Pantry Update: Roadblock

April 8, 2013

Wellllll, I was hoping to have a finished space to show you by now, but we are a bit hung up. Things were going SO well, ahead of schedule, we were killing it! Now? Notsomuch.

Ah, such fools we are. I would think we’d have become bitter and jaded after the number of snags and bumps we have hit over the years of renovating together, but we get this blinding surge of optimism and excitement that a new project inevitably brings….such that makes the memory of all previous disappointments somehow fade away into the land of the forgotten. Deep down, we KNOW there will be a problem, but it doesn’t deter our giddy renovation fueled endorphin rush.

The latest version of said rush was in full swing last weekend when I posted our progress on Instagram…

pantry progress

Cabinets up, with some cardboard thrown on for countertops to hold a few light tools. SO CLOSE. We need the matching quartz counter, some filler strips and a backsplash. Easy, right?

WRONG. Both the quartz (Silestone Blanco Maple) and the backsplash, Porcelanosa Stick Wenge have been discontinued. We thought we had enough tiles left for the backsplash, but we don’t.

This is what you get for procrastinating 4 years to finish your kitchen. We are now searching ebay and stone dealers for offcuts and leftovers. When we demoed the original kitchen, we saved the white Corian countertop to use down in the workshop. For the moment, that will be our counter, so thankfully, we are able to use this space while we search,  but our completion date is now in limbo.

kitchen temporary counter

The Corian and the cabinets are very different tones of white, so it can’t stay, but we need to formulate a plan B in case we can’t find our matches. Dark stained butcher block is emerging as a logical second material, but we’ll see. Learn from us people, and don’t procrastinate if you plan to match materials, because even the safest, most popular style can disappear on you while you blink.

We’ve had house guests for the past week, continuing through this week, so we are grateful just to have it functioning and the messy chaos gone. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more!

Atlanta, Tims Ford and Back

March 27, 2013

So I’ve been logging in some road warrior hours this past week. We discovered that putting together IKEA kitchen cabinets was like riding a bike, it comes back to you immediately and we surprised ourselves with how fast we got all the base cabinets together and bolted into position. Problem was, we didn’t have the wall cabinets yet. The Things are on Spring Break, so I asked Thing Two if he’d like to join me on a 24 hour whirlwind trip to Atlanta, and he was in. (Thing One was on a school trip so it was just me and the little man taking on the ATL.)

We had full understanding that there would be some tedious times at IKEA, but the promise of Swedish meatballs, the Georgia Aquarium, and a hotel swimming pool seemed to make waiting in line at the IKEA kitchen department seem like an pretty good trade.

We’ve been to the Georgia Aquarium before, but it still thrills, and we saw the new (to us) Dolphin Show which was a surprisingly big production. (No cameras in the dolphin show).

Atlanta at night by Modfrugal

The weather was warm and Spring-like so we toodled around Centennial Park in the afternoon.

Centennial Park ATL

Centennial Park ATL

Georgia Aquarium Modfrugal

Georgia Aquarium Modfrugal

Georgia Aquarium Modfrugal

We got back to Nashville loaded up with cabinets and a few other bits from IKEA..namely a print and frame that I only discovered was damaged once I unwrapped it at home…ARGH!!! I try to be SO careful when I’m there, since returns are not exactly an easy option.  I should note that getting our cabinet order pulled took LESS time than waiting in the returns area to swap out a damaged drawer front. NO LIE.

That said, I’m living with the plexi-crack right now until I can’t stand it.  I’ll either remove the plexi completely or get a piece cut, which will probably cost more than the frame did.

IKEA elephant print

I hit the flea for a speedshop before it was time to jump back in the car and head down to Tims Ford State Park in Franklin County, TN for a long weekend with the WHOLE family…pooch included.

Tims Ford State Park Cabin

Tims Ford State Park

Tims Ford State Park

tims ford cabin

Tims Ford State Park Cabin

Tims Ford State Park Cabin

Tims Ford State Park

Tims Ford Dam

Franklin County TN

Franklin County Courthouse Wincehter TN

oldham theater winchester tn

franklin county TN

Tims Ford State Park Cabin

As you can see, the cabin is not glamorous and could use a little TLC, but it was clean and architecturally pleasing. I wish more of my pitiful phone photos had turned out (forgot to pack the DSLR) so you could see it better…very similar in style to our house. There were decks off each of the 2 bedrooms, which sadly only housed our bikes since it was too cold and rainy to sit out there.

We (of course) renovated the whole interior in our minds for less than $1000, and think that the parks would do well to embrace the metal siding scenario. We woke every morning to the VERY familiar sound of squirrels chewing cedar. Yep. Only my oldest readers will understand exactly how much we know about this. We can see that they are trying their best to keep replacing the cedar on these cabins, but we know only too well, they won’t win, and it will cost more over the years to keep replacing cedar than to clad that cabin. Hey, Tennessee State Parks lodging division…call me! I have some fab budget friendly improvement plans…

The picture above was taken during the 10 minutes the sun seemed to appear our whole stay…but it was fine and we still had fun. We had the beautiful bike trails all to ourselves and very little in the way of noisy neighbors. No wifi or cell service in the cabin, so that meant some good old fashioned fun with Haikubes and Borderline.

Haikubes

Borderline Game

Otto had a temper tantrum over being left in his crate while we went out to eat and shredded his bed into nothing, so we stopped by the Dollar General up the road and found him a cute zebra print rug. (The only dog beds available were for mini-dogs.) This cute melamine set was only $5. I need to spend more time in the Dollar General, clearly.

Otto & his Dollar General Rug

Dollar General

 

On our last day, we had to stop in the Swiss Pantry to bring home some tasty treats. My kids live for bacon, so this was a no-brainer.

bacon cheddar bread from Swiss Pantry

Now we are back to assembling cabinets, and getting the pantry finished up.  I hope to be able to show a “before and after” within the week…fingers crossed!

Friday Flea: #Speedflea Edition

Yes, I know it’s now WEDNESDAY that I’m finally posting this, but this is the first time I’ve had to sit at the computer since the flea. Good flea..nay, GREAT flea. I would have loved to stay and forage for hours, but as it was..I had a little over one hour to see and split.  It was very cold, so my frozen fingers snapped as much as I could for you..most of these were posted on Instragram in real time.

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

What did I bring home? Two things….

I got a deal on the nesting teak bowls since a couple of the “petals” were damaged and another piece of string art.

Teak bowls from Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

Nashville Flea Market photo by Modfrugal

I have more to share..the pantry is coming along and some recent local travels I’ll try and get posted in the next day.

Pantry Update

March 13, 2013

I know this has been incredibly slow going, but the un-fun prep stuff takes awhile with little to nothing to show for it. BUT, that said, starting this weekend, things should start moving a little more quickly. We can’t install cabinets until the wall is up to code, with an outlet for every 4 feet of counter space. Plus outlets for under cabinet lighting…oh, and we have a switch hanging from the ceiling that needs to be dealt with.

We decided after taking out the wall last weekend that it was worth the splurge to get an electrician in. The CC is pretty good with electrics, but he’s one guy with a day job, and for what we need done, a team of 2 guys is going to get us ready to roll in about 4-6 hours. They come early Friday morning, which means Friday night, we can start busting out some progress. We have one lot of cabinets sitting in the garage waiting for assembly. I’ll probably drive to Atlanta sometime next week to get the second lot and the other bits like handles etc…

As a reminder of what we had on this wall of the kitchen…this is as it was the day we looked at the house….

fridge pantry before

…and this is how we’ve been living with it.

pantry wall

We eliminated all the wasted space behind those tiny bi-fold doors, but never quite finished.

pantry wall coming down

kitchen/pantry

It’s a project, so that means only one thing….OTTOBOMB.

kitchen/pantry ottobomb

This is our highly scientific way of showing the electrician where we generally want the outlets.

kitchen/pantry electric sketch

kitchen/pantry hanging electrical

pantry cabinets

More later….I HOPE!

Bluegrass Underground

March 10, 2013

We took a break from pantry wall demo and spent the day in, or shall we say, under, McMinnville, TN. I have been dying to go to a taping of the PBS series Bluegrass Underground ever since I first heard about it, shortly after we moved here. The gist: About 90 minutes away from Nashville in Cumberland Caverns, there is a giant acoustical gem 333 feet below the surface called the Volcano Room, with a grand, historic chandelier and dirt floors. It’s killer.

The artists who play will likely end up standing next to you after their set to hear the rest of the show. It’s super casual, very intimate (capacity 500) and just an all around amazing experience. There’s no booze, therefore the shows are “all ages”, so we took the Things for a unique concert experience. We got MIXED REVIEWS. I know. In 15 years, I’ll be looking for a follow up review.

We went on a walking cave tour before the show, which was not only educational and beautiful, but also gave us first choice of seats before the general admission is allowed in. Even if you’re not interested, do the 11am tour if you want to sit up front. You have the option to forgo the climb up and down through the Mountain Room for the Christian based sound and light show, and can rejoin the group when it’s time to head into the show. I might skip that if I do it again, but since it was our first time, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I knew from my research I had 6 minutes of controversial Creationism in the tour, so I was prepared and it was fine. It makes them happy, and who am I to let my discomfort with organized religion ruin their fun, or mine? We’re there for a positive experience.

Once in, we grabbed some food and sat down to watch a few sound checks and take in the scene before the rest of the groups arrived. I really can’t recommend this enough for anyone who enjoys music. It’s a pretty special place that seems to work its magic on all those who perform there…everyone seemed genuinely thrilled to be a part of it all.

 

Our lineup was Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The North Mississippi Allstars and The Wood Brothers.

An all around outstanding day, not soon to be forgotten.

For information on air dates/channels for the PBS series, go here.

RTH Series: Metal Petals

March 6, 2013

Thanks to all who commented and made me feel a wee bit less of a loser on the debut of this series! Guilt loves company as much as misery does, in my opinion.

This is the second, and to date, my most “famous” RTH item since the intended recipient was informed of her loss. What I found for her instead was actually a much better fit and has been greatly enjoyed, but when she saw the one that got away, I got the dagger eyes, and luckily, forgiveness. Right, Lauri?!?

For those new to the series, the gist is: I go vintage shopping to find something great and unique for a specific person. I buy said something. I cannot give it away. I have named this series Road to Hell
(or RTH for sensitive ears) because, as the saying goes;  The road to hell is paved with good intentions. My intentions really are quite good…until they aren’t.

This gem is still one of my favorite finds. It was scooped up at Garden Point Antiques in Etowah, Arkansas several years ago…maybe 6 or 7? It is a replica of a vintage Gucci design and marked TAN under each petal and the base. The Gucci pieces sell for hundreds, mine…notsomuch, but I don’t care. I bought it because it was unique and fun, even though I don’t smoke. I doesn’t really scream “ashtray” anyway.

Modfrugal vintage brass TAN ashtray removable  petals

Modfrugal vintage brass TAN ashtray removable  petals

Modfrugal vintage brass TAN ashtray reomavable petals

Modfrugal vintage brass TAN ashtray reomavable petals

Modfrugal vintage brass TAN ashtray removable  petals

How was I outed? Girlfriend one (shopping companion) to girlfriend 2 (gift recipient) said in a conversation of that day’s treasure hunting and finds, “…..  and I saw the one you didn’t get!” and we are still laughing about it…BUSTED. I’ll leave it to her in my will, so it will find its way eventually.

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