Thursday, December 18, 2014

up for grabs

We've decided to part ways with our dining set. It is such a difficult decision, but we don't have room or it in our house and it doesn't make sense that it is sitting in storage instead of being enjoyed. If you're interested, email me at

Drop leaf table, 6 chairs, and china cabinet. Great condition!

and it has a great story, too!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

kitchen updates

We've made some updates in the kitchen (phew, thankfully) and those nasty countertops are gone! We  toyed with the idea of a complete kitchen renovation (including removing the wall to the dining room and possibly some of the wall to the guest room). But, we ultimately decided to stick with just countertops. With these "little" changes our kitchen looks completely updated and we can definitely live with it for a good long while til we're ready to commit to a larger renovation (master suite! double sinks! a pantry! quartz countertops! additional bedrooms! bigger playroom! ...Keep dreaming, girlfriend). 

We upgraded to granite counters.
I really like them. You can't beat the durability.

We went with River Run White in a leathered finish.

We also stripped and painted the lower cabinets since they weren't painted correctly last time.
Stripping them was such a bear. Major props to Frank.

Note to future cabinet refinishers... sanding is easier than stripping.

I also changed the color from a navy-ish to a gray with green in it. I love it.

The best part? A new, tall faucet WITH a functioning sprayer and an enormous sink.

It's the little things, people.

We added a subway tile backsplash. I still really like to tile.
That's the only part of this whole process I'd be willing to do again soon.

These open shelves torture me. So much space to not really be used.
I'm working on it.

I repurposed last year's Christmas card frame to hang all of our mail and reminders.

It's a sweet little corner in our kitchen.