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January 2, 2012

Happy New Year’s!

We didn’t take any extended time off for the holidays, but we had a very pleasant three day weekend.

Our goal for the weekend was to install crown moulding and toe moulding, finish up some face-framing around the cabinets, and get the butcherblock counters properly sealed with a product called “Waterlox.”  We originally tried to use mineral oil as the sealant for the counters, but it just didn’t provide enough protection;  any amount of sitting water  resulted in ugly raised wood grain, and pretty much anything (except paper or plastic products) resulted in stains.  So, assuming we can trust the blog-o-sphere, Waterlox appears to be a much better option.  Unfortunately, we can’t buy Waterlox in L.A. County due to laws restricting volatile organics.  So, we spent Saturday morning driving an hour to Ventura County, and then back again to buy just 3 quarts of sealant.  We haven’t actually sealed the counters yet though; we decided test the stuff on a piece of scrap butcherblock first.

We were slightly more successful in our other goals.  We managed to get 90% of the face-framing, toe moulding and crown moulding installed, giving the kitchen a much more finished look.  Take a look at the pictures below!

We also went to the Rose Parade this morning for a the first time.  Even though the parade route begins about 1 1/2 miles from our house, we decided to drive over to the far end of the route where the curbside is much less crowded.  We found parking about 3/4 of a mile away, and had a nice walk.  Ultimately though, it was just too darn hot (about 75, and a blazing sun), so we only stayed for about half an hour.  The floats are pretty cool (decorated entirely with flowers or other plant matter) but I don’t think I would make a special trip to Pasadena for it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    January 3, 2012 2:01 PM

    After watching Dirty Jobs’ episode on the Rose Bowl Parade, I don’t think I would be able to watch it without puking.
    Apparently all those floats sit in a hot warehouse after the parade and rot / mold. ick.

  2. Timothy Adams permalink
    December 1, 2013 1:10 PM

    Looking for Waterlox for some Ikea countertops, where in Ventura County did you purchase it? Thanks in advance!

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