Hiiiiii! Can you tell how relieved I am to finally have some progress to share on our
fixer a-frame? Well it seems like aside from the laundry room
and a new roof, not much has been done but finally the kitchen is getting put back together, as we speak. Our new contractor has been great so far. He’s our third one! I guess the desert is notorious for squirrely contractors (I probably wouldn’t want to work in that heat either), but the a/c is now working and cabinets and countertops and tile are going in.
I chose Fireclay’s 2×6 field tile
in Calcite. It’s a gorgeous matte white and I love the proportions being just a touch skinnier than the traditional subway tile. I opted for a vertical stacked pattern to keep it modern and again a little different than the usual. It hasn’t been grouted yet but I couldn’t wait to share. You can see the slight variation between each tile which makes me truly appreciate that each one is handmade and that it brings an organic quality to the space.
Our poor tile guy is afraid of heights and since the kitchen is so small and the cabinets were already in place, there wasn’t enough room to set up a ladder so he set up this makeshift scaffolding with what he could find on site. He was literally shaking in his boots up there at the tippy top of the A-frame. It is like 20 feet high in the middle and having taped off the windows to paint in the living room myself, I completely sympathized. But how great did it turn out? Maybe he will find a more sturdy situation when it comes time to grout.
We still have a ways to go, grouting the tile, patching holes, installing appliances, a sink, fixtures, hanging shelves, and doors and drawer fronts… etc etc. but it is starting to look like a kitchen and it is a far cry from where we started
, which makes me a happy camper.
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Tile from Fireclay (2×6 in Calcite) // Cabinets from Ikea // Doors and Drawers coming from SemiHandmade (see the process of me painting them here) // Countertops
See all the progress on our Palm Springs A-frame Cabin here