The finish line…

Sometimes I think the hardest part of a project is finishing it up.

Today I took the last (hopefully) trip to Home Depot to pick up trim paint and coving that I’ll need to complete the kitchen project.  In some ways I’m not surprised that I haven’t finished yet. It was a whirlwind 9 days from the moment I began painting the ceiling to the moment the man walked through the front door to see the reveal.

I’ve noticed a trend in my house though. When I come up against something that is frustrating, I tend to walk away for a while. I did that with the living room where all the baseboards and the crown moulding needs to be painted, and in another guest room where the paint failed (I hate you Valspar) and the whole room needs to be redone.

I refused to not finish the kitchen, though. It has been such a joy to walk in the backdoor each day after work to the brighter, cheerier space I’ve created. So I know I’ll finish. Hopefully tomorrow will bring more motivation and energy than today did.

What do you do when you get frustrated?



I can’t wait. I need to share.

First of all, thank you all for your votes on which room to do while the man was away. As the votes piled up for the kitchen, I suddenly panicked. What was I thinking? How was I going to pull this off?

But I couldn’t disappoint. People took the time to vote, I asked for the input, and I couldn’t ignore it.  And face it – I’m a glutton for punishment.

The man came home on Friday, and had no clue what I was up to while he was gone. He knew that I was up to something (usually no good) but never figured out quite which room. Apparently he and his buddies had an informal bet going for what room I was going to tear apart/destroy.

When we were looking at the house online, this is the photo that they had posted of the kitchen:

Courtesy of the realtor

Not horrible. A little dated, but looks clean and functional. Right? Wrong.

After we moved in, there wasn’t much we changed other than the refrigerator (which the former owners took with them) and the stove (which we replaced because it was so dirty that it smoked when you turned it on). But there was PLENTY we wanted to change.  The grease covered cabinets, the worn floors that never looked clean, the never ending dust and dirt in the crevices, and the horrible layout.

Cabinet IN THE FACE upon entrance.

Early on, we ripped out the odd broom closet that was IN YOUR FACE when you walked in the back door. (See above IN THE FACE photo). After that, though, there wasn’t much we could do.

But I had a vision.

I can’t post everything now – there is trim to be touched up, decorations to hang, and baseboards to be installed.  But here is a sneak peak to tide you over. In a week, I’ll share all the pictures, details, prices, and products that I used to create my “new” kitchen.

So here is a sexy photo of me working on the kitchen:

*smooches for kitchen renos*

And here is your sneak peek.