New Project: Dining Room Sliding Doors

A common problem with one-hundred-year-plus-old homes is a small kitchen.

One of the first projects we did in our home was to knock out the wall between the butlers pantry and the kitchen to expand it but it’s still pretty small by most standards.

The only time I feel the small size is when we have family gatherings. And boy, do I ever feel it.

Try as I may, try as I might to get everyone to hang out in the dining room or our spacious living room, everyone flocks to the kitchen and it instantly becomes 20 degrees hotter in there. No bueno.

After thinking about it for some time, my solution was to expand the doorway to double its size. This meant I was going to lose a 30″ lower cabinet on that wall, a small bookcase and a 48″ upper cabinet.

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My kitchen, looking into the dining room.

 

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This is the dining room with the original swinging door to the kitchen.

I was also concerned about privacy. I was used to a door between the kitchen and the dining room and I wanted to be able to be in the kitchen with a door shut and not be visible from the front room or the dining room. I know that may seem strange to some but it was a non negotiable for me.

I finally came up with the idea to install to hanging/sliding doors in the dining room with privacy glass. Now I needed to find these doors.

Our 1908 Craftsman Bungalow has all the original architectural elements. Including the solid wood five-panel doors, eight inch baseboards and five inch door casings and crowns. I wanted to make sure we didn’t bring anything into the house that didn’t fit in.

My ever so resourceful husband found these barn doors on eBay from the late 1800’s.

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1800’s barn doors found on eBay.

What a guy!

But they needed a ton of work.

So much so that I started and stopped work on them several times over the course of two years. They needed to be reinforced and of course, patched, sanded and painted.

Enough is enough and I’m determined to have them done by Thanksgiving of THIS year! (2018)

Here’s an update video on how things are progressing since Monday morning:

 

 

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The trouble with ‘neutral.’

I have a love/hate relationship with trends.

It’s always fun to see ‘popular’ designers make their predictions for the year and  introduce new and tried and true ideas to the mainstream.

The trouble begins when we start listening to and following the ideas of ‘experts’ instead of our own intuition.

Then there’s the ‘pack mentality’, where we follow and copy the designs of those that we deem are ahead of said pack. They may be bloggers, you tubers or instagram influencers. But we find some we like.. and we imitate. Why? Because they’re popular and their homes get thousands of likes, so instead of figuring out what WE like and don’t like, we just adopt their style and claim it as our own.

Because at the root of it, we all want to be popular with our homes well liked by our peers.

Gulp.

One such trend is decorating in light neutrals.

Disclaimer: if you have done the hard work to figure out your home color story and truly love a light neutral palette, this post is NOT for you! Please don’t take offense where it wasn’t intended. :-)

Everywhere you look on Instagram and Pinterest you will find homes decorated in a light neutral palette. EVERYWHERE. It’s like these homes are mating and birthing new ones everyday. I’m serious! LOL

In every style you can imagine, with one thing in common, the lack of color.

(For the sake of this post let’s define “light neutral” as any shade of white or ivory, light gray or light tan.)

My concern, if you can even call it that, is that ‘going neutral’ can be a socially acceptable alternative to having to make tough choices about color.

There, I said it.  Neutral = non commitment.

It’s much easier to:
a.) copy someone else’s style on Instagram than to figure out what you really love, and

b.) buy anything and everything in white, gray or tan than to figure out your home color story.

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Photo credit: Ashleyfurniture.com

Here are three common reasons for going with a (default) neutral palette:

  1.  Folks don’t know where to start with their home color story
    Figuring out a color scheme for your home can be difficult, I understand. But if you are drawn to color but are living in a (default) neutral home, this is work that’s worth the effort! I highly recommend looking up various colors and color schemes on Pinterest and finding out which ones speak to you. Take fifteen minutes a day for a few weeks to invest in this exercise and I promise, the colors you are drawn to will start to jump off the screen. Make a note of them!
  2. Folks aren’t brave enough to embrace their own choices
    I gotta say, this really makes me sad… and angry. lol Social media has made it commonplace for friends and family to give their unsolicited opinion on.. well.. everything, including your home, and it can make a person gun shy about stepping out of the norm.
    I encourage you to do it anyway.

    Life is hard enough without putting ourselves in prisons of our own creation.

    When thinking about what colors you want in your home, how they are going to be received by others should never enter your mind. This is your home. It should reflect you. When you put in the work to figure out your tastes and have the courage to embrace your uniqueness, your home will be a place you love to be in!

  3. Folks just want to fit in with the crowd. 
    It’s high school 2.0. No one wants to be the oddball or the outlier. Everyone wants to fit in, with the in-crowd.
    We are all created so uniquely, why do we try so hard to suppress those characteristics that make us special?
    So many neutral spaces that I see, lack personality and contain what so many other neutral homes have in them. If you’ve seen one, you’ve likely seen them all. I can tell absolutely nothing about the homeowner by looking at the photos of their homes. :-(
    I’m not talking about standing out just for the sake of standing out, but I am talking about embracing your unique personality and tastes and letting that shine through in your choices for your home.
    I realize this is harder for some than others, but we can do hard things. Oh, yes we can! :-)

Again, if you truly like a neutral palette, embrace it! But if you have defaulted into this color scheme because ‘everyone else’ is doing it, first of all, don’t beat yourself up. Secondly,  take some time to figure out who you are and what you really like and thirdly, start by adding in small touches of your color story to see how it feels.

Above all, remember that the journey of discovering your color story and your decorating style is a very personal exercise. Quite closely linked to your journey of personal discovery.
Our homes are reflections of us. In their current state. (Gulp)
The more confident we feel personally, the more confident we will feel in our choices.

We’re all in this journey together friends and our homes (and our lives) are worth the effort. :-)

Blessings,

Catrina

 

 

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The never ending story…

Are you who you were five years ago?

Probably not. And that’s a good thing!

I read a blog post the other day on this topic. Then I heard it mentioned on a podcast this morning. And just a few minutes ago I saw a Facebook post mentioning the very same thing.

In my world, this is called a sign. Three times is a confirmation. :-)

So naturally, I had to share it with you.

The topic is simply this- Your home decor is a never ending story.

Does that make you uneasy?

If you’re doing it right, your home decor should not be a one-and-done kind of deal. Decorating your home is not something you do, and then you’re done. And the number one reason for that is this- as you continue to change and evolve,  so should your home.

Renovation shows give us a false idea of how things work. A designer comes in, knocks out a few walls, decorates the whole place (in their style), and…. the end! Everyone’s happy and excited and they’re all done! Like forever.

Our homes should reflect us and if they truly do, they should also change as we change.

So how does one afford to pay for their ever changing personas?

Is this even possible?

Here’s three tips to help your home stay current with YOU:

  1. Never go all in on one style.
    This is my general recommendation for decor anyway (it dates your home), but having to replace a few pieces is much easier and much more affordable than having to replace nearly everything in your home when you get tired of it in 3-4 years. (Dang that was a long sentence, but you get the point.)

    I know it’s easy to throw out a common word to define our style, but just as your personality cannot be defined with a single word or short phrase, your ‘style’ should not be described in fewer than 5-7 words. When you fill your home with objects you love vs. what fits into a certain style, it’s easier to update by just replacing a few pieces over time.

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  2. Shop secondhand.
    Y’all know I’m a huge fan of estate sales, garage sales, craigslist and second hand stores. While it’s true that I can find unique items (and furniture) for my home, I also save a ton of money in the process. 

    When I pay 1/4th of the retail price for a couch or 1/16th of the retail price for a rug, I don’t feel so bad about replacing it in 3-5 years. And of course, I sell my old one on Craigslist so the ‘new one’ is even more cost effective.
    This doesn’t mean I didn’t know what I liked when I bought the first one, I absolutely did, but I accept that I’m changing and growing and so are my tastes.
    I do find that the older I get, the better I do at choosing bigger items that are closer to who I am and how I want to be reflected in my home, which leads me to my next point,

  3. Don’t go trendy on the big stuff.
    There are some furniture styles that are classic choices. These styles have stood the test of time and are good foundational pieces in your home. These are pieces that (if they’re good quality) you can have for 10, 15+ years, regardless of the current trends. These classic styles/pieces are what you want to look for. 

    Textiles (curtains, blankets, throw pillows, bed spreads, table cloths), Paint, knickknacks, artwork and even smaller pieces of furniture are a great way to infuse your personality into your home, over time and without breaking the bank and will not cost you an arm and a leg to replace them. 

As you continue to change and grow, so should your home. You are not a stagnant being, you are learning, expanding and becoming who you were meant to be.

If your home reflects who you used to be it may be why you no longer feel comfortable there. To feel encouraged and refreshed in your home it must reflect who and what you are right now or where you want to be.

Thanks for reading, I appreciate you!

Blessings on your home,

Catrina

 

 

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The (un)original home

I was listening to a podcast today. Something I typically do when I’m cleaning one of our Arbnbs. It helps keep my mind off of dirty dishes.

The podcasts I listen to typically fall into one of two categories: Business or Home. I’m so varied I scare myself sometimes. LOL

Today I was listening to the Style Matters Podcast and the special guest was Heather Bullard who is an Editorial Prop Stylist and Creative Director who’s work can be found in many major magazines. Gorgeous work, by the way.

Zandra, the host of Style Matters was asking Heather about what her interesting job entails and one thing she does is find homes and rooms that can be photographed for magazines. How cool is that?

This is what struck me: Heather said that it’s getting harder to find original homes because there’s so much duplication.
Let’s let that sink in for a moment.
i.e. people have stopped creating original spaces and have started copying each other to such an extent that it’s getting harder to find original spaces.

She sites Instagram with the swipe up feature and Pinterest as the perpetrators of this ‘easier than ever to copy a look’ mentality that stifles our creativity.

Heather wondered if people have become less confident to do things original and on their own and feel a little more secure being one of the crowd, looking like everyone else. She believes there is a culture of timidity that’s paralyzing, where people are afraid to branch out and really do something that they love for their own home.

Y’all know how much and how often I harp on this but I’m not going to be done talking about this for a loooong time.

(Deep breath)

Friend, the easiest thing to do is follow the crowd. The path of least resistance is easy to walk down.

You are a unique creation as varied as a color wheel. Your home should reflect all your facets and flaws, where you’ve been and where you’re going, your personality and your personal style. You are unique!

I urge you, turn off the Instagram and Pinterest if you have to, turn off the ‘advice’ of a family member or friend, take some time to really figure out for yourself what you like and what works best for you and not what will get you the most complements or look the best in an Instagram square. (Sorry if that was too blunt.)

Be bold and courageous in your decorating! Have fun! Pursue the things you love and bring you joy! Who cares if no one else can tolerate the site of it, it’s not their home. :-)

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This is your home. It’s where you and yours go to be refreshed and inspired, nurtured and loved. When one walks into your home it should feel like a big ol’ hug from you because it so strongly reflects you.

I realize this is easier said than done. And it can take a long time to get our homes where we want them. But I always want to be the little bird in your ear that keeps reminding you and possibly giving you courage to… be you.

In your life and in your home decor.

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Photo credit: Milk Magazine, Graham Atkins Hughes

I, of course, do not encourage you to do the opposite of what you see everywhere just for the sake of being different but I alway encourage you to follow that gentle (or giant) nudge you feel towards a certain color, piece of furniture or nicknack. Explore it, play with it!
And most of all, think only of how you and your spouse feel about it.

That’s all for now, friends…

Thank you Heather for your insight!

Check out the Style Matters Podcast here and check out the episode with Heather Bullard here!

You can also find Heather on instagram here!

 

Blessings,

Catrina

 

 

 

 

 

Do what you can

As I was heading out the door today to clean one of our Airbnb’s, I realized the keys were missing. Ugh.. Then I remembered that I had the guest key in the lockbox. Whew!

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What I forgot when I got inside the Airbnb was that we recently put in a cabinet for our cleaning supplies, that had a lock on it. Even though it was clearly marked for staff only, guests were helping themselves to the previous cabinet’s contents, so we needed a new one. Double ugh.. I was back to square one, I needed the cleaning supplies to clean the house. I called The Husband and sure enough the keys were with him, it would be at least an hour before I would have them in-hand.

I was frustrated.

There were no guests coming in this evening so technically speaking I could come back later… but I knew if I went back home I would find a million things to do and the Airbnb cleaning would be put off, again.

I made a decision to do what I could till he got there.

I have a very specific order to my cleaning routine. It’s very efficient and I don’t like to change it up, it throws me off and takes longer.

But I had a choice to make, get upset about the keys not being where they were supposed to be or do what I could till the cabinet could be opened.

This got me thinking…

Isn’t this often the way it is with the work we want to do on our homes? We know what we want to do but frustration settles in as we are hit with roadblock after roadblock.

We can’t do this until we get that done and we can’t get that done because… X, Y and Z.

It’s one thing to be on hold because of fear of making the wrong choices but it’s another thing altogether to be stopped before we even get started because of someone or something beyond our control.

And so we don’t do anything.
Here are a few tips that got me through my mini setback today.

  1. Get creative
    My tried and true routine was out the window.  I like order but sometimes there is none to be found. It didn’t take a lot of effort but I made myself look at the situation differently and work on the things that I could.
    If you’re not able to start where you want to, find something else that you CAN do with what you have right now.
    Sometimes that may be planning, prep work or work on another project altogether.
    Basically, if we’re looking for excuses for not getting started, we will find them and if we’re looking for opportunities to get started, we will find them.
  2. Get busy
    I’m the first to admit that it’s so dang easy to sit and complain (and do nothing) when we’re not able to do things the “way we’ve always done them” or the “way they’re supposed to be done.” Making a decision early on that you WILL start and that you WILL do something on your project regardless, will help you get moving. And movement is all you need to get the ball rolling, whether we’re talking about a bathroom renovation or a closet organization.
  3. Chose joy
    I wish I could say I always win at this but I don’t.
    Joy is a choice. Happiness is a choice.
    I firmly believe we are in control of our own emotions. So when we hit a setback, large or small, we have a choice how we’re going to respond. And that choice has the power to make or break our day. I had no control over the keys not being where they were supposed to be, but I had absolute control over how I was going to respond.

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I confess.. I basically wrote this post for myself. lol
I can get caught in the gripe zone and sometimes it’s hard to find my way out. As my kitchen renovation slows to a crawl, I must make a conscious decision to do what I can on other projects etc. until we are able to tackle it again. This isn’t a path I would’ve chosen but this is where I find myself. What I CAN choose, is joy, even in the midst of a partially renovated kitchen.

How do you deal with roadblocks and setbacks? What are your coping skills for when things don’t go as planned?

Blessings,
Catrina

 

 

5 Tips To Survive Your Home Renovation

Reality is never quite like its depicted in the movies or tv shows, right?

And this couldn’t be any more true than during a home renovation.

It takes much longer and is much more of a pain in the butt than you will ever see in a tv show. Is it worth it in the end? Absolutely. But let’s talk about a few things you can expect during your renovation to better prepare you for what’s coming.

Let’s keep it simple and discuss the renovation most folks would be doing, a kitchen renovation.

A. It’s going to be a mess

This is an absolute guarantee. Not only the mess of having to clear your countertops and move all of your cabinet contents to another room and having to live like that for a few weeks, but the fine dust from any sheetrock or wood work (that seems to get everywhere). You will think that hanging plastic or drop cloths will help contain the mess, but you would be wrong. You will still have to dust and vacuum everything when it’s all done. So just plan on it.
You’re basically going to be living on a construction site, if you’ve never been on one, it ain’t pretty. If you can tell yourself ahead of time and remind yourself often that its going to be a mess, and not fight it or try to control it, you’re going to have a much better renovation experience.
Just embrace it, (yes, I realize how difficult that can be) clean up when you can and remind yourself its part of the process. No, really!

B. It will be inconvenient

You don’t realize how much you use your kitchen sink until you don’t have one. You also don’t realize how difficult to is to cook without a sink. My best advice is to plan your meals way in advance for the days you will be without a sink and countertops, than add a few days so you don’t lose your mind when the schedule gets extended. Also, get paper plates, cups and plasticware and plan for as few meals as possible where you don’t have to use the sink or stove. (You want to be real careful with what you allow to wash down your bathroom drain.)

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I set up a few tables in my dining room (during our reno) with the dishes and cups etc. that we use most often but I ended up using disposable items the majority of the time.

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Also, you will want to set up a table with food and items that you use everyday, like vitamins, cereal, bottled water, snacks, etc..

C. It’s not going to go as planned

This is probably more important than anything else I write here. The reason things will not go as planned is because you’re working with humans. Plain and simple. LOL
Get a schedule laid out with your contractor of what is happening and when, but understand that it will likely just be a guideline.
Let me give you an example, today is Wednesday, I typically write a post every Wednesday night in my downstairs office. But right now I’m in my dining room and the guys that were supposed to install my countertop on Monday (a date we set three weeks ago) are walking back and forth from my front door to the kitchen, installing my counters.
They didn’t work on Monday because it was Labor day, we found out on Monday. Then they called to say they weren’t going to be able to make it on Tuesday either.
So here we are on Wednesday, it’s after 5pm and I’m a little concerned. Why you ask? Because the guy who is coming to spray the exterior of our cabinets is coming at 6pm today and they still have a ways to go, plus I still have to tape off the cabinets in the kitchen. My painter/cabinet maker is coming today because he could’t come yesterday as planned.
These are all great guys, they do good work and we recommend them to others but things come up and other jobs take longer than they should and that means it might take longer to get to your house than planned.
Don’t take it personal, expect that there will be hiccups, plan for possible delays and you will sail through your reno like a pro.

D. If you are a DIYer, know when to hire out

There are no brownie points for killing yourself. I totally understand saving money when you can but know what your limits are and hire out when you can.
Another example, I knew we could handle sanding and painting the inside of the cabinets and shelves but I knew right from the start that I wanted the outsides to be professionally sprayed with lacquer paint.

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I also knew we could handle floating the walls but wanted to leave the cabinet crown molding to our cabinet guy who does it every day. I wouldn’t let anyone but me touch our 100-year-old doors and casings that needed to be restored but we will likely hire out the floor refinishing.
It would be better to save up to have someone else do the jobs you don’t feel 100% qualified to do than to waste a heck of a lot of time and energy and still have to hire someone to come in and do the job properly, after you ‘finish.’

E. ‘Install day’ is going to be crazy

Install day is when your cabinets and counters are installed. If you want to help the process go smoothly, try to stay out of the way. lol
Don’t hover and watch their every move, let them do their work so they can get out of your way. Stay close by if they have any questions but this ain’t their first rodeo, trust them to get the job done.

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Having said that, don’t settle if you don’t like the way something is going. Find out who is in charge and politely ask questions if something is different than what you agreed to. You don’t have to live with poor craftsmanship, communicate your concerns before they leave for the day.
Install day is also going to be when you want to go back and read A. again.

Remember, things often will look worse before they look better.

It’s going to be noisy, dusty and crazy pants. Your cabinet guys and your granite/countertop guys are all going to be coming and going and tracking dust everywhere. Try not to focus on it, it’s part of the process, let them finish and then you can clean to your heart’s content.

As with everything, keep your eyes on the prize! Don’t get distracted by the dust and inconvenience, much like it is, I’m sure with having a child, once the child is born the pain of childbirth is long forgotten.

I hope these tips have been helpful!
Have you been through a kitchen renovation? What would you add to my list?

Blessings,
Catrina

 

 

Leap, and the net…

This post might upset you.

Fair warning.

I’m going to talk about excuses we tell ourselves and how to do away with them and make progress.. if that’s what you want.

And I say “if that’s what you want”, because I fully realize that some folks are comfortable in the ‘whine and complain zone’ and have no desire to get out.

If that’s not you, I hope this post will get you unstuck and moving in the direction you want to go in.

So The Husband and I are in the middle of renovating our kitchen. This is what it looks like as I’m writing this post.

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Hot mess express and it won’t be done anytime soon.

But the renovation isn’t what this post is about, it’s about what happened loooong before we lifted a single paint brush.

Briefly, my husband and I bought this house in 2010 and renovated the kitchen to its current state, but it was never completed. We worked on several other turn-of-the-century homes in the last eight years and neglected to finish ours. The kitchen needed a ton of work. Two years ago I was fed up with our living room, so we restored it (monster project), a year ago we renovated the dining room and I decided in 2018, the kitchen was going to be done, once and for all.

When I sat down to tell my husband I wanted to set a goal to get it done this year, the first question we had to answer was- how are we going to pay for it?

Time and expense were my biggest obstacles. And they were what kept me saying “I’m never going to get this kitchen done,” over and over, for the past eight years.

I’m a Debbie downer by nature. Been that way most of my life. I have to work hard to be positive and focus on what’s possible rather than what is. But I knew if I didn’t set this goal and didn’t start working towards it, my Negative Nelly words would come true.

So we set the goal.

I did a Facebook live announcing what my goal was and asking to be held accountable.

As soon as I got off the Live, I thought, what the heck did I just do? This is going to be a ton of work and I have no idea how we’re going to pay for it! Lol

Leap….

In my teens and early twenties, I was living paycheck to paycheck. Most would say I was poor. But I never felt that way. Why? Because I learned even at a young age (I have no idea where from) that I could save up for anything in the world that I wanted.

Anything.

There were times in my life that I was only able to save $5 a paycheck after expenses.

And by expenses I mean, rent, food, toiletries, car insurance and gas.

That was $10 a month towards savings.

Slow progress is still progress.

When people tell me- I wish I could renovate my __________________. I always want to quote Mr. Hunt who says- “Decide what you want, decide what you’re willing to give up for it, set your priorities and get to work.”

Decide what you want, decide what you’re willing to give up for it….

Even if you’re on a very fixed income, you can still save a little bit towards your dream kitchen or bathroom etc. You can also do like we did and take on extra work, sell/flip stuff on eBay and craigslist and (gasp) go without renting movies/buying magazines/eating out/vacations/buying clothes/shoes/handbags/expensive coffee, etc. so you can have the home you want.

See, there’s something that happens when we set a goal. When we put away the excuses, we start to figure out ways to accomplish that goal. When we write it down and put it in a visible spot we start to think about what we can do, or stop doing to make that goal a reality.

Even if it took you five years to save up the money for _______________, in five years you’re going to get to enjoy the benefits of your hard work, perseverance and delayed gratification. Or you can NOT work towards that goal and keep complaining for the next 10, 20, 30 years. It’s always your choice.

I urge you to stop saying- I wish. And leap… set a goal and find a way to make it happen.

You know what area in your home drives you nuts, what are you willing to give up for it?
How long are you willing to save up for it?

You can get pissed at the world because what’s her face got a new _______________ or you can decide to go after what it is you want and make it happen.

Back to my kitchen

I’ve done enough renovation projects to know the big sense of satisfaction I will feel when it’s all done, but this one will be different. Because this one was a huge leap of faith for us. We set a goal that we had no idea how it would be achieved, when we set it. We put our minds together, scrimped and saved, worked our butts off and we’re making it happen.
Is/was it easy? Heck no.
But it will be worth it.

And so it will be for you.

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“Decide what you want,
decide what you’re willing to give up for it,
set your priorities and get to work.”
-H. L. Hunt

If you set a big goal for yourself, home related or not, or if you’re working towards a goal you set some time ago, tell me about it! I would love to hear your story.

Blessings on your home,
Catrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finally, finally, finally!!!

I set a BIG goal in January to work on our kitchen in 2018. It’s a big job.

After lots of stops and starts this year and working on a few things here and there, I finally got the husband to agree to set aside a little time to work on it with me.

Our house was built in 1908 and we bought it in 2010. We’ve worked on lots of other houses in the last 8 years so I was more than ready to have MY kitchen done.

This is how the kitchen looked when we bought the house.

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We knocked out the wall between the kitchen and the butlers pantry to make the kitchen a little roomier. CatrinaAtHome my kitchen 4

We also raised the height of the windows and ran the counter along the exterior wall.

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I had white cabinets for nearly seventeen years at my last house and I thought I wanted dark cabinets in this house.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Dark cabinets show every speck of dust and every single finger print. Period.

No bueno.

We also realized when we invited company over that everyone piled into our tiny kitchen and turned it into an oven! lol

So I needed to open up the entry into the kitchen.

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I doubled the size of the entry so folks would feel comfortable being in the dining room yet still close by.

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This was back in November of 2016 and we have lived with all of our Tupperware piled into this hole at the end for long enough. I am so ready for it to be done.

This was my final shot on Monday before we started tearing off the cabinet crown molding and the granite backsplash. Farewell dark cabinets!!

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The granite is being removed on Sunday afternoon (we sold it on Craigslist), my new end cabinet comes in on Monday and all next week we will be painting the insides of the cabinets.

Lots to do but I’m so excited to finally be working on it!

More updates coming soon..

Blessings,
Catrina

Kitchen renovation continues..

We bought our Craftsman home in 2010, she was 102 years old then.

There were two rooms that needed renovation started on before we moved in, one was the (not so) master bathroom and the other was the kitchen.

1912 kitchen before

This kitchen gave new definition to the term- old school. Check out those tiny cabinets!

1912 kitchen before 2

We lived for nearly 4 months on a construction site (in our home) to get these two rooms livable. Plastic draped over everything with construction materials and dust everywhere.

The kitchen was small. These old homes have awesome living and dining rooms but the private areas are often tiny compared to modern counterparts.

We were fortunate that there was a small butlers pantry between the kitchen and the dining room, so down came the wall dividing the two and our little kitchen gained five more feet in width.

1912 kitchen before 3

When it came time to choose cabinetry and countertops, I confess it was a rush job. I was sick to death of the mess and wanted to move things along as quickly as possible. So I made big decisions literally in minutes. Bad idea.

1912 kitchen mid after 1

I had lived in a house for nearly 17 years with white cabinets and I thought I wanted the opposite. Good grief was I wrong. White cabinets might show smudges and spaghetti sauce over time but dark cabinets show every spec of dirt and have to be dusted every few days. Major pain in the butt.

Between then and now we renovated three other turn of the century homes and a few  ‘newer’ properties. So needless to say, our home renovation got pushed aside.

Fast forward to 2018. I decided that this was the year I was going to finish the renovation on my kitchen, even if it took all year. And I was going to paint those dark cabinets once and for all.

It’s a pretty lofty goal, I admit, it’s going to be a ton of work. But if we never start, we can never be finished. Amiright? So, dangit, we startin’! Lol

I will update the blog regularly with all baby step changes we make throughout the year.

Wish us luck! :-)

What projects are you determined to finish this year? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Blessings,

Catrina