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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!