Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kitchen Chronicles! Week 2

Hi there!  For those of you keeping score, at the end of last week the kitchen was an empty room with torn-up walls and loose wires.  Well, things happened this week, and as of now we have been:





Yes, on Friday the first few cabinets were installed.  They look great!  We picked Martha Stewart cabinets from the Home Depot in a color called Ocean Floor.  So far, I love them!  All of the doors and drawers are soft-close, and there are a lot of nice extras, like super susans.  Eventually, I'll also be able to show you the built-in cutlery organizer, floor to ceiling pantry cabinet and a cute cork-board organization center!

Here is where the fridge will go - love that "built in" look!

Here is a pic of the lower corner "super susan"!

This open upper cabinet is going to be for cookbooks!  (There will be a regular cabinet with doors above it)

The wiring for the wall outlets and the under-cabinet lighting are in place:

Here is a pic of the floors now - no more dirty linoleum, just dirty plywood:

Next week will be a short one due to the July 4 holiday, but according to the schedule, the cabinets should be 100% done and the flooring installation will start.  So far, things have gone according to schedule so we'll see if our good luck continues!

I'll be back next week to update you on our progress.  Can't wait to stop eating microwaved meals off paper plates!!!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Kitchen Chronicles! Week 1

We moved into our little house just about three years ago.  Since that time, I have been itching to renovate the kitchen.  The kitchen is a petite (9x13) time capsule, which included a full set of harvest gold appliances!  The dishwasher and fridge pooped out on us within the first year, but we still had the oven!  It took about an hour to pre-heat to 350 and could barely fit a whole chicken.

Also see the strange wood-look laminate cabinets!  They were all over:

Well, now a full kitchen renovation is actually happening!  I am excited!  This past week was WEEK ONE.  So far, we have undergone a full demo and the electrical.  Everything has been torn out, and all the wiring has been.... wired... or whatever.  Plus there are a bunch of circles in the ceilings for the new recessed lighting.  

Check it out!  This used to be the wall of cabinets where the oven and range were located:

And this used to be the sink wall!

The dry-wallers are scheduled to start on Monday, and then the painters arrive.  I think the old floral linoleum floor will be taken out soon too.  

I will be back next week to show you the progress!  

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Random Assortments!

Can it really be June?  Is school over for the year?  Have I not updated this blog since November?  Yes, to all of that.  Let's take a trip back in time to get updated!

First of all, in December, I finished the baby boy quilt for a baby friend!  It came out rather cute!  The pattern is from the book Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters and the main fabric is Savannah Bop.  

I would also like to alert you that I am now using a SEVEN year old for size reference!  He keeps getting bigger, but the quilts stay the same size.

Detail Shots!

Next up, in January, I decided to make a birthday quilt for my oldest sister's upcoming February birthday.  She is an architect, so I wanted to use some of the Architextures fabric line, which is turning out to be my top favorite fabric collection of all time.  I found a cute pattern in the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe (highly recommend!) and set to work pulling fabrics in shades of grey, light blue, royal blue and orange.    

And, in March (yes!  only one month after her birthday!) I sent her this:

More later!!!