Thursday, March 18, 2010

Working on the kitchen!

Remodeling began last week.
What a process this is becoming. I posted a couple of blogs ago the floor plan describing the big changes, so we started with painting, thinking that if we mess up the floor, it doesn't matter since the floor is coming up.


I have to say, I really love how the whole “painted paneling” thing is going- it' looks so country and has such character. I am also redoing the cabinets (cleaning extra thoroughly then new laqucer and varnish and new silver hardware and hinges). The KIlz really makes it the paint stick, btw.



While we were at it, Hubby and Daddy got started moving the cabinet, which turned out to big much more complicated than we expected and so, it took all day to rebuild the cabinet. While the boys did that, Mama and I were able to paint the whole kitchen in one day! The color is called "Palmetto Green" which is quite lovely for the the kitchen of a bonafide Carolina girl! :) It made it so bright! I love it.
Moving the cabinet proved to be more of an issue financially, too. We had to break the laminate counter tops and as a result- I am getting new counter tops! Sunday I picked it out and Monday I ordered it. We are upgrading from regular old matte laminate to a much higher quality "HD" laminate that resembles granite or natural stone. Some places have more shiny places and others are not, just like other stones. I can't really explain it, but trust me it looks awesome. The color is called "Sedona Bluff" and is peachy, creamy, very pretty next to my "Palmetto Green" walls.

Daddy was not so excited, lol!



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Isn’t the green pretty? :)

I even think I've decided on the flooring, but that'll happen over Spring Break.
Between now and then, we waiting til the laminate stuff for the counter tops comes in and then gonna be trying to work on removing the the glue and junk from the wood counter tops. Until then, I’m impressed with the progress we’ve made.

This weekend will be a nice little break from it, and hope to get my gladiolas, peonies, and lily of the valley in the ground for the summer and do some much needed gardening. :) Plus, my best friend Whitney is coming up, which makes me super excited, and Saturday will be my Daddy's 50th birthday party. Mama and I have been working on it for a few weeks. After his cancer this past year, we have a lot to celebrate! :)
Can't wait for this awesome weekend ahead! :)


Monday, March 15, 2010

Marching forward :)

As March is now half way over, I have to share the happiness this first month has brought.

First, my BIRTHDAY! 


My birthday was Friday, March 5 which just so happened to be “Bring Your Teacher to School Day” which was not such a great present- imagine having to teach 4 classes of hormonal, rambunctious 8th graders all while their parents stand at the back of the room watching each and every thing you do and say… STRESSFUL! Luckily, my mentor & I planned to have presentations that day so the pressure was on the students to do their projects well and less on us. It turned out nicely- and then that evening Jake took me to see the Cinderella Ballet in the city. :) IMG_0921

It was so fun! What was so funny was that we had planned to go get dinner before the show, but traffic getting to the restaurant was so bad, by the time we got there, we had to leave to go uptown! So, we parked to car and hoped on the light rail rather than having to drive and find parking and literally ran through Fuel Pizza and grabbed a slice.


We ate our pizza running (again, literally) through the city to the theater and made it just in time to get a drink and get our seats.

And Cinderella was AWESOME! I was like a star-struck little girl! :) What was also cool was that the play was created and choreographed by the father of a former coworker.


(photo from the play bill)

Then, my mom and I spent Saturday shopping together and then the whole family got together to go out to eat at my favorite Asian restaurant & sushi bar. My mother in law made strawberry pudding and my mom made strawberry cupcakes for dessert- it was so great and a perfect day!

Turning 22 was definitely fun- a fabulous birthday!

Since my birthday, the remodeling project has gotten started. The house is a wreck and takes up each moment of my spare time. I need so much time! Time to finish this IWS for school, time to finish this kitchen remodeling (and to blog the whole process-so far we have painted and moved the cabinets and ordered the new countertops- no worries, I have pictures to document the process- but that blog will have to wait for another day!) and I need time to work in my garden! My tulips are starting to come up!

More to come! :)