Friends!! It’s been another busy and productive week of renovations at the new house, and I’m absolutely awestruck watching the transformation take place. So far, everything looks better than I could have imagined, or even hoped. And other than the ‘pantry snafu,’ there have been no more mishaps.
Today we’re neck-deep in the BHG photo shoot…imagine more flowers than a wedding, and half the contents of Home Goods…that’s my house right now. #itsadream But I wanted to pop in and show you the Kitchen updates since last week. Remember these aren’t pretty pics by blog standards, but pretty darn fun to see!
Can you even believe it’s the same room (see the Before shots here)?! And this is just with primer on the cabinets, and naked walls. They removed the old cabinets over the stovetop, and built this phenomenal frame box around the existing vent hood. It’s literally built of thin plywood, and finished with trim…but makes such a huge statement. The room finally has a focal point!
They finished installing the make-me-drool backsplash, and we went higher on this wall to make a bigger impact. I love being able to see more of the pattern repeat.
The windows looked like puny afterthoughts, so we added a chunky marble ledge, and will trim them with a wood frame to give them more prominence and intent.
The lovely green wallpaper was removed, only to discover an even lovelier burgundy border underneath. So all the walls in the Kitchen and Breakfast Room had to be refloated. But just like the primed cabinets, they are already so much cleaner and brighter! You know it’s going to be good when primer is an improvement.
The new drawer fronts had to be ordered, so those will be the last things installed…along with the hardware.
The corner cabinet was a lazy susan, which is basically a black hole for anything you attempt to store there, so they are making it a hinged door that opens to stationary shelves. The cabinet on the right will be pull-out trash and recycle.
The Butlers Pantry was tiled and primed, and one of the cabinets cut out to accommodate a drink/wine fridge. I mean, who am I that I have a Butlers Pantry?!?! With a drink fridge for crying out loud!!?? You’re all invited over for cold drinks when we’re done. There won’t be a butler, but I’ll get the kids to serve you.
You know you have a top-notch rockstar contractor when they even float the wall hidden behind the fridge.
They removed the recessed light over the sink, and wired for the new pendants that will hang over the breakfast bar. Thank goodness for math-savvy friends who help you figure out exactly where they should be placed! (Instead of splitting the bar in half, and hanging one light centered in each half, we split the bar in thirds and hung them at those dividers. The first way had them too close together.)
Mr. Rockstar Contractor….my favorite person in the world right now!
The Breakfast Room lost the wallpaper and a dated light fixture, and gained an old fridge and a light bulb. Still an improvement if you ask me.
Progress is beautiful!
I took these pics Tuesday after work, and as usual, yesterday was big….so another round of updates coming soon! Don’t forget you can follow daily progress on my InstaGram and Facebook. I’m also posting behind-the-scenes of the magazine shoot. I know, my life is so totally obnoxious right now. But don’t worry, things will be back to a snails pace around here soon enough.