March 31st, 2014
Okay okay, I must beg your forgiveness on not posting for the past 5 weeks. I’ve gotten emails, texts, and calls from friends and readers begging for more updates. The beat goes on, so they say, and I’ve been on quite the ride the past 5 weeks. We had to move out of our rental before the house was done. I’ll tell you right now that this is a logistical nightmare. Even more so with 2 small children and a husband who is busy finishing a house.
If you want to hear all about it… read below, otherwise, skip to the pictures of the kitchen build!
So for 3 weeks were were without stable housing. I took the boys and went and stayed with my parents for nearly a week. This was great… and not so great. They live an hour from the house build, and with so much going on, I really needed to be close by the build site. Also with limited child care available, it was nearly impossible to work. And work is kind of a priority. So the boys and I headed back to the construction site and found a hotel a few miles away. Not quite a vacation, but not terrible either, we were able to get somewhat settled in a hotel, and have our regular babysitter help with the kids (a Godsend), and I was able to work once again. With an unknown closing date, we weren’t too thrilled to be paying for a hotel for days and days. So after a week, we packed up again and headed to a friend’s house for another week. Once we got the OK to move in, I was beyond thrilled, however the excitement was somewhat dampened by the fact that Mr. Project was going on a business trip early the following morning. Not so exciting being in an empty new house with just the kids and very limited toys/clothes/cooking implements/work supplies (who needs a desk anyway??). Not to mention no furniture, TVs, INTERNET (kill me!), and towels. Needless to say there were many break-downs most of which were me, not the children. Mr. Project was gone for 2 days, and in a twist of fate, we all caught a stomach bug upon his arrival back home… luckily I had found some towels and the washer and dryer were installed before he left. Unluckily, I was pretty much down for 2 days, and Mr. Project was right there after me.
After recovering, the past two weeks+ have been spent unpacking, organizing, moving everything into the house from the garage, and of course working. So blogging has been low on the priority list. It’s also been a bit overwhelming. So many pictures to edit, and wondering how exactly to divide the updates into digestible bits. At the end of the day its just easier to go get cozy in bed and rest then to commit to blogging.
But here I am, back and ready to get all these exciting pictures and moments documented. I’m just going to start small, and hopefully with momentum get a lot posted in a short time period. Lets get started with the kitchen build!
To get an idea for the layout and design of the kitchen check out my Kitchen Inspiration & Style Guide. Looking back at it, we really did follow this pretty closely.
Mr. Project built all the cabinets for the entire kitchen+island. So these pics are all the various stages of install.
First step was the wall cabinets where the range goes. This image is missing one last drawer cabinet on the far right. This was a little tricky in that the cabinets had to be installed before the countetops could be installed before the wall trim could be installed. So a lot was hinging on getting these cabinets in place.
The adjacent appliance wall was a BEAST. We were going for these built-in looking columns which funny enough required building actual columns. So build them Mr. Project did! 4 columns total.
Here you can see the finished column on the right, and kind of see the one on the left.
Mr. Project building one of the center columns using MDF (full weight), and 2x4s.
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February 22nd, 2014
So so much to post about! I have a million flagged photos in my iphoto and I get anxiety just thinking about how long it will take me to process them all and post. Things have been moving so quickly, I haven’t been able to keep up. And I wish I could take even more pictures but I’ve been mostly at home taking care of kids, working, and trying to finalize lighting/finishes etc.
At this point the easiest way to do updates is to go by project. So lets start with the pantry space. You can see my inspiration and previous plans on my pantry inspiration post. Between that post, and the actual build, I went through a handful of design changes to accommodate various appliances, and scenarios. Initially I planned a microwave and fridge on the left-side of the space, but ended up putting in a broom closet – you know, for brooms and vacuums. So the microwave spot got pushed to the right-side. I also planned a “command-central” hutch, but then decided to put that in the mud room (I added a mudroom at the last minute instead of a mud hallway). So the command central went into the mud room, and I designed an open shelf dish hutch in that space instead.
Okay lets get started… A few weeks ago the floor was grouted and cabinets moved into the pantry space.
Mr. Project installed them all that evening, and started on the countertop. We decided a wood butcher block in here – they really are a great work-horse countertop as long as you avoid standing water. Even then, keep them oiled up good and there should be no problem. Budget shoppers that we are, we purchased the IKEA beech wood ones, though our store didn’t have enough and we had to order one online and wait for it to be delivered.
Two of the countertops had to be joined for this long span. There’s a bit of a lip showing in this picture, but Mr. Project will make it all work and look fabulous.
Once all the countertops were installed, Mr. Project started on the hutch. He built the drawer unit, each shelving row separately, and the face frame offsite, and then assembled them in place.
Here they are all stacked, with the face frame waiting below.
After the hutch was assembled, Mr. Project installed the cabinet box that will house the microwave and a steam oven next to it.
On the other side of the cab we planned for open shelving with corbels. Lots of corbels. I’ve talked about corbels before and how expensive they can be. We decided to DIY our corbels again (you can read about this process on my DIY Corbels post), so we called around a few CNC places to get pricing, and found a local one to cut these for us:
I have a bunch of pictures that they sent me for another post just on more DIY corbels, but I’ll save those for another day. Basically I designed a super simple corbel pattern in Adobe Illustrator, and emailed the .eps file to the cutters. Then a few days later we picked up 96 of these babies. They used a 3/4″ mdf material and then we glued two of them together to create a thicker corbel. For this wall we used 24 single corbels to make 12 doubled up ones. Before painting, Mr. Project spackled and sanded the seam to make them look seamless.
Oh I forgot to mention the t&g paneling. Mr. Project installed it on this entire wall (except behind the big cabinet in the middle), to add a finished look to the space. Even though he wasn’t too keen on taking the time to install it, it’s one of his favorite features now.
This is the wall all finished up!
And a view of the sink/window side. I love having a window in this room!
The next day, the painters came through an primed the kitchen, and primed/painted the pantry. I love seeing the shelving through the open door from the kitchen.
Here’s a good shot of the painted shelving.
And then later that night, Mr. Project painted the lower cabinets with turquoise conversion varnish.
And the upper cabinets with a white conversion varnish.
It turned out so so pretty! I cannot wait to see all the doors and drawers painted and in place.
Here’s a close-up of the varnish color – this image is pretty close to the real color, maybe a little light.
It is so much fun to see it start to come together. Now I just want to move in so bad and be able to use the space, and enjoy the beauty of it.
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