, I can use it for more building. Here's the two-seater bench. That took a little longer, in large part because I made a mistake on step 1 and didn't realize it til step 14.

And the two chairs were a snap. So here's the set!

And just because everything's cuter with collies.

The reason I went to IKEA in the first place is because I had to exchange a too-big microwave for a just-right one at Midland Appliances and they're a tantalizing 2 blocks from IKEA.

In other news, the plumber installed the toilet in the powder room. If a toilet can be cute, this one is kinda cute.

Another cheeky light fixture, this time in the powder room.

And a whimsical pair of sconces will flank the sink.

Tomorrow, the plumber will (hopefully) finish the pedestal sink and maybe hook up the dishwasher and the water line to the fridge. I don't have a firm ETA on the rest, but my first houseguest is coming tomorrow. Nicki, we have booze, ice, and a microwave. I think we can make this work!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I think I am in love with my fridge

It's wrong to be dazzled by shiny stainless steel. I should be better than that. Who cares if it has a kajillion shelves and drawers - it's just an appliance, right? So why do I keep trying to hug my fridge?

I lurve my fridge.

If you look closely, you can see the hug marks I left on my new boyfriend fridge.

The other appliances are here too, and I'm sure I'll be trying to spoon the range, once it's installed. Even with all of the packing film and styrofoam I can tell that it's one sexy range.

I love my new metallic snowball pendant lamp too!

And once I get all the blingy crystals hung on the linear chandelier, I think I'll love it too.

I like how the dining area looks. In fact, I love the whole look of the place. The dark floors, the light cabinets, the shiny stainless - it's like living in Kits, but just a lot father from the beach. :-)

Wick says that I really need to get a life. In lieu of that, I should throw the ball for her.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Well, the cabinets are mostly in. I can finally envision what the kitchen is going to look like!

This is sort of like a built-in hutch (and booze cabinet):

I've got a lot of storage!

The lighting is being installed Friday. Picture a pretty little pendant lamp over the sink.

The appliances arrive on Monday. Until then, I will have to imagine their stainless steel loveliness:

My favourite part of the kitchen - the open shelving for all my cookbooks!

Tomorrow, the flooring installation starts. It's an engineered oak that should hold up well to dog claws (read: somewhat pre-distressed):

Huh. I think it's going to rain. Poor veggies.

A border collie totem pole. :-)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A gardening update

After a decade of living in condos, I finally have a chance to, um, get my hands dirty. Thank goodness for Lee Valley's nifty nail brush! I am following the garden design methodology of "See it, buy it, plant it". It's a very disciplined way of planning a garden.

One of the gardens in the backyard (graced by Wick):

Rex and some azaleas:

The other garden bed in the backyard:

The front yard garden bed (this needs a lot of work):

Speaking of the front, the door got its first coat of paint. I really like how it's starting to look. A couple more coats and some new hardware and it will look pretty spiffy.

The herb section of the veggie garden:

The middle bed:

The third bed. I'm pretty sure all the things (except for the herbs) have been planted way too early, but it's just so much fun!

The cabinets are about 60% installed. They should finish the job by Monday or Tuesday, and then the flooring guys will do their thing. The first couple coats of paint are done, and the baseboards and casings have been painted (they'll be installed after the floors are laid). Appliances are scheduled to arrive on May 10th. Oh, good gravy, I think it's almost done! Hurrah!