Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What Happened to that Renovation, Anyway?

We are all super enjoying what has been done in the kitchen so far. I am a little bit stuck with my upper kitchen problem, where old grease bled through the paint before I had a chance to seal it. Sigh. Just about to work on that, reeeeeally!

But in the meantime, I’ve climbed on the IKEA Numerar bandwagon, and the gorgeous new countertops are out in the garage getting their pre-treatment:

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After far too many hours on the internet spent researching finishing options, I’m using spoon oil. Anything containing tung oil (which includes IKEA’s finishing oil, by the way) is unsafe for people with tree nut allergies, which also ruled out the ever popular Waterlox treatment for us. I am using the recipe posted by blogger Katy here, with gorgeous beeswax ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs. This is a really inexpensive, foodsafe, allergy safe treatment and the whole project is strangely relaxing. I just can hardly wait until they’re installed! This does give us a design problem, though, which is what to use for the backsplash. I’m not loving any of the alternatives I’ve found so far, but it’s been fun looking.

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