Wednesday, October 22, 2014

progress - month one

 even leia is ready to move in, but
things are going a little slower than i would like 
at our homestead. 
we have a wall knocked down to open up the 
kitchen to the dining room and
we have the popcorn ceiling scraped off. 
we have also torn down the huge light in the kitchen,
added cans and a fixture over an island,
that has yet to be ordered.
a guy is at our house right now spraying the ceilings and 
ronnie hopes to have them painted this weekend. 
the day before yesterday we ordered flooring and it should
be here in a few weeks.
in the mean time, we would like to get the upstairs trim painted,
take down the wallpaper in brette's bathroom
and get brette's room painted. 
then we can have the carpet and wood floors installed
and (fingers crossed) move in.
that still leaves us with painting the kitchen cabinets,
installing a kitchen island, painting all the trim downstairs,
fixing/painting all the rooms downstairs and tiling the laundry room.
i have to keep reminding myself that
its a marathon, not a sprint.

these are the wood floors we ordered.
we are saving $$$ by having ronnie install them.
i would have preferred to just have a team of guys come in a knock it out,
but i can't argue with a better price tag.

our original idea was to replace all the carpet in the house, 
but since the previous owners had just replaced two out of the four bedrooms,
we decided to just match their carpet and finish the other two rooms.
the grey carpet to the right is the one we are matching.

this is the wall that came down.
it separates the kitchen from the dinning room,
which also flows into the living room.
so by opening this up,
i can see all the way through to the front of the house.
 same wall, from the other side.
i'm now standing the dining room
 cale and ronnie just getting started.
 it ended up being a bitch to take down
because there was electric, plumbing and return air in the wall.
of course, i pick the one wall that has all three.
ronnie loved me.
 and here it is all done.
we still have to wrap the beam in cedar to make it match
the beams in our living room,
but it made a huge difference in the house already.

the huge light below we took down.
it was my job and fairly easy.
it really opened up the height of the kitchen.
we also took down the pendant in the bay window.
its supposed to go over a kitchen table,
but we have opted to add an island instead.
we're adding different pendants centered over the island 
to allow the kitchen to feel bigger and more open.
good thing i know an amazing electrician. 

we are having a bit of trouble finding an island to order.
they are either crazy expensive,
too big for our space or 
are not made to eat at.
if you have an idea of a place to look, send it my way.
i want something rustic looking. 
we are planning to paint our cabinets green,
so my dream would for it to look like reclaimed barn wood.
 these are two of my favorites, but one is expensive and the other
you can't eat at. wah wah.

so anyway, 
that's where we are at.
i promise to keep the updates coming,
s l o w l y  but surely.

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