After the Reno: Loose Ends

Is a renovation ever really finished?  I certainly hope so, but right now, it seems not.  It makes sense that there are ongoing repercussions to any major changes in our homes.  I’ve noticed this in the past with clients: they paint the walls, then notice that the carpet is looking older by comparison; they change the carpets, and realize the furniture isn’t looking as good as it once did.  I’ve accepted that my existing furniture is here to stay for  a while, and I really don’t mind the comfy, slightly worn-in look.  However, there are other little details that need to be dealt with, that are taking longer than I would like to be resolved.

The garbage pullout is to be replaced -- but with what?

The garbage pullout is to be replaced — but with what?

We love our garbage pullout, but as we discovered shortly after beginning to use it, the rear bins can’t be removed.  We do line them with plastic bags, but it would be nice to be able to remove the bins for cleaning.  Plus, the bags get caught on the drawer handle above, when we remove them for disposal.  Our kitchen designer has confirmed that the pullout is installed properly so the only thing to do is to replace it.  Many weeks after this decision was made, replacement day finally arrived.  Unfortunately, they had decided to re-order the same system, thinking that perhaps ours was just manufactured incorrectly.  Sadly, it seems that this design just isn’t meant for our installation, and so we are now waiting for a different system to be ordered and (eventually) installed.  Meanwhile, we must be careful not to overfill the bags so we can get them out of the bins intact.  And we need to do special ‘flexibility’ exercises before putting new bags into the rear bins, so we don’t injure ourselves as we contort our arms and hands….

 This has GOT to GO!

This has GOT to GO!

We always planned to put a new credenza under our wall-mounted TV.  I’ve even designed one, although I am rethinking how many drawers I need for CD’s and DVD’s when we seem to be moving more toward downloading and PVR’ing.  Unfortunately, our cabinet makers are so busy with our client orders that we’ve had to postpone our own orders to be sure our clients get theirs before Christmas.  For now, I put the NextBox and remotes away when we are entertaining, to minimize the mass of cables and the clutter.

I really dislike how this bank of white switches pops against dark walls.

I really dislike how this bank of white switches pops against dark walls.

In our kitchen, we were able to avoid the curse of the white switch plate covers by sourcing stainless steel covers and black outlets, both of which blend in nicely with our tile backsplash.  However, finding alternatives to the rest of the white covers, throughout the rest of the main living areas, hasn’t been so easy.  The box stores carry stainless steel, and little else (other than white!).  An online search led us to Leviton, who show many colours of switch plate covers on their site.  In order to see actual samples, we were directed to the local Living Lighting, who has so far been unable to get samples for us to see.  Meanwhile, as I was doing research for a client, I stumbled across  metal switch plate covers from Richelieu Hardware in stainless steel, antique brass, and oil-rubbed bronze.  They come in 2 styles and all sizes, from singles to 4-gang covers and they are affordable!

The bronze finish helps to minimize the white cover plate in our kitchen, but we're still left with the white dimmer switches.  We haven't been able to find those in another colour - yet!

The bronze finish helps to minimize the white cover plate in our kitchen, but we’re still left with the white dimmer switches. We haven’t been able to find those in another colour – yet!

This white switch in the dining room takes away from the art.

This white switch in the dining room takes away from the art.

We opted for antique brass to tone down the contrast in the dining room.

We opted for antique brass to tone down the contrast in the dining room.

It’s important to deal with the outstanding issues before we become complacent and get used to things the way they are.  We’re already struggling with being in our busiest season and trying to make time for any work at the house.  But I know that as soon as we take time off at Christmas, we’ll have too much time to focus on the incomplete elements and become even more impatient.

Meanwhile, there are still little surprises, like the cushion that I forgot I had ordered when I had my kitchen valances re-made.

I love the way the colours in this stripe (also used for my kitchen valances) repeat the colours in my drapery.

I love the way the colours in this stripe (also used for my kitchen valances) repeat the colours in my drapery.

 

 

 

 

 

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