I have finally gotten a chance to read through all the comments from the Home Front giveaway and first I would like to say, YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! That's the most comments I've ever gotten. I must admit, most of your comments were very encouraging about the remodel process, but there were a few of you (and you know who you are ;) who really told it like it was!
In the end, I know I will love my house and I know that we will never tackle a remodel job like this ever again, so I can make it through.
We're getting closer and closer to finishing the job. Our cabinets were delivered and installed this week. I took some photos as they were being put in, so some cabinets are in place and some aren't.
Below is one of the upper kitchen cabinets sitting next to our chimney. This is one of only 2 upper cabinets we have in the kitchen as we opted for more windows and less cabinets. I may regret that decision later, but now, I'm loving all the natural light.
Don't get too attached to the color here in the scrapbook room. It turned out MUCH lighter in this photo than it actually is. I'm actually wanting it to look like this photo as opposed to the HOLY-MOLY-THAT'S-A-BLUE-ROOM color that it currently is.
In this room, there are two shelves/cabinets. One just like this on either side of the door. I see lots of scrapbook albums sitting here in the future :)
And here's the surprise runaway in best cabinet finish. We took a MAJOR chance on the finish on these cabinets and thankfully, it worked. I showed a magazine page to the folks at Creative Custom Cabinets in Russellville, KY. The cabinets were pine and had a brownish finish on them. My challenge was that I didn't want pine because it's so soft, but I did want the look of the page in the magazine. Dorothy, the girl at the cabinet shop, pulled a sample off the wall and turned it on the back side and said, "This is alder, I think it'll give you the look you want." Just so you know, I am a wonderful client to work with...just ask anyone we've ever hired. (I'm not just tooting my own horn, I really have the philosophy that you should just let people who you know do a good job, actually do their job and not be a hindrance.) So, needless to say, I went with the alder and just put a clear coat on it and look how gorgeous they are.
They are so pretty that one of the guys installing them asked me, "Was this your idea for these cabinets? We ain't never done nothing like this before, but I like it." This was said in a strong country accent and like sounded more like "lick", but I felt it was a huge compliment, so I ran with it.
I'm especially proud of how they look with those 12x24" white tiles.
Moving upstairs, this was another idea I had that looked great in my head and I wasn't entirely sure it would translate well in real life.
Thankfully, they guys at the cabinet shop had the same vision as I and it turned out well. On the upstairs landing, originally there was a wall with an attic. All we did was knock out the wall and put a bookcase on the left of the chimney and a desk area on the right.
I see this area being used quite a bit in the near future. Even Greg is thrilled with how it looks.
It's always nice when you can impress your hubby with a good idea.
And, last, I'll leave you with a photo of the Jetster enjoying our new floors.
This week, the guys will be back to sand and stain the floors, so it'll be a week or so before I can post photos of that.