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Old 08-22-2012, 07:14 PM   #31
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Adding the orchid pictures.
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Woo Hoo, got the microwave installed. My drilled holes and cuts were all in the correct spot.

Hubby says he can install trim pieces on the left and right to make it look seamless.
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Great job guys! It's so hard to make everything work in those post WWII's, and you never know what you're going to run across.

I've found all manner of crazy stuff in them - green shag carpet over beautiful maple and oak floors, chalking aluminum siding over cedar, spaghetti wiring, 5 layers of roofing, wadded up newspaper insulation etc

They're so small in most cases it's difficult to figure out how to make them workable, and hard to justify spending a ton of money on them unless they are in particular areas. High Point and Berclair areas come to mind ...
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Hi Smalpierre,

You are so right! We are in Sherwood near the UofM. Prime rental area so if we move, we will have a nice investment property.

This is not the High Point Terrace price point. (though I wish it were)

I do have a custom project in mind for the kitchen. More on that later. I'm drawing plans and it involves curves and metal.
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So here is my side project for the kitchen. Originally, I wanted hubby to build extra cabinets above the pre-fabs to add more storage. However, in thinking about it more, I think it will be a LOT of wood in a smallish kitchen.

So I put my thinking cap on and I came up with a neat plan that I can do mostly by myself with just a little help from hubby.

To the left and right upper cabinets surrounding the window, I decided to mount wine glass holders to the ceiling. I found 4 very inexpensive chrome holders at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I bought some metallic spray paint at HD. Took a piece of sandpaper to them and sprayed them to match the burnished copper/bronze sink faucet.

After I sand, prime, and paint the ceiling, I'll mount them and they will create a nice movement for the eye above the cabinets. They will be perfect for holding my antique crystal wine glasses that I inherited from my mom. She and my dad bought them in the early 60's from an estate sale (at least that is the story). The picture is just an example - not the actual glasses (they are packed away in storage).

Then to the right of the glasses on the right side, I am going to mount a wine rack. I saw this rack on ebay that is made out of painted cardboard tubing. I got some plumber PVC to make a custom rack. The circle movement will give a nice break to all of the square wood in the kitchen. I haven't decided on the color yet, but I'm thinking that I will follow the color scheme of the fabric for the window. That might bring some funky color into the kitchen to balance out all that wood.

Here is my handwritten plan and some example photos. What do you think? I think it is going to look very cool.
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Nice plants!

I have a chum in California (Santa Barbara) who grows orchids. I think Eric must have been doing this for years because he has so many different orchids and they are all truly stunning.

With your permission I could put a few on your thread, or conversely I could add some of them to mine and you could see some of what he has.
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Got the ceiling sanded and primed for the wine glass racks. I'm so excited. I think it is going to look great.

I did decide to add crown and the pre-fab corner blocks all around the ceiling. Joining new drywall with the old rock was no easy task and the crown will hide the small imperfections. The crown will be the same white as the ceiling.

Hubby is making the final cuts and installing the last of the granite tile today too. A busy day in our kitchen.

Next step is the glass mosaic tile backsplash.
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OK...here's a few that Eric sent me awhile ago. I think he keeps these outside on his back porch area. Enjoy.
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Cool! The first two are very nice Cymbidiums. The purple pinky one looks like Dendrobium kingianum and the last two are Phalaenopsis. Cyms don't grow very well here (too hot). Dendrobiums are my all time favorites. I have over 25 species. Phals grow great and bloom reliably. Nice pics!
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Got the ceiling sanded and primed for the wine glass racks. I'm so excited. I think it is going to look great.

I did decide to add crown and the pre-fab corner blocks all around the ceiling. Joining new drywall with the old rock was no easy task and the crown will hide the small imperfections. The crown will be the same white as the ceiling.

Hubby is making the final cuts and installing the last of the granite tile today too. A busy day in our kitchen.

Next step is the glass mosaic tile backsplash.
Great call on the crown - but why not cope it? Not that I'd EVER suggest leaving it drywall, but the corner tools make mudding inside corners pretty painless. Again, I'd never suggest that unless you were going to do the unthinkable and popcorn the ceiling :D

Beautiful plants guys - I'm jealous! You won't find me in a flower garden for a good reason
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Speaking of joining new / old sheetrock ... you didn't tear out the ceiling? Are you making it flat, or texturing it? Or should I have even asked I love a flat ceiling, but they can be a royal pain to get perfectly flat unless you replace it all.
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Great call on the crown - but why not cope it? Not that I'd EVER suggest leaving it drywall, but the corner tools make mudding inside corners pretty painless. Again, I'd never suggest that unless you were going to do the unthinkable and popcorn the ceiling :D

Beautiful plants guys - I'm jealous! You won't find me in a flower garden for a good reason
OMG hubby mentioned popcorning the ceiling today and I said "absolutely not!" I am willing to accept small imperfections in the ceiling due to the age of the house. We can scrim (right term?) coat the patch areas. We will be painting the ceiling a flat white. I doubt our visitors are going to look up and inspect every part of the ceiling.

We have popcorn in the addition and one of the future projects is to remove it. It reminds me of apartment living.

RE: Coping. I have already started adding those pre-fab corners to other rooms and I really like the look. You can see what it looks like in this link (post #2). I'm using the smallest ones and they add a little something extra IMHO.

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Speaking of joining new / old sheetrock ... you didn't tear out the ceiling? Are you making it flat, or texturing it? Or should I have even asked I love a flat ceiling, but they can be a royal pain to get perfectly flat unless you replace it all.
No actually we didn't tear out any of it. We have a few areas that were patched. (The furdowns, the removed wall, and 2 old light fixtures).

Too expensive to replace for just 4 patch areas.
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Another orchid photo. This is my first AOS award orchid. (American Orchid Society) I received an HCC award for it.
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