Floors galore!!!

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

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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!

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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!

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!

The world’s smallest sliding patio door!

My dad took one look at my sliding patio door and knew my sofa wouldn’t be able to fit through the opening.  This issue reared it’s ugly head over and over again as I moved furniture, appliances, and boxes into the house.  Knowing that it took one screw to uninstall and reinstall the door, it was far from the security he required for his first daughter.  That began the extremely frustrating and expensive process of replacing the slider with a french patio door.  I chose to go to Home Depot for the purchase because I had a referral for someone at the Pro Desk who could help me with my narrow opening and multi-point lock system requirements.  This ended up being quite the ordeal as they turned away my special pre-paid delivery for weeks due to lack of space in their warehouse…. but eventually late one Friday night I drove out to BFE to pick up a beautiful set of french patio doors!

No door!  Yikes!

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My “lucky” dad spending his entire Saturday installing this behemoth of a door…

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But once it was in, it was a beautiful sight!

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One step closer to finishing a new project, and one less obstacle when it comes to new purchases!  French patio doors for the win!