Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Renovation Realities

So far, the renovation process has been fairly simple (my husband may tell you a different story). We haven't had any major issues, and each project is turning out better than we had anticipated, which is very exciting. I think this is one of those situations where you're hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. You never know what you're going to get when you hire someone else to do the job, but we feel that doing research and making expectations clear have really helped us (along with getting more than one bid for each project). In addition to those details, not having to live WITH the renovations has definitely kept stress to a minimum - our lease isn't up until September, so the timing couldn't be better!  I can't imagine living in home that is somewhat 'under construction' - especially a kitchen...props to the people who do that!

The kitchen is coming along extremely well, and I am loving all of the changes - SO happy we decided to go for it! The look and feel of the room have already changed so much, I can't wait for the final reveal!

Again - I apologize, as you'll have to live with the photos from my iPhone for the time being. I need to take my camera over there to get some better shots...but for now, these will have to do!

New countertops & sink installed, backsplash demo complete, and cabinet boxes painted white (terrible lighting, making everything look yellow-ish, which it isn't...well, except the old paint color which is now covered up by subway tile). 

Subway tile going up! Again, terrible lighting, but with the shade removed from the window, this was the best I could do. You can see the subway tile on it's way to the grout yet (we decided on bright white grout). Also seen here - new faucet. 

And here is the kitchen from the same view BEFORE: 

Old backsplash:

New backsplash: detail is a little better in this photo - no grout yet.

We are having roman shades made (to replace the bamboo shades) out of this fabric:

I can't wait for the cabinet doors to be replaced, complete with new hardware. This will (almost) complete the project! We chose cup pulls for the drawers, and chrome knobs for the cabinets. 

On to the master bedroom! We had a built-in made for this awkward HOLE in the wall, and I love the way it turned out (still needs to be painted). It makes the space so much prettier and more functional.




Today, painting begins! We are repainting every room, and I am anxious to see how this will change the look of everything...more on that to come. SO close, yet so far! Happy hump day! 


  1. Love the subway tile! Looks great so far!

  2. omgosh it's going to be soo soo good!

  3. its looking beautiful! where in OC is it? The kitchen looks exactly like my mums new house!??? Maybe the same builder

  4. It's looking great! I wish it was in our budget to redo our kitchen right now but alas it's not. As much as I love our house (minus the kitchen), I don't see us being here longer than another year and a half. We are outgrowing it.

  5. Love the pics! Our kitchen is very similar to yours! I can't wait to post pictures once we move! I love what you did with the built in too! You will love having the extra storage!

  6. looks great you guys, hope all is well cant wait to visit and see the brand new everything!!! LOVE YOU 3

  7. The kitchen looks so good already!! I love the subway tile and marble so much. Can't wait to see the full after it's going to amaze!


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