kitchen remodel inspiration

i have a plan. it started innocently enough. like most of them do, it started with reading a blog. blogs & podcasts, man. the amount of each that i consume on a daily basis is a little frightening. anyway, i've recently been back-reading jenny's blog & though her style doesn't line up with my own a lot of the times, i find a lot of inspiration in her projects. i came upon her laundry redo in 2013 & i've read many blogs over the years about the ardex concrete counter technique but i never gave it much thought since our counters aren't a smooth surface. for some reason i got the inkling to do a little more digging around for anyone that's tried it on tile & found this! so i'm hoping that over my christmas break our countertops will be getting a complete overhaul & we'll end up with beautiful concrete counters. our plan has always been to replace the counters & i think this might just solve that problem! all i know is that i personally HATE tile counters & i can't wait for them to be gone.

just like i did with my bedroom inspiration, i turned to pinterest to help hone in what it is that i really love in a kitchen's aesthetics. i wasn't surprised at all by the results. apparently, i prefer simple kitchens with white walls, two-tone cabinets, open shelving, light stone or wood counters and black details/accents.

sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

one thing i've also noticed is that my favorite kitchens are small, one wall european style kitchens which work for me because i don't enjoy cooking & when i do, it's minimal. we don't require much kitchen cabinet space so my first thought has always been to take out our upper cabinets but my growing love for saving old homes has made me realize that i probably don't want to. enough of the character from our house has been destroyed over the years; i don't want to contribute.

if i look at these enough will it motivate me to start? other blogs i've read over the years have acted like repainting cabinets is no big deal but i think they have to be either lying or they did zero prep work. the dread of all the prepping is what's making me drag my feet on this one. please, people who have repainted their cabinets, exactly how much prep did you do? did you sand them all the way down to wood? did you just do a light sanding? did you just say fuck it & prime right over those bitches?

all i know is that i'm really ready to say goodbye to our tile counters & backsplash. i want to start the demo right NOOOOOOW.

 

new roof

we came home last month to a brand new roof. turns out, our roof had 4 layers of shingles on top of plank sheathing, not decking. apparently, it’s way too much to ask for the previous owners to do anything correctly. our contractor said that the amount of weight on our roof was more than a dumpster could even haul. WHAT THE HELL PEOPLE.

our old, sad, sagging roof is now so very happy & up-to-code. we went with a “storm cloud” patterned shingle at a recommendation from our contractor who has used them a lot & seen a lot of positive feedback when it comes to resale (always a plus).

the roof is exciting & all but DUDES. the next part is so much better. like the answer to so many of our nightmares. all the fascia is being replaced next week. i know, it doesn’t sound all that exciting. but in our world, this is huge. part of the reason that our roof was out of code was that there was no drip edge (or flashing) between the roof line & the fascia. this means two things. one. our gutters were useless. there was no point in ever having them. cue all our tears after realizing all the time we’ve spent cleaning them. (okay fine, we didn’t clean them all that often but it still stressed us out.) two. every time it rained the water was just running directly down the side of our house, slowly rotting all our fascia. rotted fascia makes it super easy for squirrels to eat huge holes into your attic & live up there for 8 years, driving you insane in the middle of the night & haunting you with nightmares of creatures coming down into your bed while you sleep. rotted wood on the outside of your house is also ten million times more embarrassing than a roof that has too many layers. that work will hopefully start this week & then PAINT.

fuck-ing paint y’all. like the entire house. bricks & all.

i know people have very strong opinions on painted brick. there are definitely strong camps on each side & i get them both. i love brick… if you have pretty brick. our brick is in horrible condition & apparently, nobody thought it was important to tape off anything ever before painting the gutters, windows, shutters, etc. there are literally old gutter outlines running down our house all the way around. the previous owners will never stop amazing me.

we picked paint colors last week & i’m so goddamn anxious.

 

so before long, our little house is going to go from this (so sad, so overgrown, so swallowed by trees, so shitty)...

to this (new roof, trimmed trees & everything else still shitty)...

to this! just use your imagination & add some new landscaping & grass...

the color we picked is called "barely white" which i love. i didn't want to do stark white even though i love an all white exterior. i felt like i needed to pay my tudor style house some respect & go with the traditional three color scheme. 

now. on to the debate. those windows. my plan for two years has been to paint our window frames black; just the frames, not the trim. traditionally, the window frames should be darker than the trim but i also just really love the look of a light house with dark windows. my contractor thinks they need to be white to match the trim. so tell me. who is wrong?

 

closets & trash

i've not been on my house game for a couple of months (obviously) but all of a sudden i hit a huge surge of energy last week & feel like there isn't enough time or money to keep up with my thoughts/plans/actions. maybe it's that spring cleaning bug that people get? it's like "nesting" for normal, non-pregnant people? well. whatever it is; i have it. my mind is racing with house projects & i'm trying to work on keeping myself focused on one thing at a time so that i don't get too overwhelmed. luckily i'm pretty good at finding satisfaction in being able to mark off just one task (big or small). to me, it's easy to find joy in the fact that it's one less thing staring at me, even though if you zoom out & look at the big picture, it's so so tiny & seems like it doesn't matter. i'm trying to get ryan on that train of thought so he doesn't lose his mind helping me in the yard. he has been so much help getting some of my least favorite things done (i.e. anything outside). we spent saturday cleaning our garage which - is a big fucking deal for me to even go out there. i hate that garage. i just imagine it full of poisonous spiders & critters, just waiting to get me right as i walk in. i also imagine it collapsing in on my head & nobody makes it out alive. when it's a mess (like it has been for years now), it heightens my fear. needless to say, i don't store things in there like a normal person. who needs to keep paint in their garage when they have empty kitchen cabinets that work just fine? right? when we bought our house, we spent 75% of our time in our garage. we had all of our friends & family over weekly, battling each other in ping-pong, grilling hot dogs & sitting out by the chiminea. somewhere along the way, we lost our excitement for having people over & our garage slowly turned into a ghost town where we would occasionally throw shit we needed to donate or put out on the curb for big trash day (aka shopping day in our hood). i didn't take a before picture but i wish i would have. kind of. i’d probably be too embarrassed to show what it looked like, how much shit we pulled out of there & how little actually goes back in there but man, it feels so good to have it cleaned out & organized. when ryan got his boat, we had to make room for it & now we have room for the boat & still have room to pull one of the cars in if it storms. plus i know where everything is & i’m not AS terrified to retrieve a rake now. we pulled everything that was too big or too much of a pain to load up & donate (i.e. a washer/dryer, bikes, furniture, etc.) out to the curb & someone took everything within 30 minutes. you're welcome neighbor.

that project then spiraled to trying to get as much as we could out to curb by wednesday so yard work was next in our sights. it's not like we won't have the opportunity again next month but we know ourselves well enough to know that we need to strike while the iron is hot. & right now, it's hot. we've bagged so many goddamn leaves & i'm pretty sure that will never end, but progress is progress & every single bag makes me feel better & better. so for the last two nights we’ve come home from work, grabbed a quick bite & then headed outside to work on the yard until the sun goes down. what feels like a thousand bags later, we only have the front mostly done but damn, it feels good.

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once the sun sets, i've been heading inside to finish up my closet. i'm not going to lie, i've been using our bar as my closet for weeks now. i've had to apologize to 1 too many guests for why all of my clothes are in the kitchen & it had been long enough that i actually got used to getting dressed for work in the living room. it's fine guys. it's the new thing. the reality is that i removed all my clothes, did a lot of prep work on the molding, primed it & then let it sit for a while because i was completely unmotivated.

but then i cleaned up the doorknob & felt an urgency to get the door hung so i could admire them all the time which meant i really just needed to finish the whole closet. my light has been broken for..... years? the lightbulb doesn't stay in place & i get really sick of grabbing a step-ladder every day to screw it back in so i've just gotten used to it being dark. i'm not sure if it's just because i'm not used to having a light on or if it's the once yellow, now white walls but it's so bright. & beautiful. & organized. & very very monochrome. & once again, i hate myself for taking so long on such a simple project.

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i know i never did an "after" of the bedroom. it's because i was waiting on the doors to be done. well, i just now hung those doors & one of them doesn't close so i have some adjusting to do. also, now i think i should finish the windows before i really show you what it looks like because with everything else done, the window frames stick out like a sore thumb. it's never-ending.

please send wine.

how long can it take to paint a bathroom?

you'd think i had kids getting in my way for how long a project takes me. i honestly can't explain it. i get 16 hours of uninterrupted time each week with ryan's new work schedule & i use that time to work on the house & yet still, the bathroom isn't done. in conclusion, i am slow as fuck. also, why does it take so. many. coats of paint to make a wall white? it can't just be me can it? the good news is that it's almost done. i've hit the point where it's so close that i'm so anxious to finish up all the details. like putting the door back on. although not having a bathroom door is a really great excuse to not have anyone over. unless you have friends that don't mind & in that case, you have bigger problems.

clean slate

...to this...

so close! (hi hank!)

two major things happened that have given me all the feels (besides the new toilet).

  1. i FINALLY got the goddamn window open after being painted shut for god knows how long. people that paint windows shut; shame on you! just don't do it. ever. this was the 7th & last window that i've had to fix after being painted shut.

2. NEW LIGHT! we weren't planning on doing this so soon but then i realized that it seemed silly to paint around the 4 light vanity bar, just to have to paint that area later on when we did replace it. i was concerned that it wouldn't give off enough light but it's great & you can't beat getting a nice vanity light for under 100 bones.

* BONUS: i'd also like to introduce you to my new best friend, the mixing mate. i need one for every gallon of paint i ever use from here on out. i highly recommend it for the pour spout alone.

 

things left to-do:

  • roll on one more coat of paint
  • finish scraping the door
  • paint door black & install
  • install new towel hooks
  • install new toilet paper holder
  • buy shelf brackets (aka figure out how to get them)
  • apply polyurethane to wood shelves
  • install shelves above toilet
  • drink a lot of wine & celebrate

hopefully, i'll see you back here soon with a mostly finished bathroom redo.