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What would you expect (2) people to do who are 12 weeks away from expecting their first child? Thats right, work on their kitchen renovation! I know it seems a little out of whack but you should know by now that (a) we take far longer than most people to finish projects and (b) we are crazy. I can defend our kitchen renovation timing though. Let me remind you of this sight:

Thats right, half of our kitchen appliances were being stored in our future little girl’s room. In order to empty this room out and get it ready for baby, we had to complete our kitchen renovation.

Over the long Fourth of July weekend the hubby got to work and I got to painting (doctor approved of course). If you can recall from many moons ago, we planned on this layout for the kitchen.

And if you can recall again, we only completed one wall during our Thanksgiving holiday renovation.

So with an extended weekend, Wes built the rest of the cabinetry and I painted the base/casing that had remained in it’s primed state from last year. If you can’t tell, I’m hanging my head in shame. The first project completed of this weekend was the painted casing/base. We already had the paint which meant no supplies had to be purchased and it took about (2) hours to complete. Why on Earth had we waited so long?! We are infamous for putting off projects that take nearly zero time and give the most satisfying results. Nothing better than some bright white trim don’t you think! And while I was in the painting zone, I decided to paint the walls too. Ok, that is a little embarassing to admint as well. This is the third paint color since we renovated but I am 100% in love with this choice now. Third time’s a charm, I guess. This go round we settled on Arcadia by Glidden which is a lovely grayed down green. In love!

So while I completed my projects, Wes completed his. He not only built the cabinets to surround the washer/dryer and refrigerator for a more built-in look but he also…wait for it…purchased the additional butcher block countertop for the other side of the kitchen. It only took (6) months for Ikea to replenish their stock. That doesn’t seem ridulous at all. Sarcasm intended. So that purchase meant we could install the cabinets that Wes built months ago on the opposite wall from the washer/dryer/refrigerator as well.

So without further ado, here is our kitchen today.

Now the only things left for this room are cabinet doors and crown moulding. The crown will be installed around the top of all the cabinets as well as the walls so all the gaps you see will be covered. Wes will be making the cabinet doors at work on his fancy equipment and we will just worry about those later. My main focus was to get cabinets for all the miscellaneous kitchen things that were living in the nursery. Baby can’t sleep next to the crock pot. I’m less worried about covering everything up in the cabinets. We will get to the doors eventually.

So thats how we spent our holiday weekend. As one of my lovely commenters declared once, we are not just weekend warriors, we are holiday weekend warriors. I like the way that sounds. 🙂

As if you hadn’t noticed already, we’ve been taking a bit of a break around here. Or at least a home improvement break. There has been a lot going around here including side projects and family visits which has left us with zero time to DIY. Not only DIY but more specifically finish the kitchen. Last we left off, we were looking a little something like this.

And it stayed this way for A…LONG…TIME. Finally Easter rolled around and I had the brilliant idea to invite friends over for lunch. With that motivation and my impeccable skills of persuasion, I convinced the hubby to finish the upper cabinet doors and install our on-a-budget backsplash. It must be the dinner I cooked or the movie I let him pick because he actually did it! He is my hero. So while I scrubbed the house from top to bottom (we are talking cleaning baseboards and moving furniture that hasn’t been touched in months), good ole Wes finished the kitchen cabinets.

Love it! It really made the kitchen feel so much more open and the ceilings feel sky-high with all that white and not to mention that the cabinets are installed right up to the ceiling. As I mentioned above, we went for a on-a-budget backsplash which translates to…beadboard. We had a leftover package of v-groove beadboard from an abandoned project last year and one of us (honestly can’t remember which one of us but I’ll gladly take he credit) had the brilliant idea to use it as our backsplash. We used a little construction adhesive along with a few finishing nails and voila! Instant backsplash. We went for white paint in a semi-gloss finish to keep things bright and easy to clean. Total backsplash cost … $30. Try and match that with tile!

We obviously still have details to tackle like trimming out the backsplash, install a fascia board to cover up the bottom of the cabinets (hence why we weren’t worried about the white paint that got on it), and install a shelf for the regularly used items we want within easy reach. That will come eventually. We are just excited to have all our dishes covered up so we don’t have to look at the mish mash of serving ware we have acquired over the years! How do people have matching dishes that can be displayed on open shelves?! Maybe I’m just too cheap to shell out the cash for a matching set. Whoops, got off topic there. Moving on.

So that sums up semi-completion of ONE wall in the kitchen. That sounds so sad when I read that. All this time and only ONE semi-completed wall. Oh well, moving on…we have a real problem on our hands besides our lack of free time. Ikea. Yes, Ikea is the thorn in my side. As I mentioned previously, we are going to install another prep area on the opposite side of the kitchen.

In case you forgot, our Lagan butcherblock countertop is out of stock at Ikea and has been for quite some time. Its been months now and still no countertop and no estimated arrival date.  What is a girl to do?! Google. I googled because there had to be some other irate people out there in need of a countertop and I found many! In one of the MANY threads, someone mentioned that Ikea was having trouble with their distributor and may never have that countertop back in stock again. Most devastating news ever.

So that’s how we ended up back at the countertop drawing board. Do we use a totally different countertop at this new section or just chuck our current countertop and start new so that everything matches. We’re still torn but I’ll post with our decision once it’s made. What do you think…different materials or trash the $60 countertop and start fresh?

So last we left off, our kitchen was looking a little like this.

Not completely tragic, but still a long way to go. This picture captures what we lived with until the next weekend. Once the work week resurfaces, Wes and I are pretty much useless. The last thing we want to do when we get home is start a project. This may differ a lot from other DIY couples out there. Call us busy, call us lazy, call us whatever you want. DIY is for the weekend around here. Any hoo, the following weekend, we picked back up where we left off which included installing the countertop and putting our sink back in! Yep, we managed to make it through the week with only our bathroom sink. Not really that difficult honestly. We ordered in a lot, used paper plates, pretty much the same thing we’ve been doing since we moved in and had no dishwasher. But that was all about to change.

Saturday, December 4

We have our game face on and to-do list in front of us. Plumbing was the name of the game for us. We started with the sink. Wes cut a lovely hole in our beutiful butcher block and slid our sink right in. We decided to keep our existing sink because (a) we have loved it since we bought it and (b) to save money. Why buy a new sink when we already had a perfectly good one! After the sink was in place we went to work on the dishwasher. Now everyone seems to be pretty amazed that we installed it ourselves. It actually was one of the easiest projects so I’m not sure why the shock. Maybe because it requires an electrical connection or maybe because you have to hook it up to water? If you or your significant other is comfortable with electricity and water then this is certainly something someone can do at home. After about half an hour and a trial run to make sure we didn’t have any leaks, we were officially a dishwasher-runnin’ family!

Now that was one of the worst pictures ever taken but it’s all I have so deal. 🙂

After the dishwasher install we decided to relax since we felt so accomplished. We just loaded up the dishwasher and literally washed every thing in the house which at the moment was still covered with dust from the demolition the week before. *hangs head in shame* Then we settled in for a Twilight Saga marthon. Yep, thats who we are.  Best Saturday ever.

Sunday, December 5

Rest.

Week of December 6

Wes decided to be proactive after work one day this week and installed the upper cabinets. Love him! He also took the opportunity to start putting things away after running them through the dishwasher. Love him even more! And if that wasn’t enough, he even installed the base and casing.

It almost looks like a kitchen again! Oh, and I almost forgot one thing…look what Santa brought us!

Best Christmas present ever!

So I left you with a little bit of a teaser last time.

Saturday, November  27

Saturday on our home improvement holiday weekend, was spent finishing up the hardwood floor install. I have to say that this was way easier than I thought. Well, granted Wes did a lot of the work but I was certainly the trusty sidekick. To start with, we brought as much of our planks into the kitchen so they were within reach and started laying out row after row. This was a great tip from the hubby’s shop manager who suggested you lay it out and cut your ends all at once. That way you don’t have a lot of pausing at the end of each row. You can get a rhythm going which is really important to getting a project done! So we laid it out and then went to town installing each row. Our flooring was tongue and groove with a staple installation which meant that we needed a rubber mallet and a pneumatic stapler. We certainly didn’t buy one but rented one for a day and a half from Home Depot. Because of the tongue and groove construction, we had to make sure the planks were locked in place. Thats where the rubber mallet came into play. It helps whack those guys together whichout damaging the sides of your flooring. Once you have a tight fit, you just go down the row and whack the pneumatic stapler which attaches the planks to the subfloor and helps get the planks even tighter together. Thats it. Way easier than tiling in my opinion. No thinset, no grout. Definitely not as messy. Love it!

So the floor was done. We certainly felt like we could do a little happy dance after this because finally a major milestone had been accomplished. We had a floor. But the fun doesn’t stop there, we still had to finish them. So we headed to Home Depot (Trip #382…ok, I lost count) to rent a floor sander.

We get back home with the giant floor sander and Wes went to town. (It has just been pointed out to me that I did a horrible job of taking any action shots of our project. Um, I’m sorry. I was kind of busy helping remodel the entire kitchen :)).

<insert picture of Wes sanding if I had one, but I don’t because I’m lame.>

After sanding the floor, we started to vacuum all the dust so that we had a perfectly debris-free floor for staining. Thats when the vacuum died. Awesome. Off to Home Depot I go (Trip #1,082) to purchase a shop vac. I guess we needed one anyway. At least thats what I tell myself while shelling out $50 for a stupid vacuum that we don’t have room to store.

Back home with the shop vac and it has way more sucking power than I thought. Sweet! This thing is actually pretty handy. The floor is now debris free and Wes starts to stain and I’m in charge of wiping. So we start in the top right corner and do small sections at a time making sure to move quickly so we don’t have sections that dry before we can wipe and blend the edges together. Again, mucho importante. This helps avoid lapping marks and gives you nice even coats. It also leaves a thin coat of stain that the wood actually absorbs instead of thick puddles that will wear over time.

BAM! Stained floors. Now I have to make another statement here which I’m sure you have heard before. You get what you pay for. We did not purchase our stain or polyurethane at our local home improvement store. We chose to purchase our supplies at a local paint store that provides more professional use products. We tried a few sample pieces with Minwax stain and a poly found at Home Depot and did not get the results we wanted so we decided to shell out the extra cash to get a better product. The moment we completed the sample, we knew we made the right choice. The finish was beautiful. Is the color the exact same as our existing? No but it is pretty darn close if you ask me. Something that we weren’t going to achieve with the cheaper stuff. Just a little friendly advice from me to you.

Anyway, after applying the stain with a rag and wiping off with a rag, we let it dry the appropriate amount of time (just read the label) and then added our first coat of polyurethane. We chose a water based polyurethane since we would be in the house while it dried (oil based poly is super smelley) and it dries faster. Pretty critical when you are trying to have a functioning kitchen as soon as possible.

I finally took an action shot. Go Me!

Before polying, make sure to put on your protective booties (refer to photo above. Cute, huh?). This keeps your shoes from scuffing up the floor and messing up you finish. Then lightly sand so that the floor will absorb the poly. You apply the poly with a sponge applicator that can be purchased at Home Depot/Lowes. You want to make sure and get even coats. No puddles. Important! We chose to apply (3) coats of polyurethane for a super hard finish that filled the grain and left us with a smooth top coat. Make sure to let the floor dry the appropriate amount of time between coats and sand each time.

This step carried into Sunday a bit beacuse of the drying time. Patience, my friend. Patience.

We just had to stare at the beautiful floor until it dried and keep the dogs away from it. Not too difficult actually when you have lazy dogs like ours that just sleep all the time.

We spent the afternoon painting the base cabinets since we aren’t very good at sitting still. By Sunday night the floors finally were dry. I went grocery shopping for anything that could be prepared in a microwave and Wes started a little project of his own. Installing the base cabinets. What?! Yep, we are pretty impatient around here. I came back from grocery shopping to this.

Oh, did I forget to mention that we painted the walls too. Yep, early Sunday morning before the last coat of poly, I carfully painted the walls. Most stressful painting of my life. If I had gotten paint on the new floors, I’m pretty sure Wes would have been filing for divorce. We chose very neutral Benjamin Moore Ashwood which is kind of a cream with a hint of green. I really like it. More neutral than I’m used to which is why I’m looking forward to adding some art and splashes of color in there.

But back to the cabinets. Don’t they look amazing? I love white cabinets. They make me happy and the butcher block counter?! Awesome!!

So what do you think? An improvement or worse than when we started? We still had a ways to go but we were finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Friday, November 26

6:30 AM – Get the coffee brewin’ because Home Depot is calling our name! You don’t realize how much you need a home improvement store until it’s not actually open. Naturally Home Depot is our first stop of the morning to get our plumbing supplies for the retrofit. You see, this is what our washer connection looked like before.

 

Tragic, isn’t it? Yep, our water supply and drain were actually located outside of the wall. Most new construction has the nice recessed box in the wall with all those handy dandy connections that you may be used to seeing. Well, we were determined to hide this sucker. We specifically wanted to tackle this project since our floor was going to be completely removed and we could access the crawlspace with no problem-o. With our handy plumber Wade in tow, we hopped on over to Home Depot on Black Friday. AHHH! It actually wasn’t that bad. I guess tools and appliances aren’t on everyone’s Christmas lists this year. (In case you are interested, they are definitely on mine…hint, hint.) Anyway, we didn’t have to tackle any crowds and managed to scoop up all the pvc plumbing components we could get our hands on.

With all the supplies ready to go, Wes and Wade tackled this.

With absolutely no help from me, they ended up with this.

Awesome! All nice and neat and tucked away out of sight. While we were messing around with the water in the house, we went ahead and added a waterline for our future refrigerator’s icemaker.

Isn’t that fancy? It makes me feel fancy. LIke by having waterlines tucked away in your wall actually makes you more of an adult. Thats the way it felt to me. We were on our way to a grown up kitchen.

Lunch Time: Wade’s plumbing contribution is complete and he hits the road. We are forever indebted to him. We scarf down a quick bite and clean up the work area. There is noting that Wes and I hate more than a messy and disorganized workspace. We are perfect for each other, aren’t we? So we straighten and get our final piece of subfloor secured. We are almost ready for the…wait for it…new flooring.

We do have one last step before the beautiful red oak planks can be slapped into place. A bit ole roll of black felt paper. This is really to keep moisture away from the wood so they don’t warp. Mucho importante. This was probably the easiest step so far. You just roll it on the floor and staple it. Done! Oh, but don’t forget to use your trusty chalk line again. You don’t want to forget where those joists are.

If you aren’t thinking this looks better than the before, then you should stop reading now and get your eyes checked because this is one beautiful site compared to the torn vinyl we have endured for 4 years.

Ok, so technically this isn’t the end of our work on Saturday but I’m tired so you’ll just have to hang around for the next installment. Goodnight!

Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving (aka The Day Home Depot is Not Open)

This time Wes and I start the day together. After a very rushed cup of coffee together and a quick shower, we decide to get right to work. The challenge: removing the original flooring.

 

After realizing that there was no way for us to pull the (10)layers of flooring up manually, we resort to the circular saw. We had already decided to put down a new subfloor since we knew there were some soft spots in the floor around the sink but even if the subfloor was the remain, we could just set the depth of the circular saw so not to cut anything we didn’t want to. Let ‘er rip!

There’s no going back now. We have officially removed a portion of the flooring and it became very clear that this was the method to continue with. Thank goodness I’ve got Wes around or otherwise I would still be sitting indian style on the floor with my hammer and crowbar trying to pry up each layer. I dare you to guess who’s the brains of the operation around here. Anyway, after removing the first piece, we realize that we are up against much more than we thought. The flooring was a whopping 1 1/2″+ thick!

No wonder we had to step up into the kitchen! At least now with the original flooring out of the way, we can see that when we put down the new 3/4″ subfloor and 3/4″ thick red oak flooring, everything will be nice and level. I can breathe a little easier now. With one success already, Wes continues cutting up the floor and I continue taking it outside to the trash pile…in the rain…lame. In the midst of the cutting and the trash hauling, we uncover a little set back.

A big giant hole that resides right under the cabinetry/sink location. We always thought that spot felt a little soft while we were doing the dishes. Turns out the flooring had rotted away (probably some sort of water damage) and the previous owners had just added a piece of 2×4 to help support the cabinet. No fixing the subfloor or any other structural item. Nope, just wanted to focus on the cabinetry. We would really hate for that to sink cabinet to be wobbly. Please tell me you sense my sarcasm or we can’t be friends any more. Previous owners = morons. Luckily Wes had anticipated something like this so we had already purchased the materials to repair it. House – 0, Us – 1. Score!

Company Arrives: Some how we rope Wes’s Dad (Mike) into helping us with the project on Thanksgiving. All we had to do was buy him lunch. We definitely owe him big time. In addition to that, Wes’s Mom’s husband (Wade) shows up with all his plumbing tools in tow (he’s a plumber…yes, we love him). Mike and I move forward with prying up the original subfloor while Wes & Wade get a game plan in place for the new plumbing.

You see, our plumbing for the washer looked like this.

Ohmygosh, that picture is embarrassing. The plumbing was in front of the wall. Yep, just what you want your visitors to see as you entertain them in the kitchen. Luckily with our trusty plumber sidekick, we can move the plumbing into the wall and while we are at it, add a waterline for a future refrigerator ice maker (You’re welcome, Dad!). But as I mentioned earlier, Thanksgiving is one of the two days that all home improvement stores are closed. Trust me…we checked…3 of them.  Plumbing must wait until Friday. *Sigh*

 Back to the floor! Mike & I (with the help of Wes too) get the entire subfloor removed. And yes, I was a big part of that. I have the sore muscles, scraped knuckles, and bruises to prove it. I’m awesome. After completely freaking out the dogs with the no-floor-in-the-kitchen thing, we decide to get the new subfloor down before bed. You know, so the pups don’t drop straight into the crawl space when they want to get a drink of water. Mike & Wes handle the subfloor like pros. We chose a 3/4″ tongue and groove subfloor to give us the right height for our new hardwoods. After a little research, we determine that the best way to install a subfloor is to use a subfloor construction adhesive to glue the floor to the joists of your house as well as screw it. The adhesive keeps the floor from squeaking. We used Liquid Nails Subfloor Adhesive in case you are curious. So we glue, lay, and then chalk line. Yes,  we had an excuse to buy a chalk line. Super fun! We used the chalk line to mark where the joists were running so that the subfloor actually get screws to something instead of thin air.

 We install the floor running from the cased opening to the back door and leave the rest for Friday. We figure leaving access to the crawl space will be helpful with the plumbing install/modification. It will at least keep any one from having to actually crawl in the crawl space. Um…gross.

Oh, and one last thing before bed. We did experience one casualty from the day’s events.

My beloved schoolhouse globe met its match. It didn’t put up much of a fight against the 4×8 piece of subfloor. It’s alright though, I think it was actually a blessing in disguise. More on that later!

We have officially started the kitchen renovation and have added a slew of new DIY skills to our toolbox. Just a little reminder of where we started.

Here’s how Weekend 1 went down.

Wednesday, November 24

I’m on my own today. Wes isn’t lucky enough to have the day off so I give him my best Girl Scout’s Promise to get this show on the road. Wes believes me. I was very tempted to sit in my pajamas and watch Gilmore Girls all day but the excitement of a beautiful new kitchen kicked my bootie into overdrive and got me showered and dressed before 7:00 AM. I packed up all the items in the kitchen cabinets which was a little more difficult than I imagined since I we don’t have extra storage containers just lying around. So I unpacked containers in the attic so that I could pack them back up with kitchen stuff. The beauty of the packing exercise is that you realize how much junk you have and never use. I easily came across 20 things that I haven’t used in over a year. I see a yard sale in my future.

After emptying all the kitchen cabinets, I grabbed our trusty crowbar and started pulling out all the moulding in the kitchen. Then I remembered that I needed to find our utility knife (unsuccessful) so I can slice through the caulk first before pulling the little boogers out. Home Dept Trip #1. Return with a brand new utility knife and get started. Let me tell you, pulling out casing and moulding is no joke. Especially when the previous owner uses framing nails to attach the moulding. They also used roofing nails to attach the drywall to the studs. I can’t quite understand this. Doesn’t the box of nails/screws/fasteners tell you what they are best used for? Even I know this.

Distraction: After pulling out the casing and threshold around the doorway to the kitchen, I caught a glimpse of this…

 

I just had to find out what was under there. The idea that we may have hard wood floors underneath all that vinyl was eating away at me so I popped a squat and started ripping away. Well maybe not ripping away but making small tiny tears in an effort to eventually start ripping away. I just had to get it started, right?! Wrong. I was tearing and chipping away for what seemed like hours (probably more like 20 minutes). My tiny tears did reveal that we were dealing with MULTIPLE layers of vinyl. At this point, I had a total count of (4) sheet vinyls and (2) subfloors. Apparently demolition is highly over rated. The previous owners over the last 60 years decided to just put new flooring on top of the old, over and over and over again. So at this point I start mumbling rude comments about the previous owners and then I find…wait for it…hardwood floors underneath the vinyl. Shut Up!

Call from the husband/lunch time: I admit to getting distracted and that I haven’t quite finished removing all the moulding but I do share my latest discovery. Hardwoods! He is a little less excited since this means he may have to do all the plumbing and electrical work in the crawl space instead of taking advantage of the floor being removed and not having to endure the dreaded crawl space full of insects and nastiness. I can’t say I blame him.

Back to work: I ignore the flooring for now so that I can finish the moulding removal and feel like a task is complete and officially marked off the list. Bam! Done!

Now that I have officially completed my first construction task, I go back to the floor. This is eating away at me! Can we really return the wood flooring we purchased and keep the original hardwoods to the house! It’s got to be too good to be true!

And it was. Wes gets home from work and we really get down and dirty with the floor. We finally peel away a larger section and see what we are really working with. Our grand total comes to (5) sheet vinyls, (3) subfloors, (1) vinyl/linoleum tile, and antique heart pine hardwoods. Yes, I just said that. Antique heart pine hardwood planks. They are amazing or at least would have been amazing if one of the previous owners hadn’t stuck linoleum tile right on top of the beauties.

Ruined. My wood loving husband had a little bit of heartburn over this. We finally admit to ourselves that we can’t salvage the original hardwoods and that the circular saw is coming out. Yep, the only way to get through these (10) layers of flooring is to cut them out in chunks. And that is what we resolve to do…first thing in the morning. So we say good night to this.

Our bathroom is finally complete. I know I never thought I would utter those words and I’m sure you didn’t either. As I hope some of you saw, little ole Out of Square was featured on Kara Paslay Design earlier this week and I used that opportunity to debut our bathroom. If you missed it, here is a little peak about what I shared.

The devestating before.

The beautiful after.

So what do you think? Did we hit it out of the park?! Ok, if your response is no, then don’t answer. I like living in my little bubble of bathroom love. We are so proud of all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the darn thing. We were able to DIY the entire thing. From the vanity, to tile, to reglazing the tub. All done with our own two hands. I’m not sure that you want to hear all the laborious details but if you do, just give me a shout. I’m always happy to share!

Since I did receive a few questions regarding where some of our items in the bathroom came from, I figured I would follow up my guest post with a nice little source list. Here are the ins and outs of our bathroom:

And here are a few more pictures just for the fun of it. Enjoy!

 

 

Now that I’ve spent the last few posts completely boring you with my shaky pencil line sketches of the kitchen, I’m finally going to inject some color! Wes and I sat down last weekend and pulled paints, products, and brainstormed a schedule. My ideal Saturday…*sigh*. Here is what we came up with.

Of course now you are thinking…”I thought you mentioned color in this post”. I know, I know. It’s neutral city over here and I love it. We decided to keep things as fresh as possible in our little kitchen since we are low on space and jampacked with cabinetry. We are going to rip out our lovely vinyl flooring and replace it with red oak hardwoods to match the rest of the house. Luckily my woodworker husband is talented enough to stain them to match the existing. To really let those hardwoods steal the show and not compete with our existing stained cabinets (blah), we are going to paint the cabs Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee and replace the hardware with oil rubbed bronze pulls and cup pulls. Love it!

Our existing plastic laminate countertops have to go also because…well…they make me gag and…nope, thats all. They just make me gag. We are going to replace them with…wait for it…butcher block countertops! Shut your face! I know, I’m excited too! The lovely Ikea has butcherblock countertops for $59 and that is for 9 feet. I haven’t decided if I’m going to stain them a darker color or if I’ll leave them au natural. Any thoughts?

For the perfect backdrop to the little gems above, we are coming in with Glidden’s Quiet Light on the walls. A soft creamy green (its the stripe of color at the top). I’ll probably bring in some bursts of color with dishtowels and maybe a rug in front of the sink but other than that, we’re going to stick with neutrals. Including art. I have this (brilliant) idea to create some custom art and cover our electrical panel with it. That way we can easily access the panel but not have to look at it on a daily basis. I know this doesn’t seem brilliant because it’s so simple but I certainly hadn’t thought about it until now. And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to do a post on how-to create your own “cover-that-eyesore” artwork soon.

So what do you think…boring, beautiful, sophisticated, lame? I’m starting to get excited!!

A kitchen renovation seems to be just too big to categorize in chapters. The planning phase alone is more than half the story. I firmly believe that the planning phase is the most important so I’m going to keep going until I know we have it right.

Last time we saw the kitchen, we were reviewing it in plan view and this week lets take a look at some elevations. I know, interior design geekiness, right here, look no further.

First off, we are trying to refrain from moving any plumbing, electrical, etc. Thats where the big bucks add up so when we started brainstorming layout changes, it really revolved around cabinetry changes instead of water and power changes. Here’s the potential look of the cabinetry where the sink is located.

The main change in this area is going to be moving the cabinets up against the ceiling and adding a shelf underneath for those “need-within-reach” items. Nothing too extravagant but it works for us. Now the more significant changes are going to occur on the washer/dryer wall.

Now on this wall we are going to (hopefully) put in the new stackable front loaders and (hopefully) the new refrigerator. We will modify the existing cabinets to allow for the extra height of the appliances and voila! We have a consolidated large appliance area! Love it! That leaves the former refrigerator wall open for a beautiful butcher block countertop and a pot rack above. I love how DIY with ADD controlled her pot storage here.

DIY pot rack in custom kitchen shelves.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to completely steal her idea.  It looks beautiful and is completely functional.

So thats where our layout is headed these days. Now we just have to save up for these amazing appliances that will make our kitchen sing! I’m going to go clean some change out of the couch now. Happy Sunday!