It is Spring (so they say) and I am feeling great. I am certainly looking forward to some warmer weather, cleaning up the front and back yard, and just spending some more time outdoors in the fresh air. I think everyone is looking forward to that. So after yesterday's post, I was thinking.... (No Dad it didn't hurt).... How on earth did I forget to tell you all that one of the things I wanted to
That being said. How many people have undergone a major renovation lately? I know there are tons of people but my goodness, I feel like screaming from the roof top about it. It is a never ending job. Our "lets just knock out a wall and refinish the cabinets" has turned into a MUCH bigger job than expected.
|How it all began....|
|What night #1 accomplished...|
With the wall gone, it was time for the floor... We had old cracked white ceramic in the kitchen which I despised, and hardwood that had seen better days in the dining room. We ripped it all up to make it a uniform space. Picking out the tile was a night out for hubby and I. We scoured the stores looking for the perfect tile. Finally, last stop, not to mention the store we did not think we would find anything worth while at, I found my tile. I loved it. It was decided! For the next week, the hubby went about ripping up the old stuff, scrapping up the old grout and then laying a new subfloor. This alone proved to be a much bigger job than expected. The dust that comes up from ceramic tile smashing is unreal. I digress. Finally subfloor laid, Jordon was convinced into hiring a tile guy and not taking on this task himself. My appliances were moved into the living room, floor was laid and we were unable to go into the space for 2 days.
|Top left- Appliances in living room. Also see 4 year|
old on dining room table which is over coffee table in living
room.... Other 3 photos are simply the mess.....
Now.... I have 2 dogs folks, that use the patio door in this room numerous times a day. A 4 year old that doesn't quit grasp the concept of "No you CANNOT walk on that floor"... "But Mom, it looks fine. Why can't I go on there? I just want a snack!". 2 cats that think their shit don't stink and you cannot tell them where they can and cannot go. This by far was the worst part so far. I hated those two days. My father in law was in town to help and having 4 people, 4 animals in this space seemed almost unbearable.
|Nice and tidy half wall tear down.|
|Night #2- Other side of the wall came down...|
|Leaves a lot to be desired...|
|Just to show you what my tile was BEFORE|
|Subfloor goes down.|
|With help from this ball of cuteness!|
|Keeping it tidy~!|
|Checking out the new digs.|
|Ready for tile!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Its down and waiting for grout!!!|
|Looking a little bit more like a kitchen...|
|Pot lights are going in!!!|
|Electrical on the go!|
|New lights over the sink!|
|Adding new cabinetry to the space.|
|The dreaded drywall!|
|New counter top is in! Look how much longer it looks!!|
|LOVE LOVE LOVE MY NEW SINK|
While I know the end result will be worth it, I am ready for it to be done. As a matter of fact, I was ready for it to be done about 2 days after it began. However, I do give a big shout out to the hubs. He works all day and comes home to work at night. I know its not easy. I know its exhausting and I know it is often frustrating (for him and I both). But... We will get there. Eventually.
Have you taken on any major household renovations? What were your experiences like?
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!