Let me see if I can bring you up to speed on what has changed since then. Almost immediately once I painted the bead board backsplash in the grey-beige color I had used on the top half of the breakfast room, I knew it wouldn't stay. It was kind of Country Meets Country. When I was really going for Country Meets Modern.
I think part of what caused this project to drag on was the amount of finishing work there was. I'm more of a big picture DIYer. That's why I love painting and hanging things on the walls: the gratification is almost immediate. I found the painting and caulking and nail hole filling and sanding and re-painting, etc, etc that the beadboard backsplash required to be almost torturous. I found so much gratification in the actual installation of the beadboard, but then I felt the finishing work was just a drag, frankly. I knew it needed to be done for the project to be complete, but I really found no pleasure in it.
That being said, I have to say I am super proud of the molding I decided to install below the half wall. I hope to some day have something much more interesting topping the half wall: some old hunk of a barn beam would be awesome. But, for the meantime, I decided to make it look as good as possible with a piece of stock wood that we cut down and stained. In order for it to look finished off, I decided to add some cove molding around the underside. I managed to get it done using a cheap-o miter box and saw from the home improvement store. And, while I will admit that mitering a 90 degree angle was more challenging than I would have liked, we got 'er done, and I think it looks super finished. It's a detail that I am glad I did not overlook.
- Strong-arm the GFI outlet back into the wall.
- Paint ceiling in kitchen (which continues into dining room, living room, and all the way down the bedroom hallway. Don't expect this to get done anytime soon.)
- Borrow a miter saw (preferably one that comes equip with a knowledgeable operator familiar with complex angles/cuts) to cut this corner molding, because frankly I am at a loss.
I think that's it! So, perhaps we can call this thing 97% done now? Here's some eye candy, because, frankly, I think I can live with 97%.