Sunday, July 20, 2008

Show and Tell: Slogging through

I'm still going. Slowly and complainingly, but I am.

My car is in the shop (again) so I'm sticking mostly to home this weekend. Friday ended on a nice note - I had a meeting, but we held it in the bar across the street. And it was a good meeting, with the old guys telling stories. Is there anything better than that? I love listening to stories, which is probably why I like blogging so much. Even if I didn't have my blog, I would still be reading your stories.
After the bar meeting I walked with my boss over to his neighbor's house. The three of us sat on the porch while Charlie and Betty (the standard poodle who also comes to work every day) played with Henry, who is a black goldendoodle puppy that my boss's neighbor was puppysitting. He is so adorable - he's like a small bear, all furry and lumbering and wiggly. Size-wise, he's right in between Charlie and Betty. So these three black dogs had a ball running around in the yard while the sun glinted through the trees and we slurped beer and margaritas. 'Bout damn time something nice happened, even if it was just the beauty of nothing really happening.

I've been horribly terrible about commenting - I apologize if you were looking for my incredibly witty and insightful comments on a recent post. Every time I went to google reader this week I ended up reading, starring to comment on later, and then realizing I had starred ninty posts and deciding to unstar them all. But I am listening, I promise.

For Show and Tell this week I am showing my backsplash.

Yeah, not all that exciting. And it's a pretty simple and tiny one. Just nine square feet of white subway tiles. And um, my paint still needs a second coat over there. And my sink has dirty dishes in it. And that plant in the bottom of a two liter is the habanero peppers I planted a while back that really should have been put in the ground a couple weeks ago.

But I told Kelly I would send her a picture and I am also feeling for Kate, who has bravely and recklessly embarked upon redoing her bathroom. (I am ALL ABOUT starting big home improvement projects at inopportune times. As soon as I can afford to start IVF, look for me to rip up my own bathroom.)

Here's a closer look at the tiles. Still not terribly exciting, but I like them and it was a great afternoon project. (Of course, I still need to do the section on the wall right there. And please ignore my hideous countertop. I hate it, but somehow black soapstone isn't in my budget right now.) Those are my favorite kind - like painting a room or putting freaking drawer pulls on after a year and a half of having to sort of hook your finger along the side of the drawer to get to the spoons.

And because I took a picture of it, the opposite side of the room:
The white door was the ironing closet, but the ironing board was long gone before we got here. I made it one of my little projects by painting the back the same green as the kitchen and building tiny white shelves for our spices. (It's also out place to hanging dried things, like those flowers and the half a pepper from last year's crop.)
We also have this built-in. (I *really* should have cleaned this out before taking a picture. Oh well. Please don't judge. I know I have a whole bunch of empty wine bottles. I keep thinking that last little bit can be used for cooking.) Originally, a table and two benches were attached and could be pulled down or put back up, but the table broke and the woman before us tore them off. So sad.

Next up is the floor. Right now it is the ugliest white and gray vinyl ever. I want to do black and white checkerboard. What do you think?


  1. what happened with your family (i'm referring to your last couple of posts)? are you OK?

  2. Wow that is cute. I too feel for Kate I just read her post. I see your mixer on the shelf I love mine still have not found it a home though I think for the time being it will continue to hang out on my counter.

    Oh and I do hope everything is better with your family.

  3. Io - I love the tile!!! You did such a fine job instaling it, I'm so impressed! Oh and since you know I am a window treatment snob - I absolutely adore your floral shade - so pretty!

  4. Looks great! I would do the black and white checkerboard floor. I've always wanted one of those. It looks like it would go great with your home style. Where do you live? You said in the ghetto but I am guessing near Mass Ave?

  5. I love the backsplash & all the details of the built-ins! I would say the black & white hexagonal tiles would be great- you know the really old school ones? But they are a lot more work than vinyl floor, even though I think they do come in 12x12 sheets. I would love to do the subway tiles for my backsplash, but I don't think it's going to look right since we are doing a tile countertop.

    I too hope everything is okay with your family.

  6. Ooh. LOVE the subway tiles. That's what we're going to do in our bathroom once we get the concrete backerboard crap installed. And thanks for the remembrance- it's been a rough fucking weekend. BUT, seeing one of my handy friends being capable of tilework makes me think that eventually, I'll get there myself.
    Was it hard to cut them? I'm freaked about measuring/cutting correctly, since that seems to be one of my issues with carpentry...

    And MAN. I wish the frickin' uptight teetotaling people that I work with could allow for a meeting at a bar! That'll never happen! Your Friday sounds absolutely lovely.

    And- totally jealous of your built-ins. Though there is some woodwork detailing left in this house, the previous owner (also the original owner) was quite insistent on keeping up with the times, so if something looked too dated- out it went, including the awesome Craftsman-style tapered columns, in favor of painted wrought iron twisty-bar thingys to hold up the porch. Oh, well.

  7. I LOVE the tile. I'm thinking of putting it in my kitchen, too. Which you won't be seeing on my blog any time soon, because it is COMPLETELY ripped apart and a total disaster.

    I have come up with what I think is a brilliant solution for the "I'll save the end of the bottle of wine to cook with" problem. I keep a spare ice cube tray around, and pour the wine in and freeze it. I then transfer the wine cubes to a ziploc. If I'm making sauce or whatever and want to add a little zing, I throw in a handful of the winecubes.

  8. The tiles look great. I love home improvement projects and missing my home and not being able to work on it is one of the things I really miss right now.

  9. I just love home improvement projects. While waiting for my iui in December I will be doing lots of projects since I am the one who owns the power drill in this family.

  10. I LOVE built-ins. And red doors. So cool. Thanks for sharing...

  11. I LOVE subway tiles! If we stay at this house, I might do that as a backsplash.

    Did I tell you my painting story? Well, our house was built in 47 and was a fixer upper in 94 when we bought it. It STAYED a fixer upper until last summer when we cashed out the equity and did some renovations. They ripped out the old radiators (it was too expensive to keep them - long story), and so now we've got to paint EVERY freakin' room in the house because it is disgusting where the radiators were. That all went down LAST summer, and I am just NOW getting started! LOL! It was a shit year, with the IF stuff and the hell class. I'm so proud of myself for getting the bathroom and hall done (almost). I'll post pictures soon. This week I'm on to the kitchen.

    I HATE painting!

    And if I had to overanalyze, the starting a new project when you're stressed, is probably a way of feeling like you've got control. Just guessin'.

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. I seriously *heart* your tiles. We're doing really similar ones in our kitchen too (if we ever get round to it that is!) Looks FAB! And your friday sounds fab too - ahhhh I remember the days of meetings in bars - now I work in an industrial estate with nothing around for miles. Boo hoo hoo!

    Hope your family stuff is ok...

  13. You did that backsplash yourself? I am TOTALLY impressed!

  14. Io the tiling goddess--you rock! Maybe this is your calling to be a professional tiler or bricklayer or something? Hehe...
    Love it!

  15. Did you do that yourself? I'm terrified of doing anything big (anything that requires tools that I might whack my fingers off with). I love it!

    I've been thinkin' about ya. Need me to shank someone, or do you just need a hug or two?

  16. I think your kitchen is lovely! Mine is simply the plain-jane builders' model with nothing very interesting. My mother has the black and white tile floor, and she said that it was the easiest to get dirty and the easiest to get clean. She liked it! I say go for it!

    I hope you are well and you get more time like that on Friday afternoon.

  17. Your kitchen is so very, very cute. I'm so envious. When/if you ever see our abode, you'll be able to sympathize: It's a BUTT UGLY 1970s ranch built by math dunces. But it's big and due to its terrible decorating, it was cheap. We're slowly trying to give it a facelift.

    I'm going to completely ask your advice about our backsplash! I just love what you've done.

  18. Hi!

    Funny thing, I did blogs like 21-40 today on IComLeavWe in my quest to visit and comment on all the blogs. You are blog 41! So I will be back visiting tomorrow.

    So thanks for the comment on my blog about the MIL and the checking account. The talk with E went okay, the MIL was crabby and upset with him about it (get over it!), she refused to talk to me all week0 I was calling it operation be polite. Once E gets home we are going to the bank and opening a new account.

    Love the kitchen!

    Also, hope everything is better with your family.

  19. Love, love, love the pictures. And Io, stop apologizing for normal people stuff in your kitchen. (We all have dirty dishes!) If you had an alien corpse on the table, you could apologize for that. Plants and new paint? No problem!

  20. ohh love that blacksplash! so cute!

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  21. Waay too cute kitchen. Man you are something doing those tiles, I have neber done anything remotely close to that myself. Hope whatever it is it goes away soon and quickly for your family member. See you when I get back- peace....

  22. Wow you're handy. I'm impressed.

  23. seems that a lot of people on ICLW had car trouble this week ...

    and you can come over whenever you want to fix the tile at my place. very nice job.

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