Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kitchen Update #3

Let's start at the very beginning.  When we first saw the kitchen at our little place, it looked like this.
 
Yeeeeeeah.  We pulled up that carpet and replaced the floors before we even moved in, and then we painted the countertops...
...and then the backsplash...
...which really only left one thing to do.  Paint those cabinets! I don't dislike wood tone cabinets, but I think we can all admit these were in need of some love.  I'm not going to do a 'how to paint cabinets' post, because really...does the internet need another one of those?  I think not.  Many many hours of painting later...here we are!
As you can see, we opened up the window by removing the gingerbread trim, which made a huge difference to me.  Probably because I spend a lot of time right there doing the dishes!
For reference, the owl painting you can see on the far left of this picture is "the wall".

We still need to update the fluorescent lighting in there, and paint the ceiling, but man, what a difference it makes just to have it so much brighter.   We both really wanted to replace the hardware, but the bottom line is that this is a temporary update.  Eventually these cabinets need to be replaced altogether, so there is really no point spending the money on new hardware right now. 
It funny how quickly I have already forgotten how this kitchen used to look.  As I am writing this post I keep finding myself a bit surprised by how PINK it used to be, carpet and all!

Phew!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Things You Do : Summer Edition

I've totally slacked on updating about my little family, so I will attempt to make that up.  This summer has been a total whirlwind. We went on a family vacation to West Virginia, and while we were there Matt learned that he had been offered a teaching position nearby! Needless to say, he accepted!   I know he is excited to be back in the classroom, doing what he loves!

Jack:  You have grown up so much.  I look at you and I see long legs and strong hands.  You ask smart questions and you are always learning.  Speaking of learning, you start school next month! You are very excited, and honestly, so am I.  I know you are ready, and I know you will thrive in school. It is only two days per week, for two hours a day, and we can literally walk there from our house.

Luke:  My baby.  I really can't call you than anymore.  You are almost two, and you are talking like a big boy.  Today you asked me "Where honey dog?" when you wanted to pet Jacobear.  It blows my mind that you are making your own sentences.

Jacobear: Stop sleeping on my bed when we leave.  I see your hair, you are really aren't that sneaky.  Ya doofus.

Jack:  You are such a great encourager.  I don't know if that is a normal quality in a three (almost four) year old, but really, you are.  You tell me quite often that I am a great sweeper, or a great worker, or a great cook...etc.  It's just so dear.  Your words are precious to me, kiddo.
With cousins Emerson and Gemma on vacation.
Luke: At twenty-two months, we finally called it quits on nursing.  You really weren't nursing much anyway, but you were sad not to nurse before bed.  HOWEVER, since we stopped nursing you are FINALLY sleeping through the night.  That's right, TWENTY-TWO MONTHS you didn't sleep through the night.  That was pretty bogus kid.
Wearing some really rad helmets in Canaan Valley.

All in all, this summer has been equal parts wonderful and hard, but it's been good.  We have learned a lot about what our little family needs to thrive, and how to pick up where we may fail and try again tomorrow.
Matt starts teaching again in about a week, so it feels like the summer is really drawing to a close, but it has been a good one!

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Hook Nook

Remember last time I showed you this view? It was...I don't know...a long time ago. 
Well I neglected to show you what this first started out as for us.  Are you ready for this?

Now, originally there was a wall with shelves there to close off the bathroom, but due to a stackable washer/dryer unit that had been installed there, there was a lot of mildew/mold that had to be remedied, so that wall needed to come down.  

Despite the fact that I have been an awful blogger, we HAVE actually been doing a lot of work in the house over the summer, so I wanted to make sure I documented the progress.  Here is where this area stands today. 
It is still not finished, everything is still just primer at this point, but it certainly looks a bit fresher.  As you can see, we closed off the potty, added board and batten with some hooks for function (I refer to this as the hook nook, but I am a dork), we patched and primed the formerly aqua wall, and we found a home for the massive $0.50 owl painting, and painted the inside of the door the same color as the outside. 

The attic door opens into the space with the hooks, which is why we needed to keep everything relatively flush with the wall, but it has really turned out to be a very useful place to hang my purse or the diaper bag.  Obviously we will paint it at some point, but right now we have bigger fish to fry (i.e. painting the kitchen cabinets!). 
Phew. 

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