Hey guys – First and foremost – I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA! I stated a new job about a month ago and it’s been a lot of road time commuting back and forth. Hopefully there will be some big changes in my near future that’ll put an end to all that. ….but I’ll spill more about that later. For now – let’s get a KITCHEN MAKEOVER UPDATE from Christy!
….and yes, it’s been forrrrever and a day since her last update. I’d love to say it’s all her fault, but it’s not. She sent this to me a few weeks ago and it’s just taken me a bit to find time to add it to the blog. #bloggerproblems
I hope you enjoy her latest update. I can’t wait to visit her and see kitchen in person. The tile is gorgeous! …and be warned. There are a solid 25 photos in this post. 25!
Kitchen Update #3 I think? Whew, it’s been a while. Ever notice how when you get a room functional again, the progress slows? Yep, that’s where we’ve been. All we lack is finishing up! ☺ So, let’s update you on what has happened since the last time I visited Crafted Niche.
Oh my goodness. I just realized that the last update was at the beginning of November. Wow, I’m the worst blog sister EVER. But, things during that time have been a little crazy and hectic. Life. So, anyway, worst blog sister EVER and let’s get started.
The last update we were only here. I can’t believe how long ago that seems. (Christy, it WAS almost 4 months ago!!!) Well, I’m feeling generous so I’ll show you where we’re at now.
Whew! It’s coming to life finally and it’s a real kitchen. Now I’ll get started with telling you how we went from no countertops to a functional kitchen.
When I last updated you, we had cabinets but no countertop. Well, the Lowes contractors did a phenomenal job on the countertops. Did it take over 5 weeks to get them in after having templates made? Yes, but the wait was worth it. So pretty.
As soon as the countertops were laid down I covered them in plastic. It was backsplash time!
I won’t give a step-by-step of how to tile because there are so many online. And, who knows if I’m doing it the absolute correct way. But, my mom and dad taught me and so far it hasn’t failed me. Slap some mortar up, slap some tile up. Thankfully this tile came in 12×12” sheets. Thank GOODNESS.
I used a trick I’ve seen around blog land for tiling behind the stove. Basically, I wanted a straight line across the back of the stove so that it went from one side of the countertop and joined over on the other side. Does that make any sense? How about a picture? That casing trim will stay there. It was left over from another project and will get a fresh coat of white paint when I run out of other things to do.
Then, Thanksgiving came and went. The man and I got to see some family and friends in Little Rock and the backsplash remained ungrouted for about a week. My parents and man helped me out while I was recovering from illness and grouted the ENTIRE THING for me! Feelin’ the love, people!
Then it was time to cover those beautiful counters finally.
Yep, Christmastime came and went.
I really wanted to use my bar top so I found myself some Craigslist counter stools for $10 each! But, the seats needed recovering. So, I got to work.
Oh, and I have three of those rugs now. Thank you Target clearance! One in front of the stove, one in front of the sink, and one at the backdoor.
Okay, I guess now it is time to get those shelves hung on that tiled wall. I got my brackets (or corbels) at Home Depot. I used the same ones as Young House Love did in their kitchen renovation. They really were the best option out there and not too awfully priced. I also used their tutorial for my install. Don’t reinvent the wheel, Christy. So head over there and see their fantastic tutorial.
To start, I mapped out where I wanted the shelves and marked it with tape.
I did that on both sides of the window. Then, I got out my masonry drill bit and drilled a hole. Yikes. I cut four of my fingers and it took FOREVER. This is when the logical side of me decides that there are some things that I’m willing to hire someone to do. I have wonderful neighbors who always know someone they’ve used in the past. So, I got a guy to come in and hang the shelves for me. I didn’t want to risk ruining my tile!
Is the kitchen all complete today? Nope. It’s functional, so like I said, progress as s…l….o…w…e…d. But, I’m getting a second wind. Third wind? Probably fifth wind. Here’s where the kitchen sits today.
There’s now stuff on the shelves, but I’d like to wait until the rest of the list is complete before I show you that. J
Things left to do:
- Paint walls grey where we misjudged cabinet coverage
- Caulk and fill nail holes on window trim and baseboards
- Paint all window trim and baseboards
- Install, caulk, and paint crown molding
That’s not too awful. So, want a little before and during?
Thanks for taking a look. Hopefully I’ll make some more progress this weekend!
I think she’s on a roll. Now the question is, has she made any progress on her kitchen makeover since this post? Here’s hoping she doesn’t make us wait another 4 months for an update! (hint, hint Christy)
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