We've got a hole in the wall! After demoing out the cabinets on our own, we hired a pro to take down the wall separating our dining and kitchen. We likely could have done it, but when dealing with major items of the home that basically make it stand up, I tend to defer to the pros. Call me nuts.
Looking from the kitchen into the dining room! Yay! It's Christmas central there in the DR, what with the wrapping and packing. Pardon our dust!
I need to paint both sides of the new pass through and the flooring is a real issue. For now, a rug's going to cover the hole. Totally amateur, I know. But until we rip out the kitchen flooring, there's no good temporary solution.
Thanks to the great blog Russet Street Reno, I found our new kitchen faucet. Yeah, installing it is probably like a YEAR away but at least I'm saving big $$ now. I told Jake that we'd be assembling a kitchen in our basement over the next year 'cos I'm buying stuff if I find a screaming deal.
$85 bucks, no shipping or tax--whatta deal. I can't believe how expensive plumbing stuff is!
I'm hoping it looks awesome with the polished nickel pulls I want to use from Martha Stewart's line at Home Depot. I used these on my bath vanity and they are pretty and very classic.
Well, not the whole thing. But a significant portion of it. This wall separates our kitchen and dining room and I don't know why. In the early 60's, when our house was built, "open plans" didn't really exist and formal dining rooms actually were used.
In order to make both rooms seem bigger and connected, we're opening up the doorway separating them so it's about 7' wide. I taped off the area that is dunzo (before I ran out of tape) to get an idea of what it will feel like.
From the other angle... Interesting side note on our wall oven spied there in the background. It used to be pink! There's some paint flaking off at the bottom and pink enamel is hiding underneath! I love that someone put PINK appliances in! When we demo out the kitchen, I'm going to peel off the white and revel in the pinkiness for a few days.
Other side of the dining room as it stands now. I'm toying with perhaps wallpapering that wall as well, but I'll wait on that decision for now. My chains are getting old.
Despite not *really* having a budget in place quite yet, I'm planning our kitchen remodel.
I've asked a local cabinet maker to help me come up with a plan and price out some custom work. I'm hoping he's budget friendly and I can spend my money locally rather than with a big-box store. (On a side note, I think all of the cabinetry at Lowe's and HD is made in the USA. I know Martha's line is made right here in NC!)
Here's my plan as it stands now:
The colors are wonky -- my cabinetry will likely be a creamy white and the floors are TBD. The style I want to mimic is the Ox Hill line from Martha Stewart.
I wish I could center my sink under the window but the dishwasher throws everything off. Darn 1963 kitchens with no ability to foretell future evolutions in technology!
These flats are simple, cute, comfy and affordable. Old Navy stuff is so hit or miss and these are definitely a hit.
I tend to be pretty hard on flats, I wear them out. So to find a cheap, cute solution at Old Navy chuffs me greatly! Can't wait for the leopard pair to arrive. And to think I considered, ever so briefly, some Tory Burch ones. My senses abandoned me momentarily.
I picked up this campaign-esque dresser from Craigslist a month or so ago for office storage. It needed a little sumpthin' so I pulled out my leftover blue grass cloth wallpaper and some spray glue and went to town:
I know, I'm kinda obsessed with it. I decided to try a DIY stair runner. There are only 5 steps from the front door to the 1st level so I figured I could handle the installation.
I picked a flat weave wool rug off Overstock (or, I guess it's "O.Co" now). It's about 2.7" by 10 feet, which left me about 12" of length. It's flipped over the top step here and I think I might secure it down and leave it rather than try to cut the wool. I also used some carpet padding on each step for softness.
As you can see, I used a staple gun to nail this baby down. Just keeping it real around here. I'm going to add some black-finish nail heads to hide the staples for a finishing touch.
Stripping latex paint from steel SUCKS. It comes off in sticky, gooey gobs and needs to be scraped off bit by bit. My simple plan to strip the banister of icky white paint turned into a 2-weekend project fraught with tears and frustration.
Also, steel is heavy. This m-effer was a pain in the neck to work with.
But a sleek black spray paint job is much nicer than yellowing, chipping, sticky white paint applied with a brush!
Corner of my entry way. Whoops - that price tag can come off now! Next on the docket: a runner rug!