Weekend Coffee Share 3.4.17


If we were having coffee, I would invite you in and advise you — as usual — to mind the obstacle course of clutter on our way to the couch. The clutter has rearranged a bit. The long cardboard box holding my new bifold door is gone from where it has lain on the floor in front of the living room window for longer than I care to admit, and the door is now bifolding where I installed it in the kitchen closet doorway.

The two large bags of Goodwill donations that sat on the flat box of wood veneer at the front door entrance have finally been duly donated. The box of veneer panels is still there, but is thinning as the veneer gets cut to size and used to line the newly painted kitchen cabinets.

The saw horse bench in the dining room has been dismantled, mostly because I needed to use the “bench” part to make new shelving for the aforementioned kitchen closet with the aforementioned new bifold door.

The kitchen linoleum sports even more paint splatters, although there is less linoleum to splatter as I have begun ripping it out in anticipation of new flooring.


As you may have guessed by now, the kitchen remodel is still in progress, albeit a very slow progression. The wheels of remodeling turn slowly in my house. But that’s okay. If I weren’t puttering around with the kitchen, I would likely be sitting around getting bummed by the dreary gray skies and rain that have comprised this winter. I am soooo ready for spring.

I’m also eager for warmer weather so I can attempt the concrete counter top construction. Once poured into the melamine mold I built, the concrete will have to hang out in the (unheated) garage for a week or so to set and cure before I move it into the kitchen. I have no clue as to what I am doing with this, so the whole process will be yet another adventure in my DIY home impairment saga.

My dog Chules doesn’t mind the weather, but he is soooo ready for the kitchen remodel to be over. He doesn’t like the noise of the circular saw and the shop vac, although I think he secretly loves brushing up against the fresh paint and coming away with colorful stripes to adorn his fur.

The coffee has run out, so I guess it’s time to get on with the day. On today’s agenda: moving the cabinet doors into the glass studio and setting up space so I can begin painting them. Chules will be so disappointed that the doors are going to be white. No chance for stripes on his white fur.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any pointers on making concrete countertops, feel free to comment. Maybe sharing ideas will help cement our friendship. (See what I did there?)

Have a great week!

#WeekendCoffeeShare is graciously hosted by Emily at NerdintheBrain.com.

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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17 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 3.4.17

  1. Renovations are a challenge, the kitchen especially. We did a kitchen in our last house, big job and the kids and dogs were very happy when it was back to working order. Lots of luck. Great post, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Peggy Lemmer says:

    Chules still looks adorable reading the book. It sounds like it is doing some good as I see real progress. As for concrete countertops, I think I would opt for Laminate. It is lighter, not too expensive and many people know how to lay it. How on earth are you going to move a large piece of concrete around?? All food for thought for the kitchen. 🙂

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    • Maggie C says:

      My (tiny) kitchen has two small cabinets that flank the range. I am practicing on them first, so the counter tops need only be 24″ x 15″ or so each. If they turn out I will think about taking on the longer counter top on the opposite side of the kitchen that would include a sink cutout. This would be a “pour in place” deal (which I, of course, know nothing about). If it all flops, I’ll have a couple of hefty stepping stones for the yard, and I’ll be shopping laminates 🙂


  3. Your remodeling is moving along smoothly. It is not east living that way. Good luck the rest of the way. Think Positive! Hugs!

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  4. No ideas, just a hearty applause and a little bow.

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  5. Oh my, you have taken on quite a project! Good for you! I am with you, as long as I could get to the coffee pot I’d be good! Can’t wait to see the finished results and I love Chules!

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  6. Dale says:

    I remember too well when my husband decided to install our new kitchen cabinets that he built at his shop. I was 8 months pregnant. What was he thinking? At least all turned out well. Good luck with the rest of the renos!

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