Tag Archives: remodel

Creating the Kitchen Nook Area

Before getting started on the drywall, I wanted to get started on the nook area. This would allow us to know how far down the wall to drywall. I started by building the sides of the nook area that would be the structure for the drawer cabinet. This will also be what the counter top […]

DIwYatt: Installing Pantry Drawers

After I finished building the pantry drawers, details in this post, it was time to get them installed. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an easy process. The first step in installing the pantry drawers was to make rails for the drawer slides to attach to. If you’ll remember, I build the pantry with a face frame that […]

DIwYatt: Building Pull Out Pantry Drawers

Melissa talked about the plan for the pantry, here. After sharing some pretty revealing photos of the mess we had been living with. To build the pantry drawers, I first needed to come up for a design and plans. For starters, I worked out the plan for how I’d arrange my cuts to use only […]

A Pretty Pantry

We’ve had a busy week. In addition to working on our pantry, Wyatt’s been working on a building project at our church, as well as bottling his most recent batch of home brew beer. Oh, and we’ve had meetings on two nights. Sheesh. So, the pantry isn’t quite done, but it’s getting closer with a […]

Project Pantry: DIY Drawers (Prep & Planning)

We’ve been living a lie in the kitchen for some time. See, on the outside, everything looked pretty good. Not done, but pretty good, right? But if you open the doors, you’ll see that in fact, things don’t look good. They don’t look good at all. Our pantry is a scary place right now. But, […]

Shelf Stable: Mounting the Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Today is part 2 in the kitchen shelves recap. We’re slowly and surely making progress on the kitchen, and in telling you all about it. 🙂 When it came time to hang the shelves (which we talked about building yesterday, here), Wyatt was careful to find and use the wall studs to mount the brackets. […]

DIY Open Shelves for the Kitchen

We’ve taken a break from talking about the kitchen DIY project, or working on the kitchen, but it’s time to get back in the swing of things and get this never-ending project finished up completely. So, today, we’re going to take a bit of step back and catch up talking about building our open shelves […]

We Finally Went to IKEA (and bought lights for the kitchen!)

This weekend, my parents came up for a visit and we made the trek to IKEA. We had a list of small items we needed for the kitchen (things like drawer organizers and other random little accessories. Even though we had fun looking through the show rooms, it was very crowded (we were there on […]

What’s Really Left With Kitchen

Since from the outside appearances, the kitchen might appear done (it did to a few guests we’ve had over), I thought I’d make a list we can cross off as we work on the few remaining items. Plus, we’re both over the kitchen project and ready to move on to other things, so this will […]

I Really, Really, Really Like the New Range Hood

And because I really, really, really like the new range hood, I wanted to share some finished pictures of everything all installed. I talked about phase 1 of installation here. Wyatt came back and discussed his work in the attic and on the roof . And now it looks like this: To back up, we […]

Everything You Needed to Know About Tiling Your Back Splash – Part 3

We’re back with part 3, after part 1 and part 2 in our tiling tips series, so without further ado, here are tips 11-15. 11. Back-buttering is an art. A messy art.  We already mentioned we had a LOT of cut tiles. (The larger your tile, the more cuts you’ll have to make) So, to […]

Weekend Update: Laboring on Labor Day

Happy Day After The Day After Labor Day! We had a great long weekend. It was sort of an extra-long weekend because Wyatt and I spent half of yesterday doing a stadium tour and watching the Royals game. (He worked from home so we could do the tour over lunch. Then, we came home and […]

An Engagement Ring for the Kitchen: An Overdue Update

Sorry we’ve been neglecting the kitchen on the blog recently, but I promise we aren’t neglecting it in real life. Want proof? Running water!!! Want more proof? Yep, those are knobs and cabinet pulls! Wyatt made a couple of little jigs to help us attach each piece in the right spot quickly. Basically, he measured […]

We have kitchen counter tops!

I know, I know, I also never thought this day would come, but it’s here! Our granite was delivered on Friday morning and it looks so good! Super, super good. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this. It’s beyond words. But that isn’t stopping me from trying! I’ve told so many […]

Countertops Are Ordered!

Tonight’s post is late (there’s a lot going on around here and I’m super swamped with work right now) but super exciting. Why? Because our countertops are ordered! Yup, we’ve now officially paid for our counters, Wyatt has gone to approve the slabs they’re using, and the guy has been here to take official measurements. […]

Polar Stars & Stripes

Happy 4th, everyone! I hope you’re taking the day to celebrate our freedom with your friends and family. Wyatt and I are celebrating the way we celebrated our very first year in this house…with remodeling! Since he gets the day off from his real job, it’s like having a bonus work day for us and […]

No More Floor

In addition to planting flowers, visiting family, and watching soccer this past weekend, we also ripped out the floor in our kitchen. Yup, we’re now down to the subfloor, in the whole kitchen, not just under where the cabinets were. We had to remove the flooring to make room for the new flooring…remember WAY BACK when we […]

How I Helped With The Drywall

I know we’ve already talked about the drywall project several times, but I wanted to make sure you guys understood this wasn’t a one-person project with Wyatt doing all the work. Plus, it’s a huge part of how we’ve been spending every day around here.  I mean, seriously, we’re drywalling an entire room and ceiling […]

I Can’t Stand to Sand…

Okay, I can stand it, because I have to…but I really dislike it. Still, we’ve both been sanding up a storm, a dust storm that is. Warning, it’s a really, really, REALLY dusty project. After getting it all over my face, we decided we should be wearing masks and not breathing all that dust into […]

Mud and Messes

We’re officially in the mudding/messy stage of drywalling the kitchen. Just a warning, this post is long—and overdue. Sorry for being MIA this week. It’s just been a lot of the same over here. I also know not many of you may ever attempt to tackle a renovation job like this on your own, so […]

Duct Work

To take a step backward from the last kitchen update, here, we need to give you on update on a few more “behind the scenes walls” tasks we had to tackle before we could move forward. For starters, we needed to re-route HVAC vent that is coming up through the wall. You can see it […]

A Dry Wall Date

First of all, sorry we’ve been MIA this week. There’s been a lot going on in our lives…from some scary medical stuff (don’t worry, everything turned out okay) to simply catching up after being gone all weekend to Kentucky. Plus, we had been at a stopping point where we needed to really regroup before we […]

Weekend Rewind: We’ve Officially Gone Crazy Edition

This weekend was a great one…really, but it made me realize something about myself. I’m crazy. Crazy for tackling a kitchen remodel on our own (it’s going well, but it’s still madness, I think.), crazy for ordering our cabinets and then having to walk around them in giant boxes in our living room for several […]

What’s Been Going On In The Kitchen

After our long weekend update post yesterday, I realized I was behind on updating you all on the kitchen progress…or lack there of…as it seems sometimes. (My mantra lately:  It has to get worse before it gets better… we can live through this… no one is judging my messy counters and floors… it has to […]

Demo Derby – Kitchen Style

As Melissa mentioned yesterday, we started demo-ing our kitchen this weekend. Of course, we had already started on the pantry nook area. This is where we left off: My parents came up for a quick work day. Our plan for the demo is to work from the top down. Melissa and I started cleaning the cabinets […]

A Surprise Sink Shipment

Things are moving along in the giant kitchen remodel project…although not all things are moving along as fast as I’d hoped. On the one hand, we have a delivery date scheduled for our cabinets. It’s in three weeks. Yikes. That’s obviously on the short end of the 4-6 week estimate we received prior to ordering […]

Starting on the Wall Removal

We began removing the pantry wall and doorway to make way for the soon to come cabinets. First, we needed to assess the situation, and since every situation is different, we won’t go into much detail about the work we did in the attic.  You should always work with a professional when you are going […]

Our Cardboard Kitchen

I’ll admit it. I’m a visual person. When planning remodeling projects and other big decisions, I need to see the options in front of me so I can really get a feel for how the finished product is going to look. This kitchen project is no exception. Even though we’ve already removed most of the […]

Weekend Rewind: My Stud Finds Some Studs

This weekend involved finding some studs in our house. Luckily, I have the right tools for that job, including my very own stud! And his studfinder, of course. In the guest room, we finally got around to hanging a painting we received as a gift from some new friends at church.  We’re really lacking on […]