Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Upstairs Done!

Wine of the Day: Angry Orchard - Crisp Apple Hard Cider

The house is finally ours!!!

As of April 16th, the previous owners were moved out and we started to move in!  There have been some major changes going on inside in the past two weeks.  We started with having our painter, Larry, come in and paint the stairway, master bedroom and master bathroom.  We are doing most of the work ourselves but with the vaulted ceilings we just figured it would be easier to hire someone with a tall enough ladder.  He also added crown molding in the stairway and upstairs hall.

The master bedroom had been a beige color paint with some drywall damage and a tv attached to the wall just inside the door.  The bathroom was a dark pink color.

Now the master bedroom is painted a deep plum color (Sherwin Williams - Enigma) and the bathroom is a nice light neutral gray (Sherwin Williams - Popular Gray).  Larry even painted inside the walk in closet for us. 

The stairway was painted Popular Gray, crown molding was added and finally a new light fixture was installed. I don't think the stairs had been painted in the past but now they seem brighter and the fixture is much more our style. 

We are extremely happy with the work that Larry did and the fact that hiring him allowed us to focus on the main floor.  Also, big thank you to my mom for all of her help!

Up next, the adventures in wallpaper removal.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Renovating the Condo Kitchen

Wine of the Day: Vendage - Sauvignon Blanc

Some of you may already know that Brian and I have bought a new house!  We can start moving in Monday next week and could not be more excited.  We have decided to keep the condo as well as a rental property.  In an effort to attract better/high paying tenants we went ahead and updated the kitchen.  The kitchen we have been using was updated years ago by the previous owner and was starting to show some wear and tear.  It also lacked storage for large items like pots and pans and just lacked storage in general for such a large space. These are some before pictures:

We like the white cabinets with white appliances; it really makes the kitchen feel bright.  You can see too that the appliances are all relatively new (the stove is less than a year old) but the cabinets and counters could use some work.  That last picture shows my least favorite of them all.  This one is by the stove and has clearly taken a beating by all the steam.  The second picture shows our only full size wall cabinet.  Not pictured is the wasted corner space between the sink and stove.  Also not pictured is how off center and unlevel everything is.  Another problem I have with this kitchen for a rental is the laminate countertops.  Not only is that my least favorite type of counter, but one hot pot gets set on it and it could be ruined.

So, we drew up a plan and headed to Home Depot!  After purchasing cabinets and counters we called up our contractor, Bill, and he got straight to work.  I came home after one day to this:

All the old cabinets and counters were gone and so was most of the drywall.  He explained that the way the backsplash (that I hated) was installed he basically had to rip all the drywall apart to get it off so he was just going to put up some nice new drywall for us.

We hit a minor snafu with the plumbing but he called his plumber out and got right back to work.  A few days later I came home to this:

We stuck with white to match our appliances but went with solid wood rather than the laminated cabinets.  We also changed the layout a bit.  Moved the stove 6" toward the refrigerator and the sink 8" toward the doorway to get a nice large corner cabinet in there for pots and pans.  We also decided to drop the wall cabinet down over the sink to be flush with the other cabinets.  I was concerned about this at first since typically kitchens seem to have a smaller cabinet above the sink.  However, since we moved the sink over, in order to do that we would end up with only one full wall cabinet and it would be smaller than what we had originally.  The idea being to acquire more storage, this seemed counter productive so we went with two full wall cabinets straight across.  I think it will be ok in the end. 

All the appliances are back in place.  Bill said he just has a few more touch ups to do and then he will be out of there.  Now that the cabinets are set in their final places we have the counter top installers scheduled.  Then Brian and I can get to painting that fresh new drywall and adding a backsplash!

All this time my poor cats have been locked up in a room so they can't get into anything.  When I let them out after work they love to go see what is going on though.  Kahlua has made herself right at home on Bill's equipment.

I can't wait to share the final product with you but even more than that I can't wait to get moved in to our new place and have a functioning kitchen again!!!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Kristen's Quilt Completed

Wine of the Day: Cavit - Sauvignon Blanc

 I don't know what they think is happening but as soon as I turned on my sewing machine I had 3 very eager helpers ready and waiting...

Moments later, I had 3 very lazy helpers sleeping and watching...

So this is how I worked as I finished Kristen's Quilt for Baby #3.  We're getting close to Baby's arrival and still don't know the gender.  I was hoping Kristen would crack and open the envelope to reveal the gender but she held strong!  No matter though, because the quilt will look just fine in a baby girl or baby boy's nursery.  I even tested my theory.

After this lovely photo shoot I finished up by washing and drying the blanket and it is now ready for delivery!  I cannot wait to meet the little one and hope he/she enjoys the blanket as much as my little furry ones do.


Sleeping cats