Sunday, April 11, 2021

Round Two

 I've heard about varied reactions to the second round of the Pfizer vaccine.  No big deal. Oh felt like I was dying. Fever, fatigue, flu like symptoms... It's better if you've had Covid. Oh no, it's worse if you've had Covid.

I was optimistic.  I thought we'd be able to get the shot, go home and drop my husband off and then go on to work. 

I thought wrong.

We hadn't even gotten all the way home before my head began to hurt. (Granted it's a bit of a trip but still) My arm was sore but not immediately. That took a while to get really bad.  Fatigue, headache, fever, and feeling like my hand and half my arm was falling asleep. Yeah, this was much worse than the first round.

I got lucky (relatively speaking) because the headache and arm pain (and numbness) went away by Saturday.  The fatigue...yeah that hung on though by Sunday it was a little better.  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I got the vaccine but I'm also (very) glad I won't need to do this again.

So my progress was a little erratic this weekend. I added some supports to the big window in the kitchen.

It keeps the push out windows from sagging and it looks pretty good.  Then I started on the two sets of double windows for the living room on the other side of the first floor and the bedroom.

I like the trim for the inside but for the exterior I want something a little more streamlined so I'll make some different exterior window frames.

While the paint on the windows dried I started to put my refrigerator together. I bought several rolls of glitter contact paper in black, grey and white.  I wanted to do the appliances in black and the countertops in either white or grey.

I got my handles from Kristine's Shapeways shop.  I like the dark grey metallic handles for the appliances.  That way they match the stove top knobs as well.

I think it looks pretty good.  So while the glue dried on the handles I painted the front door.

And tested the fit of my 'drywall'.

I cut my siding for the front wall exterior.  And tested out some paint on a scrap. I love this blue but I might need to get more of it.  Or find a black spray primer so I don't need five coats of paint.

You can see where I'm also testing stain on pieces of wood.  I want a wood trim around the windows on the inside.  I want a shade of brown that works with the Weathered Grey cabinets.  So I put my two countertop options, and the tile for the backsplash against the peninsula back with the different stains I have.

First the two countertop options. So far I have one vote for the grey and two for the white. I'm leaning towards the white, just for the contrast.

It's not very easy to see the glitter of the white. Either one will work with the backsplash because I have tiles in pearly white and a silvery grey.

Now the wood stain options.

I like the Dark Walnut and the Cherry so far.  The Early American and Red Mahogany have too much red in them to me.  The big thing is that whatever I use for the window stain, I need to do something that coordinates on the floor.

I also put the lower cabinets together and tested the new sink.

Yay it fits!

And just for fun I put the stove front in it's spot.

We have one wall put together.

Only seven more to go. Plus a floor. And a roof. And another roof.  The interesting thing is going to be making the doors at the end of the cargo containers. I've got this'll be interesting.

I've ordered some 'glass' so I can make some accordion doors. I want to make the back wall of the first floor sliding doors so I can fold them back and get in but keep the Building Inspector out.  The second floor I'm still working on but I want sliding or accordion doors up there to go out onto the roof deck.

Now I'm going to go and figure out how to make those container doors.  Or have a nap. We'll see which one wins.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter! Oh, and Cabinets and Windows

 I hope everyone is having a Happy Easter!  I had fun with the WQRC garden and apple tree this morning.

Yesterday I worked on the stove first. I need to recut my chipboard for the front of it but I got the stovetop painted and glued.

I used a metallic scrapbook paper for the bottom. 

Since I had to use a regular black paint and then layer a metallic over it I worked on the burner and oven knobs while the paint was drying.  First the gesso.

Then a metallic silver over the gesso.

And then the jewelry findings to finish off the handles.

And while everything was drying I started on the kitchen cabinets.  I stained the veneer first and then glued everything to the chipboard. I had to weight it down to make sure it stayed flat with the moisture from the glue.

I made sure I used the stain on the edge of the chipboard so there wouldn't be any weird shadows.  Then I tested out the fit. And ran into a problem.

See the issue?

Yep. Cut the sink opening for the inside of the sink instead of the outer perimeter.  So... I looked for a two inch sink but no dice. Not one that would work with the cabinets and the countertop the way I want it. So...

You guessed it. If you can't buy it, make it.

Today I was a little less productive, I started working on the windows.

So now the glue is drying.  But so far so good.

Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter everyone!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Cutting Cabinets

 I spent most of this weekend with my Cricut. (Please ignore the missing doorknob, that's what happens in an old house when the foundation shifts with the seasons and the cat's food is in the closet.)

Funny story, when I first put the WQRC on the table there with the cats' water under it, Helo was suspicious and wouldn't drink from there for weeks. There are other water dishes so he was all right but he does not like change. He's the quintessential Taurus.

That meant I had to set up my table and take it down again twice.  I am so grateful that I have a laptop.

I bought Cherry veneer when it was on sale and cut cabinet faces out of it.

With the scraps of veneer I played with stains. I need something with a grey to blue undertone so the cabinets would go well with the backsplash.  

So I played with Rust-Oleum's Weathered Grey over some streaks of Minwax's Ebony. And I added some Minwax Early American over the top.

I liked it but I wanted a little more grey, so I added more Rust-Oleum Weathered Grey on the top of it.

I'm going to play with it a little more, maybe a little more ebony or grey.  But the plan is to layer the veneer over chipboard.

I'm debating the countertop. I have something that looks like white and grey granite but I'm worried it'll look too busy with the backsplash.

For my appliances I want to do black, that'll also pick up the darker tones of the backsplash.  I cut out scrapbook paper and I'll cover the chipboard with it.  

I had to figure out a way to keep all the pieces separate.

Jack didn't like the noise of the Cricut but he didn't want to leave the room. So of course, he found a box.

My sweetheart.  I spent a lot of time waiting for the Cricut to make the cuts which was nice because I got to use that time writing.  So I didn't feel like I had to choose one hobby over the other.

But we've barely begun and I'm already thinking of lists.

Windows (and frames)
Sliding doors
Modern barn doors
Kitchen cabinets
Kitchen appliances
Bathroom cabinets
bathroom shower tile

And the list goes on and on...

I hope you're all having a good weekend!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Refining Details

This Friday we got our first round of the Covid Vaccine.  Since my husband works with the public and we both have underlying conditions that put us at risk we got on our County Health Department's wait list.  They gave us a list of possible side effects.  

We got lucky, no real bad flu-like symptoms.  Just fatigue and sore arms.  So we've both slept a lot.

But I did get the base measured and cut. And I refined the kitchen design.

Cargo containers are usually eight by eight by twenty. So I used some of the kit to make the base of the first floor.  While the glue was drying on that I continued to work on the kitchen drawings.  

I liked these cabinets as my inspiration.

So I did some erasing and then redrew the cabinets. First the front wall:

And then the side wall:

I like the look of these a lot better. And I think I'll be able to make them with my Cricut.

The other thing that I'm rethinking are the windows.  I really want to do some windows that open in the kitchen. So I'm playing around with some of the windows I have.


I think I might have to make some windows from scratch, though I really like the idea of a big long window like this with windows opening above it.

Maybe something similar on the other side of the door?  I'm still thinking about it.

I hope you all had a good weekend!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Kit Has Arrived!

 I'll admit to being a little unfocussed this weekend.  I didn't do much on Saturday.  Then we had the Spring Forward time change which I absolutely hate because I always feel incredibly tired for a couple weeks afterward.

I'll admit that it is nice my phone and computer change their own times.  I remember when they didn't.

But on Sunday the 2021 Creatin' Contest Kit arrived!  A surprise to get it on a Sunday but it was good to have it.  

Before it got here I'd taped out an eight by twenty rectangle on some of the wood I have.  

And I was checking how I could use my stairs.  I hadn't ruled out the stairs that came with the windows, though they'd require a slight adjustment to my floorplans.

I'll need to change a few things around if I go with the straight stairs.  The spiral stairs I bought have a wider footprint than I anticipated so they could still work but again, I'd need to change a few things.

I'm also happy that the other teardrop jewelry findings I ordered came in.  They're slightly smaller and I think they work better with the earring backs as burner switches.

I think they work better.

The one on the left is from the package I got last week.  The two on the right are from the new pack.  I still like the smaller back in the middle for the controls.  The one on the far right could be nice for an oven dial.  Maybe a little more thought on that.  

But the little ones fit nicely on the panel I cut for the controls.

My only other accomplishment for the weekend was sanding down the stove top and getting it ready for paint.  

I'm excited though, the kit is here and I hopefully will start to make some real progress with the build!

I hope you're all having a good weekend!