The One in Which We Finish the Kitchen

It has been a long hard journey.  Three years almost to the day of dust and destruction, chaos and disorganization.  And yesterday, we finished.  The main house is done.  We have finished redoing all the rooms- every single surface except the wood floor in the main living spaces has been touched.  Anything left to do now (like add another room to the basement space) is gravy from here on out.

Yesterday we finished the kitchen!  It actually went a little more smoothly than we thought.  We painted the cabinets, changed the counter top from Formica to granite, changed out the backsplash tile, and changed the hardware on the cabinets and the outlets and switches.  We painted the little bit of peach wall left a nice tan color and all the peach trim became white.  We even moved a few of the awesome prints by Pen and Paint to the kitchen wall from the dining room since they seemed fitting in there.

Before (listing photos):


Now, it wasn't terrible, which is why we saved it for last.  But after all we did, it didn't match our style at all.

The finished product:


I can't even tell you how much brighter and fresher everything feels.  I've always enjoyed being in the kitchen but now I really love being in that room.

So now we have a little more decorating to do throughout the house, and some other little odds and ends we wanted to go back to, but we're calling the house done.

Is it bad that I already want to repaint my office upstairs, which started out as Gus's room?

Hubs Rules

I had another post planned today, but last night hubby finished a project he's been working on for us and I had to share.  The title will prove to be cheesy, but I really don't care.

I'm sure you've seen some form of this on Pinterest at some point:


Such a fun idea for a growth chart.  We have a small strip of wall between the fireplace and the mudroom door where we had been marking the kids' heights- the same place the previous owners had done.  I showed this ruler idea to the hubs, and he thought it was a neat idea, so I set off to find one.  I found an Etsy seller who would have been able to make it narrow enough for us, but then hubby decided he wanted to make it himself.

Last night he hung up the final product:


He even added in the metal edge.

We plan to order some hand-stamped metal discs with the kids' heights on them and nail them into the board at the right mark.  I think it looks incredible!

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Happy impending holiday weekend!  Just a few things going on around here:

1. I have been trying very hard to new get things listed in my shop.  A lot of it is leftover from the last craft show.  I am actually for the first time on the cusp of 100 items- the golden Etsy number.  I have plenty of stuff to get there, I just need to find time to list it all!  Here's a bit of what's new:

 Hoop pincushions! I'll be adding more over the next few days.

New tea towel combinations

Bip and burp cloth sets

A whole bunch of new card and stationery sets

Plus a lot more already there and a lot more to add!  Check it out here!

2. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday all of my US orders will ship for FREE!!  All international orders will ship for half price!!  It's very exciting!

3. While I'm at it, I have coupon codes out here, here, and here.  All of these will expire Thanksgiving day, so if you're planning to shop, you might want to see which is the better deal!

4. On the house front, the counter is in!  The cabinet that we had to take down is back up!  The oven is hooked back up!  The dishwasher is secure!  The sink is....not hooked up.  !!!!!!  Apparently it's a good idea to let all the sealants dry first before pulling on the sink, so add on another day to my sinkless tally.  It actually hasn't been that bad but we have made a lot of paper goods garbage.  Reveal photos coming soon!

5. After the holiday weekend here I am going to have some fabulous fun stuff going on!  Guest posts, gift guides, recipes and food ideas, and giveaways!  I'm hoping it will be an entertaining slide right into the holiday season, my favorite time of year.

6. I'm going to try very hard to catch up on all my blog and actually leave some comments.  That will be quite a feat.

What's going on in your neck of the woods?  If you're having holiday sales, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Holiday Awesomeness


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I'm over at Little Nostalgia today....come on by to find out!

(There may even be a coupon for my shop....)

There's a Hole in My Kitchen

Happy Monday! Sorry to have been missing most of last week!  We were busy trying to get things done in the kitchen and made some really good progress. 

Let me say it now: painting your kitchen cabinets is not a hard job or nearly as complicated as it's often made out to be, but it is a royal pain in the butt that is taking forever.  Sneaking out time to paint all 31 doors and 9 drawers has been a challenge with two small kids running around.  Another complication: Greta is a grabber and a dumper.  Proof:

 my fabric piles, unpiled

All of our cabinets have been standing open to this point (remember?) and while I did eventually get used to it, I could not get used to Greta emptying them all multiple times a day.  The priority became getting all the bottom doors done first.  I got those painted last weekend, so those got hung up this week, and we used an ingenious method to keep her out:


We have those fancy-schmancy cabinet locks, but going from handles to knobs makes them a lot harder to get open, so rubber bands it is!  We're very high-tech.

I also tackled the last bit of the disgusting peach paint that was all over the house.  The wall is now the coffee-and-cream color we picked out for all the common spaces (Sandstone Cove by Behr).



 crisp and clean!

Finally, we ordered the last huge expense of our house reno- the granite counter top.  After researching a few options we found a place that could do granite the cheapest of anything else, so we decided to go with them.  We picked out our slab and they are coming to measure it in just a little while.  In the meantime I am left with this:


Because we hadn't planned to buy a new sink, we had to remove ours to give to the guys coming today so they can cut it out properly and attach it to the new counter.  Um....

So we have plenty of paper goods to tide us over for the next week.  Yes, week.  One week without a kitchen sink.  This is going to be interesting.

Anyone else put a hole in their kitchen lately?

To Show Your Face


Yesterday I was playing around with the blog design a little bit, trying to rearrange things and clean it up a some.  I changed my banner, my button, etc.  I still need to figure out what I want to add and delete and move around on the sidebars.  It's definitely a work in progress right now.

One thing I added over there on the left is an About section, except it doesn't actually link to anywhere, and I don't even like how it looks.  Think of it as a place holder for right now.  What I have been struggling with is whether or not to show my face on my blog.  Part of me would like to put myself out there and part of me likes just being somewhat anonymous in the Internet ether.  And honestly, I really don't photograph all that well.  I visit other blogs and I see that most people have their photo up, or it's in their button, or in their posts, and the bravest ones even do a vlog and post it for people to watch.  And their photos look good- stylish, confident, happy.  I fear I would look like a tired, frumpy mama, which I just might be, but if you don't see me, you can just continue to think I look fabulous, which is perfectly fine with me.

So, is it time?  Do I put myself up there?

Do you show your face?  Why or why not?

Have a great weekend everyone!