Let there be LIGHT! (and plumbing fixtures, and stone..)

It’s been a CRAZY busy 2 days at the house.  We just came home from 3 hours of cleaning after the trades, and wow, what a difference 2 days makes!   We had 5 stone masons at the house yesterday and today!!  Thankfully the weather has been cooperating, and they were able to work full steam ahead.   Here’s a few pics of the exterior.. (notice the half eaten donut sitting on top of the stone wall.. how quintessentially typical of a construction site) LOL!


i stood on the front porch this evening, and dreamed of having a comfy bench here, resting my coffee cup on this stone ledge after dinner (while the dishes are washing themselves in the (first time in my life) dishwasher) checking my phone, reading a good book and heckling joggers people watching. There’s a perfectly placed exterior outlet there just perfect for my phone charger  a fan in the summer,  heater in the Fall or a lit Christmas tree… so many possibilities.   We also have an outlet going in the soffit on the far side of the porch ceiling for Christmas lights.


I had our exterior handle ordered in Antique Pewter (inside is all brushed nickel) to compliment the black door and grey stone.   Desmo, our carpenter, had all our exterior locks keyed alike for us today, which was really smart.. We appreciate that man so much! He also replaced a gefunct door handle from the garage to stairwell/laundry room with a lever handle without conferring with me ahead of time. (had old knob style) and i’m already loving it.  Turns out it died completely yesterday and he locked himself in the house, so he went and got the new hardware and replaced it right away.   I appreciate his common sense-ability, (sensibility?) and ‘git ‘er done’ attitude so much!!

Isn’t the new door handle pretty??


The plumber got a good head start on the plumbing fixtures, still missing most of the shower, water lines and the kitchen faucet..but he got a lot done in one day.. and promises to be done before end of week.  One disappointment we had  – is that our prefab laundry sink cabinet we purchased won’t fit now that we have baseboard in the laundry room.   So now we’ll have to get a custom one built later by our cabinet maker. (oh DARN!!)  I was going to have our cabinet maker build us some upper cabinets anyway.. so looks like we have another winter project coming up to finish the laundry room.  it’s going to end up being too pretty for a utility room!

Here’s the fixtures in the main bathroom.


You may be looking at this bathroom (our main private one) and thinking a number of things.. 1) ew.. the colours, they don’t blend well!   2) that toilet is far too close to the vanity  3) that’s a tiny bathroom!

and you’d be right on all 3.   last things first…

3)  We decided when making the plans, that we were willing to sacrifice and have a small personal bathroom in order for us to have more living space to entertain in.. which we accomplished.   We do still have a BIG shower (36 x 60) and lots of cabinet space in the bathroom, which makes up for the lost linen/pantry closet we had in the hallway.

2)  The toilet was originally planned to be further to the left, but we ran into joist and other issues in the floor below, so it was either go further right, and sacrifice the vanity space, but I opted for middle road.. which was to centre it under the window.  Once we have a towel bar and TP holder there it will look less offside.

And.. #1.. the colour scheme…

It’s been bugging me ever since the walls were painted.. that the colour was off somehow.  I seriously wondered if i did that poor of a job of choosing my colours.     I discovered on the weekend as i went back to my chips and checked them against the walls and the vanities.. and then the paint cans.  The walls were supposed to be “Cosmopolitan” which is a darker “greige” colour than Sea Salt (close to Revere Pewter) and would have blended beautifully with this countertop, and the trim.. which now looks dirty against the colour the walls WERE painted. .which is METROpolitan.  One of the trades said today.. “at least he got the ‘politan’ right.”  😀  My poor painter is coming back this week to correct this, in both bathrooms where the wrong ‘politan’ was used.

Also, for some reason the vanities are not a true “Gothic Arch” either, but they will work once the walls are painted correctly.  There are honeycomb blinds coming in as well that will cover most of the white vinyl on the window, which will make the trim look less yellow.

Another paint snafu was the kitchen Island… it was to be Double Espresso, and I don’t know what colour it ended up being, (Army Olive Green Grey?) so it got taken apart, and returned to the cabinet shop to be resprayed.  I’m thankful for my trades who work fast and are able to correct these mistakes.. that actually weren’t theirs to begin with.  In both cases, it was the mistake of the paint stores, both Benjamin Moore stores, 2 separate stores on either end of the Peninsula, one that mixed up the “Politans”, and the other incorrectly mixed the formula for the Double Espresso.   What are the chances??

(see below island colour vs. the paint chip at the skirt, showing the colour it SHOULD be)


And now.. for the LIGHTS!  Our amazing electricians.. McIntyre Electric (highly recommend!!) got so much done in one day.. 3 guys working quickly and efficiently together – and amazingly quietly.  One thing that really tickled me is that they have their own jobsite microwave they bring along, just like their regular tools of the trade.  Not unlike Pete the Taper, who brought his Keurig to site to make fresh coffee throughout the day, these guys had their microwave plugged in so they could heat up their lunches.  Love these young guys that don’t go out and buy lunch everyday, and find ways to stay productive and frugal.

Here’s a slew of photos, just ’cause i’m so excited about how it all came together today.  Potlights on dimmers, island pendants, sconces and dining light on dimmers… lights inside the glass cabinets, and under cabinet lighting.  A few fixtures still to be finished (bedrooms and main bath) and they’ll be done in a couple of hours.


Bill’s one comment he repeated tonite.. “we have a LOT of outlets.. look how many outlets!!” (see below.. which is typical for the whole house)  My dad always said.. “You can never have enough!” so during walkthru, every time the electrician marked a couple on the wall, i made him put in more.




we repurposed our old kitchen oval flushmount here in the laundry room, and got a round one to match at the other end as well as in the stairwell.

The other lights all have LED Edison type bulbs, but we still need to do some adjusting, as a couple of them (namely the sconces) have yellow Edisons, where the Dining room pendant is white, and the front entry is yellow again.  We’ll switch a couple around so they make sense and work together better.

it’s certainly getting exciting!  Can’t wait to peel the paper off the floor, and give it one more good cleaning and start moving in!


Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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  1. I truly don’t know why I cry every time I read your blog. I think I am just so freakin’ happy for you and so excited for you to enjoy your new space. I have a feeling you will have a perpetual smile every day you wake up and every day you come home and open the door!


  2. it’s because i’m such a freaking awesome writer. 🙂 LOL! I still can’t believe it. I feel like God has really replaced “the years the locusts ate” in my life, even though I was the Locust! Every time I start to doubt that things are happening on time, or will, I get a call from a trade or supplier that something has showed up, or is happening all of a sudden that I wasn’t expecting (like the stone, and very soon the siding!) God is surprising me and building my faith day by day.. I know i shouldn’t be surprised.. but i still am! I look forward to the Christmas break when we can fully move in, and sit down and just take it all in. I think I’ll be in awe for quite some time. And one of these days, maybe i’ll break down in tears too! 🙂 Thanks for taking care of that for me in the meantime.. I don’t have time right now to cry. LOL!


  3. It really is coming together fast! It truly looks like a beautiful cozy space! One I hope to visit at some point in the new year!


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