I love renovation. I love the planning, the satisfaction of seeing a project come together, and the end result, but you want to know what part isn’t my favorite? The part we’re in right now. It’s one thing to cosmetically enhance a room. Painting, arranging furniture, styling – these are all tasks that can give you pretty quick gratification. Within a matter of hours or sometimes minutes you can transform your space. We’re not there yet.
We’ve gutted the kitchen which did feel totally amazing but the last few weeks have been filled with work that doesn’t bring much impact. Fixing and moving electrical and plumbing, popcorn scraping and new drywall leave a big mess with not much to show when it’s done. Yet I know the functionality is important, especially in a kitchen. We’ve been living in dust for almost a month, but getting these things right is crucial. And Thursday we start installing cabinets! !!! This step will feel like the upswing. I’ll be sure to share as much as I can over on Snapchat if you’d like to follow along @themakerista.
In the last week I’ve also been trying to tie up all the loose ends. Usually the big details are faster for me to nail down, but some of the smaller things take time. I finally picked hardware, after ordering a ton I ended up going with an in stock piece from Lowe’s went to Cosentino to see the slabs in person I highly recommend this – I picked something different than I would have just based on the sample! and am searching for baskets that will be a perfect fit for our pantry turned mudroom.
Mudroom is such a strong word for this space, but these are two of the most used doors in the house pool on the left, garage on the right and this area needs some storage. So we’ll move the pantry to the kitchen itself and turn this into a “mud closet?” Probably a more appropriate name. The old layout with the door behind the garage door was never very functional so we’ll close this opening off and add cubbies for baskets on the other side.
Micah drew out the spacing and now I’m searching for baskets just the right size to house shoes, and seasonal garb: gloves and hats in the winter, towels and sunscreen in the summer. Across the way we’ll hang these too…
I found them at Red Racks while filming the other day you’ll get to see this kitchen in more than just photos! and I may have squealed with excitement. Kitchen and bathroom renovations start off with mostly new things, and it’s so important to infuse some history and character into them where you can – I think these hooks are a great start.
Any good sources for baskets? As you can tell I’ve brought several home to try out. I need something around 15″ wide by 15″ tall.
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