Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
- Placement of the fridge. It was right up against a wall which meant that the fridge side of the appliance wouldn't fully open. In truth, it annoyed me to no end so it HAD to change.
- Trash out in the open. I don't want to see a trash can. Ever.
- Cookie Sheets. I bake and need a good vertical storage space for my stuff!
And I have to mention the Bower Power Blog kitchen:
With these ideas in mind we started perusing cabinet options at places like Home Depot and Ikea. And really, it's tough to get a good sense of cost from these places without really sitting down and talking to someone. Ikea has a ton of options, but there were a few things I though we absolutely needed for our layout and they weren't options there, so Ikea was quickly eliminated. Home Depot was a contender until I got a recommendation for a local kitchen/bath place.
I made an appointment there to spend an hour or so with a real kitchen designer, Melissa. Armed with measurements for our space and a few "must haves" she quickly clicked in a design for our kitchen. It was amazing. Our kitchen is a small space, but Melissa's years of experience helped her come up with a functional design that maximized work space, fixed our fridge problem, and included a pantry cabinet.
We're set on the design now (hardware & counter top are still up in the air), and I couldn't be happier. I can't say for sure that we wouldn't have been happy with a HD kitchen design (honestly we'd probably end up with something very similar), but I know that Melissa has a degree in interior design, 7 years of experience at this company, and has designed literally HUNDREDS of kitchens. Throughout the whole process she asked me questions and made suggestions on how to save money, consider different options, and that really helped me feel more confident in the choices we made. I'm sure that we paid more this way, but worth it in the long run, I think.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Well, this is more spring and summer (if I can remember to stay on top of watering and the plants don't die).
If you recall, last year I put out a few potted plants on the front porch. I went cheap and got 2 plastic pots from Home Depot, drilled holes and put a bright pink geranium in each one. They were bright & colorful, but too small to be the star of the show on the porch.
This year, I needed to go a bit bigger. I had spotted these pots at Ikea:
And I truly fell in love with that blue color. Last year's pots were yellow and I really love a blue & yellow color combo, so I picked up 2 of these bad-boys. They were pretty big without being ENORMOUS. And at $15/each the price was right.
Planting up the big pots was pretty simple. I drilled a few holes in the bottom of each pot to allow for drainage of excess water. Then I put a brick in each one (to prevent tip-over). A bit of potting soil and then a few flowering and green plants and it was done!
Here's how they looked:
I made matching planters for each side of the porch. Here's the look from the yard:
I'm starting another bigger curb appeal project, so I'm holding off on any from-the-sidewalk photos until that's more done.
What kinds of outdoor spring spruce-ups do you have going on??
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
- Excitement at taking out something we don't like/anticipation of the good stuff to come
- Panic at completely destroying something that was otherwise "functional"
- Plaster walls in rough shape from old wallpaper and formica paneling
- Tons of electrical work (adding outlets, under cabinet lighting, moving switches, etc.)
- No insulation
- We should have covered the washer/dryer in the basement because they got FILTHY
- Termite damage in our home was NOT limited to the front of the house (structure was ok, just furring strips need to be replaced).
- Previous owners adopted the "layer it on" method for flooring. There were no fewer than FOUR layers of flooring, plus luan. So 8 million nails. Yeah.
Monday, April 22, 2013
- Concrete footers we dug out of the yard
- Old concrete downspout thingey (not sure what it's called)
- Crumbling bricks that line the driveway
- Old metal fence posts
- Rotten boards
- Old hardwood flooring
- Broken trash cans
- Random junk from the garage and basement
- And we have the thing for another week and a half! I'm sure we can find more stuff to eliminate.