TDH House Updates – Where I’ve Been

Yes, I know.  It’s been a while.  A long while.  And I’m sorry for that.  But I am hopeful that I am now in a good place to pick up the blog again on a consistent basis.  And to get the ball rolling I thought I would share a bit about what’s going on in my life and some behind-the-scenes action of the #bigwhitebox remodel.

As many of you know I work full-time, and my job has been particularly time-consuming the past few months.  I think I have made some changes that will free up more time for the blog, so that should help.  In addition, my 21-month old has decided his new sleep hours are 11 pm to 6 am, so you can understand the affect that has had on my life.  I have gotten lots of great advice, read some good books, and we are working on it.  Pray for us.

But the main thing that is taking time from the blog is the remodel on our house.  I really under-estimated the time it would take to do these projects, especially considering I work during the day.  So that’s been the story: work all day, remodel at night, sleep a little, train for my 10 mile run in San Francisco (completed yesterday!), and somehow squeeze in devotions, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry.  So, yeah.

But on the bright side, we’ve gotten a lot done!  Today I’m gonna share some updates on what we’ve been working on!  Yay!

After finishing up the DIY Kitchen Cabinet Redo we turned to the countertops.  We removed the tile countertops and 1/4 backsplash.

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We chose a leathered black granite, which is less shiny than typical granite and shows less fingerprints and grease.  I love the subtle sheen, like soapstone, and the way it pairs with both the white and gray cabinets and ties them together.  I have also started working on a trim detail for the ends of the island.#bigwhitebox house updates at

Next up was the floors.  In order to finish laying the new laminate flooring in the dining room and kitchen, we had to remove the old engineered wood.  I know some people might think we are crazy for removing engineered hardwood to install laminate but the flooring was only in the kitchen and dining, and we really wanted the same floor through out the house.  Also, the engineered wood was red and can’t be refinished, so it had to go.  And it did not go easily.  We spent two full days with a demo hammer ripping out each board.

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Once the floors were in I removed the old drywall from where the tile was on the backsplash and installed new strips of drywall in preparation for the new backsplash.

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I installed a simple white subway tile to keep with the farmhouse style.  It’s easy to install and is a classic look that doesn’t really go out of style.  I haven’t finished the tiling or grout but I’m about 80% done with the backsplash project.  After that is paint and trim!

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In the midst of the kitchen remodel I also ripped out the old tile hearth and fireplace surround.  I replaced the old beige ceramic tile with slate tile with lots of grays and browns.  I looove it!

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So that’s what I’ve been up to!  It has taken a lot of work and many hours to get this far and I am very happy with the progress.  I’ll be back soon – I promise ;) – with more details on the kitchen remodel, some tutorials and fun projects, and more!  Thanks so much for following along – it means so much to me!



  1. Carol says

    It really is amazing what you’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time and with little previous experience! I love everything you’ve done so much!!!

  2. Whitney says

    Wow it looks fantastic! It’s amazing how long home projects have taken me as well. I just read your post about painting your kitchen cabinets and I am about to tackle that project. I painted my bathroom cabinets with ASCP and used the wax but I see brush strokes and it’s not glossy at all. It looks fine for the bathroom but I am much more picky for the kitchen. How have your cabinets held up? They look shiny, did you add something besides the wax? Thanks!!

    • says

      Hi Whitney! They are holding up pretty well so far! I only used wax but I used a sprayer with watered down ASCP to paint the doors so I got a nice smooth finish. That’s how I would recommend doing it if you’re using ASCP. I just have a basic sprayer, the Wagner flexio. Good luck on your project!

  3. Yolande says

    I am super impressed – and inspired! I’m about to tackle my kitchen cabinets as well .. also looking at ASCP in Pure White. Reading so many contradictory comments though?! You’ve commented that you would have coated with latex as well (in hindsight). Do you mean using latex after the ASCP instead of the wax? And did you spray the Pure White on instead of using a brush and roller? Sorry … rookie here …

    • says

      Hi there! Thanks for your comment! Happy you are giving it a try! I would probably use a matte or satin topcoat like polyurethane – but I wouldn’t use latex paint. So several coats ASCP, sand lightly, then apply polyurethane. No wax – its time consuming and expensive and not a great finish for the kitchen. I sprayed the doors and rolled/brushed the boxes. Hope this helps! If you post any photos on Instagram be sure to tag me! @domesticheart