Kitchen Remodel -End of Week 7 – Stressed a Bit!

Maybe the kitchen remodel is getting to be more stressful than I want to admit. I sent an email to the kitchen designer and our contractor last Sunday. Yes, on a Sunday. I never call, text, or email a contractor on a weekend day unless they have said to call them then. Sometimes our technology makes it seem that everyone should be accessible to who ever wants them, right then and there. Remember when there were not even answering machines, we just had to keep calling the person we wanted to get in touch with until they answered the phone. But I digress. . . 

So I sent an email explaining some of the issues that were keeping me awake at night. Back of the hood insert is bowed, the unfinished edge of the plate rack, no panels on the bottom of the upper cabinets, dents in the door of my new range. I asked for a meeting Monday, I received an email back from both of them quite quickly and yes they would come on Monday.

I am so happy that I am working with the kitchen designer and the contractor I have. They both want what I want, a beautiful kitchen with attention to detail. Communication is the key, we had a nice conversation and they listened well. There are solutions for all of the issues, it may delay the project as we will have to wait for some more materials to be ordered. But I feel so much better.

We are now at the end of week 7. The kitchen has been gutted, rewired, replumbed, new drywall, trim, doors, cabinets, and appliances have all been installed, most of the painting has been completed. BUT the under cabinet lighting has to be rewired as we did not discuss the type of lighting that I wanted, and what I want requires low voltage and it was wired for high voltage. The hood insert has to come out because the back in bowed. The range has two dents in the door. A couple steps backwards but still progress! Hope to cook Easter dinner at home!

This is what it looked like at the end of yesterday. I love the blue that has been painted in the back of the cabinets with the glass doors.IMG_0279 IMG_0280I had the painter use Benjamin Moore's Aura paint, it is more expensive but the finish is beautiful. Now I want to do the rest of the house over using that paint. Just kidding, well maybe not! I used Benjamin Moore in the rest of the house but not the Aura line.

And this where I was this morning.

IMG_0284The floor gets refinished in a week, then the new washer and dryer can go in.  There is an advantage of going to the laundromat though, you can get many loads done at once. Not a bad thing!

Master Bath Reveal

We finally have completed the master bath, well except for hanging any art work. It always takes me a long time to commit to hanging a piece of art, it seems so permanent, so I want to be sure that I like where it is going to go. But everything else is completed, toilet paper rolls hung, towel holders up, the works!

I know I've shared some pictures before, but her is a refresher, master bath before.

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Here's the AFTER:



The mirror over the vanity took awhile to figure out. If I had two mirrors the lights would not have been centered. So I mocked up what one large mirror might look like, I got the idea for the rounded top from a picture from Houzz.

IMG_0205Then when the mirror was installed it looked so big!IMG_6351So I layered another mirror on top of the large mirror, it is an antique mirror from my mom.IMG_6350And then because I love the layer look, I put an orchid in front of both mirrors. Now I like how it looks.IMG_6348The bath is quite roomy. We moved a lot of things around. The vanity was in the dressing room. We put the vanity where the tub was, the shower is where the toilet was, and the toilet is where the shower was. There is much more floor space now and the large vanity allows us to have two sinks, a luxury we have never had before. I love the onxy tile,I was warned by many that it is too delicate and hard to take care of. I have found it to be very easy to take care of and not at all delicate.

We go through the dressing room to get to the bath.IMG_6302 IMG_6299Now I have to work on the artwork, it is a finishing touch, but all in all I'm very happy with these spaces.IMG_6344


Powder Room – Part 2 and Kitchen Update

The last time I showed the powder room we still had some finishing touches to complete, like putting in the faucet that took FOREVER to arrive. But now the room is done!! 

Here's before.











And after.

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Love the faucet,


the dresser turned into a vanity, 











and the wallpaper.


And isn't the  toilet paper holder cool?


Kitchen update-the beginning of week 4. Drywall and trim is up and painter has started. Hopefuly we can really clean the end of this week. Hoping that sanding will be done by then. Oh nevermind, there will be more sanding with the floor refinishing! All in the name of progress!IMG_2099
























































I love the faucet, the dresser turned into a vanity, the wallpaper, and isn't that toilet paper holder cool?

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Love the faucet, the wallpaper, the dresser turned into a vanity, and look at the cool toilet paper holder! 


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