After a loooonnnnggg Christmas break, I’m back. Hope you all had a great holiday with family and friends. We finally got winter here and let me tell you, I didn’t miss it. But, now onto more fun updates.
So there’s been lots of progress with my modern, rustic and slightly industrial kitchen reno. Cabinetry fronts finished….check, hardware added…check, appliances installed and working…check, sink and faucet done…..check.
A little sneak peek at the cabinetry that was installed just before Christmas (obviously before the hardware was added). I’m absolutely loving the blue/grey cabinetry, it is such a refreshing change from the overwhelming presence of honeyed wood in the house. Please excuse the dust on these as I was so excited to take a pic and share that I didn’t even wait to dust them off.
Together with the grey/black island, it’s pure GORGEOUS!
What are we still working on? Well, the backsplash and therefore the rest of the electrical outlets, lighting and live edge shelving are still in line. Trying to figure out how to install floating 100 lb+ maple wood shelves onto a tiled backsplash wall has been quite the learning experience. In the end we got lots of advice from our contractor, our cabinet maker, a steel company, fellow designers and our local welder. We, actually my hubby did most of the legwork on this problem, hey…I just come up with the ideas, the implementation…well that’s a whole other issue.
So they came up with a custom made steel bracket that has three rods that will fit into the corresponding holes that will be bored into the wood shelf. These brackets will be lag bolted into the wood logs that form the frame of our log home, and the shelves will then slide onto the rods. Presto……magic! Apparently we will be able to park a car on the shelves 🙂
So since we couldn’t finish the tiling until the brackets are totally completed and installed, my hubby just tiled the areas where he could. We are really hoping to have both the brackets installed this weekend and that the tiling can continue. I will then resume the sanding of the shelves….which is a joy, let me tell you. Then a coat of a clear finish and we will be ready to get them up there and start using them.
We also have some trim work that needs to be completed. I’m going to be trying to match 24 year old wood stain, so that the new trim is not too noticeable against the original pieces…wish me luck!
The electrician was also hoping to have this large lantern installed over the island and all the switches and outlets finished this week as well. I can’t wait to see it actually hanging in the space!
That will just leave the articulating sconces and of course, the shelves, to be installed on the backsplash wall after all the grouted is done. So exciting! I am seriously dreaming (no, not kidding) about styling those live edge wood shelves.
I’ll leave you with one more pic that I shared on my Instagram account recently.
****Some design inspiration coming up, I’ll finally be sharing some pictures from my recent trip to Miami for #ModenusTalksMiami and #DesignMiami in my next post.