Still alive!

Just in case you were worried.

Things are progressing… slowly but surely. But before we get to that, how are *you*? Been well? Had a nice holiday(s)? I’m still slightly stunned that Valentine’s day is over already.

We’re still living in the house of the holey, but we’ve (and by we I do mean Dave) have been patching and plastering.The next few posts will hopefully catch you up on what we’ve been doing, and then what we’re working on now.

So rewinding to early September, which is sadly where we left off…

Once we had the kitchen in hand, there were a few adjacent rooms that needed attention. Namely: the pantry.

The floor of the pantry is this fab vintage linoleum, with random speckles of black, a salmon-y pink, white and gold metallic glitter. It is AWESOME. Like this:

pantryfloor

Because we thought it was hilarious, and it would be a reason to sing “Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant dead aaaaaant“, we decided to paint the pantry pink. Not just any pink; I think you could probably safely refer to this color as pahank.

Here’s how the room looked the day we closed (Spike approves of the pantry, as you can see. He spent most of the time we were working in the kitchen curled up asleep in this corner).

pantry_before

Dave was all over painting this room before we moved in at the end of September, so that it would be immediately useful (side note: the current state of organization makes this statement debatable – this will be obvious from the photo below). As you can see in the photo above, the former owners used this room as a coat closet. We decided pretty quickly that a coat closet located just off the kitchen was probably not going to be as useful as something like a pantry. So we did some measuring, employed the Pantone fanbook to choose the appropriate shade of pink for the walls, and took off with my parents to Home Depot (where we should either a) ask if we can just get a dedicated parking space, or b) buy stock.) After a quick (ish) trip, we emerged from the store triumphant – lugging a gallon of pahank pahaint, some new boards to make shelves, and more high gloss white paint. Did you know that if you ask nicely, the incredibly nice people at Home Depot will cut your wood to whatever size your little heart desires on a gigantic saw? Best thing ever.

We pulled the existing shelves out, and I took those and the new boards out to the garage to give them all 3 coats of gloss white (it took a few days, so they could dry between coats). Dave started the demo and patching required to remove the hanging bar and to repair the electrician’s holes in the ceiling. Once the plaster patches were dry, Dave did all the priming and painting in here, including all the trim. In August. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned, but the house has no air conditioning and that little window faces west. It was an impressive feat of stamina.

Once everything was dry, we installed the boards, and backed out slowly, singing the Pink Panther (or rather, Pantry) theme song.

Now it looks like this:

pantrydone

It’s not particularly pretty or particularly organized, but it’s functioning at least. And far more useful than a giant coat closet with a window.

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