Posts Tagged ‘grey’

Well Hung…

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Kitchen
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Carpenters came in today to finish up the top row of kitchen cabinets, which turned out quite nicely.

Cabinets closed:

Cabinets opened:

They gave us the wrong cabinet fittings though. We asked for an “up-and-over” style hinge, but they provided a straightforward “flip up” type. The difference, as can be seen from the photo of the open cabinets, is that to reach the cabinets doors when they are wide open, one has to be really tall. I.e. I will be only one closing the cabinets in this house…

A hole has been cut into the top of the cabinets to fit the kitchen sink in as well. This is an under-the-counter sink with 90-degree corners. Probably a pain in the butt to clean, but we had to have it. Chalk up yet another win for aesthetics over practical functionality.

The stainless steel splashback (backsplash?) has been glued on. This we’re not too happy with. The metal sheet was cut by hand with a power tool, and the edges are not straight. We’ve requested that this be replaced with a proper machine cut piece.

And finally, this monstrosity. We’ve been having problems with the electrician and his alignment disability, and he didn’t fail to disappoint. Pretty much the only thing consistent about him is that he’ll install something crooked.

We’ve kicked up a fuss and the contractor has brought in another electrician to try and fix this mess. It doesn’t look like much can be done to save this, but we’re still crossing our fingers.


Second Time (Somewhat) Lucky

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Main
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The requisite number of days have passed so we (rather fearfully, I might add) went to check on the re-applied flooring. Not too bad this time round. It was a marked improvement over the first attempt.

An even, flat grey with no obviously visible seams or bumps. Colour is about right, level of non-glossiness is correct, and if you don’t bring your eyes down to floor level, everything looks A-Ok.

Of course, if we want to be fussy it’s still not as smooth as we would want it to be, and in our defense, we have really seen it being pulled off, so it’s not as though we have unrealistic expectations.

The main problem is that roller brush marks can be seen at certain angles. I’m not sure if these will wear down after some daily wear and tear, but its not obvious enough to warrant a third attempt at doing the flooring. We’ll probably ask for some compensation instead.

Crater-Faced (Walking On The Moon)

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Main
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Waited 11 days. Unlocked the gate. Opened the main door. Face fell.

The floor looks bad. A lot worse than in the pictures. The colour of the epoxy is right, but once it’s on, it only serves to highlight how unprepped the floor was prior to application.

Conduits cut into the floor for electrical cables can be clearly seen, and where the new cement meets the old, there is an obviously raised seam.

The kitchen flooring is the worst. Seems like the epoxy did not dry properly. There are sore-like bumps all over, and some spots don’t even seem to have adhered to the cement.

The entire kitchen, and half the living room is flat grey, while the bedroom and the rest of the house has a gloss coat. Contractor claims this was not intentional, and that the epoxy dried out this way.

Me? I don’t buy that. I think her workers knew the kitchen flooring was going to turn out bad, so they didn’t add the finishing top coat.

As painful as it is to accept even more delays after a 3 week hiatus, we’re most definitely going to have to redo the flooring. You can already see the yellow post it notes we’ve peppered the floor with, to highlight problem areas.

Stay tuned…

Shades Of Grey

Posted: January 29, 2011 in Main
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It seems colours go by fancy names these days. Our walls are “snowfield’, our acrylic counter top “fog”, and our laminates “platinum”. And these are all grey, mind you.

So when the contractor asked what colour the cement flooring was going to be painted, our answer…grey like shopping centre carpark lor…

The flooring was a three day process. One day to prep, one day to prime, and one day to apply the actual epoxy.

The lighter coloured flooring seems to brighten up the whole place.

Comparison shot:

Close up shots:

And now the main door is shut, and we have been given strict instructions not to step in for at least five days, to let the epoxy dry in peace.

It’s going to be pure torture, we’re itching to get a good look at whether the floor and wall colours match.

Like Paint-By-Numbers Only A Whole Lot Easier

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Main
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Not much needed in terms of a description, except that the house is fully painted in grey now. In case anyone is wondering, this is ICI Dulux Snowfield. I’m suddenly realizing it’s the colour of the WordPress CMS, weird coincidence…

The bulk of the light switches and electrical sockets have been installed in these bunch of photos, but the mains hasn’t been connected yet.

It’s nice to see the walls all smooth and “scar” free. Far cry from a couple of weeks ago when the electrical points were being shifted. If this is now Nicole Kidman,that was the Joker in the Dark Knight.

Snowfield is a light blue grey, which fits our almost impossible criteria of being simultaneously industrial, etsy-sweet, cool in terms of colour temp, and understated enough to form the background of the house. It also goes well with pink, teal, mustard yellow and brown, other colours which will enter the environment through the furniture and our possessions.