Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Floors and walls

When we first moved in, this is what the pastry shop looked like. We kind of fell in love with the dark blue wallpaper and were always intending on keeping this room a little cavey like that.

Rosemary helped us narrow it down to one color - Ralph Lauren's Club Navy. James got started on painting this week and it looks amazing. Everything is only 1 coat so far but it's already just out of this world. There's something not real about it. Like who does this? You've only seen it in some extreme interior decorator magazine. Yikes! Subtle we are not.

Kevin came in and did our bathroom floor. There is grout mess covering the tiles still but this is a first glance. That also looks amazing. 

Everything is coming together. The vanity, this vanity:

will go in next. Since we now have radiant heat in this part of the house we don't have to mess with radiators, which makes this bathroom even bigger. We are taking bets on when we are taking our first shower in here. And it will be a wrestle match to the death to figure out WHO will get to take that first shower.

We are ordering the floor wood very soon. This weekend we are experimenting with stains and finishes.

We picked out 4 possible colors. The 5th square on the board is clean of stain, so that we could try whitewash and poly on a just board. The board on the right is stained only. The board on the left is stained and whitewashed. We used a small amount of white latex paint and diluted with lots of water. Then used a brush to put it on and wiped off immediately. This week James is finishing the boards with water soluble finish on one side and oil on the other. Hopefully we will be able to make a decision after that.

We made Skagen baked potoatos. We mixed sour cream, mayo, dill, lemon juice and chopped up shrimp (or whatever other seafood we have handy). Some salt and pepper. Then we put some extra shrimp on top and some roe and we have a loaded baked potato Swedish style.

For desert - kladd kaka. Sticky cake. Or just a BROWNIE. My sister is on the path of finding the perfect recipe for sticky cake and this one is a winner for sure. Here is the Swedish version. Great thing about it is that you make it all in one pot and reduce the mess greatly!

Melt 1 1/2 sticks of butter in a saucepan. Let it cool off slightly. Add 1 cup of sugar and mix together. Add 1/4 cup of cocoa, some vanilla extract, 2 eggs (one a a time) and 2/3 cup of flour. Butter and breadcrumb a baking pan.

Heat the oven to 350 and bake for about 20-30 minutes.

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