of our kitchen remodel.
ha ha ha.
you had lots of questions and i have lots of answers.
how long did the remodel take?
3 months...november - january.
how did you survive?
we moved the refrigerator into the living room...set up a folding table also with throw away utensils
and the microwave...and that was what we used.
it was kind of crazy but so much changed in the new kitchen everyday that it was exciting.
how did you decide what you wanted?
we remodeled our kitchen LAST in our home in illinois and then we moved.
all that work and money and we didn't even get to enjoy it. so when we bought this house we decided
we would do the kitchen FIRST because it is the most important room to us.
i knew i wanted the exact same cabinets i had in my IL. kitchen.
i had a baby at home so i spent hours and hours sitting and dreaming up what to do.
and i had years of magazines pictures in a file that i used to put it together.
did you design it?
yes. i designed it all. i like to draw so i gave my detailed drawings to the cabinet guy brad and our contractor bernie and said " do it like this".
i wonder where those are now???
can we move in?
that depends...are you good at laundry? cooking? cleaning? i may consider it if you are....
is that a real chalkboard or just chalkboard paint?
it is an old school chalkboard...running the other way...from a garage sale.
(sarah has the paint on the wall and it looks great too...so if you can't find a huge chalkboard at a
garage sale...do what she did!)
the kids' dinnertime chores are written way at the top.
what kind of dog is that?
waffle is a golden doodle...half poodle/half golden retreiver. and he needs a haircut.
they do shed and i don't know if they are hypoallergenic.
but if his hair is short...there is practically no shedding at all.
our friends had one liter of these in 2008.
this entire liter of puppies is the happiest bunch of dogs i have ever seen!
but they aren't having anymore puppies unfortunately...and i don't know anyone else to find one for you.
check your classifieds or google golden doodles in your area.
(those are the most frequent questions i am asked about waffler)
how did you have the patience for a kitchen remodel?
craig and i are a good team.
he likes my designs (at least he says he does)...he is very flexible and encouraging with my vision/ideas.
i really like how hard of a worker he is.
we both like to get good deals.
and we take our time figuring out what we want.
and he is such a good painter! he is so detailed.
so much so that he's asked me to stop painting a few times...because i was so messy he wanted me to go.
working with all men (contractors, electricians, plumbers, carpenters) can be a challenge because i don't like confrontation and i really don't like being treated like a dumb girl.
and that happens every once in awhile...but not too much.
i know what i want when it comes to my home down to the last detail.
so that caused some tension for me sometimes...and of course...tears because i am a girl.
but other than that...it doesn't take too much patience when you are so excited.
bernie, our contractor, showed up EVERYDAY and worked all day till the job was finished.
he never made me cry. :)
and i have a few kids around here to distract me...helping with the patience.
what made you decide to put in the wall of windows?
that side of the room was previously a porch.
in the 70's or 80's the homeowners enclosed it with 12 skinny tall windows and a door.
none of them worked anymore.
we decided to use 6 big windows and closing up the space where the door had been...
gaining 3 more feet of counter space in the process.
the wall with wood slats is gone and a steel support beam is in it's place.
the door on the left is now a wall (with the red EAT letters)
the floor was cement on this half and slanted because it was a porch.
it had to be leveled and then the wood floor laid down across both rooms.
i am in love with wood floors.
we have no carpet i our entire house...and only 2 rugs. one of them came with the house!
they are scratched in a few places but i don't mind.
and i HATE to vaccuum.
how should i paint my cabinets?
these are all new cabinets painted by the cabinet makers....so i can't help you with that.
where did you get your slipcoverd sofas?
the white ones are from world market. the blue is an old couch from our IL. days...
what color is the paint on your walls?
you know...in the mess of the remodel we threw out the can.
after we'd used literally every single drop and we don't know what color it is!
that is BAD.
it is a creamy off white...just different enough from the bright white cabinets to show a difference.
it's not yellow.
where did you get your chandeliers?
chicago jenny gave me one for our IL kitchen.
she had taken it out of her house and it was sitting in her garage!!
she walked into our new kitchen and started laughing and called her husband in to show him
my new light i had bought at the flea market. identical to hers...that she was getting rid of.
so when we moved to kansas she gave it to me as a going away gift. :)
best gift ever.
so i had two chandeliers that were nearly the same.
yes...i took my light from my IL. house. we put in a different one though...
some of my friends were here yesterday baking for their friends fundraiser...it was a blast.
but you can see the chandelier.
(and i need some more globes...any one have one they don't want anymore :)
i find chandeliers at antique stores and flea markets.
my friend diana gave me one from her dining room and it's in my bathroom.
they were all brass and i spray paint them white.
should i take my cherry cabinets out and put in white?
that quesiton is too big for me.
it's a personal preference. you want to be happy in your home...so you have to decide that for you.
i like cherry too...they are pretty.
where did you get your roman shades?
a little place called the home depot.
how do you keep the white cabinets so clean?
ha ha ha.
now that is just funny.
right now i can see spaghetti sauce...footprints...hot cocoa splatters...all kinds of gunk on them.
you just have to wipe them off like everything else.
but you can use clorox clean up at least.
and annie loves to use cleaning wipes...often the cabinet cleaning job goes to her on saturday mornings.
what kind of appliances do you have?
the dishwasher is a kitchenaid from best buy. it's great! it get used every single day 365 days a year.
(except i guess you aren't supposed to put pieces of broken glass or bobby pins in them...who knew?)
the cooktop and double oven are Jenn-Air and we bought them off ebay.
one was a floor model with a scratch and one was an older model...but still looked great to us.
the refridgertor is GE and we got it at sears.
the microwave is GE from home depot.
do you help people with decorating dilemmas?
no one has ever done what i suggest.
so i will say no.
can we see the rest of your house?
no..it's too messy.
just kidding. there is a photo album in the left sidebar...if you haven't seen that.
but i do have a few more before and afters to show sometime.
but the afters are too messy to show you today.
so that is that.
any other questions?