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Our Kitchen Update

It’s been a while since I have posted any progress on our house. Like all of you, things have been so busy. Good busy, but we are still trying to unpack boxes and find a place to put everything. It’s all of the little odds and ends that kill me, but we are finally getting to the point where I feel like this is our home. One that I love to come home to and know that it is ours. We are still in the process of finishing our kitchen, but I wanted to show you our progress so far and the paint colors I chose.

Here are the before pics. Oak cabinets, wallpaper, linoleum flooring, super old appliances (funny side note- I used to babysit in this house and can remember cooking mac n’ cheese on that stove, so weird!) and countertops from the 1970’s.

Here are the BEFORES: (I was so excited to get those cabinets down I forgot to take pictures beforehand!)

Kitchen beforeKitchen before



Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

Kitchen progress - Favorite Paint Colors

This is what we have accomplished so far:

*Painted the kitchen cabinets White Dove by Benjamin Moore (more on that later)

*Replaced all of the hardware on the cabinets, brushed nickel

*New appliances from Lowe’s

*My husband installed the hardwood floors

*We removed the wallpaper and retextured one wall because of all the gunk we couldn’t get off

*We replaced the light above the sink

*We painted the walls Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore

Our projects we still have left to do:

*Replace the countertops, I need to make my decision this weekend, then they should take 3-4 weeks after that. Yay!

*Paint the ceiling. It needs a fresh coat of paint to cover up a couple of stains and brighten things up.

*Take out the fluorescent light and replace it

*Install the backsplash

*Replace the electrical outlets

*Create a little office area for my computer and paperwork

*Curtains and decorations

 In the meantime we have been doing projects in other rooms of our house which I will continue to show you.

 For other updates we have made, see here. It’s a work in progress, but so fun to the think of the end potential. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Progress This Week 12.12.14

December has been crazy! I know it is every year and I always think I am going to be prepared for it, particularly this year, but so far things have been crazier than ever, which is fine, we just haven’t gotten as much done on the house as we would have liked. BUT progress is progress, here is what we have done:

The main area of the basement is completely painted. We painted over the dark wood trim, wood paneling and painted the walls Sedate Gray by S-W and wow, it’s made a huge difference.

Here is the before:

downstairs before

And the after:

Sedate Gray by Sherwin-Williams

These photos are not the best , but it gives you an idea of where we came from. Sedate Gray is an awesome color, I love it and am so happy with how it turned out. It was one that I didn’t even sample, just ordered a couple of gallons. Scary huh?! It’s one of Sherwin-Williams 2015 colors that was recommended and I’ve seen it in some other homes that I loved so I wasn’t too worried about it. We painted the trim and paneling White Dove by Benjamin Moore.


downstairs paint

The dark trim is almost done – not fun to paint but I am in love with the results.

And the kitchen?

kitchen remodel

I think the priming is almost done! I had to do a TON of sanding, we had a little problem with our paint sprayer but I’m hoping to make some good progress on them now and start painting  tomorrow.

kitchen cabinets progress

Today, I’m picking up more paint samples and tomorrow we are going to start on the upstairs and the bedrooms.Hope you have a fun-filled weekend! See you next week!

Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided

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Our Progress This Week 11.14.14

Remodeling is a SLOW process when you’re DIYing it. I have thought on a number occasions, what did we get ourselves into?! But when I look at what we have accomplished over the past week, it makes me feel a little better. We still are not living in our house, which I am so grateful for because we can work on a project and just leave but that means we only spend a few hours during the week in the evenings, and then we devote our Saturdays to being at the house. It’s still a little overwhelming to think of all we need to do, but my Mom reminds me by the yard it’s hard, and by the inch it’s a cinch. Smile I have repeated that to myself many times. So what have we accomplished?

Our biggest project that we have completed so far is our popcorn ceilings. They were everywhere and soo messy. I will show you how we did it in another post, but here is a picture of my husband scraping them off, it was a huge job and pretty physically demanding, but they are finally off!

Popcorn ceilings

Now he is in the process of texturing the ceilings which I hope we can finish tomorrow. Then we get to paint them and move on to more “fun” projects.

My focus has been the kitchen. I have all of the cabinets sanded (with a little help) and now I am filling in the holes with wood putty, and will hopefully finish that today and then move on to priming them tomorrow.

Sanding kitchen cabinets

Another major accomplishment? I have decided on a paint color for our kitchen! Wahoo! I went a little crazy at the Sherwin-Williams sale and bought 16 samples of some of my favorite neutrals.  It’s so much fun to see them on your wall and compare them to each other. Here are the colors I sampled, complete with my mental notes.

Kitchen paint color options {neutrals}

1. Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore – love this color, but it’s a little too light. I might use it somewhere else.

2. Sandstone by Behr – also too light, and I want a little more gray

3. Wheat Bread by Behr – Red heart

4. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore – Red heart

5. Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore –  more blue than I want.

6. Ashen Tan by BM – red undertones

7. Accessible Beige by SW – Red heart

8. Senora Gray by BM –  green undertones and a little too cool.

9. Ocean Pearl by Behr– too green.

10 Castle Path by Behr- Red heart

11. Bar Harbor Beige by BM – too much gold.

12. Collonade Gray by Sherwin-Williams – not warm enough.

13. Amazing Gray by Sherwin-Williams – Red heart

14. Sea Salt by SW (a little too light and blue for the kitchen. A possibility for the dining room.)

15. Comfort Gray by SW – Red heart 

16. Vapor Trails by BM ( Red heart my favorite bluish gray)

I had a hard time deciding because I have seen so many of these colors in your home and have just loved them, and I know that any of these colors would look good, but I wanted something that was warmer, would pop against my white cabinets, and not have any weird undertones. After looking at them over the course of the day I decided on….. (drumroll please)

#10 – Castle Path by Behr

It’s a perfect balance of gray and beige and it is dark enough to contrast well with my cabinets, but not too light that it gets washed out. Right now we have some lovely raspberry wallpaper that needs to be taken off first and I want to finish painting our cabinets, so it’s going to be a little while before I get to paint our walls, but I can’t wait to see it in the whole room.

That’s our progress for now,  I will continue to give you more updates along with more paint colors. Thanks so much for sticking with me in this journey and have a great weekend!

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