Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I'll take some pictures of the progress this weekend and post on Monday! Have a great week everyone!
You are all probably scratching your heads right now wonderful what the heck I'm doing on a diet! No...it's not that kind of diet. It's a clothing diet! A NO SHOPPING FOR 365 DAYS kind of diet!
Why am I doing this? Because it will be fun? NOOOOOO. It will be hard. And I am (oddly?) looking forward to the challenge. It's going to force me to get creative with the clothing I already own. So...when I'm not blogging here about the house projects...I'll be over at http://www.thegreatamericanappareldiet.com/ blogging about my clothing diet! Feelin' a little crazy too? JOIN ME!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I'll get more pics uploaded ASAP.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
YAY!! I'm proud to announce to all you darling blog readers (all 5 of you...awesome!) that the upper cabinets are painted, distressed, and back on the walls. The doors are also completely finished but I have to add a coat of polyurethane to the cabinets before I hang the doors. So many steps....so little time! The first picture shows the corbels that I added to the bottom of the cabinets to dress them up a bit...they were lookin' kinda lonely.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yep...that's hubby posing with Tupac. Wait...that's only a wax figure of Tupac in Vegas. Hubby just had to pose with him...and notice the sideways hat? Yeah, hubby's such a gangsta! :)
I love you honey! Happy 3 year Anniversary!
Friday, July 24, 2009
This pictures was taken right after I got my lovely stainless steel appliances. In the top of the picture can you see the fluorescent light and the drop tile ceiling? Barely! I was trying to hide them because they were so ugly! But, you'll notice that our cabinets look like they go directly to the (fake) ceiling...aka no soffit. Well...we actually had about another 2 feet of ceiling up there!
I've decided to do the upper cabinets a distressed white (vintage-y looking!) and the lower cabinets are going to be black. Why not all black you ask? Well for one thing...I just finally gave this little kitchen some breathing room and didn't want to lose that openness with too much black. Plus, black is a very intimidating color to paint in your home! I'll admit it...I'm afraid! :)
Close up of the pantry storage
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Where has the time gone? I just saw that my last blog was from July 5th :) Man I'm on the ball!
I owe you lovely readers some serious updates! Readers? Hello? You are still out there, right?
If you've decided to stick around (bless your hearts!) I promise, promise, promise that I will go home, take pictures, and upload first thing tomorrow morning. I know, I know...I've said that before. But now I'm really feeling like a slacker, and you all have silently guilted me into getting my blog on!
Good things to come so stick around!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
What did we do you ask? Well my lovely blog readers, I am so pleased to announce that we are officially done with drywall. No more cutting, sanding, mudding, more sanding, or texturing. We are D-O-N-E!! We worked our little booties off these last four days and our backs and shoulders are not thanking us :) Next up...Primer and paint! Below are some pics of what the kitch looks like with real walls...I'll post again this week when I've got paint on them!
Hope you all have a wonderful week! I'm off of catch some much needed rest.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Just wanted to give major kudos to Amber for being my first and ONLY comment on the blog. Amber you are awesome and I'm giving you and your adorable baby girl hugs right now :)
To fill in all of my imaginary readers...a quick update on what's been happening. I. AM. STILL. PAINTING. CABINETS. Boo.
What I have finally decided to do is paint the upper cabinets white and the lower cabinets black. Both will be lightly distressed and have new hardware. I think this will keep the kitchen feeling open and spacious while still giving me the black cabinets that I dream about! So...the uppers are in the shop being painted and the lower cabinets will have to wait their turn. Did I mention that we still have to cook/store things in the kitchen? So I have taken every extra piece of kitchen gadgetry out of the cabinets that I don't use daily...and all of our pans/dishes/food/utensils are shoved (literally!) into the lower cabinets! Yikes...what a mess!
Hope everyone is having a happy day!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It's really easy to post a comment...actually easier than becoming a "follower." All you have to do is click on the "0 Comments" at the bottom of post...and voila! Type me a comment (please be nice!) and hit submit. Hopefully though, the button at the bottom of the post won't always say "0 comments!" Haha!
By the way...THANK YOU Trina and Heather for becoming followers :) Loves to you both!
I need comments stat! :)
We have been living in filth for weeks (months?) now and I honestly can't say when the last time I mopped the floor. What's the point right? It feels like I would just be wasting my very precious time...and we know that every waking moment (that we're not at our "jobs") we spend working on the kitchen. Who's bright idea was this remodel project anyways?! Oops. I'm guilty. :)
- Drywall is ALMOST done...we are so close!
- Old tile backsplash is all gone.
- Cabinets doors and hardware are off.
- Upper cabinets are sitting in the shop waiting to be sanded and painted :) Yay!
- All the lighting is up and working! (except pantry)
- Finish drywall. I am so ready for this part to be done.
- Texture. About as fun as drywall! But after that is painting the walls, which I oddly love to do!
- Finish garbage drawers/pantry/refrig built in.
- Sand, paint, rehang, add hardware to cabs. (I'm really nervous about this project.)
After that my brain is hurting and I really can't believe that we've undertaken this huge project ourselves. WTF!
Now for the dirty....look at the messy mess I live in! But...on a positive note, I think this project is curing me of my cleaning OCD. Which I'd imagine makes me a much more enjoyable person to live with. You guys will have to ask Nick :)
Friday, May 15, 2009
So...we'll be making our way to Best Buy this weekend to get more memory. Then it's back to work! And I promise more pictures!
To tide everyone over...I'll just say that we're STILL putting up drywall. Nick keeps putting it up, and I keep tearing more down. Yes, believe it or not he really does love me! I'm almost finished tearing down the old white/blue tile backsplash, which means that we're pretty close to having the demolition d-o-n-e!
We went to Parr Lumber last night to look at cabinets (and I snuck in some countertop browsing!). As I've mentioned before, I'll be refinishing the cabinets myself....but we're adding some cabinets for garbage can/recycling storage. You know...the cabinets that slide out and the garbage/recycle cans sit in there all pretty? Yup, that's what I want....keep the pooches out of the trash! Roo is notorious for getting her nose in the garbage...but I secretly think that Bonk talks her into it since she's too little! Anyway it's just one more way we're trying to utilize every available space.
This weekend we'll be working on more drywall and since the weather should be nice, we'll probably be doing some much needed yard work. It's easy to neglect our yard when the house is in shambles! Plus...it's time to start planting our garden. I've had 8 heirloom tomato plants for two weeks now that are begging to be put in the ground. Also, we're headed to the Mariners vs. Red Sox game on Sunday....ahhh....day of rest!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Too cute huh?!! Of course, my screen door will be a little different, as I'm planning to build it myself. But the idea is adorable!
Here's the light we bought at Lowe's...for $20...score!
Well, that's what has been happening at our house the past few days. I'm so excited the kitchen is starting to come together. It's time to start thinking about paint colors for the walls and cabinets :) I'm REALLY loving black cabinets...is this crazy? What do you guys think?
To say good night, I'll leave you all with this parting picture of Spring at our lovely LPH. The monster rhodies haven't bloomed yet...but when they do...you bet I'll take TONS of pictures! In the meantime, I'm lovin' my azaleas, tulips, & daffodils. Oh! Those two trellis' you see in the pic below is actually our wedding archway that Papa Bear built for us...and we just planted two clematis in them. Can't wait for them to get their vine on and bloom!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I know I've been promising some pics of our little house remodeling, but honestly I've been feeling that publishing them onto my FaceB page just wouldn't do our hardwork justice. So....In all of my free time (yeah right!) I've decided to let you all follow along...and I REALLY do promise to actually write and post pics :)
First, some background info on our lovely little pink house. And she really is pink...or a salmon/mauve color that I really don't like...but that's another project! She (she's absolutely too adorable to be a He) was built in 1927 and is roughly 1,700 sq. ft of pure coziness. As you can probably guess, I LOVE MY HOUSE. She's nothin' fancy...and definitely not one of these mega-mansions that you see on TV, but she's our first house and she has TONS of character. However, most of her character is hidden under layers and layers of drywall/linoleum/wallpaper. (yuck!) No joke...I've got mallard duck wallpaper in the guest bathroom!
When Hubs and I bought our lil' shack, we knew there'd be a lot of work. But we're young and ambitious...mixed in with a little crazy...and we figured "Hey, why pay someone else to do the work, when WE can DO IT OURSELVES?!" Crazy huh? Yeah, but we're still having fun with it...although some days are definitely better than others. Bad days = any day of drywalling. Good days = any day when a project gets 100% finished!
Now I've got to say my piece about my Hubby. To anyone who doesn't know him...he is absolutely AMAZING. And he is the greatest contractor/framer/electrician/plumber (w/out the dreadful crack!)/landscaper/and general Mr. Fix-It. He really can do everything. And in a good way...not like a bad way where it gives him a huge ego. Plus, we're two of a kind when it comes to doing something the right way, not the half-assed way. So really....I think since we've lived in our lil' pink house, she's been doing some serious smiling.
So...welcome to my blog! I just need to post this disclaimer: I am REALLY not good at taking pictures. You know some people can just capture beautiful pictures? I am not one of those people. Especially when trying to show before/after pics. So I apologize...for now you're going to see a lot of pictures that will probably not make much sense...and you may not even recognize what you're looking at. I'll try and let you know what's going on in each pic. Thanks for stickin' with us and following along. I'd love any comments/questions that anyone has....and suggestions! :)