I have been stalling on showing pictures because the “we’re almost there” pictures aren’t as fun as the final reveal. This is taking FOREVER so I thought an update was needed. Plus I need a little input from you!
We decided to tackle some budget friendly DIY butcher block counter tops. I seriously could not be more pleased with the look! I will share the how-to for that process in another post but for now here is what we have…
See a sneak peak of my new cabinet color on the bottom? Thank you Jennie Leigh Design and all your fabulous Annie Sloan paints for making the daunting task of painting my entire kitchen more doable. More on that too but I will say this…yesterday I was able to completely paint all of my bottom cabinets…that is impressive for one days work!
All my doors waiting for some sealer and to be rehung…
What do you think about the tin back splash? It appears more silver in this picture than it is in person. It is silver just not a bright silver, it has a subtle brown patina to it that compliments the counter tops. OK, so really what do you think?
Now to decide what to paint the upper cabinets? Hmmm…
Last week the hubs was home from work and we had big exciting plans for all that time off. Lucky guy got to change our kitchen flooring. Woohoo! Fun times, right?! This was our grand plan when we renovated the laundry room to continue the tile all the way in the kitchen.
Grand…eh…well it actually didn’t feel so grand last week.
We had laid the linoleum about 6 years ago. It was a DIY flop to be honest. Just a few days after we finished the kitchen reno 6 years ago we were at a party and were chatting with a contractor about some of the work we had done. He asked Jon if we had used a certain kind of nail/screw…I have no idea…in the backer-board. I could tell my the look on Jon’s face we most certainly had not. I knew then that floor wouldn’t last long. So over the years the nails have been backing out and poking through the linoleum. Nice, huh? Then there were the dozens of little yellow spots. Yes, yellow spots. Where each nail was placed it turned the linoleum yellow. Soooo…now you see it was time for a change.
Are you seeing spots??? Then there was a gash or twelve that drove me nuts too.
So on with the demo. Jon took out s-i-x layers of floor. We went deeper than we had before so we didn’t have a big step down into the rest of the house. This was messy work for sure!
Thankfully, Jon had THE best helper ever!
Cement board down and tile is happening! Jon proclaimed early in the week there would be no design in his tile work. Ummm yea…he couldn’t resist.
That was all fine and good right up until I decided I would rip the bead board off the walls. It seemed reasonable to me. After all, I had a plan. I do love bead board generally but it was put up in a craptastic fashion by the previous owner in my kitchen and with fancy news floors I didn’t think I could take the gloppy crooked paneling.
Don’t worry honey I will take it down, this will be MY project…famous last words. First sheet down aaaaaand this is what it looked like….
YIKES! That’s what I was thinking anyway.
Sooo it all came down…down…down…because there was no turning back.
When we opened up the wall that backs up to our bathroom the tub and shower plumbing was revealed. It was an outdated, leaky mess. For real. An ENTIRE day was spent replacing plumbing and fixtures with the help of consequently the same contractor as mentioned before. On the bright side, I now have water to my freezer for the ice maker and an extra outlet in my kitchen that I desperately needed thanks to my tearing down of the walls.
What are we going to do with this mess? Well, I am so glad you asked.
We are covering all of it with sheet rock and capping it off with a 1 x 6 to create a faux wainscoting. Clear? As mud. Maybe this will help…
Sheetrock going up = less scary walls. Trust me, I got this. It will be quite lovely when we are all finished. I hope.
Ok so after my post about the kitchen last week I totally got a wild hair and painted it this weekend! I grabbed my BM Wedgewood Grey paint I had used in the laundry room and painted a sample spot. Umm yea that sample spot turned into…I caaaan noooot stop…and so I didn’t. I was supposed to be getting ready for my girlfriend coming into town and I guess I was…I just suddenly became very ambitious to get it all done before she arrived. A few hours on Friday and an hour on Saturday and she’s done! The wall color anyway.
When we moved into our house eight years ago the plan was to be here for five years before we moved on…obviously moving on never happened. We had only been married a little more than a year when we were desperate to get into a house but didn’t quite feel we were ready for the plunge. That didn’t stop me from browsing the internet for homes ALL the time. In truth it is an addiction of mine. I just love to look at houses. It can sometimes stir up discontentment though so i try to stay away from it. I’m silly like that.
Anyway I found a house I LOVED from the pictures and they were having an open house that weekend. I managed to convince the hubs to look at it. I knew it was for us as soon as we walked in…mind you it really wasn’t much to look at at the time but it had potential for sure and so the story of this ever evolving old house began.
I thought it would be fun to share with you the house as it was when we moved in and how it has changed over the years and maybe my future plans too.
So we will start with the kitchen…
The kitchen as it looked when we moved in. Nice wallpaper, huh?!?
The glass cabinets inspired by the original kitchen and those gorgeous windows can now be fully appreciated!