Kitchen Remodel is Complete!

And it’s a wrap! Well, almost! Thanks to our new countertops being a little less thick than our old ones, we need the cabinet painter to come back to touch up a few spots that are still maple.

Here’s what we did to get the kitchen to where it is today! While we didn’t DIY a lot of this, we did spend a lot of time finding the contractors to get the job done. And let me tell you, trying to find the right people and costs takes plenty of time.

1: Matt removed our old microwave and we installed a new bright white one. I gave away the old one for FREE on Craigslist and the guy who ended up taking it was a huge wierdo and kept saying “okay, I trust you on this.” Um, what dude? It’s free! I am not trying to take your money. There is nothing to trust me on.

2.  We hired a carpenter to remove the bulky upper cabinet by the sliding door. He replaced it with 3 floating shelves.

3. We cleared the kitchen cabinets and everything on the old laminate countertops. I detail cleaned all the insides of the cabinets/drawers and purged a few things we don’t use any more. Spring cleaning at its finest!

4.  Flawless Finish painted the cabinets Dove White by Benjamin Moore. We lived with my parents for 4 days because the paint fumes were nasty. And baby girl does not want to be around those fumes. They left our house destroyed. There was dust EVERYWHERE, like 3 rooms over everywhere. I spent a solid 2 hours on my hands and knees cleaning up. Not fun, but worth it. The cabinets don’t even look painted. They look brand new!

5.  We waited… and waited…and waited! Uh. Unfortunately, the Marbella White Quartz countertops we picked out from Stone Source were delayed.

6. Matt disconnected our sink and the gas to the stove. Good work Matt! I was happy to not have to pay extra for that!

7.  Stone Source finally installed (and removed out old countertops). It took them over 4 hours to haul out the old, bring in the new, caulk the seams, and install the new sink.

8. Matt reconnected the stove and installed a new kitchen faucet. I never knew how much I would appreciate a new faucet!

9. Our cowboy tile man, Scott Duneman, installed simple white subway tile. It took him 2 days and it looks GRAND! I just love how the backsplash ties together the upper cabinets and work with the white appliances.

10. I touched up all the walls with our kitchen paint color, Mega Greige. It took a very steady hand to get around grout lines.

11. We moved as much as we could back to our ALMOST finished kitchen. I’m just trying to track down our cabinet painter, who is a bit of a flake… But 95% of the kitchen is done, and we are loving it!

Without further ado, here’s the kitchen journey in picture form:

This is how it looked when we moved in…


Soon after we moved in, we painted the kitchen Mega Griege and got a new kitchen light fixture. Then we didn’t make any changes until about 2 months ago when we started the aforementioned kitchen update! Here’s how it looked after painting it:


Then the carpenter came and removed that big, bulky cabinet. It feels so much more open without it. Hello floating shelves!

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And then the cabinet painting began! White on top, leaving the maple on the bottom!

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Next came the countertops, which I didn’t get a great picture of. We also added a slab of it in the dining room, which ties the two rooms together.


And next up, backsplash!

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And some close-up pictures. Overall, we love it!

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Ah, what a difference a little paint, tile, and quartz will do!


Weekend Warriors- Nursery and Kitchen Progress and Yard Work!

With only 13 weekends left until our baby girl arrives, and a few of these remaining weekends booked with weddings, showers, birthing classes, and birthday parties, I am a bit obsessive with cranking through our to-do list! Here’s what we got done this weekend, while still managing to fit in a going away party, dog park visit, workouts, and golf (range for Matt). Continue reading “Weekend Warriors- Nursery and Kitchen Progress and Yard Work!”

We are Having a Baby and our Nursery Plan!

Baby Frank is due July 29th and Matt and I could not be more excited! Before I get into the plan for the nursery,  I want to share part of our story on how we became pregnant. It wasn’t easy and unfortunately our journey included IVF (which comes with many tears, doctor’s appointments, heart ache, needles, drugs, and MONEY), but in the end it was all worth it.  And I’m so incredibly thankful for the science of IVF that is allowing us to be parents.

After doing 2 rou Continue reading “We are Having a Baby and our Nursery Plan!”

Kitchen Updates

After living in our house for 2.5 years and considering both a full blown kitchen remodel and small updates using our current layout (like the one I mentioned in this post), we decided to officially move forward with the latter.  We’ve met with all the contractors, have money down, and the process officially starts next week! Here is the plan. And the goal is to have this all wrapped up by mid-May. Continue reading “Kitchen Updates”

Playing Catch Up!

After a super busy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Jan/Feb, I am finally going to get back on this blog posting train. Because we’ve done ALOT to the house in the last four month, this post is going to be a photo drop of a few scenes of our projects/updates/purchases, and unfortunately, damages. More details to come as I take more photos and get back into this groove.

1. Because we have ugly popcorn ceiling that is expensive to remove, we decided to simply cover it up with white painted planked wood. We even finally bought an electric nailer and I think Matt loved it. And keep in mind that this used to be Matt’s closet room, so we spent a solid day going through all his clothes and donating all his unused, overused, and out dated clothing. I also finally painted over the bright turquoise with my new favorite paint color, agreeable grey.  Continue reading “Playing Catch Up!”

Living Room Wall Art and Hello Snow

After all our furniture arrived, I was excited to finally put up the wall art. Of course this was going to include my DIY abstract painting, but I needed more to balance out the space above the couch. So, I bought two gold frames at Target and added in some pretty Instagram photos of important places to Matt and I. I’m still looking for real art prints on and , but haven’t found anything I love yet. So, instapics for now! I also found these gold arrows from Target and thought they fit the theme, too. Here’s how it all looked once Matt measured it all out and hung all 5 items: Continue reading “Living Room Wall Art and Hello Snow”