Things have been BUSY y’all. Those first few weeks dragged by, and then once the paint started going up major progress has been happening daily! The best part of all of the ‘busyness”? WE MOVED IN! Exactly 2 months after closing. And every day since, we’ve been tackling small projects between unpacking and taking some much-needed time off (to do things like rewatch Game of Thrones because this new season has me hype).
For the sake of everyone’s sanity, I’m going to do another list-all-the-things post to get y’all up to speed on where the renovation stands. Ready?
Things we’ve accomplished since my last post:
- MOVED IN. I know I already said this, but I’m just so darn excited. We hired College Hunks Hauling Junk to help move the big stuff on the day-of, and it was an excellent decision. They helped us get the whole move done in under 4 hours on a day that was 95 degrees and 90% humidity.
- Kitchen cabinet painting is well underway! The boxes (the parts on the wall) are painted and look freaking fantastic, if I do say so myself. I originally bought a paint sprayer, thinking that it was the only way to get a super smooth finish, but returned it when I saw what my roller/brush could produce! I’m planning to write a full post on how I painted our cabinets. There has been good bit of trial and error, but so far, everything I painted passes the fingernail test (aka the paint doesn’t just scratch off).
- Two of our area rugs from Rugs USA arrived! It’s crazy how a rug can cozy up a room and these two are so, so soft!
- Our Carrara marble kitchen countertops are installed (by Marble Granite World – highly recommend!) and our tile backsplash was finished up this morning (by Foust’s Flooring – also recommend!). It’s quite literally the kitchen of my dreams and it’s SO much more fun to cook in than our tiny (terrible) apartment kitchens.
- Prior to the countertop install, we got kitchen island put together. We used IKEA cabinets set onto a frame of 2x4s we built and screwed into the subfloor. It’s sturdy as heck and basically custom to what we wanted. Highly recommend if you’re adding an island!
- More lighting was installed about 2 weeks ago. We recessed three hallway lights, and our island pendants and foyer light are absolutely epic. More photos of those to come!
- We replaced our mailbox with one that actually opens. Our mail-lady is very happy.
- I built our IKEA bar stools and put on the custom covers from Rockin Cushions. They fit like a glove and I love that you can pick out custom fabric!! I went with a durable, chambray colored fabric and it’s so pretty!
- Last week I took an afternoon off to relax and recharge before moving out of our apartment. I poured myself a cup of iced coffee and sat it on my bedside table so I could read in bed. Somehow, I hit the cup when I was pulling up the covers and the full cup of coffee spilled down the entire side of my white bed. Relaxation. Ruined. So, that whole story was to say I spent some time shopping for sheets. I’m upgrading to a gorgeous set from Boll & Branch and no more coffee in bed for me! I love the story behind their company, and how sustainable and transparent they are!
- One of my biggest updates: OUR FLOORS ARE IN! It is absolutely nuts how flooring transformed our house from a construction site to a home. We went with a waterproof (and life proof) medium colored laminate (here) and I love, love, love it.
- After a little more research, I decided that I didn’t want marble in our master bath shower pan like I had previously thought. The tiles we had were a little too large and I kept worrying about both traction and upkeep in a shower. It was in that research that I stumbled upon the most beautiful tile I have ever laid my eyes on. The Moroccan Fish Scale tile by Mercury Mosaic. They hand make and glaze every single tile (!) which gives them the opportunity to create some truly unique designs. I’m going with size small (for maximum traction) and in varying shades of blue. Stay tuned for that fun makeover in a few weeks :)
- Also: broken windows were replaced, David installed a new garage door (I’m very impressed), we hung some blinds, hung a shower curtain rod, the messed up concrete on the front porch was re-poured, and we cleaned bathrooms. Very, very exciting things.
- We have basically every wall-mounted light fixture and all bathroom hardware ready to install. Unfortunately that’s a job for David since plumbing and electrical aren’t my strengths.
- Mounting the TV. We have an awesome mount (by MantelMount) that can be lowered over the fireplace to a more optimal viewing height – it’s so cool!
- David and I need to figure out a more detailed plan for our fireplace mantle. We haven’t put much thought into the fireplace beyond the tv going above it and the beautiful marble surround/hearth (installed last week, not in the photo above).
- I need to finish prepping the master bathroom walls… and then paint! The powder bath also needs to be finished but it is going to be a little more complicated than just paint because white wainscoting and wallpaper are happening. Specifically, this wallpaper. Eeeeek!
- Kitchen cabinets are a slooooow process, so I still have a good bit more work to do there. I’m in the middle of prepping the doors, and then it will finally be time to prime and paint. I spray painted the lazy Susan that fits in our bottom corner cabinet and it looks so fresh! I’m really hoping to get the cabinet doors painted before we go on vacation so they can cure for a week or so before we attach hinges.
I’m so excited to finally live in the house we’ve owned for two months! We have plenty more work to do, but it’s so, SO much easier not having to drive back and forth. Plus our little kitty Joules loves all of the windows and new places to nap. #catmom
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