First off…I have got to take a second to say THANK YOU to so many of you who have left comments, emailed, sent Facebook messages, texted, or called with words of encouragement to us this past week. Really this blog is my happy place as it provides an immeasurable amount of support. We are working hard to get Danny over his bout with RSV so that he is healthy enough for anesthesia on Monday. Please continue to pray that he will handle the anesthesia and MRI well. It has been a LONG, hard week with him as he has been very uncomfortable and cranky…and we are very tired parents after many sleepless nights!
Another HAPPY PLACE I have is in my new house. Although it certainly didn’t start out very happy.
I was smitten with the large layout, excessive cabinets, wood floors, and the eat in area. The rest…wasn’t really diggin’ it. I was actually a hater of the red plaid wallpaper and brown paint….as well as the oak cabinets.
We wimped out on painting the cabinets ourselves after completing the laundry room. It took me a FULL week to paint the cabinet doors in there and there were only 6 of them! Our kitchen has 72 drawers and doors. Yeah…time to call in the reinforcements!
YEAH for white paint! We found a great new painter and he knocked these out this week. I didn’t exactly get to sit around eating bon bons while they worked though as originally planned. Keeping TWO toddler boys out of their way with no cabinet doors to hide all that sparkly, glass goodness was a serious chore. I had planned to spend the majority of the week out and about (and away from the fumes) but a flu bug and RSV kept us firmly stationed at home the entire week.
My photos don’t really showcase the color accurately as the sun was a bit schizophrenic today. But we chose SW “Creamy White” for the cabinets and “Outer Banks” for the island (which is a bit darker and warmer in person).
I’m really excited about this area of the kitchen as it is going to be full of personality once completed! We opted for the door-free option (although we had the doors painted so that we have the option of using them later). Next we will say “Hasta LaVista Baby” to the intercom unit (that will be a sad day), add a bead board back splash (in Outerbanks like the cabinet interiors), and some awesome vintage wooden brackets on the sides to tie the unit together!
It is SO much brighter and more CHEERY in this space now! The next major project in here will be to rip out the lovely oak light box. I’m not a fan of florescent lights so it has to go. We’ll need to remedy the ceiling situation under there and then add pendant lighting over the island. We would also like to address the tile situation. We don’t love it…and it was installed incorrectly…so it’s likely a gonner as well.
I’d love to add some personality over the table with a more unique light fixture…maybe something vintage? We’ve still got strips of painters tape dotting the landscape throughout the house. I think I’ve become so used to it that I might actually miss it
Next week “My New Best Friend” aka: our painter…will be heading into the cavern attached to the kitchen…the family room! Goodbye oak trim, oak bookcases, sad taupe masonry, and olive green carpet. 1991 called and wants its decor back.
Just on the other side of the kitchen is a little spot I’ve carved out as an office space. I’m on the hunt for a little vintage desk for this area. But it has been so handy to have my laptop nearby but out of the hustle and bustle of the kitchen!
Call me shallow…but it’s nice to come into my kitchen in the morning and not cringe. This place is starting to feel like our home…and that makes me happy, happy.
I’ll be sure to share more as we spread the white paint around!!
Thanks again for your support and sweet words this week. We feel very blessed to have such amazing support in our lives! And just an FYI…my Facebook account has been acting up and would not allow me to view any comments left on my last post. So feel free to add them here or to my previous post if you want to ensure I can see them!