Kitchen Remodel

It's DONE!

Over the last few weeks, I've received plenty of texts, e-mails and tweets asking: is it done? kitchen after

Finally, I can say... YES! The kitchen is done!

But before I put up photos showing off (because yes, it is showing off) our new digs... I promised that we'd give friends an opportunity to see it in person. So if you're in Nashville, and you want to come see it, BYOA, and come over tonight!

**Yep, as weird as this is, I'm announcing our own open house via blog. Welcome to 2013.**

The Kitchen: In Progress

My life is all over the place right now. Photographic evidence:

too much soilPatrick and I ordered six cubic yards of soil for our garden beds. We're new to the whole "cubic yards" thing. Anyone need some soil?

kitchen rug

I think I found a rug for our kitchen at TJ Maxx. $16. Boom.

wood floors

Hardwoods are in and beautiful.

outfit for church

My hair is getting longer and I wore this to church where Randy Draughn finally came back from sabbatical and helped Jesus smash my castle to pieces. More on that later.


We finally put up an American flag!!  (That was part of our yard plan)

kitchen lights

The electrician came and installed can lights and this pendant.

crown moulding

We have a microwave. And our über talented carpenter friend, Ben Williams, came by to help install some crown molding on top of our "nekked" cabinets.

new cabinets

I painted cabinet doors (Oxford White, Benjamin Moore) with my friend Amber, and it took ALL WEEKEND LONG.

... we're getting closer!

(I apologize for blurry images... no excuses.)

I Like Wood, Part 2: Installing Hard Woods

Life in my world is absolutely bonkers right now. We're not living at home because we've demolished the one room that allows us to eat. Pursuit Magazine just published the most complicated and rewarding story I've ever written. And ... I can't think of a third thing because my brain is so fried from it all. (It's a good fried. But it's got that greasy, mushy feeling none the less.) So here's the house update if you've been curious...remember how I told you that I like wood?

Here's proof.


before demo

This is the only picture I could find of the floor "before." Apparently I hated taking pictures of it because it's so heinous.


stained wood floors


Here's a photo from the den looking into the kitchen. They've already put a stain down, here... but as you can tell the color was really light... and just didn't look right up against the other floors (after all, we are goign to have three different hardwoods going on in our tiny house and we want them to look at least a little bit alike).

stained wood floors

So we asked the nice folks at Verchota Floors if they could try again on the stain... to warm it up a bit. Here's what it looks like now:

floors with correct stain

Much better, am I right?

We can't wait to show ya'll the rest! It's really coming together nicely. How are things where you are? Bonkers? is spring busy for everyone, or just for people who are remodeling?

Demolition by the hour.

The play by play. 9 a.m. - refrigerator gets stuck in doorway.


10 a.m. - I leave for a dentist appointment. Things still look less messy than I expected.

kitchen reno

12:00 p.m. - I arrive back from the dentist, and Patrick emerges after army-crawling through the crawl space to turn off the water. patrick kitchen reno

1:30 p.m. - things are finally getting really messy.

kitchen reno

patrick kitchen reno

kitchen reno

2:30 p.m. - we'd planned on leaving the cabinets where they were... but apparently they were so out of whack that this happened

cabinets everywhere

5:15 p.m. - just got home from lacrosse practice, and thank goodness ... cabinets are back on walls! It's almost time for the sink to go in!





10:31 AM - Patrick and his dad are jack-hammering their way through layers upon layers of flooring. About 1/3 of the way done!


12:12 p.m. - Lunch break! The floor is about 2/3 of the way demolished... And Patrick and his dad are getting the hang of it. It's starting to look like a blank slate!



1:30 p.m. - tile is GONE!!!! And I'm outside sanding cabinet doors...



DAY THREE: Sunday is a day of rest people.


9:30 a.m. - Counter top folks are here templating for our new marble slabAnd a sneak peek of our sink!!

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