• Hiatus and Whereabouts

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    For those who have wondered about my whereabouts of late, I can assure you I am still here. Half Classic Six has admittedly been on an unofficial hiatus of late, but there is progress and a lot of really huge changes coming over the next six months.

    I will address the hiatus first…. As life does, things have taken an interesting turn this year and much of what I had planned on working on at the end of last year was put on hold while other life changes have been going on. I am not ready to share the details just yet, but there are big changes ahead which include some surprising changes at our Half Classic Six. Have no fear my dear readers, Yoav and I are both very excited about our future and looking forward to where life is taking us.

    In the meantime, I wanted to post a few pics of the goings on here at HC6.

    Bathroom Update:
    Status: In Progress. The plan for the bathroom is to play up the existing black and white tile and carry the black and white throughout the space. I have worked on it bit by bit. Starting in April, my first project was to replace the old tile windowsill with a nice large bull-nosed slab of oak. I found this one inch thick slab of oak online being sold as a stair thread. Conveniently, it already had the bullnose on it. Yay! Using a hammer, I carefully broke out all the ugly tile to make room for the new sill.

    I forgot to take a shot of the before, but just as I began demo with my hammer, I stopped and snapped a shot to remind me of how ugly it was.

    Once the tile was removed, I undercut the side window casings, and after several cuts, carefully slipped the new piece in, under the casings.

    Dry fitting the oak stair tread cum window sill. I undercut the side casings to allow the sill to slide underneath for a more seamless look.

    Then, once I had it cut and fit correctly, I primed it, installed it, and caulked around the edges. I then painted the sill using Benjamin Moore’s Onyx Black. Love This Color!

    New window sill installed and painted. Looks great! Such an improvement over the old tile one.

    Then it sat….. And sat….. Every time I would use the bathroom, I would think about how I needed to get busy with the rest of the work and finish the room…. And as soon as I was done with my business, I then promptly forgot about my project until the next time nature called.

    Just getting started on the paint job. You can see how boring the window is with the white frame.

    Finally, earlier this summer, I painted the entire bathroom using the same white I have used elsewhere, Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. I love the purity of this white, it ties to the white tiles very well. But also… To know me is to know I do not do off whites… Ever! They’re just too close to the most evil of all colors…. Beige. I painted the entire large window frame in the same Onyx. It really looks great!

    The bathroom with the freshly painted window frame in Onyx Black, and the new light fixture. More change is coming, including the ditching of the sink for a beautiful new one.

    I still have to finish painting the inside of the door, install the new shower curtain track, and the new custom vanity with sink. That should be done soon and I will do a reveal post on it for sure!

    Crown Molding Update:
    Status: Finished! Woo Hoo! Originally, our living room had a lovely swan’s neck plaster crown molding which was unfortunately stripped out when they divided the original classic six apartment into two units (hence Half Classic Six, for those who weren’t aware).

    I began working on the crown molding in the spring (and posted a shot in May) and after completing the easy side of the room (little furniture to move), I promptly stopped working on it. Well, actually I had to postpone working on it until after a trip out of town for a wedding, followed by our annual week in Provincetown. But as of last week, I am happy to say that it is finished!

    This is my fist attempt at installing crown molding. We used an architectural polyurethane molding from uDecor

    This is my first time installing crown molding, and as you can guess, the walls and ceiling are very far out of level and some of the corners were quite the resuscitation of my math skills.

    New light fixture from West Elm… Previously planned for the kitchen. Looks great!

    Other projects:
    What else is going on? Lots!!!! The bedroom will be getting a paint job soon. I decided that we needed to hire out painters for this as I haven’t had the time to get to it, and I needs to be done. We are also wrapping up the last few items for the kitchen.

    What’s next?
    For the moment, HC6 will remain unofficially on hiatus. But just because I have not been as actively posting this year as I had previously, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things to share. Stay tuned!

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  • Three Years Old!

    Today marks three years since we signed the contract for our apartment and three years since I started this blog to document our experience. It had only been a few weeks since our Manhattan Real Estate Shotgun Wedding, and were so very excited (and grateful) to have found our gem, a nice sized one bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Looking back at our hopes and dreams for our home at the time,

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  • Awesome Kitchen Storage Features

    The kitchen is turning out to be absolutely beautiful. I cannot begin to express how much we love our *Barker Cabinets! But the kitchen isn’t done. Okay, it’s 98% done, but it isn’t done, done. But it is still awesome! There remains some trim to paint, closet doors to install, and a few little things…. Blah, blah, blah…

    Long story short, we have had a multitude of things going on in our lives, sucking up every moment of time we have, and I have been stretching myself to get as much done as I can.

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  • I’m (We’re) Still Here…

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    You may have noticed a decided absence of posts for the past couple of months. Rest assured we are still here, and things are for the most part, okay. That said, we have both been super busy with heavy workloads, and lots of life, and other obligations… We are also still absorbing the realities of our new political climate and how the impact could potentially change things for us forever. A lot to think about really.

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  • Is It Over Yet?

    This is the final week of 2016 and “Is it over yet?” is on repeat in my brain. 2016 started out on a very high note for Yoav and me. We had big plans and were so looking towards finally settling into our home after completing the biggest renovation project I have ever tackled, our kitchen. Here we sit at the end of the year, our kitchen is close to being done, but we are not there yet, and circumstances have thrown us a huge curve ball into our lives of which I will shed some light on further down. [Lead Photo: Bixby is totally over this year too.]

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  • Things are Just Different Now

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    I have thus far avoided the topic of politics on Half Classic Six. Mostly because I believe politics and a renovation and decorating blog don’t mix well. However, in light of recent events, I cannot help but feel the need to at least acknowledge the impact of what I believe to be the biggest election of my life. I also want to be very clear that this post is not about who you did or didn’t vote for, that is your choice. But it is about how the current state of affairs has impacted me in a profound way. Things are just different now. 

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  • Work-Life Unbalance — Progress Update

    It has been a while since I have had regular postings and updates on HC6, but rest assured, I am still here. The realities of holding down full time employment while renovating your home are challenging enough, but when you factor in a 50%+ increase in work load due to external circumstances, it shifts life to a less than balanced state and makes getting anything done on the apartment all the more challenging. A classic case of work-life out of balance or as I prefer, unbalance.

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  • Beyond the Kitchen — Unfinished Rooms Part I

    Last month, I wrote about life beyond the kitchen renovation and our next plans for the apartment. I covered two projects which will elevate our home to a higher level of fabulousness. The big project I will be doing is crown molding in the living room to capture an original element long stripped away, albeit in a different profile, but fitting for the period. For the other project

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  • And We’re Back to Three! — Meet Bixby!

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    It was only a few weeks ago that we had to let go of our little boy Fritz. Yoav and I watched him suffering those last few days, and we knew it was time to let go. After we took Fritz to the vets office for the final time we walked the 20 or so blocks home in mourning. During our walk we pledged that we would wait until next year to bring a new addition to the family.

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  • Beyond the Kitchen — Restoring Dignity

    At some point this year, the kitchen will be done (Oh dear God I hope). Once we have reached that point, it will be time to restore some of the dignity which was either stripped away or covered under countless layers of paint over the past 100 years. We also have two unfinished rooms I am anxious to get started on. But the bedroom and bathroom plans will have to wait until my next post.

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  • Two Years In and Still So Much To Do!

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    Yesterday marked two years since we closed on our fixer-upper apartment on the upper portion of the Upper West Side of Manhattan (that was a lot of uppers, yes?). Taking a look back, we are both incredibly grateful for having done it when we did. Crazy thing about New York real estate is that our place would cost so much more now. Had we waited to buy as we originally planned, we wouldn’t have gotten our amazing apartment.

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  • And Now We are Back to Two

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    It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post, made even more so because my last post was also about loss. Today we had to say goodbye to our adorable silver haired ball of fur named Fritz. He came into our lives as Alvin back in November of 2014, just two months after we had moved into our apartment. By the time he came home with us, we changed his name from Alvin to Fritz (officially) and then we just called him “Little Boy” (or “Lil’ Boy”) at home.

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  • Two Years Passed and it Still Fucking Sucks

    Two years ago today, Yoav and I were super excited to finally be sitting for our board interview for the purchase of our half classic six. We had been waiting patiently for nearly three months since that first open house when we fell in love with our apartment after having attended about fifty open houses over the previous year. We were quite relieved to finally be at this point in the process after the long arduous process.

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  • Material Objects — Simplex Tea Kettle

    I would like to say that I am not materialistic, but that would be a lie, and I am not a good liar. Here is a post about an object I have obtained and why it matters. It’s been a long while since I did a material objects post, so I thought it would be perfect to do one while I am on vacation this week. It is also nice to post something, anything, that is not about the kitchen renovation, although it is still related.

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  • Phase One is Done(ish)! — Progress Report #12

    I can finally say that Phase One of our kitchen renovation is done(ish)! Woo Hoo!!!!! And wow is it beautiful! This past holiday weekend, I met my goal of completing the majority of work on phase one of our kitchen renovation. OK, so we are two months behind our original timeline, but still….. We have a functioning kitchen folks. The last major hurdle being the completion and installation of our glass doors for the upper cabinets. Once we got through the fiasco of ordering our glass, it all went fairly smoothly and now I can move on.

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  • Cold Hard (Beautiful) Reality — Progress Report #11

    Oh Yeah! This is our new reality and it is Cold, Hard, and Beautiful! It’s Marble Countertop Reveal Time!

    Our kitchen may still be unfinished, but ten days after the second marble install was finished, I find myself in awe every time I walk into our kitchen. I also find myself freaking out about spilling wine, or tomato sauce, or lemon juice, or any other threat known to honed marble… But rest assured, it will be fine.

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