I have struggled with what I want to share about our kitchen project after the demo happened last week. I want to share, but I also want to have a big reveal at the end of all this. There have been a ton of changes this week and every day I still rush home to see what new bits and pieces have been accomplished.
Here’s a run down of what’s happened so far:
Probably the most exciting day so far, I walked in to the house to see my cabinets installed! I actually squealed when I saw them! Not only were the wall cabinets installed, but the cabinets for the island were in place too. They weren’t anchored, but they were in roughly the right spot for me to stand behind and picture myself cooking. Teaser picture of the cabinets above. Please ignore the tools left behind by the contractor.
I have always had this desire to be cooking in the kitchen and have friends and family sit around my counter watching me cook and talk to me. I grew up with this type of kitchen atmosphere, watching my mom and dad cook since before I can remember. It’s where my love of cooking came from. I remember standing on a chair next to my mom helping her put the pepperoni on the annual Christmas Eve pizza. I remember forming my favorite sausage balls with her because it wasn’t Christmas day without them. I remember making chocolate pudding for my older sister’s friends when they stayed over on the weekends. I remember whipping up chicken sandwiches for my friends after a school dance when everyone came to my house after. Cooking for friends and family is a feeling I have a hard time explaining. It is one of the most special things in the world to me and I love it.
Now that I’ve gotten all mushy…
The biggest change we noticed on Tuesday was the paint color. They painted the kitchen and hallway in our color of choice: Sherwin Williams Familiar Beige (pictured above from their website). I wanted a color that was easily accented by a wide array of colors so we could change the feel of our room with various textiles. I was a little worried about the wall color when I first saw it because I thought Jeff might think it was too pink. There’s a touch of red in the color, but luckily Jeff really liked it.
We also got a door ordered from Home Depot to be installed by our contractor. Plus they installed the microwave over the spot for the oven. Finally, the rest of the cement board was installed in the laundry room. It was another one of those “little things” days where it’s harder to tell what they accomplished. I know there is a ton of stuff they have to do that I don’t see. I just patiently wait until those “wow” days!
Another one of the “little things” days, but with a bigger impact than normal. Every day when I walk in, the first thing I do is turn on all the lights so I can see as much as possible. Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find they installed the can lights! We had regular lights beforehand that were covered, making the light diffused and soft. Not that that’s a bad thing, but in a kitchen you need to see what you’re doing. You don’t want to accidentally cut off a finger because you thought it was a carrot or something!
They also attached the island counter to the floor. Finally, I’m pretty sure they are going to start on the tile soon because one of the tiles was placed up against the cabinet. I was able to see what the two looked like together and I have to say I’m excited. Our tile is a grayish white with cream and beige veining throughout. I added a picture of it above and whited out the cement board on the sides so you could get a clear picture, even though it looks a little funny!
We used to have a fan over our kitchen table but decided we’d rather have a chandelier instead. But John, our designer, suggested we keep the fan in the kitchen, but move it over the oven area. We have faulted ceilings, so it would be very high, but that would give us even more air movement. What a nice option in the summer!
I noticed when they installed the lights Wednesday, they marked the location for the chandelier but, when I stood under the mark, I realized it wasn’t centered over where the table was going to be. So I left Tom a message about it and he called me Thursday morning to discuss it. During that conversation, he mentioned before the weekend they were going to start the tile, install the granite in the laundry room, replace the door, add hardware to the cabinets, and begin plumbing the kitchen sink! Yay! It’s only been a week and a half and I’m already in love with my new kitchen. I can’t wait to share the finished product with you!
But for now you must wait…muah ha ha ha.