Sunday, September 14, 2014


After 6 weeks of measuring, cutting, installing, cursing, bleeding, hand washing, tiling, cleaning and exhausting ourselves to no end, it is DONE. We have a brand new, beautiful kitchen. It turned out better than imagined. We have the storage we needed, the counter space we craved and the beauty we dreamed of. Heck, I now even like cooking more and you know that's saying a lot.

Here are the FINAL pictures!

View entering the house from our front door.
Looking in towards the window seat. The cushion for the window seat is the very last thing on our to-do list.
Taking a step back but still looking towards the front door.
Building in the fridge makes a huge difference. 
Even our old appliances look nicer.
The vertical bamboo flooring helps to elongate the room.
With more floor space, dance parties in the kitchen will now be a weekly occurrence. 

Alright, friends. We've reached the end of our DIY journey. Hopefully we've inspired you to take on your own house projects. Or maybe you look at this and say, there's no way in hell I'm doing that. Either way, thanks for following along!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's all about the details

It’s been a while since this was last updated and A LOT has happened. We finished putting in all of the cabinets and doors. The appliances were moved back in. The countertops were installed. (Oh, it was a joyous night when the kitchen sink and dishwasher were useable again.)

The last few weeks have been all about the details. Since putting in the big stuff, our to-do list of small things was growing. For example, installing the window seat and the extra wood that was needed to fill a gap at the end (because it wasn’t shaped like a square.) The deco strip that was placed on top of the cabinets (to create that built-in look) had to be carefully measured and cut. Oh, and the tiles. They had to be carefully cut and laid as well. It was a time consuming process, but as usual, handy hubs and his handy dad did amazing work.

We have a few more things to do before the grand reveal, but for now, here are some detail shots that represent all of the blood, sweat, and tears of the past 5-6 weeks. It’s been HARD. But oh so worth it. Needless to say, our next house will have a move-in ready, beautiful kitchen because this is something you only do once in your life.

The pendant over the sink. 
Our new, enormously large sink.  
The dishwasher that blends right into the cabinets. 
Toe-kick drawers under the cabinets for extra storage.

The pull-out for pots and pans.

Trash can and recycling cabients that dog can no longer raid.

New lighting over the additional countertop space.

An organized and easily accessible pantry!

Quartz countertop and subway tiles. 
The deco strip that was added to the top of all of the cabinets.