Monday, February 8, 2016

The Kitchen: The Gut Job and the Hiccups

Thanks for all of your thoughts on the chairs, I've got some samples ordered and can't wait to nail down a shade!  It's been a busy and exciting weekend around here and our kitchen has gone from this to this...

Micah has some great friends, and he always manages to coral them up when we need extra hands and muscle.  Thank you Ron, Brett, Joseph, and John!  Whenever you demo a house especially an older home you just never know what you're going to find.  There can be so many things hiding behind the walls, but in general we got pretty lucky.  Some of our biggest issues were found a few weeks ago.  From day one I knew I wanted this soffit gone.

Why did anyone decide soffits should be a thing?  My father-in-law warned us that if the soffit was framed in before the electrical and plumbing were done, they would likely have wires and pipes running through them.  So Micah cut some holes in them one day and sure enough, there were both.

Like all hiccups, he first tells me we'll have to totally change cabinet plans but after a bit of discussion we figured out that most of the pipes can be rerun through the studs thank goodness for pipe-fitting friends.  The plumbing in that top picture isn't easily finagled, but after talking to our contractor we can notch out the back of that cabinet and work around it.  I care about a pipe being visible, but I don't care about a pipe in a cabinet I'll probably open once a year.

The one hiccup that we can't really hide?  That big ole beam that was hiding behind the soffit in between the kitchen and the hallway.  

It's not the ideal because it messes with my vision, but we're going to have to make it work.  There's a bathtub above and those joists need that support.  Wha wha... We'll take the bottom two by four off to make it not as tall, but we're going to have to work with it.  That means bringing the cabinets in a bit instead of running them to the end of the wall and trying to make it look somewhat purposeful.  At first I had planned to just sheetrock it and paint it the same as the ceiling in hopes of diminishing it, but then I came across this image...

I think painting and crowning out the beam and the rest of the hallway could be the right approach.  It makes it feel more intentional.  

We had guessed that this kitchen had work done before, but we didn't realize it was to the extent that we uncovered.  Hidden behind sheetrock on the walls were outlets that were still hot and on the ceiling we found hot wires capped off for can lights, covered in drywall mud.  Both terrible fire hazards that leave you wondering what is hidden behind walls in other rooms.  Yikes.  On a positive note, we have less work to do for wiring the new electrical because of it.

I love finding past decor, and we definitely found that here.  Muted florals, black and white stripes, and blush/nude tones...what goes around comes back around!

We'll be scraping the remaining ceilings, working on electrical and trying to figure out how to live without a kitchen this week.  Any tips for that are welcomed!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Front Room: Upholstery and Top Shelves

It's hard to believe it's come to a finish, but I am done finding books!  I have to say, I had a ton of fun sourcing all of these beauties and really enjoyed the hunt of saving cast off books.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Kitchen: Choosing Cabinets and Countertops

Now that we've discussed the inspiration, let's dive into the products.  Green cabinets and light counters were the vision, but let's talk today about how we got to the right ones.  It can be easy to see something in your head, but to find the right products to match your visions isn't always easy, is it?

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Light at the End of the Modern Thrifting Tunnel

I'm only a few shelves away from having all of the books I need!  It's really hard to believe, yet also crazy to think how much time I've spent on this.  It hasn't been as expensive as I had thought it might be, but it also hasn't been as easy.  A few years ago I would have gone straight to Red Racks and bought loads of their books for a quick fill, but that just wasn't an option this go around.  You want to know why?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Finishing Touches on the Dining Room + A Giveaway

This space has taken some time.  And I'm ok with that.  I wanted it to be big on style, minimal on things - and minimalism requires every detail to be spot on.  The lamps were the cherry on top of the main space, but there was one area I haven't really highlighted that still needed attention.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Kitchen: Inspiration and Design Elements

While the design process hasn't really been going on very long for our kitchen, it's been going on in my head and on Pinterest since we moved in.  Well, some of the elements even before then.  If you've been following this blog for any length of time, you might recall that we had planned and designed a new-build home before we bought this one.  Things didn't work out, but all was not lost. We didn't get the mudroom we planned for, but some of the other elements could be worked into this home, and the kitchen will be seeing a few of those.  See the kitchen befores here.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Filling the Bookshelves

Now that the bookshelves are finished, it's time to fill them!  Bookshelves don't just have to be for books, but I always envisioned these cases being pretty stuffed full of them.  I had a decent collection, but I soon realized it wasn't nearly enough for what I had in mind.  I put a call out on Instagram for some ideas of places to get books at a decent price, and after a few weeks I've managed to assemble a few hundred more books for less than about $50.  Not too shabby.