Things are really starting to take shape at our Art Moderne project. The new front door has been painted. The pass through between the kitchen and dining room is being finished and the counter has been installed. The new cork flooring is going down (with a special vapor barrier / insulating pad under designed for use over concrete floors). Less than half of the house has the new flooring and already the sound quality in the house is greatly improved – it just feels, looks and sounds warmer. Seriously, there is nothing as hollow sounding as an empty concrete house!
Possibly the biggest visual improvement so far was a relatively simple project. The massive fireplace was painted in the same unfortunate color palette as the rest of the house, with the formed concrete ‘tubes’ around the opening painted black. We masked off all of the surrounding area and went at the ‘tubes’ and the fireplace door with Professional Rustoleum spray paint in ‘Aluminum.’ This ties in with the aluminum edging on the kitchen counters and adds a more period appropriate look (and material) to the house. It also really highlights this beautiful fireplace as a feature and not just a black hole in the wall.
Next week, we hope to finish laying the cork floors and set the kitchen cabinets. I can’t wait! Stay tuned for more….