Cabinets!

The kitchen cabinets have been installed and they are GLORIOUS!!

I think they’re my favorite cabinets to date, and that’s saying a lot because I was thoroughly smitten with the bathroom vanities at our 8th and 9th flips (you haven’t seen the 9th yet, sorry!). These are modern and sleek with a flat-front full overlay profile, and they’ll be warm and gorgeous once they’re stained.  Want to see them?

Bam.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Since it’s hard to remember how far we’ve come, here’s how things looked when we started the renovation.  First up, there were changes to the floor plan:

before and after floor plan

And we switched up the layout of the kitchen – remember that whole saga?  The layout below was the winner:

Final Kitchen Plan

We removed a wall between the kitchen and the family room and it was a total game-changer:

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

10th Flip - Before

10th Flip - Before

We originally weren’t planning to remove that wall – it was a total last-minute change.  I think if we hadn’t done that, both the kitchen and the family room would have suffered.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

10th Flip - Before

demo, framing & plumbing

Crazy, right?

One of my favorite features is how the breakfast bar spans the step-down from the kitchen to the family room.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinetmakers did a really great job making the transition seamless, and I’m glad that we decided to drop the side of the cabinet down to the lower level – the thinking was that it would help the family room feel less like a garage conversion and more like it belongs with the rest of the house.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

A few other shots!  This is the view from the laundry room…

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

…and here are the HUGE drawers for pots and pans.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen window turned out great!  It’s not as huge as I thought it would be, but it brings in some much needed light (the windows are covered in plastic right now, prepped for the exterior to be painted, so the kitchen is a little dimmer than it would be normally).

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

And I’m thrilled that the spacing of the sconces above the window line up perfectly with the sink cabinet – I was nervous that they wouldn’t since the measurements had to be so precise.  (And it turns out I was right to be worried, because a couple of other outlets wound up hidden behind cabinetry and had to be relocated.)

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

The pantry also turned out really great – it’s SO much storage!  Fun fact -a fter I’d already signed off on the cabinets, I had a last-minute freak out and took 6 inches off the depth of the pantry.  It’s still plenty deep, and I think that change keeps the kitchen from feeling cramped.  Whew!

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

I want to pet that pantry.  Maybe I already have.  No one will ever know.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

The backsplash is going to be subway tile to the ceiling, and all around the window.  I hope it will look classic and modern at the same time.

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

And last but not least, here’s the crew hard at work installing all of those gorgeous cabinets – it was quite a production!

Custom, Modern Kitchen Cabinets

How do you think the kitchen is shaping up?

Changes to the Exterior

Things have been happening!  All sorts of goodness has happened inside our 10th flip, but the outside is getting some serious love as well.

We now have super awesome windows.  They have totally changed my relationship with this house from a strong like to a deep love.  Remember how the front of the house used to look?

10th Flip - Before

And here it is now, looking all proud of its snazzy windows:

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The bay window was a particularly beastly window to deal with – from a design standpoint I didn’t love it, and replacing the bay with a boxed window wasn’t an option due to framing.  However, my mom (the queen of all good ideas) suggested replacing the six panes of glass (and zillions of mullions) with three larger ones to modernize the look a bit.  It was genius, and helped dramatically to get the front of the house looking how we want it to.

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

Of course, making that change meant a little brick work was needed at the bottom (final result not shown), and the wood trim at the top and on the interior will need to be fixed, but those little fixes are worth it for the new look.

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Let’s admire a few more of those new windows!!  The photo below is of the master bedroom – it gets lots of light, and I especially love how the windows turned out in here – horizontal sliders look so cool!

Changes to the Exterior

The game room…

Changes to the Exterior

The kitchen window…

Changes to the Exterior

In addition to fixing the bay window, the mason has also been hard at work bricking in the windows that we got rid of, fixing a cracked brick wall, and repairing the brick around the expanded kitchen window.

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

And while I type this, he’s bricking in the laundry room addition – I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!!  Super yay.

Changes to the Exterior

We also added a fence!  Horizontal fences make my heart go pitter pat, and this one is no exception.  It will be stained (color to be determined), but I think we’ll probably try to get something close to the color of the neighbor’s fence so that everything blends together.

Changes to the Exterior

It’s sooooo much better than the chain link fence that used to be there.  And the backyard feels so much more private now!

10th Flip - Before

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

(We bumped the fence in a bit by the gate so that the gas meter would be on the alley-side of the fence, rather than in the backyard.)

Changes to the Exterior

(The scrollwork was cut off the gate after this photo was taken.  Don’t worry.  :) )

Did you notice the horizontal slat wall on the front porch?  I don’t have any great pictures but I am totally in love with it.  Horizontal slats for everyone!

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Paint samples for the exterior have gone up.  I’m planning on creamy white brick and trim, with dark doors.  I need to pick a color soon, wish me luck!  Right now I’m leaning towards one of the 3 on the left…I think.

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Finally, we nailed down a plan for the front landscaping.  We thought it made sense to spend a few bucks sprucing it up and, hopefully, the investment will pay off.  Here’s the design scheme we’ve signed off on:

landscaping plan

We’re getting closer to turning this construction site into something presentable!  Kitchen cabinets are being delivered on Monday…cue the anticipation!!

Ikea is Toying with My Emotions

So, after all of your glorious feedback on the white v. white oak vanity issue I was all hyped up and excited about pulling the trigger on the white oak vanity. Living on the edge! Trying something new! It’s going to look awesome!

We set out to Ikea on this morning to take advantage of the Ikea Family sale, only to discover that the white oak vanity line is being phased out.  As in, they don’t have a white oak vanity in the bleeping size that I need.

#(&@#$(*&!!!!!

no vanity

Poor Austin, the sales clerk that was helping me.  I should send him a fruit basket.

So, my choices were to (1) opt for a smaller vanity in white oak and risk the vanity looking dinky, or (2) choose another color vanity in the size that I need.

Well, I freaked out and did both.  But now I’m fairly certain the smaller white oak vanity will in fact look dinky, and that the black-brown vanity I chose in my panic might have been the wrong choice.  (Why didn’t I just go with the glossy white that was in the mood board?!?  Who knows?  I sure as heck don’t.)

Sigh.

P.S. I also contemplated using two small vanities, but I decided that would look weird.

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