It's kitchen update time!

In my last post I showed a photo of our new door pulls and knobs. I had my heart set on the cup style pulls paired with simple round knobs, and found these great inexpensive ones on Ebay. The seller was having a free shipping special so it came to just $38 for 25 pieces... can't beat that!

They were exactly what I had hoped for in person, and the knobs went right in.

But then we got to the drawers and found an issue... they are double layered so the screws were too short (this one had 3 layers!)



Nothing a quick trip to Lowe's couldn't fix. Once we had our 2.5" long screws, we built a jig out of scrap wood since the pulls had two holes and they had to be positioned exactly the same every time.


After centering it on each drawer, we drilled our holes (using a drill bit larger than the screws so they could just slide on through).

It worked like a charm, and now we can actually open our doors!



I'm especially fond of the black finish against the white cabinets.





While we were on a roll adding touches of black to the kitchen, I figured I'd tackle something I had been wanting to do ever since I laid my eyes on this...

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I am obsessed with this photo. I found it while browsing Pinterest and it has become one of my biggest kitchen inspiration photos for this remodel. There was no hesitation—I was painting my door black.



Of course I needed to paint the wall too, and that horrible plastic swamp cooler.

I painted the walls in the same barely there gray as my studio, then moved on to the door. I had to spend a good amount of time prepping—scraping texture overspray, scrubbing, taping, patching, sanding, caulking, before it was ready for paint. 

I picked up a gallon of Valspar's best exterior paint in Dark Kettle Black (not exactly cheap, but highly recommended). It's a soft smoky black in semi-gloss.



I was a little nervous after the first coat—it had a slightly different consistency than what I'm used to, and didn't seem to cover that great (of course it's black over white though...)



But the second coat changed my mind.



Three coats was all it took. I painted the outside as well.



Here's the first coat again for fun.


While that was drying, I moved my attention to this eyesore.


I had to address the inside part too...



I debated on whether or not to paint it the same white as the trim, or the wall color. In the end, the white won out.




Plastic isn't easy to paint (with latex paint and a brush/roller, at least). It took many coats.

And this part was a nightmare. It didn't go on smoothly so I had to just keep piling the paint on in hopes it would eventually cover the beige.


In hindsight I could have spray painted it, although the whites wouldn't have matched—so it's really a toss up.

Finally I decided it was good enough and I'm happy that everything matches now. We still need to shorten the wire before plugging it back in, and replace the baseboards so ignore the unfinished parts.



Here's the whole wall:



Don't worry, I've already ordered new door hardware to replace the polished brass.






I love the contrast against all the white & grays.






I bought enough paint for the front door, so that's next!

Also, I have a personal update...

If you follow my instagram, you may have seen this video from Saturday.

This cat has been meowing at our door for the past week now. While I was painting the kitchen door, she came up and started meowing "Hewwo? Hewwo? Hewwoooo?" (seriously, that's exactly what she says). So I said hello back and gave her some food. She devoured the entire bowl in seconds and I knew she didn't have a home.



She wasn't feral—very affectionate and wanted to be inside so I have a feeling she had a home before and was abandoned. Our neighbor said she has been around for a while and didn't belong to anyone—we think she's been living underneath our house (our subcontractor said he found evidence of a cat living there a couple months ago). My heart broke for her.

How could we say no to this face?




So, now we have Biscuit. 

Biscuit hates Susie.


It has been a kitty stand-off in here all weekend. Susie is more curious than anything, but Biscuit is used to defending herself in the wild so it makes sense that she has an aversion to other animals.

Biscuit is still going to be an outdoor cat—we'll let her in when she meows but I feel so sad for Susie. First we uproot her and put her in this strange house and then we add this other animal to the mix, who eats her food and makes her uncomfortable in her own home. I'm trying to give her extra love and attention so she doesn't feel betrayed. 

We did make some major progress though...


They're on the same bed! Brad brought Biscuit in and pet her while I pet/calmed Susie—and even though there was a stare down contest and lots of growling, neither one jumped off the bed when we left the room. 

They still have lots of issues to work through, but I hope they can become BFF's one day. Any advice on how to make cats not want to kill each other?


Back to house stuff—I think this week we'll try to tackle this living room wall...


Planking round 4, here we come!



 
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