Next steps…

To finish off the kitchen I still have a “few’ things to take care of…

  1. finish the toe kick
  2. install new base
  3. install ice maker
  4. pull cable from attic for tv
  5. replace drywall
  6. install backsplash
  7. install over the range microwave
  8. replace light fixtures
  9. replace window covering
  10. finish patio door surround
  11. replace cabinet pulls
  12. refinish cabinets with wear
  13. paint and decorate!

Last night I spent some time researching window coverings for the large window in my kitchen. I started off looking at Smith + Noble and ordered some free samples of wood blinds with a tape ladder which would cost around $235 for the single window. I also looked at roman shades, but at $800 that is just not in this Renolista’s budget!!


As much as I like plantation shutters they are just too pricey for a home I’m not planning on staying in long term, so this was a nice compromise! It adds style and the look of the wood without the custom price. However, not one to make a rash decision I looked at a few more sites including and found that not only do they have some screaming good deals, but they also have some VERY nice faux wood blinds as well!

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All include a tape ladder with many color choices. I ordered some samples from both sites and am waiting anxiously to receive them! Anything will be an upgrade from the metal cheap-o blinds the previous owner purchased for the sale. I think window coverings will make such a difference in the new space! Now if the USPS would just hurry up and drop them off….



HandyDad to the rescue!

I have spent the last 6 months of my life hand-washing all of my dishes.  I have come to find out that I am not the hand-washing kind of girl.  How people live without these time (and manicure) saving machines I will never know!  Behold:



Now that my floors are in, we can finally make some of the changes I’ve been impatiently waiting for…. dishwasher included.  The best part?  My HandyDad snuck over to my house while I was at work to install it for me!  Best. Dad. Ever!!!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July with your friends and family!  I picked up these little treats from Icing on the Cupcake as a giant thank you to DesignMom and HandyDad!



Floors galore!!!

Today was the day.  I FINALLY have my Provenza hardwood floors in both my kitchen and my entry!




Love love love the floors!!!  Clearly I still have to install the new base, and install a border around the toe kick of the cabinets, but we are getting there!  If I cant squint my eyes in just the right way I can picture the backsplash on the walls instead of exposed studs and insulation… the base already installed, and all appliances installed…. and I tell you, it looks BEAUTIFUL!

With the time off over the extended weekend I’m hoping to install my dishwasher (almost can’t contain my excitement as I type this!) and we will see what else we can accomplish in this 100 degree heat!