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Kitchen Demo + Progress

Excited to share a little update of what is happening with the kitchen in our house, I apologize for the lack of sharing, it has just been a slow moving train and turns out electrical isn’t all that exciting to show progress of! When we first saw this house, I knew it was the house for us, but was completely intimidated by the kitchen. Like, couldn’t even visualize what we could do with it and had no idea where to start. After we found out the severity of the electrical work and learned that every ceiling & wall would need opened up, I decided to just wait until that was done to make any plans.

Once the woodwork was removed and we could see the ceiling without all of the distracting angles, we plotted out where all of the new recessed lights would go & decided to take out the door to the bathroom that was plop in the middle of the working kitchen. It is obvious that the refrigerator was an afterthought in this layout, as is common with old houses. As we work through plans for the new kitchen, we decided that we will move the fridge further into the kitchen, where the existing bathroom door was & will center the stove on the same wall it was already on. The sink will stay where it is (I have always wanted a sink that looks out a window!!), but will be a little better centered. We will do a farm sink again, smaller than our last one, and this antique brass faucet!

The new cabinets will be white, although I did love the greige from our last house, I think white is better suited for this style of home. I would loooove to see what this kitchen looked like back in the 30’s before this 90’s update! πŸ˜‰ I want to mimic the style of the original built ins upstairs, with an inset shaker style & maybe some crystal or antique brass knobs. And last, we will add a large wood island in the center for extra storage. I can’t wait to share the updated pictures with the refinished floors & the lights installed later this week!! It will still be a while before we do the actual kitchen remodel, so it will stay like this for a while as we work out the details & design.

So what’s the verdict, can you envision the finished kitchen or are you still thinking we might be crazy?! πŸ™‚

We are so excited to finally be moved in & make so many memories in this home, and of course have you all along for the ride! XO

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April Favorite Things

A monthly round up of all the things I am loving, a few of which I couldn’t resist buying & some that I just have saved in my phone waiting for a sale! πŸ˜‰ Many of these you will be seeing very soon as we start to share pictures of our home coming together! Who could resist this gorgeous brass doorbell (under $20!), curb appeal for days!!

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Did you see the new Opalhouse collection at Target?! It totally resembles Anthropologie style but at a much lower price point!! A few favorites include these tufted floor pillows (perfect for a playroom floor!!), this speckled wooden trinket box (love these to style a coffee table or store essential oils in!), these gorgeous candlesticks & this luxe velvet folded throw pillow!!

We took a big step back in seasons with our move, it was all the way Spring in Atlanta and we are currently getting snow showers here in Kansas City. Dreaming of the day I can throw on a dress, my pink sunnies & that sparkly clutch for some patio cocktails!!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend!! Happy Monday! XO

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Life & House Update

Where to even begin?! We have taken a longer break from the blog than expected, which I guess comes with the territory of moving out of state, with three kids, and finding out the day before arrival that our house was in no condition to move into. WhichΒ meant living in a hotelΒ  (with a stomach bug + only enough clothes for an overnight stay while the rest of our stuff was on the moving truck) for six days with three kids. There are no words.

We’ll start with a few pictures of the house when we bought it, I am dying to share what things look like now but thought it would be most fun to start at the beginning and then we can slowly go room by room!!

 

Tons of charm throughout!!!

Let’s back track to when we closed on the house. During inspections, we found out that the home had all old knob & tube electrical, if you know old houses, you know this can be a huge problem & it was something we needed to have addressed. The sellers agreed to pay to upgrade the electrical, but not until closing. It turned out to be much more of a project than we thought, almost every single wall & ceiling in the house needed to be opened in order to replace the wiring, followed by extensive repairs. Our electrician & contractor got started immediately after we got the keys, and we had them go ahead and take down the upper cabinets & soffits to give us a clean slate for planning for an eventual kitchen renovation. The owners updated this kitchen at some point in the 80s or 90s, so our goal is to bring it back to the feel of what the original kitchen would have looked like but with all of the modern upgrades.Β  I am loving all of the symmetry that I can see in this room that was definitely hard to envision before!!

The kitchen walls & ceiling are now fully repaired, new recessed lighting is installed & all of the electrical has been finished. We also moved the bathroom door that was right next to the sink (weird) to around the corner to help expand the length of the kitchen working area & also make the bathroom more functional. You can definitely tell that a fridge was an afterthought in this kitchen as were lots of older homes, as the fridge sits almost all the way down into the eating area. I will share more of the kitchen plans & drawings soon!

The hardwoods are in great shape, they are taped over in the below pictures because these were taken during painting, but we had our crew run the hardwoods into the mudroom & office instead of the tile & carpet, while the rest of the demo was taking place.

We are sooooo excited to finally be moving in & sharing lots more pictures & updates soon. It has been a wild ride, but this feels more like home than any other house we have lived in!!!!

Thanks for bearing with us for the last two weeks, hope you all had an amazing Easter with your family & friends!!!

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