Man, having a day job really puts a kink in my blog style! I dread showing nighttime photos but sometimes it can’t be helped when I’m anxious to kick out a post. So I’m trying to squeeze-in the taking of more natural-light photos (during lunch, in the morning before work, immediately upon getting home from work, etc.) whenever I possibly can.
And on that note, I was able to get some daytime pics of the kitchen today (before we cluttered it all up again) and thought I could have an itty-bitty do-over of the previous post. Just try’n stop me! Or say something about it–eh, I know you won’t :) so here we go with kitchen photos 2.0:
If you already saw photos of the kitchen the first time around and are now seeing it for a truly unnecessary second time, then hey, thanks for humoring me! :)
Now, how can I post a kitchen project we did recently if no one knows what the kitchen is looking like to begin with? I can’t, duh, so I’ve got to show it! (The same goes for other rooms, obviously–but those will have to wait a bit longer.)
As I’ve mentioned before, we started this blog about half-way through our progress and the kitchen was actually renovated over a year ago.
So the photos I’m showing here are of the updated and extremely stripped down kitchen to showcase its bones. And since I didn’t document its transformation in real-time–consider these the before and just-finished after photos. :) (It’s not normally this sterile–we do actually live here…)
First up is the before:
And here is what it looks like now:
It was a long and issue-riddled process: For instance, the countertops got the wrong edging (Ev didn’t notice and let the installers leave–I got home a few hours later and noticed it right away! We got some of the cost refunded because of it, though…) and we lived without a functioning kitchen for a looong time (3 months?). Also, we had to do an emergency replacement of the window over the sink (long story…) Oh well–it’s over now and it’s all good :) Whew!
So now that that’s out-of-the-way, I can start posting about kitchen projects and decorating!! And I have a few…
What do you think about our kitchen renovation? Are you a fan of the white cabinet revival trend or are you all about the warm wood tones?
P.S. see our kitchen in the daytime here.
Drum roll…but a very soft one. The master bathroom is presentable! But if it were human, it would feel a little…naked. There are some finishing touches we haven’t gotten around to just yet. Still, we’ve made pretty good progress–and it’s much better than before, so I figured it’s time to show the world even though it’s not 100% complete.
Here’s the before…
And here’s the Now:
This vanity is great…drawers for storage and a shelf underneath for towels, etc. We’re surface abusers–so by keeping our everyday necessities in the drawers, we can open the drawer, use it, and then close it away. Ideally, most stuff won’t get a chance to touch the counter, let alone stay there. Ideally.
And I have big hopes for the TP holder. I’m not kidding when I say that the act of taking out the springy bar to remove the empty TP roll and replace it with a new one on a traditional TP holder is really too much effort for us most of the time. This might transform our lives…
^Wow, I just realized how lazy we are :(
Here’s what we have left to do:
1) Install a vanity light.
2) Install towel hooks–already purchased. We’re forgoing towel bars altogether since it’s easier to just throw a towel on a hook than to fold it in order to put it on a bar. They’re also handy for storing a sweatshirt or other clothing you plan to wear again so it doesn’t end up on the floor. <—There's that lazy thing again!
3) Build the shelves that go in the tiny space to the left of the shower. It won't be much but will give us a little bit of extra storage space.
4) Frame out the mirror using some trim and some construction adhesive.
5) Replace the lightswitch and plug with brown ones and install Oil Rubbed Bronze swith/outlet plates. (We're doing this throughout the entire house to stay consistent.)
6) Some sort of window covering for the window? I don't think the neighbors have a view into this room, but…