Monday, June 30, 2014

It's About To Get Ugly

Things have to get worse before they can get better and things are about to get a whole lot worse in the kitchen renovation. I had to leave for San Diego (I know, poor me) and left my husband in charge of the demolition and re-construction. He was sending me daily updates by email and phone and I was a nervous wreck! Three weeks of me grilling him for details, poor guy. You may not know this about me but I like to be in control of the situation - really I do. So, this was major. I left it all behind and trusted Chris to handle everything without me. I know I have issues let's not go into it right now OK?
Chris very carefully spared me from the worst of the demolition by not taking any pictures of the actual destruction phase. He knows me so well. Have you ever wondered what it looked like beneath your counter top? Wonder no more!
We decided to leave the breakfast bar as is rather than one continuous counter top. It hides the mess from the dinning room and the kids love to sit up there and eat.
Looking into the kitchen from the dinning room you can see why I might want to hide a little mess. I'm not the tidiest cook. Can you see the dust on everything? Now imagine that ALL OVER YOUR HOUSE! Our entire first floor is one open space so...
We like to keep things classy by keeping all drapes and curtains in place it adds a nice touch don't you think? (What the heck?)
In any renovation you can count on finding stuff you would rather not know about. Now it has to be fixed and that adds up to more $$$.
This is what we like to see, men at work! Materials lined up, action shots.
Progress!
No one said this surgery was going to be pretty but the next part is going to be amazing. Isn't that what they always say about the before and after shots in those infomercials? I can hardly wait for you to see how it all turned out!

Until next time,

Friday, June 27, 2014

I've Had A Face Lift!

I'll bet that got your attention. Not on me silly, on my kitchen! While I was in San Diego playing with the babies I thought I would have a little work done. Well, a lot of work really. We've been contemplating this renovation for a number of years and saving our pennies and nickles and dimes. It just happened that the contractor's schedule coincided with the baby schedule and I had to leave which meant that Chris was here on his own to endure the brunt of remodel hell.

In keeping with the face lift theme I'm posting lots of those before pictures showing all the jowls, wrinkles and warts that the surgeon will be miraculously removing.
No doubt about about it  - that's ugly!
The overall theme of the old kitchen is BROWN! Brown everything, I guess the original owners didn't want the dirt to show or they really loved brown. As you can see every once in a while someone threw in a flower, also brownish. 
Have I mentioned how much I hate stainless steel sinks?  Don't get offended if you love yours, I just can't stand the noise and the water marks and the calcium deposits. Can't wait to see this baby go. I have a new, extra deep porcelain sink going in that I can bleach to clean it up and keep it shiny. 
 
Cabinets will stay. Peeled the old wallpaper behind the refrigerator which had been painted over.
All this brown tile will be replaced with quartz counter tops. After extensive research I decided on quartz over granite for the durability and ease of maintenance. I like the look better and let's face it I'm just not going to seal granite and keep it up the way it's recommended to, ease of use is the way to go for me.
New quartz counter for breakfast bar.
Now on to the floor. Eeek! This white vinyl will be replaced with tile in a slate look. Wait until you see the transformation you won't believe it. We have to go with a hard surface because of the animals and people who traipse through here on a daily basis and because of the fire hazard posed by the wood stove which is a major source of heat in winter. Just look at the burn marks on the old floor!
The new floor will extend into the entry way to give a unified look since all the rooms are connected. The flooring also goes into the mud room area and a small utility 1/2 bath. Quite a lot of floor area to cover.
The entry looking into the kitchen. (They must have had a fire sale on mud brown tile when they built this house because it's in my master bathroom too!)
That about wraps up the before surgery pictures. I told you I was going to show you warts, wrinkles and all. Now when I show you the finished project you can truly appreciate the transformation. Just like those before and after nose job photos on Stars Without Makeup.

Until next time,

Monday, June 23, 2014

So Blessed!

At last I'm able to introduce the newest member of the family  -

Isn't she gorgeous? You don't have to answer that, I know that I am not an unbiased observer. Our little girl made her spectacular entrance on June 9 at 7:20 A.M. with a mad dash to the hospital. Her mom and dad really thought they were going to be one of those couples featured on the evening news delivering a baby on the side of the road! She literally was born only 10 minutes after they arrived at the maternity ward. Beautiful and healthy, 7lbs. 4oz., 19 inches and with a tiny bit of hair. There is some debate about the color of that hair, I'm still holding out for another red head but we'll have to wait and see.
Paige meets her baby sister for the first time. So incredibly sweet.
I was able to spend lots of quality time with the amazing Paige building skyscrapers, blowing bubbles and jumping on the bed, an activity reserved for Grammy alone. After all what are grandmothers for if not bending the rules just a little?
No blog post about a new grand child would be complete without a photo of a baby on a quilt. I'm so glad I was able to spend these three weeks holding, cuddling and playing, the best thing ever. It's very hard to say goodbye but we will be seeing them again very soon since a family vacation is planned for the end of July and all of us will be together. I'll get to have all seven of my grands in one place for plenty of hugs and kisses. Can't wait!
Bliss
Until next time,

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

On Baby Watch


Baby Girl Stock Image  By Salvatore Vuono, published on 09 September 2010
I'm in San Diego awaiting the arrival of our newest grand daughter so you won't be hearing from me for a while. Can't wait for this gift to appear! Have a wonderful start to your summer and I'll be back soon with the news of our latest addition and other happenings on Dogwood Lane.

Until then many blessings from all of us on Dogwood Lane,