Thursday, December 25, 2014

The last of the shiny stuff and other random things

Or what I like to call the oopsie edition.

I am down to the last 3 totes of kitchen stuff, so... hooray for that! But I do have some perplexing things that I just can't explain. When unpacking my brand new dishes that I had purchased in July last year-which had been unpacked, wrapped in towels and stored in a rubbermaid tote--you know, to keep them safe--I noticed I didn't have any broken dishes. I had a missing dessert plate! How does that happen? I have no ideal. I have gone through all the remaining totes at this point and it is not to be found. I am also missing 1 area area rug, a box of my miscellaneous coffee mugs (or muglies as my kid would call them), and 2 of my cast iron skillets.  It isn't like I have a ginormous house or garage but this stuff is just...gone. Weird, huh?

So all the shiny stuff has been installed...all the cabinet hardware and the light fixture. Yay!!

There was a MAJOR oopsie when the hubbs was installing a cabinet knob. He began drilling in the wrong spot. I damn near had an apoplectic fit. The door had to be flipped upside down and hinges moved to the opposite side...Siiighhh.

Fortunately a little wood putty and some matching paint will take care of it. We still need to adjust the door a little bit, or I should say the hubbs needs to because I have absolutely NO patience for it.

Unlike my waistline, my kitchen remodel list is shrinking, yahoo! The majority on the list is either on hold due to budget or waiting for Spring weather. My window treatment had to be redone because I didn't like the fabric I had selected after all. No worries the fabric I purchased  can be repurposed for quilting. My DIY art project is coming along nicely. It is not difficult or time consuming but I have only had a few minutes intermittently to work on it.  It is mostly all about the pretty stuff and accessorizing. The good thing is I can shop my hoard stash chatchkes and bric-a-brac-- so no additional cost  is involved.

To see the original list  click here 
  • REPAIR THE EXTERIOR WALL FROM INSTALLING A SMALLER WINDOW--IN PROGRESS On hold due to budget and weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Install sink (part of the counter top fabrication) DONE!!
  • Plumbing! DONE!!
  • Install garbage disposal DONE!!
  • Paint and install the new entry door On hold due to weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Purchase door hardware--DONE!!
  • Install door hardware, including kick plate On hold due to weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Add a peephole to the door since it is windowless On hold due to weather. This is now moved to Spring.
  • Trim work (doors, the window, baseboards, crown molding and cabinet toe moldingOn hold due to budget
  • Purchase  additional tile for back splash--expanded project (aka scope creep), now need to tile sink aside and food prep/ cook side On hold due to budget
  • Install tile back splash On hold due to budget
  • Purchase shelves for open shelving storage between wall cabinet and pantry, as well as, above the sink. DONE!
  • Install shelves DONE!
  • Install the refrigerator DONE!
  • Install the stove DONE!
  • Purchase end panel for dishwasher installation--DONE!!
  • Purchase and install a dishwasher--DONE!
  • Purchase and install cabinet hardware----DONE!
  • Purchase ceiling medallion--DONE!
  • Install the ceiling medallion and chandelier--DONE!
  • Decide on window treatment--DONE!!
  • Order and SEW fabric for window valance/ curtains/ shade--IN PROGRESS
  • Paint  mobile island/ cart and purchase/ DIY 1 or 2 kitchen stools Sadly there will be no island or bar stools due to space constraints
  • DIY some wall art --IN PROGRESS
  • Accessorize--IN PROGRESS
  • Cook, bake and ENJOY the finished kitchen!
So...what is next??

The next project on the list is the dining room. I know I said we were gonna wait  but there will be (hopefully) minimal cost. The biggest cost will be leveling the floor and installing the vinyl flooring. I know it isn't a typical choice for a dining room but it is also the main entry to my house and there is a lot of traffic, so I want something easy to clean. I am going to repaint the entire room. I have a new light fixture which was FREE and it is GORGEOUS!  There is a repurposed furniture project planned for the dining room, I may try to make slipcovers for my 2 parson's chairs and I need to reupholster the 2 arm chairs. Oh and paint the table base. And organize the storage closet in the dining room. HAHA--so lots of things to keep me busy.

What is on your to-do list?

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