While I’m away, the tile guy came to play!

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… 🙂

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!!!!




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:


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


Leaving me with a giant gaping hole of nothing


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


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


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!