Weekend Update: Laboring on Labor Day

By | September 3, 2014

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 worked for the afternoon before heading back to the game at 6:30.)

Royals Tickets and Tour

We got to hang out in the dugout.

Royals Stadium Tour

And visit the Hall of Fame for some fun.

Royals Stadium Tour 3

And see the giant screen up close. Sheesh.

Royals Stadium Tour 2

Then, we got to see a Royals win!

Royals Game at Night

We’re both looking forward to seeing the Royals and Cardinals in post-season this year, but I know there’s a long way to go before that might happen. Still, it’s just fun to go to baseball games and eat nachos and have a good time.

royals selfie

It was a fun, relaxing way to end our long weekend. Especially since we spent a lot of Monday laboring on the kitchen. Or fighting with the kitchen.

One of the goals was to get the three upper cabinets in the nook area installed, which seemed like a small task until we realized how crooked the walls were. See how much closer it is at the top?

Crooked Wall Installing Upper Cabinets in Nook

So, we had to battle that for most of the day.

Luckily, it did end up pretty straight. And we can cover any of the minor imperfections with a small bead of caulk when we’re all finished installing.

Nook Upper Cabinets 3

And now, we have some upper cabinets! (And a few more boxes out of the garage!)

Nook Upper Cabinets 2

I’m really excited about all the new storage we’ll have.

Nook Upper Cabinets 4

Of course, we still have the odd hole in the middle where Wyatt is going to build in some shelves for cookbooks and wine bottles between these two cabinets.

We also made some progress on building and painting the pantry cabinet. (Also being made by Wyatt.)

Building Pantry Boxes

But of course, those fought back, too.

Building Pantry Boxes 2

It’s clear we still have lots to do. You’ll notice how dark this room is because we’re missing a light. Lots to do, I tell you.

Nook Upper Cabinets

Things like choosing all new light fixtures and installing the tile backsplash, hanging the range hood and venting it to the roof, installing the pantry and microwave cabinets…laying the hardwood flooring…

Lots and lots to do.

But I can’t help but be super excited when we see how far we’ve come. Seriously, remember what our kitchen looked like a month ago?

No kitchen countertops on cabinets

And a month before that?

Painting Kitchen

And another month before that?

Totally Gutted Kitchen

Wow. We’ve done so much. It’s a long process, but very rewarding. Plus, we’ve saved so much by doing pretty much everything ourselves. We never would have been able to afford this full renovation if we’d hired it out. No way.

(Just a reminder, you can see all the posts in our kitchen renovation series, hereΒ in case you want to follow along with us as we try to get this giant project finished up sometime before the end of the year. )

We also spent a lot of time this weekend relaxing and doing other various projects around the house like tending the garden and mowing the yard.

garden produce

We also had great seats for the Sporting game (they lost, but big thanks to Wyatt’s boss for letting us crash their family seats), met up with some friends for disc golf and playground time (ever seen an almost two-year-old count down before going on the slide? It’s adorable.), went to a barbecue and played kubb for the first time (it was really fun!), and grilled a pizza. (So delicious!)

grilled pizza

So, while we were laboring on the kitchen and spending time with friends this long holiday weekend, what have you been up to?

Oh, and because I can’t help but share, check out the photos we got of the crazy awesome sky at the Sporting game on Friday night. I’ve never seen such orange clouds or heavy rain. Crazy.

Sporting Game Sky

11 thoughts on “Weekend Update: Laboring on Labor Day

  1. Kimberly Moore

    I can’t wait to see it finished, I love seeing all the progress.

  2. cris

    Been a new follower for about a month! Kitchen looks great! Keep up the great work!! πŸ™‚ Glad you two enjoyed some nice date time too. πŸ™‚

    1. Melissa Post author

      Welcome! We’re so thankful you’re along for the journey! And thanks for the kitchen comments!

      1. cris

        Really impressed with everything that you guys have done. I found you through various links from my friend Kelly’s blog (You’ve Got Gold). Love all the different posts!!! πŸ™‚ Keep it up… you guys are doing awesomeness!! πŸ™‚

  3. Bree

    Yay! Thanks for sharing pictures of the tour! I’ve never been on one. And the kitchen is looking great!


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