Monday, March 24, 2014

Kitchen and Bath~

It's nearing the end...and we just finished putting in the Marmoleum floor in the kitchen.  As Marmoleum is an eco product, it is also very expensive, so I saved a bit by only laying it where it would be seen. It went down easily, literally click-it in and move on. Once the kitchen cabinets are in place the floor will look just fine (if not amazing).

The bathroom is the last room that needs a ton of work. I used up the rest of the building bricks which we bought a pallet of at a Habitat re-store for creating the shower stall, as well as some glass block I had laying around. I used backer board for the walls, and coated all the inside walls of the shower in that crazy pink water proof coating. That is required by code if you don't use a standard shower pan, which only comes in some boring square sizing- so we improvised the shape and went with the coating. Next I'll plaster the brick walls with white concrete and lay tile on the floor and two of the shower walls. Going to pick up a toilet at the re-store, and tile the floor black and white, which will take a bit...but should be worth it.
Painting has also been going on, the pantry, now the "green room", and Kodiak's room is going to be orange with a dark blue ceiling. He picked the orange himself, and was extremely specific about which orange he wanted.  The mud room is bright blue- the color that in some traditions is believed to ward off evil.  It's used extensively in North African architecture, which I happen to adore.
I stained the outside wood detail to Kodiak's room with blue analine dye, and will be getting some more colors for other details around the house. Most all the pine wood walls have been white washed or pickled, so they will stay light and bright rather than aging yellow with time. This will be a colorful home.
Next week should make a big difference in how the interior is coming together. More soon!

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