Well that was quite the long, unplanned break. I can only blame the very common ailment of “just-general burned-out-ness” from work, living in a construction zone, travel, more work, etc. Every January I usually get a crazy surge of energy (ahem) where I feel high on anticipation of the year’s coming success. I must have overdosed last year as this January I missed that surge altogether. But now I think I’m in a good spot where I’m not a crazy-eyed house-obsessed lunatic, but just a regular person bored with winter tv (except for The Bachelor). I think I’m ready to fill my spare time with house projects, mostly so I have a slightly better excuse than laziness for avoiding outdoor exercise. During the blog silence, we actually made some great house updates, but still not much is actually done. This year I have no big plans to start new projects, just plans to complete the ones started last year. Like the kitchen. The kitchen that snowballed into remodeling just about all of our house. Here’s where the kitchen is at now.
Since I last gave any updates, I added toe kicks, vertical filler pieces, finished the lazy susan, drank wine, and added hardware. After that debate over brass or matte black hardware, we went for brass from Schoolhouse Electric. I happened to be in Portland for work one day so took a few minutes to drive over to their shop, pet everything in it, and leave with a box full of beautiful brass hardware.
Now that the hardware is in, we really couldn’t be happier with the brass. Best of all, we are no longer constantly tearing off our tape “handles” and teaching our kids swear words in the process. Side note: hearing your kids use your own words back to you is amazing – apparently my favorite word is “literally” as evidenced by my 4 year old’s frequent, emphatic use of it. We also added our pendants, which are glossy, white, and wonderful.
Now here’s the list of items to complete in the kitchen:
- Build a custom cabinet with retractable doors to hide the microwave, toaster, and Nespresso machine.
- Install the looooong shelf for open shelving (alternatively, install open shelves just beneath the upper cabinets).
- Add undercounter LED dimmable lights.
- Install and paint crown molding/upper cabinet trimwork.
- Finish the wine cabinet (not that it’s unfinished state has stopped us from using it).
- Install the backsplash.
In the scheme of the kitchen, what’s left is like nothing at all. You would think we’d have finished the kitchen in time for Christmas, as was the goal. But no. Instead, we abandoned finishing the kitchen to in favor of installing flooring so our family could sit and open presents without getting butt-splinters. A worthwhile trade-off.
So hopefully I’ll bust out the table saw and a bevy of other tools to get this kitchen on the road to DONE. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing a few other updates we’ve been making around here. It’s so fun to be blogging again!