September 19, 2012

A Spot of Happiness

A little spot of happiness amidst the chaos that is my kitchen.


 We are slowly making progress in our kitchen. We tore down the rest of the upper cabinets this past weekend. Here's a little tip for you, don't start gutting your kitchen when you have friends coming for dinner. Just don't.


Fantastic, right? Yes that is a hole in my kitchen wall. Why do you ask? Hard to believe I used to be the girl that couldn't stand for people to come to her house unless it was perfectly clean and orderly. I'm pretty sure I've killed that girl off.

(Meg's gorgeous new ceiling)

Here's a little insight into my personality, when I start a job, I don't want to stop until it's finished. Umm. Yeah. That's not working out so well for me right now. Now I'm forced to wait it out and stare at inspiring pictures of rooms that actually are finished. We still need to rip down the rest of the lovely tile backsplash. Three of the corks fell out in the process of removing cabinets. I'll be honest, I cried. Oh wait, those were tears of joy.

 (from my pinterest kitchen board via bhg)

You know how projects tend to have a snowball effect? If you live in an old house,  you really know what I'm talking about. Well, now we've decided to rip the ceiling out and hope to raise it a bit and replace it with tongue and groove wood planks. Sure we could drywall, but dry wall is predictable. And what I mean by predictable is, drywall is reserved for people that have money to pay someone to drywall. We are on the budget DIY road to our newish, updatedish kitchen.

(via JAS Design Build)

And so it begins.

28 comments:

  1. can't wait to see the end result, i'm sure it'll be perfectly charming. one of the many benefits of 'doing it yourself' it won't look like every other kitchen out there. it will be uniquely yours...

    xo
    molly

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  2. **applauding** can't wait to see the finished product because i predict it will be GEEEOOORRRgous!!! and totally green with envy over tongue&groove ceiling ... go, you!!

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  3. You know it's going to look awesome when you are finished. Just keep thinking about that while being surrounded by the mess. :)

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  4. I feel you pain having holes that need to be repaired. Wishing tons of luck....I know it will be perfect. Don't forget to share pictures of your success.

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  5. What hole in your kitchen? All I saw was that milk glass vase holding kitchen utensils. ;-)

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  6. Awww... that's my ceiling!
    I will never forget the torn out phase. Our kitchen sat like that for what seemed like months before we moved forward.
    You know how I feel about panelled ceilings. Go for it!

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  7. Every journey starts with one small step! Even though I don't live in an old house, we built our own, which meant many months of waiting (or years) for things to get finished. Always worth the wait! We have the same ceilings in all the rooms of our house, for the very same reason....When you do things yourself, sometimes you make compromises that work out even better! So... patience my dear. It is going to be stunning! xx

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  8. I am so excited for you Jen! I think
    it be more special doing it own your own. So we have progress yay!

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  9. "I love what you've done with the place!" - It will be so worth it in the end! Love your inspiration photos, they DO inspire.
    xo~Jill

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  10. Drywall is overrated. & it's fragile to me... You are doing the right thing!!! Go Jen go.... I know I will be inspired by what you do... (ha old houses umm totally know that subject!)

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  11. I hear you! I want all projects done NOW. But with my hubby you have to wait - a lot! Good luck!

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  12. I already see progress. It is going to be gorgeous and uniquely you. I love your pinterest kitchen board...so much inspiration.

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  13. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna love it when it's done. I already love all the pretties you have on the counters so I know it will be beautiful! ;)

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  14. It's all part of the adventure! And, as other poster said, because you are doing it yourself, it will be uniquely you.

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  15. This is the exciting part of renovation.Can't wait to see the finish product.

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  16. Jen, it will be beautiful, unique and so you. And remodels can't last forever, even if we do it ourselves. Holding my breath to see results.

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  17. i feel for you but it's a good feeling. i went through in in march. i would take the torn up all over again to get the results. enjoy the process. it will be over soon and you will smile every morning when you walk into your kitchen. it's going to be amazing.

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  18. i'm right there with ya! keep on keeping on :) it's not easy to have your kitchen missing. looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen. i like your inspiration pics.

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  19. I'm commenting from Paris as we speak! Love the Eiffel Tower pic and I know you're kitchen will be terrific.

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  20. i love your little bit of happy :)

    and i love knowing that when the kitchen is finished (someday) you will love it and it will all have been worth it.

    and as for having guests during a renovation, just remember: hospitality isn't having everything perfect but making everyone feel perfectly welcome. and i'm pretty sure that's something that you do.

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  21. clearly you had kentucky fried chicken for dinner...oh lawrd i hope a bird or some other animal doesn't come in thinking that hole is an invite!!
    i know it's going to be gorgeous!
    CRAZY!!!

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  22. The construction process is always filled with messy surprises and u-turns. Take lots of pictures. It will get done eventually, and you will be so happy you did it.

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  23. Just remember....it's got to look worse ~ before it looks better. And when you get done.... it will all be worth it. :)

    I put beadboard on my dining room ceiling and bath & lil hallway ceilings and love it :)

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  24. I can't believe how much lighter and brighter in already feels. So excited for you!!!

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  25. Being in the midst of renovations is never fun...but I promise, your kitchen will be gorgeous when it's done! Good thing that you and your husband are handy, because me and my husband definitely are not! Sure, we could tear out our cabinets...but then what? lol And raise the ceiling? Or even just drywall? Ha!

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  26. it's going to be charming and you will be so happy you attacked your kitchen and did it yourself! i am so impatient, i painted my tile backsplash instead of taking it down...ha! someday we will remodel...someday...
    :)

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  27. Boy oh boy, I can so relate to what you are going through. We revamped our entire kitchen - gutted it to the core - five years ago and we just finished doing the same to our laundry room. I'll be posting pics of the LR soon and we did it on a budget. When you are all done, it will be just awesome because you have AMAZING taste!

    Becky

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