Guys. Can you believe it is May? Seriously? Where is the time going? Do you want to know what is even crazier? We are moving in at the END OF MONTH. Ahhh!!!! *Insert minor freak out here*
Actually, I am not quite in panic mode yet, just a little stressed when I think about what all we have left to do. The good news is that we are on track with our to-do list! We just have to stay that way for a few more weeks 🙂
If you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram you already know last week was pretty darn exciting. First off, Ryan and Dad rocked out the kitchen flooring two Saturdays ago, and it looks awesome!
Here is a close up/glamour shot! I love the variety of light and dark grays!
Since the boys installed the floor, Mom and I were charge of cleaning….
THEN we had cabinets installed in the kitchen, pantry, laundry area and had the built-in for the living room dropped off. Let’s start with the kitchen.
I LOVE THEM! I work at a custom cabinetry shop (Huntsville American Cabinets for you locals), so I am pretty picky when it comes to cabinets. I knew exactly what I wanted. AND since I work at a cabinet shop and get a pretty sweet discount, I was actually able to afford my dream cabines. Brittney for the win!!!
Our cabinets are built out of maple in a shaker style (flush construction – which I LOVE!), with a painted exterior and stained interior. The color is Sherwin Williams Pure White – same color as the ceiling. We have a few bells and whistles I will share later once we get moved in.
Let’s move on to the laundry area (which is technically in the kitchen, too).
The living room piece is actually just primed for paint. I am still not sure what color I am going to paint it.
Ryan and I will be adding shelving above at some point. Not this month!
And lastly the pantry. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about having a walk in pantry!!!!!
Feel free to scroll back up and look at the pictures again and admire my cabinets. I still walk by and admire them myself 🙂
You know what comes after cabinets? Counter tops!!!!
On the back wall we went with butcher block counter tops from Ikea. We actually purchased them through Ikea Run Huntsville. If you are in Huntsville, I would highly recommend Ikea run. This is our third purchase with no troubles what so ever! Ryan and I decided to go with butcher block because it was something we could install ourselves, pretty inexpensive, and would allow us to still have an under mount sink. It’s pretty with white cabinets as well.
Now the island is actually laminate.
Do you remember me mentioning the faux marble here? Well we bought it, and it is pretty darn awesome. So pretty I pet it as I walk by. Just ask Ryan.
What is NOT awesome is laying tile.
I made the mistake of laying tile for two evenings (approx. 5 hours) without knee pads because “I’m twenty-four and I don’t need NO STICKIN’ knee pads-blah-blah-blah.” That was bad. Very very bad. Knee pads are awesome, and you should wear them when you are crawling on your knees for hours.
This week we are working on painting, grouting and finishing tile in the bathroom, customizing the bathroom vanity, and some other odds and end.
Does anyone else have butcher block in their kitchen? How is maintenance for it? Tips anyone? Does anyone else have “Dream Cabinets” or is that just me? 🙂