This whole "fixing up an older home thing" is kind of a lot of work. Once the plumbing and electrical work was complete we decided to just move in. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but once we were in I started to freak out a bit. You see we still needed to finish the kitchen counters, the stove was yet to be hooked up, we didn't have pegs for the shelves in the kitchen cupboards and the closets were hanging bar and shelf less. This made it a bit difficult to unpack. at all. For the first week...we have been here a total of 11 days so far....I would wander around the house trying to find something to put away, yet there was nowhere to put it. It was a bit difficult for an OCD person like myself to function.
Slowly I was able to organize the boxes in the spare bedroom enough to move the boxes out of the living room, which allowed me to set up the couch. This made it start to feel like a livable space. This room still has a ways to go...maybe you noticed the large pile of trim, the shop vac, the air compressor, the exposed wire above the fireplace, or the patched together "rug"....yeah it's a never ending process. But, I did manage to put up a pumpkin and a picture of my cute kids in their Halloween costumes from last year. Festive, I know.
The kitchen, ah the kitchen. We were finally able to make some major progress in there over the weekend, which made my life so much easier. For starters we finally finished the countertops, which if you recall we made ourselves out of concrete...(post to come on that tomorrow). We also got pegs for the shelves in the cabinets, so I was able to get rid of a few boxes by unpacking some kitchen items.
Once the countertops were complete we were able to hook-up the new gas stove we bought. Hallelujah for cooked food again. I was also able to move the table into it's proper place once the stove was moved out of it's resting place of the middle of the kitchen.
Here is a list of things we still want to do in this space:
- tile the back splash
- build and hang open shelves instead of wall cabinets
- doors on the lower cabinets
- build an island
- new exterior door
- door on washer/dryer cabinet
- replace windows
- either tile the entire wall behind the stove and the sink
- install beadboard behind the open shelves and tile below
something like the photos below.
So, as you can see we still have our work cut out for us.