OMG!! Just gotta share this…really excited!
I have been invited to create my own flavour for a ice cream chain here in Singapore!! And they will name it after me. ME! I am gobsmacked!
To save cost, we don’t have a false ceiling for the kitchen area. So we have to look for lights. It can’t be something too loud cos it will take the focus away from the campbells light. We are concerned that track lights might not be good enough seeing as we cook very often, and we need to make sure our food is cooked.
We do have T5 lights underneath the upper cabinets which we can use, but energy consumption wise, that is not very practical, much rather some sort of ceiling lights that will be sufficient.
IDers have come up with a few suggestions….but I am still not quite convinced. 😦
Alternatively, I could go for T5 lights placed at the top of the kitchen cabinet, and maybe something like this (pic below) in the middle of the kitchen cos it is quite big….but i think that will take the focus away from the campbells light. 😦
Dia: 1400mm3 x CFL T5 22W+3 x T5 32W
Starting to feel kinda lost….HELP!!
We took time off from work today to sort out a whole heap of stuff for the house.
First on the agenda, standby to receive the new sinks for the bathroom upstairs. The guy was super punctual and when I was inspecting the sinks, I have to say I’m really happy with the design. It’s going to go so well with my Italian designed and made taps.
Then came the intensive session with our contractor and IDers. We sorted heaps out today.
Essentially, the house will be painted white, with three accent wall colours for the three bedrooms upstairs.
We picked rather mild colours for the accent walls mainly cos we aren’t the sort to pick or like super funky colours.
We short listed some kitchen laminate colours, now we just gotta wait for the bigger piece so that we can decide which one to use.
We have also confirmed our ceiling fans for the house, except for the one in the balcony. It’s a very narrow space, and even the relite petite is not going to fit. So we have to continue our search for the balcony.
Mayer marketing delivered our jobs, hood and oven today. We are not ready to actually install them yet but I didn’t want to waste any more money keeping them in storage.
Tired of the current house looking like a warehouse, so we moved our accents lights that I purchased from taobao to the house too. The staircase pendant light is so big that our ID actually thought it was an exercise ball! Lol.
The high for today: finding out that the house Reno should be done in about three weeks. THREE weeks! Amazing. Carpentry should be starting next week, then the following week will be installation. Wow!
Another major high today, IDers like my Campbell lights!!! Yea!!
The low for today: OpenNet didn’t honor their appointment today. So, we have decided to proceed with our tiling works while waiting.
Oh! Speaking of tiling, downstairs is almost tiled! Fast! All that’s left is the balcony area, staircase, and skirting for the house. Amazing.
Amusing chat with our IDers today. They shared that they have met quite a few homeowners who have been showing them pictures of some of my purchases for the new home in their mood boards. Heh!
Finally the study bedroom wall is down…the one that has caused a delay of almost TWO months. And i must say that i am very happy with the look of it. This was something I knew I wanted right from the get go. When we first met the IDers in January, I brought a long a mood board or sort, and this was one of the things I shared that I really really wanted for the new home. And now with the wall down, can i just say that I am soooooooooooooo happy. The upper level looks so much more spacious! Loving the thought that now….more light and breeze will be circulating through the house! Impatient me is now really looking forward to the end when the pretty french doors will be up!! I can almost picture it!!
When I had a look at the place on Monday evening…the wall was down, but the flooring was yet to be done…yesterday our IDers sent us this progress update and even the floors are tiled! Man they have been moving fast.
Cove lighting boxes for the house has also been completed, so we are off to get our T5 lights etc this weekend so that they can be on standby for the electrician.
Moving on downstairs, the staircase has been leveled…and now we can start tiling works for the stairs. Fingers crossed this will look good. The con of using wood tiles instead of parquet…is that it will be sharp along the edges…but our contractor said that it can be filed down a little and it will be better…FINGERS crossed!
Our brick wall in the living room is a work in progress, but it is pretty clear that it is almost completed. This will give the living room some texture…love it. Was a toss up between white bricks and red bricks…glad we went with the white bricks in the end…the effect is a little more subtle
Taken the day off tomorrow…cos the OpenNet guys are coming in to route the fiber optic box from the study down to the living room area. Once that is done tomorrow, they can start tiling the living room. We will also be accepting delivery of our two hobs, hood and oven from Mayer Marketing.
Our IDers are also meeting us tomorrow afternoon, and we will be picking the paint colours for the house, the laminate colours for the carpentry work and door knob handles. Things are coming along nicely.
Tonight, we are gonna FINALLY move all the feature lights we purchased from Taobao…the Kraus sink and tap from amazon into the house….can’t wait. The current house was starting to look like a warehouse! LOL
New drawings for the kitchen island. We discovered about two weeks back that the marble was too heavy for the lift load…so we had to cut it shorter….but we wanted to keep the size of the island the same so that it is symmetrical. So the best alternative we could come up with was to make the marble piece shorter by about a 1/3 of the length and add in the same granite we plan to use for the rest of the kitchen countertop. It will still gel with the black and white them…and it will also pull together the use of the granite for the other portion. Our IDers gave us three options to consider…
1/3 of the original lenth of the island will be replaced with granite…the induction cooker will also sit square on the black granite top…that could help a bit with stains…leaning towards this option. but i do like the idea of having some open shelving which Option 2 and Option 3 has. But Option 1 looks so clean…what do you thinK?
FINALLY after exactly 7 weeks…the wall will be coming down this monday and we can get started again on our renovations. It has stalled for so long. The pace of renovation before we were stalled was super fast…it was really exciting to see progress every day. Looking forward to that pace again.
Emailed our IDers with a whole long list of stuff that i think we need to action on soon. I don’t wanna be caught off guard….so hopefully we stay ahead of the game.
On a side note…. happy weekend everyone! can’t wait to spend some time with the little girl. 🙂
So i spent yesterday evening, coming up with a plan on how i want the singer sewing machine legged side table to look and where to place it. IDers and I have sorted out the dimensions of the side table if i wanna put it at the dining area. We needed a small table there anyway, in case we want a small antique like table fan on hot days. That has been pretty much sorted…but i was thinking that it would be a waste to just place the singer sewing machine on the display shelf.
I am hoping to SLOWLY collect some old food related items like antique bowls and tingkats for the display shelf….then sarah sent this this morning…BRILLIANT!! Converting the singer machine into a lamp!
The project looks a little challenging…finding a rod to put the bulb wires in…the rod will be attached to the machine base and the top will be for the lamp shade…don’t know how the wires should be attached…and how does the rod sit on the base…hmmm….. DIYers…any ideas?
Alternatively, I have managed to find someone in Singapore that can convert it into a lamp…but for a hefty $500 fee!
OMG! I managed to get a whole singer sewing machine (machine plus legs) for $90! Thanks to Sarah!! Thank you Sarah! So happy!!
Now….just gotta decide what to do with it….it could be the legs for the broken plate table top…it could be converted into a desk for the study upstairs…or it could be a little side table for the dining area!! OmG! I am so excited!!
Some great contacts gleaned from Hock Siong’s Facebook page.
Kim Hwee Sofa Industry (Reupholster, reconditioning of Sofa)
126 Joo Seng Road #03-15 Gold Pine Industrial BuildingSingapore 368355
Contact: 6280 1208 or 9651 8149
(Theresa or JC, look for JC if you want gorgeous sofa ideas, I think their workmanship is reasonable for their pricing! We have used them personally for a few occasions! )
Furniture Restoration Services
Tommi Antique Restoration (Custom, Restore & Refurbish of Furniture)
Blk 435 yishun ave 6 #02-2108 Singapore, Singapore 760435
(Tommi, very nice and friendly Boss. I think they do all kinds of big/small restoration works. Check out their Facebook!)
Wah King Furniture Making (Custom, Restore & Refurbish of Furniture )
Blk 32 Defu Lane 10 #01-04
Singapore 539232 Email: email@example.com
Contact: 65 9357 0517 / 65 9234 5231
(Kenneth Du, very good workmanship. Customer had used them to restore a blackwood sofa set and teak items before)
South East Wood Product (Repair and repolish various classical & antique furniture)
32 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2#07-11 Sing Industrial Complex
Contact: 65 6737-6204 / 9229 2881
(Adrian Tan, customer used them to restore an English/classical-ish dresser before)
Ah Tiong (Repaint of Furniture)
Contact: 96793929 (Customer’s contact)
Furniture Sanitization & Carpet Cleaning Services
Dehygienique Asia Pte Ltd
246 MacPherson Road #08-01 Betime Building
Singapore 348578 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: 65 6749-1950
(Fendi Zhang, Previously we have used them before to clean a very dirty Moroso armchair!)
Email: email@example.com Contact: 65 6749-3252
EN Marble Contractor (Polishing/ Marble Restoration)
3A Siang Kuang Avenue
(Pong Poh Enn aka. Ah N, very nice and funny uncle, but his “tao qiu”, which is leading supervisor aka technician is even funnier. We used them to polish our marble on the antique console, restored a little chip on this showflat dining set before and many many other customer’s items. You can request them to go down your site to service, but make sure you get everything covered up!)
Glass & Mirror Services
Baey Glass Contractor (Glass-cutting services)
Blk 3 Toa Payoh Industrial Park Lor 8#01-1353
(Mr. Baey Song Huwa, very funny uncle whom has a strong Teochew accent)
Johor & Co. (They are in Singapore! Bring your old lampshades for repair or purchase new lampshades, call before visiting)
1023 Yishun Industrial Park A
Korla Home (Provides Fabric for Soft Furnishings & Sofa Reupholstery!) Web:www.korlahome.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/korlahome
Contact: Ted Utoft firstname.lastname@example.org
(Awesomely nice duo!)
Malaysia Transportation Services
Infinia Service Sdn Bhd (Crossborder Trucking)
(Malaysia) MISC Complex
Plo 137 & 138 Jln Angkasa Mas Utama
Kawasan Perindustrian Tebrau II81000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Contact: +607-3516090 (Mr. Rahim)
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our IDers just whatsapp me with an awesome surprise! Over the weekend, they did a pair of stools to go with the broken plate table we plan to make for the balcony area. It is a Ikea hack using old Ikea shelves. Don’t they look spiffy?! Totally unexpected and so touched that they actually took the trouble to do it.
The old ikea shelves use to sit in the toilet downstairs…strange isn’t it. The previous owner used these shelves to hold their pots and pans…in the TOILET!! When we were tearing down the place…our IDers quietly asked our contractor to put aside these shelves for them. They never shared their plans with me. And tada! Another little conversational piece for our new home
The beautiful wood grain!
Great length…almost the whole length of our SUV backseat!
On a separate note, the wood guy has finished sanding and joining the wood beam for us and now it is one nice solid piece of wood ready to be converted into a nice bench for the balcony area. Our contractor has quoted about $300 for the hairpin legs…not sure if that is reasonable…need to do some research. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!