Whoops. So May was a total FAIL on the ol blog….
I’m not sure what happened to Spring exactly. Between conferences, a wedding, random other travels and illnesses, it flew the freak by. Let’s do a quick recap and then move on to phase one of the kitchen so we can do that big reveal already.
There was Easter, and dying brown easter eggs…
I went to Nashville for work…
My friend Merideth came to visit and our friend’s dog sang the blues on a sailboat…
My BEST FRIEND got married!!!!!
We went to Myrtle Beach for Nick’s work…
Nick got the gout…
My brother and sister-in-law Ben & Courtney, and our friend Naomi came to visit! Fingers crossed that we got them hooked on moving here….
And today…we got a new boat! More on that when we get it in the water. But that does bring us up to today, and it’s actually the motivation for my post. Nick and his friend, Andrew, went to Oriental, NC today to inspect and buy our new boat, and won’t be home until 9ish. So I of course, think to myself the whole way home from work about all the productive things I’m going to do while he’s gone. I’ll write my blog, I’ll work out, I’ll do laundry, I’ll clean, etc. Well, fast forward an hour and it looked more like this:
and watching Gilmore Girls…
Whoops. So I decided to do one load of laundry and start my post. That’s something.
Back to the whole kitchen renovation thing. We had the best contractor in the whole wide world, and we were actually sad when he left. Nick said to me “Today is Glen’s last day. That means he’s not coming over any more.”(insert adult man sadface here).
Glen and I worked on the kitchen design together, and between his squashing some of my dreams and replacing them with other neat ideas, we both agreed that we came up with a pretty great kitchen. Here is a breakdown of what did and didn’t make the cut:
Island – No. I wanted this so I could
lean on it and drink wine have more counter space for cooking and gathering around, or even put the sink in it so I could be looking out the window instead of at a wall. But, it just wouldn’t work well with the space. It’d be too tight opening the oven door and trying to get around it.
Window cut-out – Yes. It’s in the wall to the dining room – this was Glen’s solution to giving me a view to the outside (front yard instead of back) and a more open feeling standing at the sink. We weren’t able to open up the whole wall but he cut out a nice sized window that I love.
Wine area – Yes. A glass rack and wine bottle holder – This couldn’t eat up too much valuable space in the kitchen so Glen and I found the perfect spot for it between the new fridge location and the…
Rachel Ray pantry! – Yes. This is what it was called the whole time, and how we now distinguish it from the bigger closet pantry in the dining room. It is perfect. It doesn’t take up too much room in the kitchen and it is so functional. We can grab things we need while cooking without having to go into the dining room to get them.
Slow-close doors and drawers – Yes. I love these and now I assume all cabinets are slow close and end up slamming a lot that aren’t.
Farmhouse sink – Yes. It’s as great as it sounds.
Marble countertops – No. I thought the whole time we’d have marble or marble-like counter tops, but when that was no longer an option due to price and functionality, and I realized I didn’t like ANY of the white granite choices, I started exploring other options. I actually did end up with a granite, but it is absolute black with a honed finish. It looks a little like soapstone, and I love the contrast it adds.
Subway tile – Yes. With dark grout instead of light.
X Mullion glass cabinet doors – No. Who knew it was so expensive to put wooden X’s on glass doors? So instead two hundred something a piece doors like this:
We went with the much less expensive classic mullion look like this:
There were a ton of other details and decisions to make, but I’ll go through those and point them out in the finished kitchen.
The first phase of the kitchen happened immediately after demo, and it was so exciting to see our new kitchen come to life! First was demo, then opening up a wall…
Then the first of the custom cabinets went in!!
Including the much anticipated Rachel Ray pantry. Such a fun first step.
As you can imagine, there have been a lot of Cobalt photos and videos taken over the last 2 months…so it’s a little hard to choose.
Your long awaited CCOTD:
Mom and nini at one of his favorite spots, Jake’s, where they have “Yappy Hour” and dogs are always allowed on the back deck area! He says Mom, I want to go to da pwace wheyoh ev-wee-one pays attention to me and fwohs da ball fo me a wot.
What? That could be a number of places but this time it was Jake’s.