To determine the winner of the $50.00 Target gift card, Saucy first chose which of the five posts last week would host the winner... it was Monday. Monday had six comments. She then generated a random winner from those six comments:
Congratulations, Jill! Shoot Saucy an e-mail with your snail mail address and she'll ship you your gift card full of awesomeness and get shopping! Thanks everyone for the comments and wishes... it was another fulfilling year of blogging.
And if you didn't win, remember: Target comes to Canada next spring!
Things have been good and busy around here since Saucy, Veto and Loopy got home from Arizona. Buddy Budderson came home for the long weekend to celebrate his 21st birthday. Carrot cake was served, as is the custom. The roof of the house was replaced while everyone was away on holiday, so nobody had to endure the clacking of hammers and nail guns - just the neighbours.
Since getting home, Saucy has been engrossed in planning the kitchen renovation that will go ahead this summer. She's spent three sessions with the draftsman for Cabico Cabinetry. The plans are almost complete... she has another session scheduled for Tuesday to finish things up.
Wanna take a peek? These are the cabinets:
Simple shaker doors with inset frames so the hinges will be exposed... it will fit this 99 year old house, don't you think? The colour will be a pale dove grey, very close to white. This picture is from the company website but it's pretty close to what Saucy's ordering. The backsplash will be white subway tile, too.
She really wants classic hexagon tiles in this pattern on the floor, but she has a backup plan. If it's cost prohibitive or won't work meeting the adjacent flooring, she'll go with dark wide-plank hardwood. No biggie. She doesn't get too bent out of shape about these things.
She's for sure ordering one section of cabinets in a blue shade. It will make the whole look a little less fitted, more like an original kitchen to the age of the house. Classic cup drawer pulls are a must. The range hood will be like this one, with a ledge for bottles and vases and a cool clock overtop.
Light quartz countertops with a farmhouse sink...
... beadboard on the ceiling, schoolhouse lighting and some open shelving also. Texture on the ceiling is awesome.
One section of cabinetry with glass doors... should she paint the interior for added interest?
But the best part... the part Saucy is so excited about... she might pee her pants a little:
The whole area that was formerly a breakfast nook will now be a pantry and baking centre. Not only has Saucy washed and saved every spaghetti sauce jar that's passed her way for five years, she found these three inch bad boys in a box of 144 with chrome lids:
And as sure as she is about this faucet, she's unsure about one thing. Maybe you could help her.
While she's always envisioned this sink (she had it at the last house)... now she's not so sure. It was a tiny bit high maintenance. It scratched easily and Saucy more or less babysat it. She polished it with ceramic cooktop cleansers and didn't let anyone throw tea, coffee or wine down the drain without rinsing. She was a little fussy about it. She kind of drove everyone crazy. She buffed it like it was a sports car and she was a fifty-five year old man in a Zeppelin tee shirt.
Reader, what do you know about copper sinks? What do you think? It should be durable. It's got a nice look.
This is what to consider:
The copper sink actually will cost less than the white version. A savings of about $300.00. Veto's on board with that, as you can imagine.
Saucy's not too excited about the decoration on the front of the copper sink. What do you think? Getting it without costs substantially more money, wanna know why? Because this way is more easily produced by machine but otherwise it has to be hand-hammered for a finish. So if she gets the copper to save money, she'd get the pattern. Otherwise she should just get the white and be done with it.
Also, the copper might not be available right now in the double basin option. Saucy's last farmhouse sink was single basin and it really cramped her style. She thinks. Maybe she can't remember. She washes a lot of dishes.
The sink will be right next to the dishwasher, and it's stainless steel. The white sink won't look bad next to it... but maybe copper will look funny?
What colour of faucet do you put with a copper sink next to a stainless steel dishwasher? It's mind boggling.
The copper is probably easier to care for in the long run, if Saucy just lets it develop its natural patina and doesn't obsess over it. It's also more forgiving if something gets dropped.
But ooooh... white is looking good too. What would you think if you walked into a kitchen with a copper farmhouse sink?
To buy or not to buy, that is the question.