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First and foremost, did you see that Young House Love featured my kitchen on a Reader Redesign post?!  Uhhh…and John called my kitchen “killer”.  We can be friends now. Anyways, that was such a huge compliment and all of their readers have been super sweet with their comments.  I was slightly worried I’d get some of the nasty brave-behind-their-keyboards mean girls commenting, but there’s been none of that. Phew! I’m a newby at this blog thing and probably don’t have the thick skin that experienced bloggers do.  So thanks again, John & Sherry! :)


Soon enough I can call our downstairs FINISHED!  Well, not really…I don’t ever feel finished, even when a room is all put together.  BUT, what I mean is that we’re getting floors put in the rest of the downstairs on Monday!  That will be the last big-ticket item for the downstairs.

Some people have asked why I’m ripping out existing floors to put new ones in. The short answer is that I don’t want 5 different types of flooring in 5 different rooms that are all attached to one another.  This video may give you a better glimpse in to what I mean–you can see the funkiness of the 5 different floors.

[My loving husband just informed me that I broke the cardinal rule by not turning my phone horizontal to film the floors.  I apologize to all those I offended by sharing a vertical video 😉 I’ve learned my lesson and it will not happen again!]

We bought some beautiful hardwoods at Floor & Decor last week for $3.49/sqft…and I completely forgot to get a picture!!  Oops. They are Chinese Wormy Cherry–wormy–as in the tree had worms so there are worm-shaped grooves in the wood. Sounds weird; looks awesome.

If all goes as planned then I’ll be able to have a reveal post of the new floors sometime next week!!

Paundry Room? Lantry?

January 9, 2012 — 4 Comments

I’m not sure what to call this room.  It was made to be the laundry room, but since the kitchen doesn’t have enough storage for my liking, it’s turning in to my pantry as well.  I think I’ll call it the Lantry.  We’re getting ready to put carpet in up stairs and after that is finished I think the lantry will be the next room to tackle.

Imagine a beautiful butcher block counter top just above the washer and dryer.  I’m thinking of picking up a piece from Ikea and staining it.  Their prices on butcher block are pretty darn good!

Cabinet color is something I’m just not sure about yet.  I tend to shy away from color so I’ve thought about going with a bright, fun color in the small room.  I mean, why not?  A little paint, some new hardware, and a filler piece of wood for where it’s missing on the left side (did you catch that before I said it? I know it’s a tiny detail, but it kinda drives me bonkers).  I might even do some kind of fun back splash with stenciling.  For some reason I’m very excited about this tiny room!

Pardon the mess.  It is what it is.

I browsed around for a while looking for the right kind of shelving for this room.  I dreamed of anything from super industrial to cottage chic and ended up loving GORM shelving at Ikea.  It was only $30 per unit and we’d need 2 or 3 for the space.  Just after the new year I was browsing the Ikea website (knowing that they usually have some great ‘one day only’ sales the first week of the new year) and to my WONDERFUL surprise, GORM shelving was going to be on sale for $10 each!!!  Alex and I went to the one day sale and swept up four of the bad boys.   I love when things work out like that :)

As for the floors, I’m thinking a good hardwood laminate.  It’s a lantry after all, not a fancy pants room!

If you could read my mind, these are images that help you see what I’m thinking.  And check out the picture in the top/middle—Ikea GORM shelving!