Well it's been a very busy, busy last three days, but we have got the cabinet part of the kitchen "re-make" almost behind us....WOW! What a job! Now like I said before we were no strangers when it came to this job. It's a big one. But in our sixties now verses our thirty's really does put it in a whole new category. I have been all over the place when it comes to this whole thing. From loving it to hating it to wishing we had NEVER started it to sooo glad we finally did it and on and on. Our youngest son James came up on Friday and spent the entire day helping out or we would never ever be as far as we are with it right now. Soooo grateful! Here is the bottom line....we are at least officially done painting them. The bottom cabinets are still all over our family room floor, resting on their solo cups, drying. We are giving them the rest of this week to dry REALLY REALLY well (besides hubby has no spare time during the work week) and then they still have to have the handles and the hinges reattached and then they have to be rehung. The upper cabinets are on and I'll show you those in a minute, but let me just say this. Hubby had this by far the most annoying and fiddly hard part of the whole project, lol. Probably as he was doing it all alone as I was pointless as an assistant. Honestly I cannot believe the degree to which it has changed our kitchen though. Bigger, brighter, and just "different". I LOVE them. The wood is soo far from perfect it would be hard to describe, but just trust me on this. It was not what I was expecting to work with. But I really like the look. With the color that we painted them....an antique white....coupled with the fact that we left the old fashioned antique look handles and hinges that we sprayed painted gold, the whole look has taken on a feel of an old fashioned farm kitchen. I LOVE that feel soo much that one would think I did it all deliberately, but honestly I just kind of stumbled on it. Now of course I need to make a few more decisions. At the top of the list we need to decide rather or not we are replacing the counters altogether, repairing and possibly re finishing/painting what we have, or what. And if we replace them, with what? Now the thought from the beginning was that we'd replace them with a nice quartz stone. But honestly the estimates for that are way more then I want to spend. Its just sooo much money! And IF I were willing to part with that, is it even the "look" that would go best out there now anyway?? I don't know. Honestly IF I did whatever I wanted to do or thought would look best I'd go with a butcher block. But again, we are talking LOTS and LOTS of money! And then I would have a wooden counter that I COULD possibly gouge, scratch, burn, or wreck kind of easily. And if you know me at all you'd know that is real concern, lol. And then....we need to repaint the little amount of walls that show out there, the curtains, the rugs, and honestly MOST of my sitting around decorative items that I have had close to 15 years. Not sure why I even have them anymore, lol. At this moment in time, I think we will start with painting the walls and SEE how that looks, repair (and yes I've researched and "think" there is a way to do that pretty easily) the existing counter top and just go with that and SEE how that looks. I will make curtains at this point, replace the rugs and towels, and toss into the trash my old tired and horrid looking decs and replace and SEE how that looks. If at that point we decide we need to replace the counter I will probably start with painting it, and if that doesn't come out or suit me, I imagine I will just close my eyes and replace it with the quartz. lol. Sooo there you have it. Now let me show what we have so far...
|JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT THE DOOR AND HANDLES|
|ANOTHER VIEW PLUS A ANOTHER VIEW OF THE COUNTER|
And then one more little video of my Luke....He and Sam have been taking swim lessons pretty much 4 days a week all summer. Melody wants them swimming. Well, 5 close to 6 year old Sam picked it up and has been swimming for a few weeks now. Luke who just turned 4 just wasn't there and it has been making him soooo determined you can't imagine. Well he knew he had to get his arms moving. Not just kicking his legs. And he finally did! This video is short but hysterical when you see how fast and frantically he is moving his little arms. But he did it!