This summer we decided to do a simpler easier vacation. We spent 5 days in Nantucket. Kate’s favorite little New England island. Not too much to do but take it easy. Which is good.

We seemed to catch all the rainy days they’ve had this season. Sunday through Wednesday morning we saw nothing but rain and cloudy skys. We decided to extend our tip by a day to try to eek out a little sun. No worry though we managed to keep ourselves busy. Our hotel had bikes so we rode them out and around the island. We went to the local brewery on the island called Cisco Brewing. They have a nice little beer garden. We went to dinner at a bunch of places but one stood way out in front of the rest. The Nautilus, it’s a Asian inspired place, and it was really really delicious! We had the crab fried rice and the noodles it was great!

We had most of Wednesday and Thursday on the beach. We got ourselves as burned as possible. It was a good save.

We ended up staying at two hotels because of extending our stay. The first place was the Jared Coffin house. The second place was Union Street Inn. We really liked Union Street.

I always end up taking a lot of car pictures while we are here. When you are at a place where the vacation homes go for 1.5 million on the low end you are bound to see some nice rides.


Paint finished! My feelings? Full success!!!

I left things on a classic cliff hanger in the last post. There were many ups and downs with that part of the project. We really had to get in there and fight. In the end it’s a very acceptable job.

This past week the backsplash started going up and it looking pretty good. You can see in the photo the grout isn’t in yet but it’s certainly starting to take shape.

This is very exciting. I was looking back at the renderings in the earlier posts and the kitchen looks just as we planed. That may seem like a dumb thing to be excited about. Although I find projects rarely turn out as planned, unless the plan is well layed out. That said we are not done yet so let’s see how I feel in a month.

The last bit to do is the hood and the shelves. The hood had a 10 week lead time and I think we might be about halfway through.

Pictures for you to enjoy.


I know you’re concerned (J-bone)…. The last few weeks have been pretty stressful both with the house and work. That said, I’m not here to complained so let’s catch your ass up on the kitchen progress!

Ok, so in the last post the countertops happened. The plan was then to get the backsplash in and the rest of the molding done. Then we would be ready to paint… That didn’t happen. The molding on the ceiling got done and then our carpenter had other jobs to take care of and ghosted us. This meant we had to go into painting a bit deficient. So, we had to ask the painter to finish the molding on the floor.

August 2:

The painting begins. They take all the doors off and start to lightly sand. I’m nervous because I’m not sure this can even be done well in the best conditions.

August 3:

Kate’s birthday, the painters finish the rough sand and spray a layer of primer. The primer is done a bit rough but knowing how much sanding is required to paint, it should be fine.

August 4:

Kate and I are scheduled to fly to Cincinnati for a family wedding but the flight is cancelled, long story the trip got cancelled.

The painters sand and put on the first layer of white paint. The job is clearly being rushed. The sanding of the primer was know where near thouro and the first coat is done terribly. Spots with heavy spray. Orange peal everywhere. Dust sprayed into the paint. It was my worst fear come true.

When Kate and I saw the progress a freak out ensued. Kate started calling the office. I emailed the owner with pictures. The fire storm was lit!

August 6:

The project manager came to the house to talk to us in the morning and we showed him all our concerns. He played it cool but then shit started to happen. 8 guys showed up and started sanding like crazy. I got home at about 8 and they were still sanding. They left around 8:30. Things seemed to be going in the right direction.

August 7:

We had another walk through with the project manager and thanked him for the progress. Pointed out a few areas that still needed a bit of work. They then sprayed another coat of paint. I got home around 9:30 and things were looking pretty good. They painted the kick board under the cabinets and with another coat I think we will have beat this thing.

August 8 (today)

They should come in and put the new hardware on. Then touch up work. We may be done today or tomorrow.

It’s looking pretty good in the end. It’s not perfect. It’s white, and it’s painted… There is no way to achieve a factory finish. Without a spray booth. There is no way to get it perfect. The goal here was to do a job that was in line with the budget and the over all value of the house. I think we did that and I think it’s a pretty solid job. We will see how it wears. If we had kids I would be terrified.

The pictures below are from today. I don’t want to post the rougher pictures because they make me anxious and I’d like to forget.



……………… kitchen

As we discussed in earlier posts, this is going to be a relatively small job with a disproportionately long process.

The countertops are in! The custom island table is in! The backsplash is getting started today along with the molding on the ceiling!

The island table was kind of a fun experience. I found a place that did steal fabrication in Patterson NJ. We had to go pick it up, and of course it was in a rough part of town. We took the van and it fit in the back perfect. The guys were really nice and the price was right. Is it perfect? No, it could be better, but it was built to the specifications of the drawing I sent so it’s cool with me.

I feel like we made a lot of progress pre 4th of July and since things have been dragging. Lucky for us the kitchen has been semi usable the entire time.

The paint starts on Aug 2nd so that will really feel like we are closing in on the finish. The killer issue is the range hood. It’s being custom build and it’s taking for-ev-er!

That’s the update. See the picks below. The countertops go a long way to brightening things up.




I know what your thinking. “Not another kitchen update (eye roll). But no! This post isn’t at all about the kitchen. This is about our van trip to the white mountains and Mount Washington.

The White Mountains are in New Hampshire. The very North end infact. It’s a solid 6-7 hour drive. We left of Saturday morning and had an absolutely lovely drive up there. It was in the 60’s, so cool in fact that we didn’t even roll down the windows. Just opened the vent and it was very comfortable. We got to Littleton NH in the late afternoon and were generously invited to stay at a coworker’s family home for the evening as I couldn’t reserve a camp site.



Poped the top to show off the van

Sunday was the big day! The ultimate east coat van mountain adventure. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the North East United States at 6,288.2 ft. There is an auto road that has been functioning since 1861! It is a 12% grade for much of the road. It 7.6 miles and it is a killer. 2 lanes, very tight and in a 30 year old van completely thrilling. It was 1st and 2nd gear the entire way and by the time we got to the top Kate was in tears and I was shaking and about to pass out. Now, let me explain. If you’re a bit queeze when it comes to heights this is a real thrill ride. That said if you’re a bit queeze about your 30 year old van exploding then it’s a entirely other type of thrill ride. The van did great the entire way up, but you never know with these things. If we had broke down up there it would have been impossible to get to a save spot to wait for help. It was great! The relief of the accomplishment over shadowed the veiws and I did a terrible job getting any good pictures. (classic Paul blunder). Notice in the first picture below the moutian train. If you’re not interested in testing fate it’s a great option.


The way down the mountian was a pretty tough one. The breaks got a good bit hot. so much infact that they were smoking pretty bad. They then started to leak melted grease from the hubs as it had been heated to a blue liquid. Crazy!



The blue goo leaking out of the hub, burning up.

Monday we got the old inflatable kayak out and in true Kate and Paul fashion became far too ambitious in your kayaking abilities. We wanted up paddleing a total of 6 miles. The back end of that up stream. Before you label us two stupid fools. The current was very week. It still hurt. We also got a good about of sun. Not terribly burned, but burned enough.


Tuesday we took a early morning trip to Diana’s bathes. Which is a series of waterfalls you can walk through. We got there before all the family showed up. They pretty much turn a natural landscape into a water park and it’s kind of depressing.

After the waterfalls we startes our way home…. It was sooooooo hot. I mean sooooooo hot I got sunburned through my t-shirt. Kate couldn’t even talk to me. The windows were all open, but the air was so hot there was no relief. I can’t believe Kate didn’t knife me at the end of the trip. 7 hours in the beating sun is enough to convince any jury it was self defense. She didn’t. God love her!

(BTW, sorry for the lame music on the video. I edited on my phone and could choose a music track for some reason)


Demo Done Son!

Things continue to move forward even if they have slowed a bit. As you may have gathered from the title the last of the demo was finnishing up and all the drywall has been patched. We also have the electrical sorted. We decided to only have lighting under the bottom shelves. Trying to light all of them separately seemed a bit much and I think in the long run will result in a more consistent feeling feature.

It was also a big week for fridges. We got the wine fridge in place and all framed up, ready for the countertop. We also received the main fridge that turned out to be a perfect fit. It was all for the best after last week’s fridge disaster. We wound up with the taller model so it fits the caseing much much better. It is already making ice and life better.

Next up is the countertops. Now, my guess is that they will be installed next week as this is a holiday week and it can be tough to schedule things. It looks as if we will have the island table done just in time for that install which is super exciting!

Talk to you next week!



Wine Fridge Framed

Main Fridge

Hooked up the water abd it works!

Buttfuzz was hanging with me.

More Demo PLZ:

So much happening this week. The demolition continues. The rest of the back end of the kitchen has been removed, and the backsplash tile has all been popped off. This is important, as I could take a look at real dimensions for the hood. As I may have mentioned we need to get one custom made as we want to have shelves on either side. They need to end into the hood.


It was important to build it full size so we could avoid and human factor disaster. The first one I built based only on the CAD model I’ve been rendering for you, was far too big. So I used that to get more appropriate measurements and now it works great. The only concern I have is that I have spec’d the hood at 49in wide. It feels as if it may be truly massive. The one in the picture is only 42in wide. The one in the rendering is the full width. That was all of Saturday .



This is the first hood I had in the renderings


This is the revision based on real life.


New render… 3 shelves 49in hood width


Friday was a effing nightmare. I ordered the new refrigerator on line at built.com. We have been buying much of the standard pieces we need there. The thing about ordering a item that large from the internet is they have to send it by a freight company. To be clear that’s a delivery service that is often local that delivers large good with a big truck. Well, the delivery window was between 9am and noon. They got to the house at 5! Then once the drive got the fridge in the house he took off. The wrapping looked good so I figured everything was fine. It turned out that the fridge was mangled in several places. So badly its not savable. I immediately called to have it returned and with any luck that will run a bit smoother.



Floor installation:

So it’s loud. They finished removing the floor on Friday. Because the old floor was put down to never ever be taken up, they needed to remove everything down to the original sub floor. I don’t know how or why I didn’t get a pic of that but I didn’t. Kate says it was too tramatic. You know how it is just planks with about a half inch between. You walk on it and have a clear view into the basement….. tramatic indeed.

Saturday we stayed out of the house as the new floor was going in. It was very loud, lots of banging, cutting and pounding. Poor ButtFuzz just had to suffer through it.

We looked at tile for the shower walls and went into the city to Tribeca to look at the School House store. We are buying a lot of our fixtures from them so it was good to see most of the product in person.

Sunday they put the stain down. We went back in the records to find the stain we used for the rest of the house. It’s called Provincial. I’ve realized as I’m writing this that the floors in the rest of the house used Duraseal and in the kitchen they used Minwax. Hmmmmm this could be a problem, let’s hope not…. PS don’t tell Kate. She dosent read the blog but I know that some of the readers communicate with her after reading it. Just do me a solid on this one. No, it’s not lying if you don’t tell her. Just act as if you skimmed this part of the post. It’s fine…… Right?


Let’s step outside of the remodel news for a moment….. It has been brought to my attention that in the last post I may have made an insensitive racial blunder….

I used the term “Mexicans” to discribe the people that came to the house to buy our old fridge. Now it may be fair to say that I was not 100% certain of their nationality so could be misrepresenting who they are. Ok…. On the other had I very much enjoyed the experience and wanted to share it on the blog. As you know the blog is here to remind me of things as my memory is so terrible.so watch out because this thing is out if control….. Jon..

Demolition: Part 2

Floor: Yesterday the floor guy did his very best to demo the tile floor in the kitchen. It looked like a real struggle. That tile looks like it was bonded to that sub floor for life! I talked to him this morning and he said it was a killer. The plan is to have the floor finished by Sunday! I can’t wait!

We got rid of the old white fridge in a bit of a panic. The day before the floor demolition started we realized we didn’t want to move the old fridge into the living room. It would thaw out and most likely leave a rotten puddle where ever we put it. Kate put the fridge for sale on a site called swap and in and hour there was a Mexican family over at the house to pick it up. Everyone came along. I was ready to help move the fridge but the guys took one look at me and laughed. They exchanged some words in Spanish of which I can only assume were flattering to me.

They had the fridge out in no time and into their van. Moments later the door bell rang and there was a request for jumper cables. They left the lights to the van on while we moved the fridge. Owning my own van I had cables at the ready and we had that van jumped in 5 minutes. So glad to get that fridge out of the way. We have one in the basement we are using for the moment. The new one will be here early next week.

All in all things are progressing well. Lots more to do!



See the crazy bonding agent by the door. It must have been a buster to get that tile up!

Demolition: Part 1

As promised progress reports have started! Monday and Tuesday saw the first steps of the kitchen project take form. Doug came by and ripped out the island and removed all the decorative elements of the lower cabinets that might impeed the installation of the floor on Thursday. You will also see that the wine fridge got delivered and we moved it into place to see how it fit. It fits like a glove!
Notice the range and cabinets that bumped out are now flush with the rest of the kitchen!

The holes in the floor are due to the sink that was in the island. We removed it because we didn’t use it and it was not helpful.