Thursday, January 27, 2011

I could teach you but I have to charge

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My friends of the Mochaface Mob. Our kitchen is done. DONE.

(Well, not fully done. Still need to paint the floorboards, but since I'm not sure when I'm going to get to those, I thought I'd go ahead and share the [almost] finished room. Plus, you can't really tell in the pictures that the floorboards need painting. BONUS.)

We started Project Update Kitchen Memorial Day weekend 2010. It's taken a lot longer than we thought it would. That must be the first lesson in home improvement/renovation. That it always takes longer than expected. Oh. And that it will cost more.

But the wait has been worth it. Because now my kitchen is so full of sparkles and teh awesome that it brings all the boys to the yard.

First, though. Let's have a moment of a silence and reflection for what was...


And after many months of sometimes painful, sometimes frustrating, sometimes fun work, here's our new kitchen:

New tile floor replaced old, disgusting vinyl flooring. Can't remember the exact name of the store where we bought the tile. Or the name of the tile for that matter. So just admire the fact that we no longer have a vinyl floor. Over Memorial Day weekend, we ripped up the old floor and laid the new tile. Single most exhausting weekend of my life.

New granite counters from Lowe's replaced laminate counter tops. Plus, a tile backsplash also installed by Lowe's. (Please ignore the mess on the side of the fridge.)

By far, the part that took the longest was the cabinets. We stripped, sanded, stained and finished the existing cabinets. New hardware, after initially being a challenge, was finally purchased (also from Lowe's) to further update the look of the cabinets. Also, new stainless steel appliances: oven, microwave and dishwasher from Lowe's.

Curtain valances I got from Love this pattern.

New light fixture for the breakfast nook from Lowe's. This is the first light fixture DH and I ever installed by ourselves. It took a couple attempts (on different days) to actually get it right. There's an Aggie joke in there somewhere.

It's hard to tell in this picture, but the color we chose for the wall paint is Benjamin Moore Soft Pumpkin. It's hard for me to believe that I ultimately decided on an orange paint. Something I never thought I would do. But since it's not burnt orange, it's acceptable. And I really do love it. I realize that in most of these pictures the color looks like the exact same paint as what we started with. So you'll just have to trust me when I say, it's a whole lot better now.

I am so pleased with how this room turned out. Especially considering how I had zero idea of how I wanted the whole room to look when we started some eight months ago.

Now time for the next project: our bedroom...

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