We bought our house 2 years ago from the original owner. You could tell they had cared for it and it had provided them with lots of great memories. The women was in her mid nineties when she sold. It had been well cared for, but not updated in quite a while. It was dark with small rooms. We were looking for a fixer upper. Hunter said, “I’ve seen enough” after walking from the entry through the family room and into the kitchen. He was ready to make an offer. I however didn’t agree. I wanted to see the whole house before we made any decisions. The whole process moved quickly and the house was ours.
Over the next few months I will share with you our journey to make the house ours. It was a long journey. However, I wouldn’t change a thing. I would live thru it all over again. That being said, I sure am glad the project is done.
After lots of patience and eating out…the kitchen is FINALLY finished. It’s not everything I dreamed of. After all, we ordered white cabinets and had a beautiful light granite slab selected. I know you are wondering how I ended up with a dark gray stain instead of white. Well let’s just say that’s a long story and I won’t bore you with all of the details. The day they were delivered I freaked out. After I calmed down, made a few phone calls to discuss our options and had my Mother-in-law run over to inspect them…We decided they could stay. Did I really want an all white and bright house? Yes, or so I thought. We decided it wasn’t worth waiting longer. We wanted running water in the kitchen again, this was a luxury we had lived without for way too long! I am a designer…I can work around this. Tonight as I stand in my kitchen I am glad it turned out the way it did. I am especially in love with the emerald green tile. It’s the first thing I selected to go with the gray cabinets. I decided if I wasn’t going white I was going for color and I am so glad I did. I have always wanted concrete counter tops, but they scared me a little too. Oh! and the minor detail that Hunter said, “No”. Instead, we agreed on Caesarstone concrete quartz. They are easy to care for and complement the dark gray cabinets. We were lucky to learn under the carpet was hardwood flooring and we had a patch of vinyl in a gorgeous pattern that I am sure was the hottest thing to hit the market…50 years ago. We patched in with hardwood and you can’t tell the difference. We stained the floors a weathered gray finish. My all white kitchen quickly became all gray. The cabinets have an antiqued silver hardware and the pendant lights have a similar finish. The kitchen isn’t huge, I forgot to mention we down-sized. We will talk about that in a later post. Anyway, we went for a peninsula instead of a long skinny island and used an antique table in the center of the kitchen for added interest. I love fitting in pieces of furniture instead of built in everything. This particular piece came from the old house. Everyone that walks in the kitchen asks where we got it or where it was before. It had a prominent place in the last house, however everyone seemed to miss it there, but they notice it now.
Here are some of the before pictures or I should say during pictures….
What was a small, dark kitchen with a small eating area is now an open kitchen with a wall of windows and light the floods in at all times of the day. I recently told a good friend (who just so happens to be my business partner) we should have done a lot more entertaining when we had our big house, but she said, she thought this house was much better for hosting a good party. It might not be big, but we have put a lot into making it ours and I only hope we can enjoy it as much as the original owners did. We are off to a great start.
Spring Break has started in our house. The neighbors are knocking on the door frequently, the kids are running in and out of the house and we are hoping to survive the next week. Wishing everyone a sunny, relaxing and enjoyable week. You might not hear from us for a while.
Until next time,