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Renovation Update

October 5, 2012 — 1 Comment

We’re half way through the renovation!  I must admit, it’s pretty nice hiring a contractor to come do all the work.  What they do in a day would take me months–seriously.  The goal end date is next Friday & it is going to be BEAUTIFUL!

Here are some progress pics:

Make-shift Kitchen

The dining room is our current “kitchen”. Microwave + fridge= a lot of takeout.

Make-shift Kitchen

Emptied out Kitchen

The night before. Do you even realize how much stuff you keep in your kitchen cabinets?  Sheesh.

Emptied out Kitchen

Ceiling before

Notice the textured ceiling. It’s a magnet for dust & not very attractive. The holes are for the electrical work getting done.

French Patio Doors

These are our new doors.  The old ones were made of wood & should never have been used for exterior doors since they morph in shape due to the weather.  These doors are aluminum & will hold up a lot better and will help our a/c & heat actually stay inside!  Our old doors had grids on them but we opted out with the new doors since none of our windows have them.  I like the more ‘open’ feel of it, although I can only imagine the dog paw prints that will show up on there.

DIsaster area

This is what it looks like today!  Believe it or not, I think it’s pure awesomeness. The gas line has been changed, outlets put in for under cabinet lighting, walls prepped for backsplash, & fluorescent lights out/can lights in!  The lighting alone makes me giddy.  Soft lighting makes a humongous difference in the feel of the room.

Scraped ceiling

Lastly, the ceiling got scraped and re-mudded!  At least one room in our house will have a nice looking ceiling. (Side story: Alex & I were laying in bed the other night and he said “man, I notice all of our textured ceilings now”.  I guess he never did before, but I couldn’t NOT notice them!)

On Monday the cabinet guy should come with some new cabinetry for one side of the room & he’ll also be spraying the cabinets (painting).  Thursday is when the countertops should be ready, then the guys can install all the appliances, do the backsplash, and finish up any last details and on Friday we should be finished!!!

It’s almost time for the contractors to come in a spray the cabinets, install all of our new appliances, install new countertops, scrape the textured ceiling, install new lighting, put up back splash, & more.  If all goes as planned this should happen in October at some point.

In the mean time I’ve been browsing & buying hardware, lighting, a faucet, and a bunch of wood planks to go on the walls in the eat-in area.  Alex and I have been at work all day today installing the planks and we’ll need one more weekend day to get it all done, but I must say it looks so nice not having bare/beat-up/wallpaper-ripped walls!

Here’s Alex prepping by taking all of the door molding off.

patio door wall before

And a sneak peek from Instagram (ignore the uneven boards by the left door; it will be covered when the molding is put back):

Installing pine v-groove planks in kitchen

My original plan was to whitewash the boards, which is also known as “pickling”.  The only reason it was my “original” plan and not my “current” plan is that the manufacturer quit making the stain & I still have 2 more packs to be painted! Bummer.  But, to be honest, it doesn’t really matter.  Yes, I wasted a lot of time & about $20, but as we’re putting them up I’m leaning towards painting them solid white anyways.  Live and learn.

antique brass fixtures

The wall sconce on the left is a solid brass antique that my mom found in my grandaddy’s attic. Total score!  There are two of them and they will end up somewhere in the kitchen when this is all said and done.

The brass pendant light with a quatrefoil pattern was a find from Queen of Hearts in Buford.  It was $50 but I thought that was reasonable & I really fell in love with it. This will be the light that goes over the sink after the fluorescents are taken out.

gray and white bi-color cabinets antique brass hardware

Here’s the color palette–Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore for the bottom cabinets & the top cabinets will be the same white that’s throughout our house already. I’m really in to antique brass right now…it’s just so darn purdy!

gray and white cabinets with brass hardware

gray and white cabinets with brass hardware

I hope to write a post soon about some updates I’ve done to the living room (yes, I know…the one room that’s actually finished).  This weekend marks one year since we moved in to this house and I’ve learned a lot about what my style is and what it’s not. I realized that there’s a difference in things I know are simply beautiful and things that are my unique personality & beautiful at the same time.  I just needed to do a couple tweaks to the room and I love it so much!  I’ve got to find time to take pictures & finish painting a few things, but hopefully I’ll have the post soon!

Kitchen Inspiration

June 21, 2012 — 4 Comments


We’ve been on pause with most house renovations lately.  I painted our master bath with leftover paint from our master  bedroom…and I don’t like it. Darn.  But I just bought this cute rug from Urban Outfitters and I think I’m going to go bold and paint a dramatic black chevron pattern on one of the walls. Hopefully this will add some *umph* to the dullness of the room, but I think it’s the icky tile floor that ruins it for me.

But no time (or money!) for that now…we’re tackling the KITCHEN!

I wish my excitement could be felt through the computer….I’m giddy and getting antsy to get going.  I’ve brainstormed, pinterested my heart out, and Houzzed until my eyes crossed.  I am actually very thankful that we didn’t jump in feet first and do the kitchen first thing when we moved in.  My tastes have changed and refined quite a bit since then.

Here’s the plan.

Oh, wait.  Never mind.  That’s just my chicken-scratch sketch while day dreaming during a conference.  Oops:)

My mind is way too preoccupied with this kitchen reno.  Let’s start with the cabinetry.

Lucky for us, our cabinets are solid wood and in great shape.  I am completely enamored with bi-color cabinets, so that’s exactly what I’m doing!  The lower cabinetry is going to be a dark, charcoal gray and the top cabinetry will be a very pale gray or even a creamy off-white color.  My original plan was to paint them myself, but I’ve decided to have them professionally sprayed instead.  Cabinets make up a huge space in the kitchen and will be quite the focus, so I want them to really look good and to last for a very long time.

We’ll be removing one set of upper and lower cabinets to make space for the new, WIDE, beautiful, love of my (kitchen) life–the gas range, as well as the hood.  More on the appliances that are patiently sitting in our basement here.

That little desk area to the right of the fridge is just outdated.  It doesn’t serve any purpose for us other than to collect junk right now, and it makes me sad because if you look closely you can see the unfinished bottom drawer.  You see it?  Well, when we bought the house the drawer was missing for some reason.  Insert my awesome carpenter Uncle Sandy in to the picture and we have a new drawer!  …but now it will be of no use.  Maybe once the kitchen’s finished he won’t even notice:)

I plan to do a counter to ceiling back splash above the range and behind the hood and under the top cabinets.  I’m leaning towards the ever-so-popular white subway tile with a dark grout right now.  I really love mosaic back splashes, but with the boldness of my cabinet color, I think going more simplistic with the back splash will be best and the most classic. Here’s a good inspiration picture from  7th House on the Left.

Something about that counter to ceiling back splash makes me so happy!  Here’s another example I found on Pinterest (source unknown).

As far as the countertops go, not much is prettier that Carrera Marble, but I’m just way too afraid that I would ruin it.  After a lot of researching, I’ve decided to go with Cambria.  Cambria is a quartz and comes in the best variety of colors I’ve seen of any other material.  I narrowed my picks down to these two.

Then decided on Torquay.  I should be honest…it wasn’t much of a decision.  I pretty much had my mind made.

I’ve gotten quotes on the Cambria ranging from $59-$69/sqft.  The great part about Cambria is that all colors are the same price!  I really like that and I’m hoping I can land on the lower end of that price range.  I should get my estimate back soon to know for sure.

The last major change will be to the other side of the room.  It’s quite the eye sore right now.

This area has not been touched since I pealed off that yucky wallpaper before we moved in.  That was before I knew what I was doing with wallpaper removal-HA!  Instead of spending hours repairing the walls, I’m going to cover them up instead.  I am using pine planks horizontally over all the wall space.  Lowe’s carries the brand EverTrue and it comes packaged with 8′ planks that are very light and easy to work with.  I’m in the process of pickling them now.  Picka-what?  Yes, Pickling. It looks like this:

I’m not trying to go for the country/southern look like this bedroom is, but I think it will be a great contrast in textures to the rest of the room.

Alex and I keep saving and saving and we’re getting very close to being able to get started with the big stuff–cabinets, backsplash, ceiling scraped, new lighting, etc.

My guess is that by Christmas our kitchen will be beautiful and we can host a family dinner!