I love my mid-century house by the beach, but I've always regretted the fact that the previous owners ripped out the original kitchen and put in one of those characterless and cheap
oak-trimmed laminate kitchens that for some inexplicable reason were so popular in the 1980s. When I finally bit the bullet and decided to re-do the kitchen, I wanted to create something that was appropriate to the house and found my inspiration in a 1959 ad for a Hotpoint kitchen. It was both practical (tiled walls) and handsome, with a great punch of color from a tiled accent wall containing the turquoise (!) wall oven. While I ultimately decided a wall oven wouldn't work for me, and I went for the durability of stainless (the salt in the air is tough on things here at the beach), I think I've ended up the with a kitchen that honors the inspiration, and my home's history.
Commented on Apr 13, 2013
I appreciate the out of the box design. We all went through a tear everything out and make it
all new phase. None of the houses' charm was left. I just went through(and still working) on renovations and trying to keep some of the original charm is difficult.
Last summer I made my first set of hypertufa planters. They have the look of rough cement, but are quite lightweight.
Perlite, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Portland Cement, Water, Cooking Spray (I used Pam), Large bucket or something to mix your ingredients in, Rubber gloves, Particle mask, Safety glasses, Various plastic or cardboard containers to use as molds
Wear your rubber gloves, particle mask and safety glasses!!! Portland cement can be nasty if inhaled, gets on your skin or in your eyes. Don't make me come over there and put them on you!
Mix equal parts of Perlite, Sphagnum Peat Moss and Portland cement. Add enough water to make it a cottage cheese like consistency.
Spray your containers with cooking spray and then fill the areas between the two items with the mixture.
Wrap your planters-to-be in a plastic garbage bag and patiently wait for them to harden. I let mine dry for 24 hours in the bag and then 4 days outside the bag.
A little more detail can be found on my post, which is linked below, and I also show you how to make a sphere.
Warning - these are sort of addictive to make. You will find yourself making them in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
UPDATE - I have successfully made a hand! I tried it again after tweaking a few things and it worked this time. You can see it on Hometalk at http://www.hometalk.com/1508311/can-someone-... and on my blog at http://www.houseofhawthornes.com/2013/05/hyp...
Not really a full "remodel" as we didn't tear out the tub, cabinets or flooring. We did rip out the shower and the cultured marble surrounds for the shower and tub. They were replaced
with tile (Lowes). Red paint, medicine cabinets from Pottery Barn (stripped and refinished to match the natural hickory cabinets) new rubbed bronze light, plumbing and door fixtures (Lowes). Glass enclosure (Arizona Shower Doors) I'm still trying to figure out what to hang in the large wall space above the tub. We now have curtain/sheers over the glass block. I will post that pic when I get the tie backs done. Also looking for a little shelf to put above the towel rack near the sinks for a little clock (keep me somewhat on time!) and collection of antique glass bottles. The contractor as Abe Gordoa - Sonoran Outdoor Kitchens & Entertainment Areas LLC (Surprise, AZ) He did the hall bath and our outdoor kitchen and fireplace as well.
Commented on Apr 12, 2013
Thank you for the information Paula. I will check them out!