Friday, December 28, 2012

Camp cooking in our living room

Back in '77, Dennis' aunt and uncle gave us a slim green and yellow Primus cookstove for a wedding gift. Only one of the two burners still work now but it served us in all our camping trips all these years. Now it is in use in the living room on top of a displaced cabinet next to the displaced island stove cabinet in front of the large window that looks out on the street. Across from the cooking place is our displaced refrigerator. A card table between serves for the place to eat. All we lack is water, and the food, dishes and utensils stilled stored in the kitchen. All the extra steps it takes to make a meal are good exercise during this cold, dark season!

Our old vinyl kitchen floor is gone! It was 20 to 25 years old. Now the wide open floor space is all covered with HardeeBacker board, from the dining area through the kitchen and into the laundry room.
The tile and thinset are ready, the transition piece between the wood and tile is being completed. The tile saw is about six feet from the cookstove. The days of actually laying the tile, plus drying time and the grout application will mean no trips to the kitchen for water or anything else. So we'll use paper plates and eat take out food a lot and try to have everything we need taken out of the kitchen and put in the living room.

In the meantime, the bathroom is nearing completion! The 20's chandelier is wonderful, the door step is installed in the shower, I've even bought some towels and rugs in neutral shades from ivory to taupe! The mirror frame and shelf are stunning, nearly all stained and finished. The trim work around the window really sets the tone for the room. The new alder door just has a few more finish layers to be ready to install. Pictures are getting closer, I promise!