Welcome to Part 30, the LAST post of The Accidental Remodel!
So exciting! It's finally DONE! Seven long months fraught with many, MANY misadventures and now it's done! Hard to register! Finally all the kitchen stuff is back in the kitchen and not in every room of the house! Ahhhhh! It feels deliciously empty in the rest of the house now. So happy!
This seems a fitting post to celebrate another large accomplishment - this blog's fifth anniversary! It was actually a month ago, but I've been so busy with the kitchen that I didn't mention it. Most of these years I made and gave away a digital scrapbooking freebie accompanied by an encouraging message from my heart EVERY SINGLE DAY. Like I said, it was a full time job. I eventually started gathering the freebies into kits and offer them for sale in my store here and here to help support the blog. Then, my work at our little church became a full time volunteer work of love and I wasn't able to post daily any more. Last year was filled with eight surgeries and tons more yuckie medical stuff and I didn't get to post much, LOL and it wouldn't have been very "encouraging" if I had! This year has predominantly been the Accidental Remodel and other DIY projects. So, this little home in the web has undergone changes over the years, but I'm still here and so appreciating every one of you that drops by! I plan to return to making freebies soon, so I hope all my old friends will come back, and some new ones!
Now back to the final reveal!!! I'm so sad I don't have any before pictures of the "empty" wall that now has new cabinets, but it was so bad that I never took pictures there and remember, this was an Accidental Remodel, so it's not like I knew to take pictures for the blog before it began! It just started with replacing the stove, then one thing lead to another and before I knew it, it was a HUGE deal and I didn't have before pictures of that wall. Here's before...complete with lots of cardboard shelves, painted counters and wallpaper, gaping dishwasher opening and cardboard in windows... (I just LOVE before and after shots!)
You WON'T believe the change!!! And now for the after... drum roll please!
And here's a last look at the pretty dish racks we built. If you want to know how, it's the post before this one. I love that there's room in front of the salad plates and rim soups for one of the delicious mugs that my youngest daughter gave me. I fell in love with them at Starbucks and she got me a pair years ago. They are works of art and I just like looking at them! The design is a bit dimensional too. :) The glass pumpkins are for my Thanksgiving dinner tablescape. I have one to put in the center of each (4) place setting and they will be so beautiful! I saw them at Pier 1 for a hefty price, then later at Home Goods for half price! What a find!
I miss Boo's condo where she loved to sleep in the window, bathed in sun and close enough I could work here with my hand on her. But she's adjusted fine to her little bed between the "island" and my desk. Her food is now on the other side of the desk next to the pantry. LOL and now, when it's chilly like today, she is still inside my sweater with me, but is actually laying on the desk in front of the keyboard which is sparing my neck from supporting her, which is great! You know I'm almost always holding her when I work here. I'm SO BLESSED!
We are still stunned at this room. We come and stare at it and can't believe what God has given us. And I for one am stunned that it's basically OVER! I've spent seven months physically working on it and the rest of the time either designing, planning or shopping for it. My life has changed - it's done! Hallelujah and praise God!
We still need to figure out how to make all the new cabinet doors close right, fix the drawer that only wants to open 3" a lot of the time. The floor looks good in the photos, but is terribly worn and has rips in it. When we can do something about the floor someday, the fridge will move and I'll finally be able to paint behind it, then we'll put quarter round at the base of the new cabinets too. I still plan to add a towel rack to the side of the island, but haven't found one yet. There seems to only be bath towel rods and they are far too big and bulky for a kitchen towel. I may add a corkboard, whiteboard and chalkboard to the insides of the pantry doors one day. That seems like it could be cute and functional. I hope to put one of my beautiful handles on the island drawer to make it match all the others, but for now, WE'RE DONE!
It's time for me to finally learn how to use the new stove! I never had a cooktop or convection before and reading the manual was pretty overwhelming. God bless my sister-in-law who is a home ec major and told me to stop reading the manual and just pretend it's like the old one, and that I don't HAVE to use the convection! I was on the verge of returning it when she told me this and it is what has enabled me to use it just enough to get by all these months. Now I will turn more attention to using it.
I can also finally finish making the family cookbook I was working on when all this started seven months ago! My daughters had asked for it, to remember recipes they grew up with. We expanded that to include their own adult signature dishes. We selected the recipes together and have been cooking and taking pictures of each dish. Thanks to the internet and digital images, distance is no problem. I'm including pictures of them cooking as they grew up and adding the special memories that go with each recipe, some from us, some from ancestors. I'm also including pictures of people in our lives we got recipes from. It's going to be a VERY special cookbook, just for us! I haven't much farther to go on it. I'd LOVE to finish it in time to publish and give to them for Christmas!
Thank you so much for joining me for the ups and downs of a real life remodel, warts and all! I hope you have found some inspiration and believe me, if I can do it, you can too! There are 35 posts that cover every project in the kitchen, so feel free to check them all out here. Big hugs!
As God enables me, I will return to creating and giving away digital scrapbooking graphics here after this detour into DIY remodeling, so please don't be a stranger! Y'all come back now! ;)
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