Week 7 — Progress Report: It’s all in the details

Week 7 felt like the week that we had to ‘hurry up and wait’ — we were not quite ready for appliances, but hundreds of little details needed attention.

New stair railings were finally installed.

Hurray! No more worries about sleepily falling off the landing in the wee hours.

Hurray! No more worries about sleepily falling off the landing in the wee hours.

Late Wheat walls, Gray Mist trim, gray stained railings, aged copper pickets, Satchel door

Late Wheat walls, Gray Mist trim, gray stained railings, aged copper pickets, bronze light fixture — we’re liking the view from the living room.

Interior doors were installed, including the door that will close off the back bedrooms from the front of the house.

The red patina on this bronze door hardware perfectly complements the Satchel paint colour.

The red patina on this bronze door hardware perfectly complements the Satchel paint colour from Benjamin Moore.

Our pocket doors for the dining room arrived ahead of schedule, but not in time to have them painted before they were installed.  Still, we’re happy to get them so quickly, after cancelling our original order with Lowes’ supplier. (They went into a 4 week backorder after keeping us waiting for 5 weeks.)

Love the glass in these doors, made locally  and ahead of schedule by Royal Door.

Love the glass in these doors, made locally and ahead of schedule by Royal Door.

Painting the pocket doors after installation is a bit trickier than doing it prior, but our contractor has made it as easy for us as he could.

Painting the pocket doors after installation is a bit trickier than doing it prior, but our contractor has made it as easy for us as he could.

The extra work is worth it, to see the Satchel door colour echoed in the kitchen wall, and complemented by the Late Wheat dining room walls, Gray Mist trim,  and Graphite cabinets.

The extra work is worth it, to see the Satchel door colour echoed in the kitchen wall, and complemented by the Late Wheat dining room walls, Gray Mist trim, and Graphite cabinets.

A new floor vent has been added to this kitchen alcove, and we love the way the stainless steel cover brightens the floor in this area.

We picked up these vent covers at Costco, and have seen them in other box stores since.  We like the hit of pattern in the floor.

We picked up these vent covers at Costco, and have seen them in other box stores since. We like the hit of pattern in the floor.

The wall vent was put up in its new position in the kitchen wall.  Why do they always come in white? I carefully painted this one to match the wall before it was installed.

Those little white screws might as well be the lights of Vegas! But I know how to fix them without gumming them up with paint....

Those little white screws might as well be the lights of Vegas! But I know how to fix them without gumming them up with paint….

Metallic markers from Sharpie!  They go on beatifully, and are great for touching up screws that always seem to be the wrong colour for whatever they are holding up.  Copper took care of the screws in my wall vent cover.

Metallic markers from Sharpie! They go on beautifully, and are great for touching up screws that always seem to be the wrong colour for whatever they are holding up. Copper took care of the screws in my wall vent cover.

 

One little detail that came to light after the cabinets were installed: the tiny slivers of primer-painted white walls, between the front of the cabinets and the edge of the door frame.  There were a few more of these tiny gaps on walls that will otherwise be covered in tile.  Wish I’d thought of those areas before the cabinets were installed!  It doesn’t make sense (to me, anyway) to paint these slivers in my wall colour, because that reddish colour will draw too much attention.  So I painted them to blend in and disappear.

Those annoying little gaps of white primer are no match for a determined decorator with a tiny paint brush.

Those annoying little gaps of white primer are no match for a determined decorator with a tiny paint brush and a colour-matched can of paint.

I even painted those gaps between the bottom of my soffits and the tops of my window frames.  They won’t be visible when my valances are installed, but what if someone looks underneath the valances?

No one is going to see a white 'slip' showing when they look under my valances!

No one is going to see a white ‘slip’ showing when they look under my valances!

My contractor worked for several days to finish all of the carpentry details, but every new piece of wood he installed had to be primed and painted.  Since I’m the chief painter, that meant another lost weekend.

The trim around the top of the stairwell is a neat touch, but that wall was already painted.  Now I have to do it again.

The trim around the top of the stairwell is a neat touch, but that wall was already painted. Now I have to do it again.

Our closet doors weren’t new, but had not yet been painted.  There’s no escaping the task this time around.

Why did we get this style of door? What were we thinking, with all those little dividers to be painted?!

Why did we get this style of door? What were we thinking, with all those little dividers to be painted?!

The only saving grace in all the painting is how much I love our new colours.  I’m particularly in love with our new trim colour — I may never paint trim white again! It’s like liquid linen….

Good thing I love this paint colour --  Benjamin Moore's Gray Mist, CC-80 -- I seem to need miles of it on the trim!

Good thing I love this paint colour — Benjamin Moore’s Gray Mist, CC-80 — I seem to need miles of it on the trim!

Week 8 promises to be a big one — appliances will be delivered and installed; cabinetry is to be finished, including new hardware; and countertops are to be installed. With any luck, we’ll be moving back upstairs before Labour Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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