Stained Cabinets

The kitchen cabinets have been shrouded in plastic for weeks now, ever since the backsplash and counter tops were installed and the cabinets were stained.  They were unveiled yesterday since the painting is almost completed, and it was a bit of a thrill to see them again in all of their glory.

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I couldn’t get a good shot of the pantry or peninsula-end of the kitchen because of the lighting, so I don’t have any pics of those areas for you.  But isn’t it coming along nicely?

Chugging Right Along

Hey guys!!  Did you all have a great Thanksgiving?  We did – beautiful weather and lots of family time, plus our littlest one turned six months old (how did that happen already?).

I haven’t been the best about photographing the flip over the past few weeks, but here’s what’s been going on:

- The laundry room addition is finally bricked in and IT LOOKS AMAZING.


Thanks for the push to add brick instead of sticking with the siding – it makes the addition completely seamless, AND it gets rid of that weirdo alcove between the laundry room and the fireplace (you can see it in the “before” photo below).

Changes to the Exterior

- The landscaping got a fresh new look . . .

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. . . and the exterior brick has been primed and painted.

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(The photo above only shows the coat of primer, and the exterior doors still need to be painted.)

- I TRACKED DOWN THAT DANG VANITY and it got installed, along with the rest of its friends.  I drove through Hill Country a few weeks ago to a bachelorette party and was able to convince the friend I was traveling with to stop at the Ikea in Round Rock – I had been stalking their inventory online and they had ONE vanity.  I made it mine.

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- We have tile!

So the tile looks all happy and perfect in the back den, but you would not believe the amount of prep the tile guys had to put in to get the concrete ready for tile.


After scraping off layers of linoleum, they had to sand every last speck of glue off the concrete.  See that photo below?  I took that from the back patio, looking into the den.  Yeah.  That’s a lot of dust.  I felt so sorry for the tile guys that day!

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After the dust settled, there were piles of it everywhere.

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They taped off the den from the rest of the house to keep the dust out, but you can see in the photo below that the pesky dust still got everywhere – on the left you can see the layers of dust on the kitchen floor (the grout lines had been vacuumed), and on the right the tile has been wiped down.  Crazy!

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The bathrooms all got their own little dose of tile – I particularly love the penny tile in the new bathroom we added off the office/4th bedroom.  We used it in our 9th flip and I just had to use it again!

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- All the bathrooms and the kitchen got gorgeous carrera marble counters.

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- The wood floors were installed.  Much of the house has original wood floors, so new wood was only added in the living room and entryway.


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The painters are hard at work right now on the interior – I’m hoping they’ll be finished by the end of the week, and then we can start installing all of the lighting and plumbing fixtures – my favorite part!


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?


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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:

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10th Flip - Before

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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.

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Crazy, right?

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

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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.

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

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

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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).

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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.)

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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!

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

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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.

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

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How do you think the kitchen is shaping up?

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