The Kitchen Reveal

After months of renovations, including a full on gut of the entire original house, I can happily say we are settling nicely into the new kitchen. My camera was a little MIA during much of the renovations, and so was I from this blog. To say things were a little hectic would be an understatement. In addition to only taking photos with my phone and posting them to Instagram most of the time (which you can see if you feel like scrolling – a lot – and trying to pick them out), I replaced my phone and ultimately lost the vast majority of the photos that I thought were uploaded to iCloud.

The long and short is this – it’s almost impossible to even fathom the old house from the new house. The best I can do right now (at almost 10pm on a Sunday) is this:

Before:

Kitchen Before

After:

Kitchen After

The renovation also included four rooms off of the kitchen, which now include:

  • A small guest room.
  • A bathroom/laundry room
  • An entryway/mudroom area
  • A dining room

Each of these spaces still have more work to be done in them, but the drywall is complete (with the exception of an extra patch we need to make in the dining room but you wouldn’t notice it on first glance), and the flooring is all refinished. It was too dark to take photos tonight of these spots, so I’ll get them soon! Overall it’s coming along well, and the kitchen is just about complete minus some window trim. The bathroom is all plumbed in and I love having our washer/dryer where the closet was (and hot water running to the washer for the first time in 8 years). The new entryway is so nice, giving us a good spot to take off our shoes and coats before we come into the rest of the house from the door yard. This is a view from the entryway into the kitchen.

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If you’re looking close, you’ll see something special in the back right of this photo. After years of dreaming about it, Andy and I finally bit the bullet and got a wood cook stove for the kitchen. Specifically a Glenwood K. We absolutely love it, and use it at least a few times a week. We’ve already had a pizza party with friends and have made quite a bit of meat in the firebox broiler system on the side (I’ll explain this in an upcoming post!).

The wood cook stove meant we sacrificed some more storage, but as you can see in these photos I think we’re all set. We also have a Viking range and a Gaggenau double oven.

If you’re counting, that means we have a total of 12 burners and four ovens – four and one respectively which are wood driven only. Admittedly the Viking oven does not work with the exception of the broiler. That’s what you get when you get it for $0.00 dollars through the magic of reclaiming items other people don’t want. Seriously, a broken oven and we got it for free. Truthfully we aren’t planning on fixing the oven anytime soon since we use the Gaggenau’s quite a bit. All six burners however work and I absolutely love cooking on it.

Overall we are beyond happy with this renovation, and are so happy to finally be at a point in this house where we have nothing big left to do. The rest is all small – including installing the downstairs bathroom. Once you’ve been through as much renovation as we have, on as large of a scale as we have, in addition to building a garage and barn, it turns out that finishing off the installation of a bathroom feels like a cakewalk.

There’s more to come, and now that my camera is back in action I hope to write a little more about a few things going on including an on demand water heater Andy has been working on installing, a little more about the wood cook stove, a few things we’ve been doing around the homestead, and general updates about things going on.

I hope life has been treating you guys well over the last six months or so, and you had a wonderful holiday season and are so far having a great new year three days in!

Here’s to 2016 – full of many big and small changes around here, but that’s nothing new.

xo,

Heather

Trading Spaces – Wait Is That Copyrighted?

It might be copyrighted. In fact, it probably is, but I’m not talking about the show. I’m talking about our office and guest room. The old guest room – without a door, painted lavender including the ceiling just wasn’t working anymore. It had been the guest/junk/what the hell room since we moved in and it was anxiety provoking to look at. I felt terrible having guests over, and in that room.

At the same time, across the common room from the guest room was our office. It had a door, was slightly smaller than the guest room, and it was the office for both Andy and I, and my soap supplies, among other things. When we moved in we essentially said, “that’s fine” and threw everything in there. It sort of stayed that way for the last four years.

So, I decided to switch the rooms this year.  The pre-renovation updates were pretty simple. I chose an accent color for the back wall and the built it, painted the walls white, caulked a few areas (a lot of areas, like a whole tube of areas), updated the fixtures on the ceiling, and simplified everything. You can see those steps here and here.  By the way, this room is pretty darn small in reality. Due to the hallway and angles, I can’t get it all in one shot.

I turned the built in storage to a soap display for my fully cured soaps. Andy’s desk he built got dusted and cleaned up and turned into my desk, with my old monitor so I can have dual monitors when I’m working/designing with my laptop.

On the back side of the wall I put our solid oak drawer we bought at a barn sale for my crafting supplies, my jar of soap scraps, a frame that is a place holder – though I am admittedly digging the gold. I never though I was a gold frame person, I just might be.

Oh, and hey – it’s that tripod light that I saved 900+ dollars on. If, you know, I ever actually intended on buying a similar $960 dollar lamp. Which I did…not.

Below is my nana’s suitcase with our wedding keepsakes in it, a tin lined milk box I bought at the flea market for $15.00 filled with some art stuff and gift paper. I rarely, if ever, stage a photo. I really organize my items like this.

On the other side of the bureau is the strawberry box my mom picked up for me off the side of the road, filled with my scrap papers and frames which aren’t in use. Against the wall is my art bag. I’ve had that thing (and some of the supplies inside) since high school.


This is the desk from the other angle, standing by the oak bureau. The curtains are two panels for $20 at Homegoods, attached to a tension rod that I settled up behind the molding for a seamless look. Behind the curtain is a piece Andy built in high school which I keep extra blankets in, as well as our basic metal filing cabinet. I just want to say I’m excellent at spacial skills. Or so I tell myself, since I figured out sans measuring tape I could fit both items in the closet perfectly.

Oh, and on the desk. Here’s a closer view.  Andy salvaged the desk drawers, and the top of the desk which are solid mahogany, from an abandoned building. He then built new faces to the drawers and cabinets out of ash. The desk top is insanely deep, and beautiful. It definitely takes up a lot of room. I initially wanted a built in, but kept with this for now. As I kept with it during the day I realized I actually really liked it. So we’ll see what happens down the line once we renovate the house.

And just because it makes me happy to see my soaps displayed out in the open on a bright shelf, and no longer in a closet, this photo is necessary.

As a reminder this is what it looked like before we moved in, and what it looks like now. In the fore front of the “after” photo are items I’m either selling or giving away. It’s amazing how much I’ve been able to get rid of since we moved in. The only item I will have bought for this room when 100% accessorized will be a small area rug I can sit on while I craft.

So there we are. Aside from a few details the office is done for now.

I’m still looking to:

  • Get a comfortable area rug to craft on
  • Decide on some art for the walls
  • On the white wall directly above hang a few closet rods to drape my fabrics over (or next to the window, I haven’t decided yet)
  • Put the wooden antique cheese box (soap photo above) on the wall next to the light switch to use as an “inbox” for any mail of ours we need to go through, so it stays off the kitchen table.

All in all I’m super happy with how it’s turned out. It’s nice to have a place to go and work if I need some quiet, as well as sew. With such a huge desk top I can easily use it for sewing large pieces without a separate sewing table. Now it’s time to finish organizing, list a couple things for sale, and start prepping the old office as the new guest room. I am intending to:

  • Wash the walls.
  • Caulk rough areas, but not mud them. The walls are the worst in that room, but it will be demo’d next summer hopefully.
  • Prime and paint the walls white.
  • Use the Revere Pewter or Edgecomb Gray from the kitchen upgrades (or combine them), to paint wide stripes on the walls similar to The Stucco Bungalow, found through Pinterest. I’m still not sure if I’m doing the entire room, or just one wall.

  • Pick up an extra bed from Mom.
  • Get a small area rug to keep our guests tootsie’s warm.
  • Add some sheer curtains, similar to those in the office.
  • Make a side table using a few items we have around here.

All for now my family and friends! I hope you enjoyed your Turkey Day. I’ll be posting about ours later, and my er – great spacial skills.

Love,

Heather