Monday, February 11, 2013

The crown molding is up and the patching and hiding of my mistakes is underway - soon we'll be painting again.

yes i tried to scribble over the glaring ceiling light with MS Paint. lolz!

This only leaves me with the cabinet doors to build. This is the part of this project that I've been dreading for all these months. As of right now, I still don't know how I'm going to make them. Feral Turtle has a good tutorial, but I still can't figure out how to put the dado blades on my Shopsmith. HUSH.
(what's that you say? You're starving for more of my awesome cell phone pictures taken in the dark? Oh ! here you go!)  {Link to the LED lights I used on this project}

ignore that shim sticking out of the crown. I still have to take care of that. ahem.
A year ago when I explained who Dawn is, and why I wanted to build this for her, I mentioned that she was getting ready to be an emergency foster care parent. A month ago, a toddler landed in her care and it looks like he's going to be here for a while. He was regularly abandoned, and he cannot speak very well and has some issues. He was so dehydrated when Dawn got him that he landed in the hospital.

Dawn is doing an amazing job though - was there ever any doubt?  He's doing really well now. He cheers behind me every time I fire the nail gun. :)  I told him as soon as the weather warms up we will be taking Mr. Sparky for a ride.

and in other news, I finally found the perfectly red-colored retro fabric for the beach house, and when i opened the package I screamed YES!!!!
 followed by this one:

Things are finally coming together!
Posted by Katy On 10:32 PM 11 comments


  1. I still can't get over how great that LED lighting looks. It's even more spectacular with the facing and molding in. Awesome job!

  2. Katy, they are looking awesome- and I have to second how amazing the LED lighting looks. I'm thinking about replacing my plug-in undermount lights with LED.

    And again, I'm so inspired by Dawn.

  3. I agree the LED stuff would be fantastic under the kitchen cabinets _ I want to tear out my lights and replace them with this stuff. As soon as I get a sec! lol

  4. Fabrics are awesome!

    There is a special place in heaven for people like Dawn who volunteer for those type of things....

  5. Katy, you really pulled these built ins off beautifully! I want to be able to do this! Awesome job!

  6. Looks fantastic! I have two of those door mounts if you want them :)

  7. I'm completely blown away by what you've done. It looks amazing. You have to be so proud. Love that you're doing this for your friend, too. She's lucky to have you, and that little boy is lucky to have her.

    LOVE your red fabric, too! PERFECT.

  8. and also i love that you are getting the fabric now. and the shim made my day. and dawn, bless her deep heart.

  9. Those are amazing!! Just how far away are you from Miami anyhow?
    Also, Dawn is amazing. I wish I had a Dawn

  10. Katy, I visit your blog regularly and must tell you that you are very talented in what you do and I hope that you will be one day showing us your own house. I just wanted to let you know that you have followers / readers from abroad. I live in Rhodes island, Greece and was inspired by your power and will to make / rebuild on your own. I wish you all the luck!

  11. All I can say is WOW!....and good job Katy!


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