6 days people. 6 days.
Shelly, what are you talking about?
Friends, I am talking about the biggest thing to happen to my family this year. Less than a week from today, we will have the keys to our very first house in hand!
It’s been a long
and painful process, but it’s given me lots of time to scheme and plan about all the big and small changes I want to make in the house to make it our home.
Actually, I’ve had more than enough time – about 10 years. My hubby will tell you, I’ve been whining about not being able to paint rooms or change out light fixtures since we got married and moved into our first apartment 7 1/2 years ago.
I’ve got a list a mile long of projects, and while its a bit overwhelming, I am looking forward to the challenge. The very first thing on the agenda is to paint the kitchen cabinets and island. We plan to replace all the flooring, so I figured why not get the messy paint job out of the way before laying new floors.
Then we will rip out the existing floors, mostly icky, 15 year-old carpet, and replace it with high end laminate. I know, I know, hardwood is superior, but we have our reasons.
And, in the midst of all that, we will be moving. And working full time. And blogging. And raising a 16 month-old. I emphasize all that to make this point: I may be posting a little less frequently in the next few weeks as we get over the initial of madness painting the kitchen, laying the new floors, and moving.
In addition, I am going to set aside some time from creating new content, to focus on improving other aspects of the blog. You’d be surprised all that goes into it other than writing and taking pictures. I have a lot of goals for the blog, most especially to streamline my blogging habits so I can get maximum effect from the minimal amount of time I have to blog. I won’t bore you with all the details, I just ask you to bear with me!
Now on the fun stuff! As part of my planning process I have been taking advantage of some online tools to digitally remodel and brainstorm some spaces in the house. As I’ve said, we don’t even have the keys yet, so the photos I am sharing today are from the listing. That means the random junk sitting around is not mine, but the previous owner’s.
Here’s the kitchen now. Gotta love the 40,000 -very red- cherry wood cabinets. And then of course the floors need to be cherry as well. I won’t get into it. Suffice it to say, there won’t be a single surface untouched when I’m finished.
I also can’t wait to tear down that florescent light and box; I may do that first, before even painting the cabinets. Other likely projects are to replace the light fixtures and add lighting over the island, replace the appliances, move the microwave and install some sort of pretty vent hood, and add molding to the top of the cabinets. Also we will paint the walls and add crown molding. Wow, just typing that made me tired – wanna come over and help?
I would also love to replace a few of the cabinet doors with glass doors, just to break up the visual space a bit – it’s like the downtown Manhattan of cabinets in there.
I used the Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer to paint the space to get an idea of how it would look with the colors I have in mind. I even added some white to the counters and some brown to the floors to simulate new counters and floors. They aren’t the greatest pictures, but it definitely shows what a difference a little paint can make!
I can’t decide between white or gray on all the bottom cabinets (although I’m starting to lean white). The island will be gray, white quartz counters most likely, and a white subway tile backsplash. What do you think? White or gray cabinets on the bottom?
I also used Olioboard to add the light fixtures and few strategically placed accessories in the photos above, and to design the dining room below. I drew from a mixture of things I already own and some items I found on Olioboard that are within my feasible budget. If you want to use Olioboard for your e-designs, you can sign up for free here. It’s quite addicting – don’t say I didn’t warn you.
And here is the dining room/breakfast room…
…And my e-design.
What do you think about my designs? Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Leave me a comment – I’d love to know what you think!