2013 has been an amazing year for a number of different reasons, and the purchase of my first home is at the top of that list! Thank you to my longtime creative genius friend Tina (read her blog, she’s amazing!) I started this blog mainly to document my renovation for the few friends and family who might be interested in my first foray into home ownership. Since I started the blog 4 months ago I have had over 550 views! Not only are these views from my awesome friends and family, but I have had views from the UK, Canada, Australia and most recently even India! Never in a million years would I have expected this little blog to turn into something that people would WANT to read! Mind officially blown!
This renovation has tested my patience on more than once occasion but I’ve loved seeing the transformation come to life, and I get to spend time with the coolest guy I know, HandyDad. It has reminded me of all the years as a kid driving to LumberJack on the weekends and watching his every move in his shop. Thank you, HandyDad, for the memories and the ability to build new ones as an adult!
Cheers to making new memories, and thank you for your support through this fun adventure!
You read that correctly! This girl is finally the owner of a kitchen with backsplash!!! While in the South picking up some Southern hospitality, Matt the amazing tile guy was hard at work putting in the last of the big installations in the kitchen! It’s amazing how great it looks, and how much it now looks like an actual kitchen!! Not only was the tile installed but HandyDad also installed the over the range microwave! It’s all starting to come together… 🙂
The finished product
close up of the AMAZING tile job
HandyDad and my microwave… where it belongs!
You may notice a few things… namely the GIANT power strip oddly hanging from the cabinet above the microwave! In 1972 when they installed double ovens they didn’t have much of a need for an additional outlet for over the range microwaves! A few month back HandyDad and I pulled the line for the power but have yet to connect it to the box. In the meantime it’s installed and working, albeit in a crude, unattractive way. That should be fixed ASAP!
In addition there aren’t any outlet covers or many receptacles installed. While researching options I noticed that there are a few companies that make not only stainless steel covers but also stainless finish receptacles, so I think I will head in that direction!
In other exciting news, I am taking delivery of my Restoration Hardware light fixtures and my new blinds tomorrow!! I’m hoping to have those up this weekend which will bring my to-do list to just a few finishing touches! This Renolista can barely contain her excitement!!!!
It may seem like I’ve fallen off the renovation planet, but in fact I have been hard at work putting some finishing touches together to wrap up my kitchen project! The biggest change was the installation of drywall on the walls where formerly stood nothing but studs!
With the installation of the drywall that means I am ready for BACKSPLASH!!! In fact I am having them installed on Thursday with the supervision of DesignMom! I am so so so excited! Behold:
I think it should look AMAZING when it is done! I love the simplicity of the white subway tile. It’s classic, clean and most importantly it is timeless. I don’t want someone to be able to walk into this project a few years from now and be able to pin the date of the remodel based on my finishes. Talk about a Renolista’s worst nightmare!
In addition I also spent some time ordering window coverings which I blogged about earlier in the process. I finally decided on a color combination I think will fit in nicely…
The last bit of my shopping spree included a rather…. spendy purchase. This Renolista is the proud owner of some new Restoration Hardware light fixtures! Not only did I purchase a few for the kitchen, but I also picked up a fixture for my patio. If I’m already spending the money on shipping I may as well indulge, right?? I LOVE the look of exposed filament bulbs and the industrial minimal look will fit right in with the rest of the design (according to DesignMom that is… )
For the kitchen:
And for the backyard:
Once the backsplash is up I will finally be able to install the over the range microwave and the project will be close to completion! This reno has been so much fun, so much work but overall the most rewarding part of my home buying experience! I can’t wait to see the end product!! My updated list of things to complete after the installation of my recent purchases, backsplash and microwave:
- finish the toe kick
- install new base
- finish patio door surround
- replace cabinet pulls
- refinish cabinets with wear
- paint and decorate!