Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Ocean view from our deck

'New' dining room set, off of Craig's List

Blue table

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Updated kitchen plans

We've decided to paint the kitchen and kitchen nook walls a creamy white (Air 2 in Satin Yolo paint from the Living Green store in Culver City). For the cabinets we've chosen a jade/turquoise-y color that will have to be matched (I have a small bowl/dish that has the color we want). Hardware-wise we're still debating between clear, black or opaque white glass knobs.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hoosier cabinet (and corner peek of the stove)


More pics at my flickr page.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

We did buy that neat old Hoosier cabinet on Craig’s List. It's the perfect size for our kitchen and gives much-needed extra storage. I can also display some of my teapots and tea cups on the shelves fronted by the glass door.

We also found another 1950s Wedgewood stove on Craig’s List that had been refurbished a few years ago at Antique Stove Heaven. (The one mentioned in the last post just wasn't in good enough condition.) Even with arranging with pick up/ delivery from Redondo Van and Storage (after a myriad of phone calls attempting to locate a rental truck etc) it’s still working out much less expensive than getting one directly from Antique Stove Heaven. (Famous last words – we still have to have it installed, because its valve doesn’t fit the valve on the gas supply line. We’re having the Gas Co out tomorrow to install it.

We do still want to paint the walls and cabinets and get different knobs for the cabinets in the very near future, but I think we’re going to wait awhile on the re-tiling, re-doing the bottom cabinets etc.

Friday, November 17, 2006


The current stove has great burners but the dial for the oven was damaged at some point recently and we can’t use the oven. We were wanting to get a vintage stove anyway, but now want to find one as soon as possible. (Dave is dying for me to make him some cookies.)

We’re eyeing O’Keefe & Merritt and Wedgewood 1950s stoves on Craig’s List and will be visiting Antique Stove Heaven again this weekend. I’d love to have a stove in time to cook Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m also thinking about getting a Hoosier cabinet for the wall perpendicular to the stove; we’ve found one on Craig’s List (see a theme here?) that we want to check out. There aren't many Hoosier cabinets in California but I think they're neat.

The walls are currently a mint green and we’ll be repainting; I don’t mind green but would pick a different color of green – I prefer more of a sage-y, yellow based green as opposed to a bluer green. Currently the nook and the kitchen are the same color; we’ll probably pick different colors just for the contrast/ separation of the rooms. Not sure if we'll stay with green or go with an off-white for the kitchen and a warm neutral for the nook.

Longer-term we need to re-do the bottom cabinets, sink and countertops – there’s some water damage to the plaster wall and interior of the cabinets, the sinks are very rusty from the bottom. We may add (and hide) a full size dishwasher, but we’ve lived without a dishwasher for a very long time (can’t remember when we’ve last had a working dishwasher) so that’s not too high on the priority list (though, with an eye towards resale value, it’s something we should consider). Tile-wise, we're thinking a classic 1920s bungalow hex & subway tile sort of thing.....maybe doing a lot of subway tile around the stove too.

I'd like to do glass knobs/pulls on the cabinets and drawers.

Pics of the house in it's current conditin are at my flickr page.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Moving Day

Tonight will be our first night in our new house! I'm working today so Dave and his mom Rosemary got to supervise the movers and clean the old house. (If I'm contracted to work a day, in my mind the only things that will make it okay for me to not make it in is if I'm in the hospital (really) or there's a death in the immediate family. Moving does not count.)

The floors turned out gorgeous.

I'll be posting our list of want-to-do's in the next week or so. Some are major (landscaping the front yard), some are minor (paint the kitchen a different color).

Pics to be posted in the next week or so.

Something we realized yesterday -- not only do we have an ocean view, we have an awesome city view (given good conditions). Again, pics to follow.