Notice the: unmatched floor, the big light box, nasty gold chandelier, maroon vertical blinds, cheap wood trim, builders grade cabinets, and what you can't see is the dirt, grime and grease all over the walls and cabinets
It's been a pretty long journey
1-first we tackled the wood floor
2- Than the blinds and trim-- Hello neighbors every evening still cuz' I don't have replacements up- but to me I'd rather live without them than with those hideous loud broken things anymore
3- Than came the lights--down with the box and ugly chandelier that I'd whacked my head on a million times while doing the floor and up with the three pendant lights and flush mounts
4- Than we started the bar area-- we gave it some paneling so it didn't look so plain
5- Than finally we started on the cabinets-- after the wood floor was in I was overwhelmed with oak-- oak everywhere oak oak oak and I always had planned on painting the cabinets but that was the thing-- I always had- Dave hadn't :) It took some convincing and even I was a little scared but after living with the overwhelming oak I was ready
1- First up on the cabinets was the boxes for the top-- I wanted to raise the height of them somehow but than we went and saw my brothers cabinets he was building that he had put beadboard over his soffit and it looked awesome so we copied it :)
2- Than came painting-- oh the painting
a- remove all of the doors and hardware and label everything
b- become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of doors to paint
c- sand, prime,let dry, paint, let dry, paint, let dry, paint, let dry flip the doors over and do the other side now. :) And make sure and be six months pregnant have to be bending over the doors on the garage floor and trying to make it as safe as possible to be doing this, oh ya also it's January and freezing in the garage. Make some great memories doing this.
Finally we put it all back together
It's still not finished we still have a light we need to put in and curtains and more caulking and of course decorating but for right now I'm just enjoying it being as far done as it is-- plus we already moved on to other projects for now (like building Bryn a bed and working on the fireplace) someday the whole house will be done and it will be great and than most likely we'll move :)
But we aren't just doing the projects to make our house look nicer, it's actually part of our parenting plan of raising our kids-- we don't live on a farm or in the country so our kids aren't having the opportunity to work and learn how to work, so every Saturday we work on our house or some project because really we believe that is where it's at. Family time, sacrificing, working hard, accomplishing things, learning how to do things, being together, helping each other-- that is what we are trying to teach and I must say it's pretty fun to see my little boy learning how to work and hammer nails into pieces of wood.
I linked this post with make your Monday @ Twice Remembered