A magnetic chalkboard is a new addition to the back hallway, on the wall next to the refrigerator.
Name: Andi Forker
Type of Project: Kitchen Renovation — full gut remodel
Location: San Francisco, California
Type of building: 1890's Victorian condo
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We were supposed to finish our construction project this week, but our backsplash tile has not arrived yet. The backsplash needs to be installed before the range hood— the two final big pieces of the kitchen. We accomplished some smaller decorating tasks this week while waiting for the tile.
Restoration Hardware's "1950s Tractor Dining Stool".
Our dog shows off all of the new drawer pulls on the island.
My favorite DIY of the week. We saved some money buying a large cutting board and trimming it to size for a custom addition to the buffet.
I created a magnetic chalkboard on an unused wall by the refrigerator with magnetic paint (4 coats) and a topcoat of chalkboard paint. Dean framed the chalkboard with trim pieces and I hung some of our recent travel photos there. It will be nice to have a place for a display of photographs and invitations, tucked away from the public eye in the back hall.
Also, in an effort to combat my malaise, I invited all of the friends who helped us with construction over for a dinner party, setting the date a month away from now. It is something to look forward to and also a deadline for completing all of the little bits and bobs in the kitchen. This renovation stage can be dangerous —we have been working hard for months and have a functional kitchen, so the desire to complete the last 8% is waning. We need a carrot-and-stick to keep us going.
Next week we will complete the backsplash, schedule our electrician to finish the electrical work, and do some final trim work and decorating. Then we will be normal people again, who eat brunch and go for hikes on the weekend.
Estimated time for project: 10 Weeks (formerly 9 weeks)
Time remaining: 1 week
(Images and diary text: Andi Forker)