Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Right?

So…things have been moving rather slowly around here. Or maybe it just seems that way. Most of the work we are completing in the kitchen right now does not yield big visible changes (think wiring, plumbing, and gas lines). While all of the work is vital to the renovation, the updates just don’t have the same “wow” factor as, say, completely gutting the kitchen.  Nevertheless, we are still making progress!

Speaking of gutting the kitchen, I recently realized that I have not yet posted pictures of our completely gutted kitchen. A few weeks ago, we decided to tear out the existing drywall, which was covered in layers of old (ugly and multicolored) paint and start fresh. Besides ridding the walls of decades of poor paint choices, we also needed to expose the wiring so we could determine how to re-wire the kitchen to better accommodate the remodel.

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We have so much awesome light now that all the nasty cabinets and walls are down! I love it. And I just can’t wait to see the finished product, though the end is still a few months out. I’m finally learning to be a bit more realistic in terms of how long each project will actually take. 😉

While the kitchen looks a little empty, the rest of our house is completely packed! Appliances in the living room, all our dishes pots, and pans in the second bedroom, and all of our cabinets assembled in the basement. When the kitchen is done, our house is going to feel so empty. Ian and I busted out cabinet assembly two weeks ago. I’m really pleased with how the cabinets turned out, and thankfully we’ve only had one or two minor mishaps (a few cabinets needed to be re-glued and one cabinet came with the wrong side pieces). I was a little concerned that our budget-friendly choice to assemble the cabinets ourselves was going to be a bad idea. I envisioned weeks of sitting in the basement slowly piecing together each cabinet with one measly screwdriver. But we had all cabinets put together in roughly one day. Not too shabby! The lighting in the basement is pretty terrible, so I’m not even going to attempt a picture until we move the cabinets upstairs.

Instead, click here to see a lovely sample from RTA Cabinets (our cabinets will go all the way to the ceiling, minus the top molding), or behold the tiny sample below:

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The wood is a lovely dark brown with a hint of carmel (not nearly as orange as the image above). I’m pretty excited about it.

In other news, spring has finally sprung in Colorado! Well, that or summer appears to have come early. We’ve had temps in the high 70s and low 80s the past few days. It’s a welcomed change from all the freezing snow and cold. The animals are having a blast and have been spending as much time as possible outside. The dogs just LOVE the yard, which is actually starting to fill back in. I was worried that Ava and Deke had completely destroyed the grass, but it seems to be growing back, thank goodness!

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Even little Bene man is getting his outdoor fill. He really enjoys climbing our big oak tree in the backyard. We’ve only had to rescue him a few times, which is one of the reasons he’s not allowed to be outside without supervision. That and the foxes we saw all winter long.

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I’ve started my end-of-the-year countdown: only four weeks and one-and-a-half days to go! I think I’m more excited about summer vacation than my students! Mostly, I’m just excited to be able to work on the house full-time for several weeks.

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One thought on “Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Right?

  1. Your kitchen will be fabulous when you are done!! I love how open your kitchen is now! Great pictures of the furry children!!

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