{Crashing @ Christy’s} Kitchen Makeover – Stage 2

November 7, 2012 in Crashing at Christy's, Kitchen

Wow!  It feels like I’ve been away from the blog FOR-EVER. It wasn’t intentional. I had a moment of frustrated, frugal anger and CANCELLED my internet service. Trust me… they were overcharging.

Fast-forward a few weeks and I’m BACK IN BUSINESS. Saving $40 a month, no contract and a FASTER speed. Booyah. Take that Centurylink. I hate how phone, cable and internet companies give new customers a great price…. and then jack up the fees over time. So much for rewarding loyal customers!

Anywhoooo, I’m back from my impromptu blogcation and ready to share some of my fun!

First and foremost  – we’re long overdue for an update from my sister Christy on her kitchen makeover. She first spilled the beans on her culinary-overhaul on October 1st. Wait until you see the progress!  Take it away, Christy…

Hey, fellow Crafted Niche followers!  I’m back to talk about my kitchen makeover.  I am so over this kitchen makeover.  Over it.  This is a never ending project and I’m sick of going out to eat.  We’ve been without a kitchen for about 8 weeks now.  Lame city.  But, let me show you what we’ve accomplished since you last looked and maybe that will lift my spirits.

We painted the walls to prepare for the cabinets being installed.  I am loving grey right now and we went with Valspar’s Urban Sunrise.  It will also be the hallway color (that or another one from the swatch).

The unpainted parts in the kitchen are where tile is going to go.  So excited to get to that part, but we have to wait for the countertops.  Blah.

Next up…. CABINETS!!!  This is where it starts to look like a kitchen again.  The Lowes installers were here for about a day and a half.  They did a great job and had to spend a lot of time leveling since my old house is so off-level.

See that cutout below the window?  Impromptu electrician visit.  We had to have a wire run through the walls so that all the backs wouldn’t need to be cut out of the cabinets.  So, I patched those a few days later.

See that blue “body outline” on the floor?  That was a tape reminder not to step there.  I had to try to smooth out a crack before we could tile in there.

I am so glad I had them installed instead of doing that part DIY.  There are some things that are better left to the pros.  For me, this was one of those things.

What now?  More tiling of course!

We had to do an appliance shuffle because my old water shutoff valve doesn’t quite shut the water off.  Almost, but not quite.  So, we just kept sliding the fridge around after the mortar was set (at 24 hours later).

Had to show off some of my mom’s skills at cutting tile.  She does such a great job!

Loving this tile color with the white cabinets!  And, it should be noted that you don’t see our Labs’ hair tumbleweeds as much now.  Yes!!!

Grout, de-haze, and seal.  Then, we could bring in the appliances!  Starting tomorrow, we’ll be cooking in our house again.  So excited.  But, we’ll still be without a sink for a few more weeks.  Boooooo.  Oh well, the next milestone is in our sights!

I love how my over-the-range microwave and range look together.  So pretty.  And, that microwave makes a mean bag of popcorn.  Perfect.

Here’s a couple before-and-after’s to show you how we’re doing…

It feels bigger somehow.  But, we didn’t move any walls or add any floor space.  Actually, we lost a couple feet of cabinets, but we’ve gained countertop space.  Up next is trim, countertops, tile, open shelves, oh my!  And, then one day (probably this Winter), we’ll get around to tiling the floor in the laundry room that is seen from the kitchen.  One day.

Thanks for reading!


Pretty amazing already, right?!  I’m telling you… Christy should be the one blogging. That girl is a get ‘er dun type… Whether it’s brass fixtures, 1970′s paneling or outdated cabinets, she’s a take-no-prisoners DIY’er.

And speaking of impressive….  my sisters are BOTH running HALF-MARATHONS in a week. Ummm WOW. I’m so proud of both of them. I wish I was closer so I could cheer them on and be their #1 fan. Super proud of my sisters!

……aaaaand sorry for the long delay in posting on the blog! I promise… I won’t cancel my internet in anger without having a back-up plan next time!

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