first floor redo {week nine!}

It’s been a couple months since I’ve updated about our kitchen and first floor home redo. If you follow my twitter or facebook, then you have seen pictures from my phone along the way. If you missed part one, click here to get caught up;)

We’ve been having FUN over the past 9 weeks. “Fun” can also be synonymous with: frustrated, stressed, excited, emotional and a few other adjectives I will withhold. It has certainly been interesting, and honestly so exciting.

I have to say, our contractor has been a gem. He went OUT of his way to always ensure that we had water, a sink hook-up, and all of our appliances available for use. Even at times when we had a stove sitting in the middle of the floor, we had constant access to cooking which was a major concern of ours. We don’t eat out often, and we cook 3 meals most every day. The process could have been MUCH harder on us.

Floors were all placed, we made our tiny 80′s cut-out from the kitchen to the dining room larger, and new appliances began to trickle in. I began working on the dining room decor, which I wanted to make more of an “everyday” room than a formal dining room. It’s looking great I must say, and we’ve been doing school in there for the last few weeks so it is really feeling like home.

Making this wall cut-out bigger has been the biggest change for us yet! I can’t believe we’ve lived 5 yrs with it that small.

We call this our “hillbilly sink.” Lee (our contractor) propped our faucet on a 2×4 since we didn’t have a counter.

Before the counters we put in, we all traced our hands on the plywood tops that have served as counters for us over the past couple months. We figured someday, someone will rip the counters out and this would be a little time capsule of us.

Brett’s new baby:

Snippets from around the kitchen and dining room:

Once we finish painting, get our shelving up, and our art on the walls, I will post the completed rooms! :)

It’s an overwhelming experience seeing your dreams take shape before your eyes. We’re feeling extremely blessed here in the Z home.

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September 15, 2011 - 10:53 am

Myriam - wow i love!!! very beautiful new kitchen .

September 15, 2011 - 11:07 am

Gail - EEK!! SO exciting!! I am LOVING all the rugs you’re showing too!! Where are the chairs and rug in the dining room from? GORGEOUS!!! I feel like we’ve talked about this so much, it feels like a surrogate kitchen :)

September 15, 2011 - 11:23 am

Esther - Okay I might be coveting just a bit here! It’s so beautiful! That sink- oh my! What a lovely space for a beautiful family!

September 15, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Gem - Your kitchen looks uber great!! I ♥ your gas range!

September 15, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Chanda - Loving it! Okay you so have to let us know the source of your dining table rug. I’ve been on the mad hunt for a similar one and yours is awesome!

September 16, 2011 - 9:30 am

Betsy - Ohhhhhhhhh my god it’s sooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously amazing!!!! So you!

Yes, spill it on the chairs.

I can’t wait to come and have coffee! (When the HECK are we going to do that? It will have to be Winter! We are going to Disney AND Puerto Rico this fall. Nuts, I know!)

September 16, 2011 - 4:52 pm

melanie - that floor is sexy. as is the sink, stove…ok all of it. jealous.

September 18, 2011 - 6:31 pm

Rachel - Love, love, love your hand print time-capsule. What a great idea! “This house IS filled with love.” So sweet!

September 19, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Maya - You guys – it is looking awesome! I loove those kitchen chairs and the rugs are just perfect.

September 22, 2011 - 3:00 pm

tara - All i am feeling is jealousy. Hahhaahhaa.
I want I WANT. :)
Yay for you guys.

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