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Monday, December 16, 2013

House re-model

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil, 4:6
Hello, I'm back, I've been sick with a nasty cold for about two weeks! So tired of not being healthy, I mentioned to John the night before I got sick, wow honey I really can't remember the last time I've been sick! Then I wake with a serious head cold/flu, that wiped me out. I'm on the up now, finally tackling Christmas shopping, house cleaning, etc…. Wanted to finish sharing our house re-model here are some pictures of the house before/afters down sizing from 3800 square feet to 1600, was crazyyy!!! So lots of furniture had to go, we had to maximize all and every inch of this place.

My office desk is now our island so we blew into a wall, and closed off a linen closet to make my office. I love the way it turned out!

 Thanks Jim, and John I mentioned, "oh what if?????" And bam done!

 Next we only had one family room, coming from two huge spaces, I tried to maximize the space, as well as I could. I knew this room was going to get used daily, I still want to change up the furniture I have some ideas in mind, but with no budget, and many other projects it will have to wait!
 Before 

                               Before, here is a shot of the ugly fireplace we removed

                                                              The dinning room. 
                                                   Dinning room Before

The little girls room

 
Their room before, the floors were slanted in the room, we had to self level the entire floor

Sages room, wow what a transformation, I could not wait to apply how ever many coats of white paint to this room! It required four!!!
Before 
 Christmas is going full throttle here, lots of party's, school functions, we love this time of the year
 Sadie was Rudolf in her Christmas performance
 Quick outfit change…. So Sadie
 Her summer blond ends are growing out, she's such a beauty!

 Snow ball fight
 The girls have been taking Hip-Hop class, they really are getting good, if we can bribe them into showing us some moves.


 And of course right when our temperature drops, we have no heat!!! So off to CVS for four space heaters, thank God the house is so small, it heats it right up
 Girls getting ready to decorate the tree
 Sweet and simple, I've never been great at decorating the tree! I threw away all my gross decorations when we moved, trust me, they have seen better day's!
OK time to finish up around here, so much to do, dusting, bathrooms, and a mound of laundry, wash my car, go on a run, pick up Chloe, then groceries! Love you all, God bless, Shirley

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kitchen re-model

He who walks with integrity walks securely. —Proverbs 10:9

Finally the kitchen is complete! We started in April, had a vision, and now it is done! Oh how blessed we are. John and I ( I say I lightly, I gave orders, I had the vision, John and Jim had the know how!) We did it all our selves, saving thousands of dollars. We met a drywall guy in the gym, who gave us a few hours of his time, to throw some mud on the walls, that helped tremendously. 
After
                                                                     
                                                                            Before


 We made a trip to Ikea, we ended up staying there 8 hours, designing the kitchen, purchasing cabinets, microwave, dishwasher and the sink. They have software to design, if you go there with your measurements, you literally get to design, to the T! Not one inch wasted…. And lucky us they had a sale 20% off, we spent $5,200, considering other quotes of $10,000 and up just for cabinets, it was a great choice for us. 
 No joke, we just got the keys, no less than 10 minutes…. John brought a sledge hammer, A fire place was in the middle of the kitchen, taking much needed space! We originally were planning on just painting the cabinets, getting new appliances, Hahaha, once we started we just kept going!

We placed the cabinets outside, and within a few hours, a lady asked to buy them. Perfect! 
While removing the fireplace we discovered that in the ceiling there were gorgeous beams, and about 5 feet of space up there, so in a split decision down came the drop ceiling, best choice ever! Made this tiny kitchen feel so grand! 


 Trying to save money on the remodel I looked on craigslist for our range, hood, and refrigerator, I found some great deals. Getting it upstairs was thee hardest thing to watch, after a few hours they got it in.
 Thank you Jim for taking your vacation here with us, your expertise and patients went so far!
 work seemed endless…..
 Oh my what a can of worms! One step at a time, many phone calls to Jim….
My babe John can work circles around any person I know, this guy is my super hero:)
 Finally things are coming back together, whats the saying, things have to get ugly before it's pretty?? 
Not my favorite part I painted every square inch of the house, no matter how high, I had to get comfortable on the ladder.
So relived, excited, happy when the kitchen started to come together

 Searched for weeks looking for a good vent, nothing…. So Jim fabricated one from the old fire place we removed
We stoped at this point for while, tired, low on funds, we had to build back up for counter tops. So ply wood counter tops it was for a few months. 
Not just any counters…Carra Marble! 
The kitchen went in phases, we lived with this phase for a long time, finally John found a way to do my open shelves. Seriously he laid awake many nights trying to decide which method would be best! 
We went with pipping/flanges. Then John drilled holes into our boards and slid them on. I hated the way our ceiling beams clashed against the dark floors and shelving so back up the ladder I went and stained them to match

A inspiration picture 

 Once the open shelving was completed, John thought phew done for awhile! So.. he thought that meant he could buy more tree's (His latest obsession) No, No, No, we made a deal No MORE TREES till kitchen is complete! So phase 3 started, subway tile. What a cheap, hard, tedious, job it was!
 Me grouting….Rule… Never ever let grout sit longer than 10 minutes!!!! 5 hours of scraping it off, one wall taught me a life lesson. Why I chose to wear all white with black grout, you got me??
The window seemed so bare, so we trimmed it out with wood, then stained it
 Love the way it dressed up the window
All the blood, sweat, and tears, it was all worth it, we all love the kitchen, it truly is the heart of the home.
Hope you enjoyed. Oh and guess who went out and bought two palm trees today!
Love you, Shirley