Friday, December 16, 2016


The knob arrived, and though I thought I'd really, really like it, and almost did...
it has some problems.
The first problem is that it arrived with a "stress" crack and a few other cracks in the acrylic.  It is also acrylic, so it is a little lighter weight and has some surface scratching that looks like it will show wear.
So, unless I want to inspect each and every knob and be prepared to send some back for replacements (and potentially need to do that process again!), I'm passing on these.  Too bad.  I liked the concept.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Kitchen Bits

I have found my tiles, and they have arrived!  The kitchen cabinets are here, also.  I just ordered my kitchen faucet and am looking at cabinet hardware.  Here are some images.  The tile will have a dark green grout instead of light, and I'm not sure of the nickel knob yet.
I'm still looking.  I'll have a nickel faucet, so this would match and I like the beading on the cabinet and knob matching.
However, I also like this acrylic knob with green and nickel.  The sample is coming soon, so I'll be able to see it next to the tile and cabinet for real.  Then I'll know.
And here's the faucet that is on its way any day now!
So we're on our way to a full-fledged kitchen.  We have the narrow LG refrigerator and a small dishwasher, all white.  I can hardly wait to get pictures of the finished room.  Kitchens are a lot harder to do than others.  So many separate items need to coordinate!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Kitchen Commencing

I gave in and went to Lowe's.  What a relief!  Someone came out and measured the kitchen!  Now I don't have to worry that I did it all wrong.  Someone else may have, but it isn't my doing.
I did actually pick the tile "Silestone - Tea Leaf" for the countertops after going with a couple other options in my head. At the last minute, though, I ran back to "Tea Leaf" with it's combination of greens, sand and white.
The cabinets went from "Diamond" in a "Fired Brick" color, to "Schuler" in a "Saffron" color.  I picked the Tiffany style door.  I had come across this combination a couple of weeks ago and tried all sorts of other combinations in my mind before coming back to the Tiffany door in a classic yellow.

The change from the dark blue or the brick colors came about when I started to picture it with the white appliances.  It seemed like it would end up being a checkerboard effect with the dark and white repeat across the room, and might just be too dark for a small room.  The yellow would be much more subtle a difference, and very cheery, and enlarging the look of the room.

We are changing the flooring in the kitchen from wood to tile.  Not sure which tile yet.  But there had been a leak in the roof that came down into the kitchen and got under the flooring.  I don't like the feel of the floor now.  It seems to be punky, so we are taking it up and putting down tile.  I want it to be cheery, too!  So I'm on a hunt now for tiles!

No images will upload today... must be too foggy here...
I'll try again later when the tide is in.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Some Kitchen Thoughts

We seem to run into delays all the time, so we are not ready to move in yet... The new roof needs to go on. When we bought the place they figured we'd have about 5 years more on it, and it has been five years... So we are putting on a metal roof that looks like a green tiled, shingled roof. And we are putting on solar panels, since the roof is angled and located just right. It will save us money on electricity on our retirement incomes.

I am looking at these navy blue cabinets for the kitchen.  I have a dark green in our home now and I love them.  If I could do them again here, I believe that I would.  But it seems that I should go for a different color just to keep moving on!  The quartz works with the cabinets, the sink, the other woodwork, the walls.

Here are some cabinet knobs I'm considering.  Remember I'm trying to take into consideration the lighting fixtures also!

I love the painted ones, but am wondering if they will be just too busy and distracting.  I want them to make me smile, but not in a crazy way!  Maybe I should order one of each to see what they look like.  Maybe I should use one of each!

I think I see which one it should be now that I have them all together with the lighting fixtures.  That orange one - looks like the flower on the cream porcelain beside it and a flower in the stained glass.  Not too distracting, and still colorful!  It has a bit of green like the kitchen wall also.  That was not a serious contender until I saw it with the rest of the stuff!  I thought it was going to be the first blue one.

Monday, February 15, 2016

It Will Be Spring Soon...

And spring is the time we plan to move here.  It will be a bittersweet time.  I have bought up some "new" retired Corelle dinnerware on ebay, to replace my heavy stoneware.  My back and shoulders won't handle cumbersome items that are stored above my head.  It I store things up in cupboards, they will stay there, and we will eat off paper plates.  So out with the old and in with the new old.  Summer Blush pattern with colorful, red, yellow and purple pansies on them will work well with the kitchen colors and fixtures.  I had been looking at Corelle for a  while, but couldn't find a pattern that I liked.  Then I went on ebay and found this pattern, and I've now bought piecemeal, all the pieces that I think I'll need.  I'm debating the matching canister set.  I have a set of bean pots that I use as canisters which I received as a wedding present way long time ago.  I have a sentimental attachment to them, but don't know if I should carry on with them.  They are VERY HEAVY and from about 1970.  Maybe I could use them somewhere else...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day Lilies

Just had to post this picture taken last weekend up here.  These are why the door is the color it is.  I just love day lilies!  They are pretty happy flowers and they don't need my attention at all... except for stopping to admire them.

 And then this quick view out the front door where off to the side you can see one of the patches of day lilies and a tiny glimpse of the cove.

Day lilies potted three years ago to save them from the excavation - time to plant them.

It doesn't look like we will get there this summer.  Maybe next summer.  We need to get some work done in the basement to get it drier, so that will come before most everything else now.  Also will need a generator installed shortly.  I guess THEN I can have a kitchen, finished bathrooms and a mudroom.  And that's all I need...

There are updated tacked on the end of kitchen, livingroom and guess with some new photos.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Outside Doors Painted

The doors were painted last week.  I'd picked a vibrant daylily color.  It was my first choice, then I wavered and started chickening out to go with a sea blue, then a green that would match the peak of the house.  I settled on one of those, but by the time I'd driven home, I had gone back to daringly vibrant again!
And now that it is on the doors, I'm glad that I went the brave route.  I am liking it.
I still think I need some white cornice fretwork up in the peak.  Right?

Here's the view from the open back door (Vibrant Day Lily), across my new finished kitchen floor, and into the livingroom.  You can't tell from the lighting here, but the kitchen is actually a lighter green than the livingroom.
And here is the livingroom flooring finished.  It still has some dark stains on it probably from an old kerosene heater or wood stove once upon a time.  The wood stacked is trim for windows and doorways.  It is still too light red for my taste, so we are working on darkening it up some. I want a nice shine to it, so it needs a good shiny coat of shellac.

Still not kitchen cabinets picked out.  Bathroom fixtures are not installed.  Stairs are not done.  I don't think we'll be spending any days there this summer either...sigh.

Monday, January 27, 2014


Years ago we'd bought an old set of scales at an auction that I believe cost us a quarter.  They were big and heavy, and were very accurate, though a bit on the ugly side.  We got rid of them somewhere in the move to our current home.  We bought a new digital scale, accurate to the half pound, sleek, black, easy to read, lightweight and modern.
I detested them from the day we took them out of the box - or the unopenable plastic container.  And it wasn't because I weighed too much on them.  Rather, it was because I always had such a difficult time getting an accurate reading.  I could step on them 5 times and get a different weight each time.  Many times it was a 1 to 3 pound difference, but sometimes it was 17 - 20 pounds.  That just didn't seem realistic to tolerate.  But we lived with it for a decade, at least.
Then I bought one that could be hooked up to the Internet and keep records of different family members.  Whereas the really inaccurate scale never needed a battery in the 10 years we owned it, this one was a battery eater.  It sits in the bedroom now, dead from lack of battery juice.
So the next scale was purchased just after Christmas.  It seemed like it would be good to take to Friendship, where everything will be "scaled down" (ha!  just thought of that... scaled down... I kill me!).  This scale is portable.  It's very lightweight and the readout part tucks in for storage or mobility, and pulls out for weighing.  Now.  The only thing is - it is too small.  Your feet hang over the edges.  You can't possibly stand on it unless you are a child's size 4 foot.  Teetering on the pinnacle of a scale will not give you an accurate reading, nor will touching your toes or heels to the floor, and that is the only way an adult could possible hold still on this thing.

Back to the search for scales... 


Search for:
- vintage, cast iron, scales, bathroom, Health-o-Meter, white -

 Wait for it.....


For a mere $40 plus $33.35 shipping, we have our 25 cent scales back.

They work perfectly and will look great in the new old house.
Sometimes it just doesn't pay to scale back.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Summer, Fall 2013

My mug - my color palette
The above picture was taken from one of my favorite coffee mugs.  If the color is in here, it can be in this house... actually I had started picking out colors for the house and posting them on the refrigerator on different sides at different times of day, so I could see how I liked them individually and together.  Suddenly I saw my mug's colors and grabbed it.  Yup, they were all there.  Except for the flower that made my exterior door color easy.  Vibrant Daylily will go on the door.

It has not been too productive here at Gull Haven this summer.  Our contractor has had some outside issues to resolve, unrelated to business, and we have let him off the hook for deadlines and progress for the time being.  Since we are in no hurry yet to get there, we are fine.

I've asked that he get the house closed up for the winter and install door hardware and outside lights.  He's going to get all that done, and then we'll see where we go from there for the winter.  Inside work should be easily done in the winter, hopefully.

We did meet a few times to discuss stains for floors and other woodwork.  That has been difficult, since I don't know what the two old floors will look like when they are rejuvenated.  We have a stack of old doors with great old doorknobs, so are looking forward to getting them installed.  For the blue den, we have decided to go with a 15 pane pocket door to save space in the den or livingroom, depending on how we would have made it swing.  That isn't an issue now!  Yea!  And in the small bathroom off the den, we are going to have a door made that is a small double door, so the swing has a reduced arc.

I think we've come up with the stain that should work.  The pictures here show some of the options and an old piece of woodwork to the far right.  It's pretty much impossible to get that old look in a hurry, it seems.  So it may have to age on its own while we wait.
 Old door, old floor, two new wood pieces trying to fit in
More auditioning wood stains
Our new old phone
I picked this up pretty cheaply on eBay a while back.  I can't decide if I want to repaint it, take the paint off and restore to black or leave as it is.  It's from the 1930's, so perfect for this house...and the color goes (see mug picture).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring 2013

It's been a long, snowy winter...but spring has finally officially arrived with the forsythia bush in bloom.  It doesn't look much different from the outside, but the back is now sided and readied for a mud room addition and a deck.

Now to pick the exterior door color.  Yellow and green in center = house colors.  Colors all around the yellow = door color options.

And the winner is Valspar's Vibrant Day Lily! (top right)  It's a little bit brighter on screen than in real life, but not much.  You know what color day lilies are, right?  That's that color.  Shocking.  It's so not me.  Or so not me a few years ago.  Now, I think it is me.  And not only that, but my husband helped me pick it out.  So it isn't just my fault when the neighbors complain.

Here is the flooring for the whole house, except the living room and den.  Those two floors are staying as they are.  The living room has gorgeous fir flooring.  The rest of the house will have flooring and window trim to match.  

Here is the window trim style as mocked up in the bedroom for our approval.  I have windowsills.  Yea!  Also in this picture, you can see how the side wall with the cubby and the small amount of eave, has been painted.  It was left white before, and I just didn't like it.
It's been painted in the yellow guest/den room and the blue upstairs bath, too.

They just look more finished this way.  I'm liking them better now.  The yellow in the guest room is growing on me.  It's a bit bright, but that's good for a small room.  It looks like there's always a light on in that room.  Speaking of which, it will be so exciting to see the lights in there.
And lastly, the wood trim stain for all areas.  We are getting old doorknobs and hinges that were on the old doors from the house, and some old same era doors that have been salvaged.

I believe the flooring is going in next week.  Trim for windows and doors is being worked on this week.  I guess we'll have to take a trip up again tomorrow and see what's been done since our last meeting two weeks ago.

If there's been progress, I'll update shortly!