A lot of changes at our house lately. We currently have 2 of the 4 common rooms in the downstairs torn up and everything from those two rooms piled in the dining room. So we’ve been spending a lot of time in the living room.
Kitchen: Towards the end of last year I got a quote from Lowe’s to have our kitchen countertops replaced. I about swallowed my tongue when he handed it to me and I promptly decided this was a project I could put off awhile longer. Our kitchen had the original white laminate countertops that came with the house when it was built in 1988. They we in OK shape, only a burn ring from a previous owner next to the stove. The thing that really drove me nuts was how poor the workmanship was done when they were installed. The corners didn’t match up to the cabinet corners and the lip around our peninsula varied most of the way around.
After stewing on this for a few months, my Mother -In-Law suggested I look at a surplus store that she was checking out for her new floors. On a whim, since it was a gorgeous day and I didn’t want to be stuck inside, I headed out to see what they had to offer. I found a piece of granite that I liked and asked for a quote. It was less than half of what Lowe’s had quoted me for a quartz countertop. I visited with the owner for a while, found out that he was originally from Kansas too, brought Jay back the next day to get the double OK and we ordered them.
So we had those installed with a new sink and faucet about 2 weeks later (could have been sooner, but we had to wait on the sink we ordered). We LOVE them. Right now, Jay is in the process of installing the tile backsplash, which is tedious and time consuming. But we’re planning on finishing up the kitchen this weekend and truly enjoying it.
Sunroom: When we got our new countertops, we decided we wanted to replace the white tiles (also original to the house) in our sunroom, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room. So Jay has pulled up half the tile in the sunroom, chiseled away the mortar, and left a fine dust on everything. We’re planning on doing this project in increments: sunroom, then dining, then kitchen, then laundry. Several of the tiles were broken throughout the space and we couldn’t find replacements. We also wanted to update it since we have this fabulous new kitchen now.
After we complete these projects, we’re done in the downstairs. We have a deadline of March 14th. My mom and brother will be coming down to visit and we would like to have as much done as possible. I can hear you laughing at our 3 week timeline, and we know the floor tile project may not be done, BUT we will have a Fabulous kitchen! Since we moved in 2.5 years ago, we have accomplished the following downstairs:
1. Updated the half bath-new paint, new vanity, some new tile
2. Replaced all the brass/glass fixtures-2 ceiling fans and a chandelier
3. Installed plantation blinds in most of the windows-none of the windows in the dining room or sunroom had blinds or curtains
4. Made and hung new curtains for the sunroom
5. Painted laundry room and installed new cabinet
6. Stained cabinets and updated hardware throughout kitchen
Soon to be added to that list will be:
5. Replaced countertops and backsplash
6. Replaced tile in sunroom, dining room, kitchen, and laundry room