The View from the Office Window

View out the office Window -- A Pinch of Joy
The view from my office window will be changing soon. . . .

View out the office Window -- A Pinch of Joy

because the sign in the front yard changed.  .  .

In contract - realtor's sign

Had open house one Sunday and accepted an offer the next Sunday! 

For a different view. . .
Deck Garden
  Here we are looking toward the office (where the light is in the window) from the vantage point of the photographer’s drone!  The photographer did a fabulous job and made us look really good!  It was fascinating watching him manipulate the quad copter and snap pictures using his cellphone to control the camera.  We will miss this deck!! 

Backyard -- Drone shot
Another great shot by Andy, the photographer.  The perennials, mostly hostas and other shade lovers,  were in full bloom.  I didn’t put out annuals this year — no time! — but I did buy a few hanging pots for a bit of color.   You can tell it had just rained again.  This yard had nothing but a few straggly raspberry bushes and a sad weeping willow when we moved in.  Looking forward to creating a new garden in the new place — with sunshine!!

Thanks for your patience and understanding while we transition to a new home 1000 miles away!

Install drawer pulls the easy way

Install drawer pulls the easy way -- A Pinch of Joy
Install drawer pulls the easy way -- A Pinch of Joy

Our “Before Kitchen” had seven small drawers.  The “After Kitchen” has one very large drawer to replace two of the seven plus one small drawer next to the range that holds spatulas and whisks.  Definitely some tradeoffs!!!  I now keep my towels in a basket in a cupboard instead of a drawer.  But I have a great place to store cookie sheets and cutting boards that were formerly in the garage!  Worth losing some small drawers.  Those two new drawers had to have drawer pulls installed to make them fully useful. Imagine!  Here’s how Bytes did it:

  • Count out the number of pulls needed.
  • Place them on the copier glass very carefully so as not to scratch or mar the glass.
  • Press copy.  If the resulting image is not readable, it may be because the top of the copier won’t close over the pulls.  Try draping a towel over the pulls on the glass, while keeping them all upright.
  • Determine and mark placement of pulls on the drawer front.  I wanted pulls in the center of the drawer front and above the interior front wall.  That way the screws only had to go through one layer of wood.
  • Cut the images apart.   Determine and mark the middle of the paper image.
  • Match the middle of the drawer and the paper image at the predetermined location, check to make sure the image of the pull is level and tape the paper image in place.
  • Pierce the paper image at the correct location for the screws, either with a small drill bit or a nail to mark the correct placement on the drawer front.  If you drill through the paper template, it will shift so mark before even thinking about drilling.  (Even though two holes are shown on either side of the pulls, package directions said to use one screw per side.)  He used the outside set of holes.
  • Drill holes at the marked location.
  • Insert screws from the inside of the drawer, add handles and tighten screws. 
  • Done! 

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How to install cabinet knobs and create your own installation template

How to install cabinet knobs and create your own installation template -- A Pinch of Joy
How to install cabinet knobs and create your own installation template -- A Pinch of Joy

The kitchen remodel was just part of our get it done blitz.   We got the cabinets installed and in use, then moved on to some other big projects while my brother was here with muscle and know how.  For several weeks we used the cupboards with handles made of blue tape folded back on itself.  They wore out and were replaced with green tape before we had time to take care of details — like real cabinet knobs!  Turned out to be quick work!

Create template for Installing cabinet knobs --

Bytes kept telling me to buy cabinet knob installation templates at the home improvement store on my daily supply runs.  I could NOT find them — until after we were done with this.  But I think the alternative he constructed was better anyway.  Certainly more cost effective!   Bytes cut a corner off a thin (quarter inch thick) paneling.   Use a square, a protractor or just line it up with the corner of the cupboard door to verify a perfect 90 degree angle!  He took smaller slices of the paneling and super glued them to the edges of the larger square, making sure they fit tightly.  Let glue dry and it’s ready to go!  With fifteen knobs to install, this was a few minutes well spent!!

Knob installation template -- A Pinch of Joy

Once the square was done, we determined the position of the knob on the door.  Our cupboards are Shaker style and I wanted the knobs in the center of the upper and side trim pieces. Beginning at the corner of the door,  draw a line that passes through the exact point where the two trim pieces meet.  Measure along this line on the door itself to determine the center point.  That is where I wanted the knobs installed.  You may want to change this depending on the depth of trim on your cupboard doors and the shape of the knob.  Once you decide, mark the location on the template and drill a pilot hole.  (We also used this template on bathroom vanities with same style doors — worth tossing in the keep it bin!)

3Using Knob Template -- A Pinch of Joy

Mark the location of the hole on the door.  The side pieces on the template will insure the same location on every door and keep the template from slipping and sliding  during the marking process. 

4Drill hole for knob -- A Pinch of Joy

Drill a hole for the screw.  Use a the size of bit indicated on the screw package.  Who knew screws came in sizes besides long and short??? 

5 Keep drill level

If the door trim has any depth, keeping the hole level — parallel with the floor — will be a concern.  We had to replace our ancient drill in the middle of our redo blitz and the new one Wheels brought home has a level on top.  Handy!  (But not required —  a steady hand and an awareness that straight is necessary, will work.)

Add knob

Insert screw from BACK of cupboard door and run it in until just a bit is visible on the front of the door.  Hold knob in place and finishing running in screw until the head is flush with the back of the door and the knob is securely in place on the front.

9 Lovely above the microwave
Lovely above the microwave . . .

10 Pantry

And on the four door pantry!  I looked all over for hardware.  I wanted something simple, classic and sleek.  Haunted the hardware aisles for days — at least six different stores.  And then one day on a trip through Target — there they were!  And much better priced than the ones I had been considering.  They fit my hand — and are  the right size for the big guys too. They look great!   Love them! 

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