As previously mentioned, we volunteered our home for a fundraising event. This event was, in fact, a Homes Tour. So kind of important to be the best version of us. And yes, the kitchen remodel happened. The whole thing.
Unfortunately, HGTV did not get it all on film, but I can give you some snip its of what I’m sure they would have edited together…
- Appliances sitting in the dining room while floors were refinished
- Pile of tools
- Garbage bag full of things I pulled out of our cupboards dating back to 2006
- Cabinet doors in various stages of painting in driveway, garage and basement (The funny thing about the cabinet painting was that it was something we did on Day One of the project and it was something we did on the final day of the project. SO MUCH PAINT!)
- Bigger pile of tools
- Long drives to Amish country
- “Why won’t this f-ing countertop come off!”
- “Why won’t this f-ing sink go in?” – Day 15
- “Why won’t this mother f-ing sink go in?” – Day 16
- Trip to the tile store at 9 pm in my pajamas
- Many coats of mineral oil on butcher block
- Bigger pile of tools
- 3 AM bedtimes (plural)
- “Yeah, we’re going to have to change these light fixtures.”
- “Yeah, now we have to change the cabinet hardware.”
So, yes, like every renovation project, it had its obstacles. But I’m typing this from my new favorite spot in my house. A cherry red industrial stool sitting on a shiny wood floor with my laptop on a beautiful butcher block counter under the perfect Edison bulb pendant. Life is good.
I guess a lot of people thought we were crazy. “You’re doing EVERYTHING yourself?” I’m always giving my dad grief about his unfinished projects, “Why don’t you just hire someone else to drywall?” But I know why. Because we CAN do it. So why should we PAY someone else to. (P.S. The answer is “so it gets done faster”, but we just gloss over that part.)
And I also think it’s not as daunting to us, because we don’t sit down and budget everything at once. Ha! Yes, we are professional people. One of whom works in the financial services industry and we don’t budget.
We just look at everything individually. We knew we HAD to do the floors and we knew how much it costs to rent a sander for the weekend and how much sand paper and poly we would need. Okay done. It didn’t break us.
So should we do the countertops? For a long time we had pictured making our own concrete slab counters. But I think we had just enough doubt in our abilities to scare us off. So we started researching butcher block and knew it was perfect for the age or our house, our style, and our price range. Then I went on craigslist to see if we could piece together reclaimed block and ran across an ad that hooked people up with a young Amish dude. Perfection. Now, we realize the Amish option is convenient to our location and not for everyone. But in our case, it saved us roughly $800-$1000.
Countertops in. I guess we should go pick out tile. See a pattern here?
We definitely had a wish for a farmhouse apron-front sink, but just couldn’t find something salvaged and new was ridiculously expensive, so we last minute decided to put our old sink back in. At this point, the kitchen is coming together. We are starting to finish the cabinet paint and hanging doors back up and realizing something isn’t quite right. Our light fixtures look too modern. Well, we saved all that money on the counters (which is actually moot, since the money we “saved” was never budgeted to start) so…
Yeah – that’s how the Norcrosses work.
Now for what you really want to see. Before and After. And these are horrible iPhone pictures because I have been too lazy to get out the nice camera. I could really stand to have someone come photograph my home for real while it is clean.
The table top was made from beams found in our barn salvage weekend. The same Amish man that did our counters offered to mill the beams and construct a table top for us, which we then attached to two old cast iron sewing machine bases.
Then just came a LOT of cleaning, reorganizing and a little shopping. Most of the greenery came from A Secret Garden florist in Avon. Tammy was so nice. She came over in the midst of my ravaged home and we put together a plan of poinsettias, boxwood wreathes and a great swag for our new headboard (even though I had really wanted out of season mistletoe).