Monday, September 28, 2009

big things happening!

first of all, my little Julia is walking! i can't believe it- my baby isn't a baby anymore. she's SO proud of herself and can't stop grinning as she toddles & waddles about the house. love this little cutie! now her biggest obstacle is her older sister, who relishes grabbing her by the hand & running... not quite ready for running yet, big sis! but julia can hold her own- she's not afraid to use her teeth in self-defense. : )
AND.... we have some cabinets in the kitchen! as much as i believe in DIY, i also believe there are things i can't do well. and either can my husband, superhero though he is. hanging cabinets is something we believe is worth paying for so we don't end up 1) unhappy with the results, 2) paying someone to fix our mistakes and 3) divorced. i'm kind of kidding... but not completely.
so here is what is happening so far:
some friends helped me paint the kitchen a few weeks ago- the color is Topsail by Sherwin-Williams. i've used this color a lot. it's pale enough to be calming & "beachy," but has enough color to avoid the 'blahs.' and i am in LOVE with my new cabinets! our current kitchen is fine, but it is severely lacking in counter space & storage. i'm sure i'll have no problem filling up these cabinets, but i can't wait to do it!
crown molding is going in this week, appliances are next... then floors, lighting & cabinet hardware. sounds like a lot, but when you consider that a few weeks ago this room was stripped down to the studs, we've made a lot of progress! i've chosen all the appliances, the sink & faucet. i think i've chosen the lights, too, but i'm not sure about hardware. do all your finishes need to match? i'm torn between cohesiveness & a lovely oil-rubbed bronze drawer pull.

i've been busy painting this week- the playroom is halfway transformed into a vibrant green & blue wonderland. the pink living room is now a lovely calming cream, and the family room is on it's way towards a second coat of Rice Grain. the dining room is primed, but it may need some more plaster work to deal with old water issues & stains. my husband has been busy laying laminate on the 3rd floor- turns out it's not so simple, but he's a champ. plugging away anytime he has a free moment, i think he'll be done pretty soon!


Anonymous said...

You've been busy! Excited to see how it all turns out. :-)

Heidi of Operation Organization said...

Love the wall color! Keep up the good work!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

It looks wonderful so far ... can't wait to see the final results! And you're right ... Topsail is a wonderful color!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a cutie! Love that picture of her walking--and the pajamas are adorable, too. :-)

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Again, WOW! You are going to have a great space when you are done. Love the paint color.
p.s. hiring some things out is SOOOO smart in the long run!

Anonymous said...

A new kitchen - how fun!! Can't wait to see it all finished!


One of my Hobby Blogs said...

renovating I see, you lucky lucky people! looking good tho.

My baby girl is around your one's age I think (11mth) and she's not quite walking yet - I can't wait! seeing your bub makes me think about it - lol

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Love the cabinets-but love the transformation in Julia! How great! Enjoy every moment!

Unknown said...

Looking great! Can't wait to see the rest!

Ticking and Toile said...

what an adorable little girl! I love that age sooooo much!! My littlest is now 9 & I want to stop the clock!! Can't wait to see your kitchen~ I really like the wall color!