Tuesday, August 26, 2014

kitchen reveal!

The contractors put the finishing touches on the kitchen on Monday.  I still have not unpacked any boxes, but I was able to get things cleaned up enough tonight to take some picture for you.  So, without further ado, here is our new kitchen!

Looking in from the living/dining room (remember when there was a wall there?  I can hardly even remember the house that way!) 

We are loving having this huge counter and all the extra seating too!  It's hard to tell size from the pictures, but the peninsula measures 9.5' long and 4' wide.  There are standard sized cabinets on the kitchen side, and 12" deep cabinets on the other side, so lots of storage space :)

Things you might like to know...

The cabinets came from Conestoga Wood Cabinet Makers Choice and the doors and drawer fronts are the from the Shaker Collection.

Our counters are Dallas White granite, which is kind of an off white with charcoal grey and egglpant purple specks in it.

The floors are a wide plank, carbonized bamboo and they are throughout the whole house (yay for no more painted sub-floor!!!!!)

The back splash is this tile from Lowes with pewter grout.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.

Pendant lights came from here.

Did I miss anything?

And just in case you've forgotten what the kitchen used to look like, you can see it here :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

just a peek at the progress...

Floors go in this weekend!  I think I'll wait until everything is done before I post more pictures.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

almost there!

Counters are in and all the cabinets are hung!  Tomorrow all the doors and drawers get installed and tile work begins :)  Here are some pictures from this afternoon...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

kitchen update

I took pictures a few days ago to share, but things have been a little crazy around here the past week (that is a story for another post) and I never got those pictures up.  So, this is where we are at as of this afternoon...

All but one of the base cabinets are installed plus most of the wall cabinets.  My oven and microwave are hooked up and ready for use (yay!)  There was a problem with the fridge cabinet, so we are waiting for 3 new pieces to be shipped before they are installed.  That blue tape of the floor is roughly where the counter will come out to. 

The cabinets behind the dishwasher and shop vac are my "hutch" piece.  The top cabinets will actually sit on the granite, so they won't be installed until the granite goes in next week.

The view into the living/dining room.  The cabinet on the left will be my trash pull outs, then sink, dishwasher and a small cabinet.

And here is the view from the great room.  There are a total of 4 cabinets on this side of the peninsula, the one in the corner (left) still needs to be build.
Things are coming along quite nicely, and pretty quickly too.  I love watching our new space take shape!  Back with more pictures soon :)  And I am happy to answer any questions in the comment section.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

happy birthday emmy! (and more kitchen pictures)

Emmy turned two today!  She started the day opening her one present (because what on earth could a two year old with 5 older siblings possibly want or need that they don't already have?)

She was pretty excited about her Minnie Mouse and has taken her along everywhere we've gone today.  I love how easy it is to please a two year old :)
She wasn't so sure about blowing out the candles on the cake, but she sure did like eating it.
Happy Birthday, Emmy!  You truly are a light and a joy to our family and everyone who knows you!

And here is what the kitchen looks like tonight - wall down, beam installed and electrical and drywall work begun :)

So far we are loving the open space and how much brighter the house is!  They are scheduled to template for the counters on Monday so the lower cabinets should be in before the weekend is over!

And if you are wondering what the kids do while all this work is going on... they've taken over my bedroom where the computer and TV are temporarily residing.  Actually, we've been out every morning this week, so it's just been afternoons spent like this:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

demolition day

The demo crew showed up this morning a little before 9am.  We were here for the first hour, but then had to run out.  By the time we got home the guys were out to lunch and this is what the kitchen looked like.  From this angle things still looked pretty normal...

except for that small hole in the middle of the drywall.

But when we came around the corner...

my kitchen was gone!

I miss my sink and my water filter already!

And by the time they left this afternoon, this is what it looked like!

This is the view from the kitchen into the great-room!
Tomorrow they will move the electrical wires and start building temporary support walls in order to remove the framing and install a new beam where the load bearing wall is.

Monday, July 28, 2014


We spent 3 days in Williamsburg with the hubby's family last week.  Besides a morning at Jamestown Settlement we spent most of the time just hanging out at the resort pool (and of course I have no pictures of that).  The kids loved all the time with their cousins and spent every night in a different apartment sleeping on couches, beds, and floors just so they could be together as much as possible.  I didn't take too many pictures, but here are a few from Jamestown and a family friendly game of putt putt :)


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