April 17, 2013

Kitchen Update: March 2011/ April 2013 (95% done!!)

Update from the longest kitchen reno ever ;)

March 2011-


March 2011-


March 2011-


Check out this post for even older photos!!

April 16, 2013

Dining room 99% done!! - IKEA Stockholm Rand Rug installed (finally)

I have been hoarding this rug since last April when Haley came to visit.  After we ripped out the carpet and cleaned up the hardwoods, we laid it out and realized that the original rug purchased was HUGE, it covered the entire floor and and extended up the walls on either end!  J said it made his eyes unable to focus... After the kitchen was completed, we gathered up all of the returns and planned a trip to exchange the rug and return all the construction extras.  By then something crazy happened, the rug was no longer listed on the IKEA website, then rumors that it had been "obsoleted".  I even started to look for other similar style rugs...

The morning I loaded up, J convinced me to take the rug "just in case".  Good idea, J!

When I walked into to the Centennial store, there was a miracle- not only was the display rug hanging up, but two, brand-new rugs were available, as well and in the right size!  I returned the WAY-too-big rug  and bought the smaller size.  I was really happy because I love this rug, but Kitty loves it even more!  He had a little freak out ;)

Chino approves too!

But I like it the MOST!  (I know this off center, but the table is lined up with the kitchen opening.)

Almost exactly how I pictured the Dining Room when we moved in.

Too bad it had to be the construction zone for the past three years...

Every dinner is candlelight when you demo-ed out the the only light switch :)

Maybe we'll get some installed lights in here soon...(birthday surprise-J?)


- finish wiring updates
- install lights/ light switch
- order/install blind
- decide on a pendant (or two?) for over the table

April 15, 2013

Nook = Office

J worked on installing and finishing the trim last week.  He helped move the file cabinets back into the nook and then took Zeb for a long hike.  I was determined to get everything put together and cleaned up, all by myself, before he came back.  We have been discussing how to best use the "nook" space since we moved in.  I was on team Office and he was on team Breakfast room.  My argument was, in a small house we don't need two separate eating areas within 20 ft. of each other.  What we really need is a designated office space.  And I (usually) get my way ;)

Here are all the pieces of the puzzle: two metal file cabinets with a top drawer, a VIKA LERBERG trestle leg and two LINNEMON table tops from IKEA.

I finally finished the paper pile I've been sorting out for 1.5 years.  Paper purge 2013 is history!!

Visualizing and checking the fit- 102 year old houses with "handyman" additions are NOT close to being square.
I had to peel off the veneer on the short side seam and sand off about 1/4 of an inch.  Nice tight seam now.  Don't you love the "window treatments" ;)

 Used a sticky rug pad for insulation/grip under the desk top.

All done with time to spare.   Love this view! There is a lilac out the far right window :)

I think it's even better than I've been imagining it (for the past 3 years)!! I have a crush on my office nook :)  Now I need to get a wireless keyboard/mouse and get rid of those wires...

- install ceiling light
- touch-up paint
- patch wall
- replace switch plates
- order blinds
- install blinds
- hang calendar
- accessorize (plants, photos, office supply organization)!