March – Fort Bragg Remodel – Paint

March – Fort Bragg Remodel – Paint

Who knew choosing paint colors would be so difficult? For the remodel we knew we wanted blue for the kitchen island and grey for the wall cabinets. That should be the end, right? Well, not! There are a million choices for blue and grey. To add to the complexity each color has similar hues, more shades, and complementary colors. And, in this case, there are two people with different eyes and tastes who need to reach agreement. I now know what must keep designers up at night. There was much debate, indecision, and waffling. Thankfully my husband has excellent taste and a good eye for color so it was a collaborative effort.

All our colors are by Benjamin Moore since they are available up on the coast at Norvell’s. Eve at the store was endlessly patient with us and a fountain of knowledge. We must have been back and forth to the store a half dozen times buying samples. In fact we could probably paint the entire kitchen with those pint sized samples (although it would look like a patchwork quilt).

We looked at Blue Danube, Dark Royal Blue, Champion Cobalt (too bright), Gentleman’s Grey (a grey with some blue which was a favorite for awhile), Van Deusen Blue (too blue), and Hale Navy (our final choice). According to the Benjamin Moore website – Hale Navy is a timeless classic, this deeply saturated shade of navy blue evokes rich maritime traditions and storied exploits at sea. Since the house is near the beach, we thought it appropriate. You can see the color and read more here. It’s been a favorite for a few years. Hale Navy looks different in different lights, we will also use it on the bathroom vanity. The color goes well with grey but also with taupe and wood tones, we didn’t really want to repaint the living room and all the trim in the house is redwood. This is quite a small house with an open floor plan, you can see everything from the kitchen (and the kitchen from everywhere as well).

On to choosing the grey for the wall cabinets and open shelving. There is an large sliding glass door on one side of the kitchen which lets in a lot of light (but faces North), the other side tends to be dark especially on an overcast day. I had ruled out white or something too light as I though it would draw your eye to that side of the room too much. You see that kitchen wall from the dining/living room. We wanted a grey with a distinct color but not too dark. Candidates were Wolf Grey, Inglewood Cliffs, Grey Shower, Evening Dove, Pike’s Peak Grey, and finally Sweatshirt Grey (the winner). On their website they describe it thus – This color is part of Color Preview. A collection of bold, saturated colors that brings spaces to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary color. A great complement to Classic Colors, Color Preview offers a collection of 1,232 hues that excite and inspire with pure, deep, clear colors that create striking combinations. You can read more here.

I have some antique blue willow platters I inherited from my grandmother. I have been meaning to put them on the walls for several years. I wanted the colors to harmonize with the plates.

Hale Navy, Sweatshirt Grey and edge of Antique Blue Willow Platter

Hale Navy, Sweatshirt Grey and edge of Antique Blue Willow Platter

You can see that in certain light conditions (such as brighter light in the picture above) the grey is very pale. The picture below was taken on an overcast day and it appears darker. Hale Navy can look almost black depending on the light. Colors are so interesting! You will see the grey in Sweatshirt Grey is more pronounced in contrast to the wall color we chose.

Next came wall color. Currently the walls in the kitchen are a pale yellow, I knew it was a mistake as soon as I saw the final painted room, but it was too late. We needed something to brighten up the space but coordinate with the navy, grey and taupe that is on the neighboring bookcase and in the living/dining area. And again, I didn’t want something too white that would force your eye to that area.

Candidates were Calm (too white), Creamy White (a little too yellow), Sea Pearl (nice but not quite right), and finally Ballet White which we chose. It’s a white with a touch of cream.

Left to right - Creamy White, Ballet White, Seal Pearl. Above on the right - Calm

Left to right – Creamy White, Ballet White, Seal Pearl. Above on the right – Calm

Here are the colors with a sample of the backsplash subway tile.

Hale Navy, Sweatshirt Grey, Ballet White

Hale Navy, Sweatshirt Grey, Ballet White

What do you think?

 

March – Fort Bragg remodel – Ready for Demolition

March – Fort Bragg remodel – Ready for Demolition

We have been busy getting the house in Fort Bragg ready for demolition. The house looks sad. I know it’s ridiculous but it feels like the house senses a change is coming. Things are breaking, light bulbs are burning out, and the kitchen sink stopped up. Is it in protest? I hope not as this remodel is being lovingly done. Once complete we will be spending even more time on the coast, we want the house to be inviting to family and friends.

This view shows the sliding door from the kitchen onto the back deck. We will replace it with a French door.

View into kitchen from the front door

View into kitchen from the front door

kitchen with door into pantry

kitchen with door into pantry

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

kitchen Island, view from the dining area

kitchen Island, view from the dining area

Looking from living room area to the front door

Looking from living room area to the front door

Are you leaving me behind?

Are you leaving me behind?

Casey laid claim to her favorite resting spot, observing the packing with concern.

We spent Easter weekend packing everything up and discussing paint colors. Who knew choosing paint would be so difficult?! We could repaint the house on the samples we have purchased and rejected.

Look for a post on pain (that was a slip! I meant paint) colors later this week. Thank goodness for Pinterest as it has been very helpful during this process.

March – Fort Bragg Remodel Before

March – Fort Bragg Remodel Before

“We can start the demolition a week from Monday”, he said. My heart jumped into my throat! A week! Oh my gosh I thought, I’m not ready! Not ready even though we have spent several months preparing and gathering supplies, choosing new kitchen cabinets, tile, flooring, paint colors, and appliances. But, I cannot really believe it is actually going to happen after all that planning! And now! Calm down, I told myself. We will be ready. We’ve been through this before and have two full weekends to pack up the kitchen, pantry, and bath. Plenty of time, don’t you think?

This is our cabin near the coast, about 2 miles north of Fort Bragg, CA. What’s going to happen? We are upgrading the kitchen, bath, and flooring. At least that is the part you will see. We’ve already replaced the insulation in the attic, upgraded the heating system, installed propane lines for the new gas cooktop, and purchased a backup generator. It gets messy up here on the coast when winters are stormy, power outages are common.

Stage two will be a new addition with another  bedroom and bath, but we won’t start that project until we are recovered from this one, possibly later this summer or even next year. We want the cabin to be welcoming to family and friends who visit and want to stay longer than a couple of days.

I know after living with previous remodels that I soon forget what the house “used to” look like. There are many wonderful and happy memories tied up with the old look. So, to ensure I remember (and because I enjoy all of your posts with the before-during-after remodel pictures), here are a few of the “old” kitchen.

This is the before.

 

Fridge and stove wall

Fridge and stove wall

Island sink and dishwasher

Island sink and dishwasher

Pantry with pocket door entrance

Pantry with pocket door entrance

And the bath:

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That sunken tub is a danger to us all, especially anyone recovering from an injury or who is disabled in any way. And the window is just to the right of the front door, giving any casual visitor a birds eye view directly into the bath! To hide the view there is a wooden screen outside the window, but it blocks the light. We will replace it with something less transparent and tear down the screen.

Front entry of the cabin:

Fort Bragg front entry

Fort Bragg front entry

It is always filled with a messy mix of boots and shoes from the garden and beach.

We plan to keep the fireplace.

Fireplace

Fireplace

And the dogs.

But not the carpet or the tile.

Casey, Quinn and awful green carpet, magnet for dog hair

Casey, Quinn and awful green carpet, magnet for dog hair

Stay tuned.

December – Coastal Storm

December – Coastal Storm

It was a blustery and wet weekend on the coast. The “old timers” say they have never seen such foam on the beach.

Seaside Beach sea foam

Seaside Beach sea foam

What is sea foam (also called spume)? Dissolved organic matter, like protein, fats and a grab bag of other stuff is constantly being released by sources such as dead fish, seaweed and algal blooms, and it’s floating around in the ocean. Tides pull some of this stuff in closer to shoreline and as waves break, they agitate seawater, air and all this organic matter together.  likes the world’s grossest milkshake. The organic compounds can act as surfactants or foaming agents. As the seawater is churned by breaking waves in the surf zone, the presence of those surfactants under turbulent conditions traps air, forming persistent bubbles that stick to each other.

Sea foam

Sea foam

While sea foam is pretty gross even under normal conditions, it’s an important part of the coastal food web and acts a reservoir of recycled nutrients for some beach-dwelling animals. The menu even changes depending on the season. Researchers studying sea foam in South Carolina in the late 1980s discovered that the foam is composed mostly of macroalgae (seaweeds) in the fall, winter and early spring, and mostly phytoplankton (microscopic plant-like organisms) in the late spring and summer.

Sea foam Seaside beach

Sea foam Seaside beach

We were playing ball and frisbee with the dogs, almost lost the frisbee one time in a pile of foam. Because of rogue waves we stayed well away from the water.

Steve, Casey and Quin in the sea foam

Steve, Casey and Quin in the sea foam

Sea foam information from:

What the Heck is Sea Foam.

And,

Wikipedia.

January – in Review and Thank You

January – in Review and Thank You

Dear Reader,

I wanted to wish you a 2015 filled with joy, love, and many blessings.

I am a comparative newcomer in the blogging world; Spades, Spatulas, and Spoons will be four months old next week. During that time I have met many wonderful fellow bloggers and readers from around the world. I’d like to thank you for stopping by, for “liking”, sharing, commenting, and following my blog.

I’ve been on sabbatical for the last year and am looking forward to returning to full time work later this month. The blog will continue. I am having a wonderful time writing about my gardening and cooking adventures. And, I love reading your blogs and comments. The world is much smaller, more flavorful, more beautiful, and friendlier than I had imagined.

I thought you might enjoy a few photographs from the last year.

Happy New Year!

Liz