Ready for a rest

I jumped right into a bathroom redo when the kitchen was done, so rest has yet to happen.

But of course, like the kitchen, there have been tons of interruptions.

Like Brody walking and posing for sexy pictures.


Going to California for a conference with my beautiful bride.


And of course buying a new car while sitting in a meeting at church.


Regardless of the interruptions, progress has been made. Here’s a glimpse pre-paint of where we are headed.


That’s all for now, folks.


Kitchen Wrap Up

The long-awaited completion of the kitchen.

One more time, here are the pictures from when we closed on the house, way back in September 2012. The kitchen went unchanged until we began the remodel in March 2013.



And here are the after pictures of the same angles.



Here are some closer shots of different areas of the room.





The close up sink picture shows a few of our favorite features of the entire room. One is the new sink. Having on big bowl has proven to be great for washing up pots and pans after dinner, the boys’ highchairs, and various other large things. One of our other favorite things is the decision we made to take the backsplash tile all the way to the ceiling above the sink. It makes it a great feature and the recessed light above the sink shines down the tile when it’s on. We also wrapped the tile around the window instead of having traditional window trim. It already came in handy when an errant spray went all over the window wall. We didn’t have to worry about making sure the wood was wiped down because the water just ran off the tile and back into the sink.

Here’s a breakdown of how much was spent. And because we did all of the work ourselves and were able to reuse existing components, this is the greatest part.

New doors and drawer fronts – $1,200
Paint for walls and cabinets – $150
Hardware (hinges, knobs, pulls) – $450
Countertops – $1,200
Stove-top – $400
Sink – $200
Faucet – $150
Miscellaneous – $250

Total: $4,000

Seeing the total, I can’t believe it came out that high. Because the spending was spread out over a year, it seems like it should be much less. But because it was spread out, we were able to pay cash for everything we bought and still maintain the savings account we were working out of. Being able to wait for things to go on sale helped a lot, too. Our counters were 10% off at Christmas and the stove top was $100 off sometime back in the fall. And the only thing we didn’t do ourselves was the installation of the counters. But I’m not about to learn how to cut, polish, and seam granite, so that expense was worth it.

The end.

(Except I already started on the hall bathroom, so I have to get back to work!)

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