Can you ever have too many outlets?

The common sense answer to that is no, absolutely not.  Which is why I spent my Sunday tinkering around the kitchen taking my 4 outlet kitchen to 10!

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And at the end of the day this kitchen became the epitome of rustic chic!

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It took about 5 hours to change the wiring around due to the poor craftsmanship of previous contractors.  Why people don’t do it right the first time I will never know!  Next up is something I am very excited about!!!  I managed to pick up an open box 22 inch flat screen TV for $50 at Best Buy after gift cards and discounts which means I will have a TV in my kitchen to keep me company!  I’ve ALWAYS wanted  a TV but never had a space where I could make that happen.  So the next thing I need to do is to pull the cable for my new kitchen TV through the attic before we put up the new drywall, but I’m hoping to have it cool down a bit for that to happen.  100 degree plus an attic is far from the business!

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No countertops, no dishwasher…

This is my life!

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You appreciate the simple things you would normally take for granted.  I’ve never lived without a dishwasher in my life!  Now I also don’t have much of a space for them to dry either… I can’t wait for my floors to get installed so I can finally stop hand washing!

Quartz vs granite

I wanted quartz. In fact I really really REALLY wanted quartz.  What I didn’t want was the price.  The Silestone I picked out was an astonishing $80 per square foot and I just couldn’t justify the price. Even with 32 square feet of countertop space that added up to be way more than this Renolista wanted to spend.  I started out not wanting granite because it was expected.  EVERYONE has granite countertops.  It wasn’t something that would help my house stand out when I decide to move on to my next project, but in the end the price won me over and I decided on some very nice granite countertops.  After spending a few weeks researching and gathering samples I found a screaming deal on some prefab granite slabs at the Home Depot.  The color was great and matched my new flooring perfectly!  The countertops ended up being $35 per square foot PLUS and extra 10% off.  This included installation and tax, and with the help of a Home Depot gift card I ended up spending less than $1100 for both the countertops and sink!  I promptly made my way to the Home Depot to order them which meant only one thing… more demo.

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You can see my laptop there… Blurred Lines and Strawberry Bubblegum made this demo process much more fun… now only if JT could actually HELP me, I’d be in heaven!  I digress.  This is the end product:

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This is how my kitchen looks at this exact second.  I joke that I’m going for a rustic log cabin look, but in fact it’s miserable.  This Renolista has OCD which doesn’t allow her to enjoy the dust on every meal cooked, or the lack of space to even prep a meal.  If these countertops don’t get installed soon I am not sure how I will live!  If only I knew about these things when I started the remodel… it’s the “joy” of reno, right?

I have gone ahead and picked out not only the granite, but also the sink and faucet to accompany the installation:

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All are very budget conscious but really pack the style.  The one thing I am not willing to compromise on is style for cost.  I need both.  This isn’t always easy, but so far patience and alot of shopping has sent me in the right direction!  The sink can be found at the Home Depot and is a granite composite at the bargain price of $149.  For the faucet it was really difficult to find something that caught my interest until I stumbled upon this beauty from Ikea and a great deal at only $99!  The countertop company should be out next week to template the kitchen for fabrication so I am anxiously awaiting the phone call like a kid on Christmas!  I can’t wait to have an actual kitchen again!!

Orange tile? No thanks!

I tried to like the orange tile floors that were installed in the entry way and kitchen of the new place, but I couldn’t.  I needed something modern and comfortable to stand on for long periods of time while I pretend to be Martha Stewart!  I made my way over to Waldo Bowers and decided on this BEAUTIFUL Provenza flooring for both the entry and the kitchen:

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The hardwood floors are oil treated so I know I will have some upkeep, but the color is just divine and really picks up the color of the carpet!  With the floors picked out, it was time to rip out the tile… and rip out I sure did!  This Renolista pulled out every tile with a crowbar and a sledgehammer.  All my tears, sweat, and even a little bit of blood went into making a racket and demoing this atrocious tile floor.

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And after chipping away at it (no pun intended) for a few weekend, I finally was left with the end product:

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Which is exactly how it sits today.  I’m still waiting for the floor to come in and for the installer to come out.  I may be able to demo, but you do not want me installing hardwood floors if you want it to look even remotely decent.  I am smart enough to leave some of the work to the pros!

Appliances that I can actually use, please!

When I purchased my home it came with a dishwasher that sounded like an earthquake, and a fancy 1970’s contraption known as a double oven.  This was quite the sight to see as I hadn’t had the “opportunity” to see these considering we have made substantial strides in technology!  Naturally having new appliances became my number one priority.  I made my way to my local Best Buy and bought a suite of new stainless appliances that I actually knew how to use… However, First I had to actually remove the double oven.  Lucky for me the developers had tiles AROUND the legs of the oven making it super easy to slide out.  NOT!  my lucky dad had to make an emergency run to my house to cut off the oven’s legs with a saw.  My dad in all his glory:

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Then, since it took so long, I got a chance to use it as a decorative piece in my backyard!

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Leaving me with a giant gaping hole of nothing

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So I was quick to fill them with new shiny toys!!

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I also bought an over the range microwave that can’t be installed until I get my backsplash in 😦

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So for now my microwave sits on a table as a standalone, and my dishwasher is collecting dust in the dining room.  It makes for a nice storage space and its very classy of course!