A Cat Friendly House in the Making

I think it is pretty safe to say that we love our cat, Triangle, and that he loves us back!

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Our project today is something we think he will also love! Since Triangle is a fan of high places and spying on people we have decided to create a set of walk ways around one side of the building. These will allow him to get to the top of the fridge(where his food will be kept) in a fun way!

Using some standard shelf brackets and pre-made shelf boards, we got started!

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We had to cut down some of the brackets, since the headspace needed for our big kitty pushed the shelves down almost to the windows.

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In addition to the special cat shelves, we have also allotted the front of our closet shelves to cat traffic and made cut outs for him to pass through. This is so we can have storage bins on the back of the shelves and Triangle can walk or lounge in front of them.

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A cats-eye view!

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We brought Triangle up for a little while to make sure that he fit through everything and could walk comfortably. Even though he looks pretty grumpy here, we think he approved of what we have done so far!

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Watching Paint Dry

Now that all of the wall panels are up, painting can commence! We decided on plain white(Valspar Ultra White) for everything, as there will be plenty of other items that can be colorful and we don’t want to overwhelm the small space.

I started by doing everything with a small angled brush, since the grooves in the beadboard needed special attention.

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I ended up doing the entire bathroom/laundry room/waterheater wall this way!

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When I moved on to other areas, I tried doing it with a roller. That left the grooves unpainted, but obviously gave great coverage in a short time. So I have settled for a hybrid. First, broad coat of paint with the roller, second, fill in all the grooves with a hand brush, and lastly, a second coat with the roller to ensure even coloration.

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I was not entirely sold on the white walls originally, but now I think I really like it!

Back to School

I am sure you all have noticed the countdown there on the side bar, and now today is the day! Aaron goes back to school at S&T and will only be available to work on the house on the weekends(gotta get all that homework done!) He is currently working on a double major in Computer Science and Engineering Management!

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What does this mean for progress? It means that I can work on painting walls! This also means that updates will be a little sparser during the week, as most of the exciting work will be on the weekend.

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Cabinet Makeover Round 1

Remember the cabinet set we got? Well, today I get to start painting! Aaron is working on electrical stuff, so there is only so much I can help with, so I shall paint while he wires! The pieces started out as a light wood finish, but somewhere along the way were painted over with a rustic brown paint.

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Don’t get me wrong, it is nicely done(for the most part) and would look great as is…in a different house. The brown must go! We will have wood-patterned floor and have no room for other wood things right next to it.

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I picked out a lovely rich chocolate brown and a warm gold color(Wagon Wheel and Amber Sienna, respectively) as the colors for the kitchen. Brown for the main color and gold for the accent, with the gold on the inside of the cabinets to make them lighter and brighter! I started with taking the doors off of the sink unit and the one smaller floor unit we were going to use and painted the backs and outside edges gold. Even with the lovely Valspar Reserve paint that works as nicely as any other wall paint I have ever used, it took 3 to 4 coats of the gold to cover up all of the original dark brown.

Once the gold was all dry, I carefully taped the edges and got ready for OUR brown!

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The brown only needed 2 coats plus a few touch ups to completely hide the underlying color, so I was able to pull off the tape and reveal the freshly painted glory in no time at all!

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The finishing touches is to refinish the hinges and handles with a silver metal paint that I have previously only used for jewelry and cosplay purposes. All in all, I think they came out splendidly! Only 6 more doors and 5 more drawers to go!

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