Please don't ask. The kitchen quick make-do reno ground to a halt and not much has happened for weeks and weeks and weeks. Finally the plywood for the counter tops has been cut and sanded and today I applied a japan black stain and varnish combo. It's a little dark for my liking because I couldn't thin it down. K picked up a stain and varnish combo instead of just the stain and well I was too lazy to go back to the store to get just the stain. It's turned the ply a rich dark colour with the grain showing through. This is one coat and it's still wet. It is quite matt when dry. I'll have to wait a day (which translates to next weekend) when I'll try sanding it back a bit to see what the effect looks like. If it looks like sh*t then I'll just apply another coat. I haven't glued and nailed it in place yet while I play around with the finish.
That's one of my new art pieces. Tyra Mail by local artist Ruffo. Here's a better shot. It may not stay there though. I have a fabulous70s metallic poster (tea pots and pop art stripes) that might just be the right size for that spot. It's at the back of the shed though. Hmmmm.
Here's the other side of the room. Remember I still have to glue the tops down and nail on a plywood trim along the edges. So maybe in a few more months I'll have more shots for you. One thing I do have to do still is repaint the cupboards in gloss. The matt finish is sexy but SOOOOOOO impractical. Marks and scratches, greasy fingerprints, water drops. Urgh! I tried waxing it but that was a complete waste of time. Thank God I only tested on one door otherwise I'd be stripping the wax grease off before painting!
2 more pieces I bought at a recent exhibition. The first is by Craig Amos, Loose Ends (I have 4 small pieces of his already in the kitchen) and a pen drawing by Sharon McKenzie, large and quite striking in person. The photo just doesn't do it justice.
I picked up one more thing this weekend. A depression era style chair (except I think it is 40s not 30s). It's made from an old wooden box and still "upholstered" in its original barkcloth. It is so ugly that it's really quite lovely in person. Here's a photo in the shop. I'll take a better shot at home when I can. I'm fascinated that someone made this for their home all those years ago from bits and pieces they cobbled together. That even though they had no money to buy the real thing, they wanted to be stylish, to have pretty things.