getting close to the end

We are starting to feel the deadline crunch so Dale went up early without me this time.   Dale’s got the luxury of working for himself, while I have the tether of an office job keeping me occupied during the week.

When he leaves to go up north and I am stuck in the city it’s torture.  There is nothing worse than coming home to an empty house; no Dale, no puppers.  Dale was pretty quick to remind me that there was no sanding and drywall either back in the city, ha.

He also told me that I’m going to be pretty happy with the progress.   Since Thursday he has  sanded the back stairwell and given it two coats of fresh white paint.  The main floor bedroom now has electricity running to the ceiling along with a brand spankin new ceiling fan installed.  The ceiling fan in the living room has been installed, and he’s prepping the back stairs for their coat of F&B’s Charlottes Lock.

Thanks to a little photoshop magic I already have a good idea of what it’s going to look like….minus the grubby walls of course!

F&B’s charlotte’s lock orange on the back stairs

We had a slight mix-up with our paint place and a gallon of high adhesion indoor outdoor latex was mixed instead of the floor paint we wanted.  Dale noticed before leaving the city and they mixed us up a new can of oil floor paint at a super discount.  I was brainstorming all the things we could do with the extra paint…

The place need a little punch of colour I think.  We shall see…

Dale’s also been hard at work on the kitchen.  We had a bit of miscommunication on the backsplash…I thought it was going to be a classic staggered subway tile design, while Dale went with a more contemporary layout.

See,  I don’t always get my way, ha!

He wired in some new outlets and also ran the under counter lighting.  We don’t have the proper size doors for the sink cabinet we decide to use, and Ikea wasn’t any help, so Dale’s going to make something work from what we do have.  I am excited to see how that turns out but I don’t think it will be done by the time I get up there.  He’s a super star but even Dale has his limits.

He put up some customized floating shelves and a couple of more heavy duty wire shelves also.  Here’s how things are looking in the kitchen so far.

kitchen backsplash and lights

It’s really hard to get the scale of this kitchen from the pictures, but everything is pretty huge in there.  Loads of storage which is why we didn’t go with traditional upper cabinets above the sink.  I am picking up some wooden stools from Canadian tire tonight to assemble for seating around the island.  Can’t beat $19.99!

simple wooden barstool

It’s funny but Ikea doesn’t carry anything like this at all anymore..odd.  Also to be finished is the old chimney stack in the corner of the kitchen that is to be covered in blackboard paint.  My old county place had a green kitchen chalkboard and it was amazing.  Kids visiting loved leaving hand-drawn pictures and it was super handy for to-do lists, notes and keeping phone numbers.

bright kitchen1

chalk wall in the Norwood farm kitchen

That Norwood kitchen was beyond huge! Here’s the view from the other side of the island.

the rest of the Norwood kitchen

We have a thing for stools in the kitchen apparently, cause both my farmhouse and the Berryman place had them.

stools stool and more stools, at Berryman st.

I can’t remember if we took these ones with us or left them with the house. Sadly that’s just how long our stuff has been in storage, ug.  Maybe in September we will have the luxury of some time to finally dig everything out and sort through what we want to keep.

The Peterborough house has a HUGE basement   (something poor ol Berryman did not have) and it’s dry (something the cellar in the old Norwood farmhouse was not) so whatever is in storage now what we don’t plan to keep, use, or sell will eventually end up there in FREE storage…or at least that is the plan.

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