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The kitchen is…in!
Above the Appliances
Here are some pictures. It looks terrific. There is still a ton to do but you get the general idea. There will be a crown moulding piece on the top of the cabinets and also a kick plate on the bottom. But I’m so happy the cabinets went in and it looks great!
We finished most of the work in the bathroom thanks to some extra hands this week.
Here’s the vanity with the faucets installed. It’s looking pretty sexy!
Vanity With Sinks
I also did a little painting in the closet and texturizing in the pantry. Nothing too exciting but progress.
Adding Sand Texture to Pantry Walls
Painting Progress in the Pantry
And I did a little ceiling touch up paint where we took down the old soffit. I don’t know how you feel about soffits but I can’t find a good reason to like them. Yuck.
Kitchen Ceiling Minus Soffit
Just in time because our kitchen cabinets are in! I’m SO excited to see them go in. Hopefully I love them. They are white with a flat shake look to them. And they are custom ordered, not just your basic plastic bargain bin white cabinets (aka what I like to describe as bathroom cabinets). My vote was for a few with glass fronts but I got out voted by the boss. If it were my house, there would be glass in the two cabinets that will frame the sink.
We also purchased appliances for the kitchen.
There was a dishwasher that was left but we bought a refrigerator, a new above the stove microwave (again, not a decision I’d make for my own house, but for a rental, it’s fine) and a stove. These are going to be all white. And I’m a little worried because normally stainless steel appliances help break up an all white kitchen. But I’ll do my best with the remainder of the kitchen choices to bring some life to the room. I’ll save those for later!
Here’s a little kitchen preview.
Corner Cabinet Reveal
Another very non exciting aspect, but a very wonderful change is all of the outlets are now white and don’t have paint on them. Just a little thing but makes a big difference!
If you’re wondering if we got a chance to install those cabinets over the long weekend…you’ll have to wait and see!
Wowza. We have really hit a block. Not much is happening on the fixer upper lately. I only have a few cool things to show you. First, remember that coat closet that was at the top of the landing? Well, I had an idea on how to make better use of that space.
Door on the Left
Don’t get me wrong, every place deserves to have a coat closet. But it doesn’t need to be quite so deep!
Closet Without Door
My idea, let’s split this closet up and make part of it a pantry.
Wall Going Up In-between
A small kitchen desperately needs a pantry. And I’m envisioning a nice little nook where each shelf pulls out. And we will also build the shelves to roll out should you ever need attic access. I’ll save a little surprise with this spot for a later date.
Mudding and Taping
And here is the small space for the pantry-
While this space is only about eighteen inches wide, I have to say, it’ll be bigger than one side of my pantry space in my own kitchen and a shelf taller. It’ll be a great spot for all those groceries. And a better usage of space than simply hanging coats.
I had to laugh a little when I wrote that title. Chip and Joanna would whip out a fixer upper in, at the most, a month’s time. We are going to go WELL beyond that. 🙂 That’s what happens when your crew is just a handful of people working on it part-time.
This week the focus was mainly on the bathroom. I’ll refresh your memory about what it looked like before-
We took everything out of it (no more carpet, yea!) and did a little plumbing to move the shower head up. That way tall people can shower too! We also are working on plumbing for a new vanity with…double sinks! I’m sure whomever will live here next will appreciate having two sinks, even if for now, there is only one bathroom. I shopped Menards, Home Depot and Lowe’s for a new vanity and kept coming back to the first one I fell in love with…at Menards!
Here’s a picture of it in the store, just as a single sink.
Vanity from Menards
This beautiful piece has a black granite top and it looks amazing! Here it is sitting in the kitchen waiting to be installed!
Double Sink Vanity, Covered In Dust
I also had to choose flooring for the bathroom. (And really fun things like a toilet. Um, one that keeps itself clean, thanks!) If it were MY house, I would have done tile. But since we don’t know the future of this home and I may have to clean it, we went with a sheet of laminate. It looks like it has grout only I won’t have to try to scrub it. The bonus, it was a remnant.
Here’s the flooring. It is darker in real life (it resembles slate) and will look great with the vanity-
New Bathroom Floor
And if anyone does purchase the home, tile would be an easy upgrade. (That they can clean themselves.)
I also painted the room Joanna’s favorite, SW Silver Strand. It is a neutral with green tones. I loath painting in semi-gloss but for a bathroom, it is just a must. If you want to argue, you can visit my bathroom that four kids use. Trust me, semi-gloss.
Here’s the paint job-
Silver Strand Paint
Okay, that’s really hard to see. I’ll take a better picture once we have a light in there.
Here’s the tub going in. I tried to pick the biggest tub (who wants a tiny tub?) that looked easiest to clean. I will not be getting shower doors and will go old school with a shower curtain. Because you can throw them out when they are nasty. #hateshowerdoors
New Shower Going In
So the bathroom is slowly coming together… We still have TONS of plumbing to do. It’ll be an exciting day to actually be able to flush the toilet!
Progress has been slow lately as all of our kids’ activities have been picking up. That’s right. Upon this writing we have:
One Fixer Upper truck
Two kids in soccer
One in dance
One in baseball
And one soccer coach
Two kids in piano/guitar
One full-time job that earns money
One full-time job that does not
Two part-time jobs that earn money
Oh, and we have a life
That totals a ton of insanity. How do we do it? Not very well. But we’re managing. So there are times when work comes to a halt.
Today I’ll show you some after pictures of my paint job. And know that we have been making a ton of purchases for the new home. As the designer, that means tons of decisions made by me. I really enjoy this part. And I totally feel for those of you who have built new homes. Without having some experience at this, it would be really difficult to make such decisions!
Here is the master bedroom all painted up. This was BM Owl Gray. It has blue/green undertones.
Here is the second bedroom. I painted this one the beloved BM Revere Pewter.
Second Bedroom After
(Sorry that picture is a little fuzzy.)
Here’s the hallway, done in BM Classic Gray like the living room and kitchen.
(Geez. That one’s blurry too. I’ll get some better picts!)
Living Room before-
Living Room After
I was still trimming when I took this shot. Clearly it’s going to look a little better without all of the tools in it. 🙂
Now on to the kitchen. In the kitchen I have a little surprise. Remember when we opened up the wall between the kitchen and living room? We did a little something special with that opening.
Kitchen Dining Area
Do you like that opening? I had an idea on framing that opening with some beams. They are from the outdoor section at your local home improvement store. These are made of cedar, as you do not want treated lumber in your interior. And I stained them Minwax Jacobean Stain. For some reason I did not take any pictures of that process. I must have been in a hurry!
Beams With Supports
Here’s from the entry before-
From Entry Before
Here’s a close up-
I may be biased but I think they turned out lovely. It draws your attention to that space and makes it beautiful instead of boring.
More surprises to come!
This week some fun things began to happen. As the designer of this place, I had to make my paint color choices!
I’ve been through my mount of paint swatches 100 times and spent some time on Pinterest looking at different rooms and paint colors. (If you’d like to follow my Pinterest sounding board, it’s called Fixer Upper under me- Style from the Sticks.) I wanted to do the whole and house in shades of grey. Cue 50 Shades snarky comment.
Here are the colors I picked. Sometimes they are hard to read on a computer screen. BTW, I’m in love with Benjamin Moore paint colors. I don’t know why but I love them SO much more than Sherwin Williams or anywhere else. They’re so much more livable. Just my opinion.
Classic Gray- This is a Ben Moore paint that I liked because it is a true grey without too many undertones and it is very light. This is the paint I chose for the entry, living room, kitchen and hallway. I wanted to make the space there feel more open, larger and like one big room. And this neutral will go with many different colors.
Silver Strand- This is one of Joanna Gaines’ favorite colors so I had to try it out somewhere. I chose to make this the bathroom color because it has a bunch of green in it and I didn’t want anything else to have that much color. It’s from Sherwin Williams.
Decorator’s White- This BM paint will be my trim color. It’s a very bright white but has a cool undertone that I’m hoping will pop the white accents.
Gray Owl- Another BM. This grey has a slightly green/blue undertone. It is the master bedroom color.
Revere Pewter- From BM. You’ll see this color show up again and again on Pinterest. It’s a muddy grey which makes it very desirable. If any of you locals want to see it in person, it’s the grey color on the city library walls. I picked this for the second bedroom to make the northeast room more cozy and warm.
So that’s the palette! I hope to get some finished pictures up soon!
This week was demo week. And for that we called in some recruits. Thanks to my brother and my dad for bringing in some muscle to this messy job!
Here are the kitchen cabinets coming out.
Here’s a shot of the kitchen with the cabinets out.
They tried to haul away this little lovely to the dumpster but I save it. It’s the old bathroom vanity. I have big plans for its future!
There’s the empty space that bathroom vanity left.
Tub and shower gone.
No more carpet!
Trim gone and closet doors off.
Here’s the old flooring stacked up to be used again somewhere.
This is a coat closet at the top of the stairs. I had an idea for this space too. A little demo on the other side and it’ll be half a pantry/half coat hanging space. (More on that later!)
This kitchen definitely needs more storage!
Now that the demo is 90% done, the real work begins!
One thing that I noticed right away in our fixer upper was that in true 70’s fashion, the kitchen was closed off from the living room by some short interior walls. After consulting with the Mr., it was determined that we could use some different support for the wall and take out the short walls. It will involve a little reconfiguring, but now it will be so much more open and inclusive. It should feel like all one big room!
Here’s the before-
Here’s what it looks like now-
Looking Into the Living Room
Looking Into The Kitchen
Another Kitchen Shot
Meanwhile, I’ve been busy painting ceilings just to give them a fresh coat. I was kind of sad painting over the clouds. 🙁
Second Bedroom Ceiling
That’s all for now!
As promised, here is a tour of the main floor of the fixer upper. It is your typical 1970 split level and looks like it was in the process of some updates before we purchased it.
Come on in!
Up The Stairs
Looking Down the Stairs
Second Bedroom Ceiling
Wall Separating the Kitchen and the Living Room
I have big plans for this place. After all, I’m the designer on this project! I’ll try to keep you updated on our projects but you’ll have to be patient. I am a part of the labor too. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the tour!
I know you are all curious to see what the new house is all about. We bought the house adjacent to our property with plans to do a little remodeling. What we’ll do with it afterwards is still a bit uncertain. The Mr. & I will be your very own Chip & Joanna while we post pictures of our Fixer Upper!
I’ll give you a quick tour of the exterior. Here is the front.
Fixer Upper Front
Here is the back. Don’t get too attached because it will change. We have already taken off the back deck.
Fixer Upper Back
And now my work begins on the inside while we wait for the new windows to arrive and we plan a garage.
I’ll post some interior picts soon!