We are doing what we call at our house "The big trout dance!" Really it can be any fish but it started with trout. Now its redfish, bonefish or inserting other words like "We bought a house dance" or "The kitchen is done dance"....you get the drift. If you have never seen it, check it out in the video below.
Lesson learned from this video.
Other than bonefishing in The Bahamas, this was the best day of fishing EVER! I was getting sick, really sick, but ignored it and pushed through. The price for the day of fishing was I missed 4 days of work that week, I was sick for my birthday weekend which my brother and his GF came to visit, and my husband had video proof that I was a dancing dork! Not my best week but the gigantor fish was worth it. The lesson is, never and I mean NEVER forget that a GoPro has a 178 degree view. Meaning, if you are in front of it, it can see you. If you do forget or think it can't see you, things like this happen. SIDE NOTE: That is not how I really dance...just when I am joking around. The dance is at 2:09 and again at the end but the entire video is great. ENJOY!
Back to the kitchen since that is why you are really here.
So we have "big trout danced", celebrated, stared in disbelief, and stared some more. I think it is finally sinking in that the kitchen is finished AND it is better than we could have imagined. I wish I had better photography skills because the photos just aren't doing the kitchen justice. I have a lot to learn about lighting and settings and such. I did get a few decent shots and now it is time to share!
Just a few before pics and reminders of what we wanted to change:
And now this is what it looks like.
I still can't believe it. It turned out so beautiful. All the hard work paid off. I never thought I would ever have such an amazing kitchen to work in.
Here are links to progress pictures and product details:
Hinges and Knobs (sink and faucet info is in this post)
Tile was purchased at The Flooring Design Center in Beaumont, TX. This brand must be purchased through a dealer. Just email the company for a dealer near you.
WARNING: This was not cheap tile. It fit into our budget but wasn't a bargain purchase.
Brand: SOHO Studio
Color: Natural White Polished
Size: 4 x12
MISC Kitchen Posts:
Flooring - This is the only thing we did not DIY. It was installed by Floors for Living, Friendswood/Webster location.
Overall, the kitchen update went well and there were only a few unexpected problems... none of them major. We got lucky! The only thing that was extremely stressful about this project was not being able to unpack many of our boxes/kitchen items so we had to keep the POD longer than expected and not having a kitchen for a few months. I prepped meals in the bathroom, my only stove top/heat source was the grill, we ate off of paper plates and then there were days I didn't even bother and we ate out. There were many projects that needed to be done but had to be put on hold until the kitchen was done. For me that was really hard. I want everything done fast and NOW! Things do not work that way in a remodel/update. It was worth all the hard days!
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. Thanks to everyone who have been following the transformation of our home for the support and words of encouragement. Thanks to my parents and my in-laws for helping with some projects. Thank you to BLittle, my husband, for being patient with me on the bad days (and the good) and for helping me on projects even though you weren't sure about them. And thank you to my "therapist", best friend, and sister from another mister, Jessica, for talking me off the ledge a few times.
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