And this is cleaned up! I was also using this area for storage, so picture these walls with gorilla shelves full of boxes and you've got the idea.
This is where my 3 boys spend much of their time. I felt like if we got this all zipped up and pretty, they would feel assured that their parents weren't crazy in knocking down their perfectly fine home, even if it was old, chaotic and a little stinky in places.
We started with cabinets. These are from Home Depot. We designed the layout we wanted and then picked the nicest cabinets that were in the budget. We had them delivered, and then hung them ourselves.
My Mr. added a maple counter tops and side and top trim pieces here to give it a seamless look with the existing fireplace brick work. Then I stained and sealed the counter tops.
Whoops -- I can see some spots I missed painting.
Then we added window and base trim, painted it all (which was a small nightmare and a future post), and carpeted.
Have to figure out a solution for all those wires.
Still see a little blue tape there waiting for a painter.
There's still work to do. There will always be work to do. It's definitely not perfect. It doesn't need to be perfect for us. We will continue to update over the next year...I STILL have painting to do -- I think when I'm 90 there will be touch up painting to do in this home unless I win the lottery and I hire someone to do it for me. The important thing to me is how the space makes me feel and how it makes my family feel.
Aren't my Halloween decorating skills impressive?
One of my biggest flaws is living/daydreaming of the future. I think a lot of people do it. Not looking around at what you've been able to accomplish so far in this busy life and believing too much in the promise of future happiness and personal fulfillment when the project is done and perfect.
The fairy tale is right now.. Not when I finally fill in the extra shelf holes in the bookcases, or paint those spots on the wall above the desk I missed......Now...
Although I'm sure I will feel almost like Cinderella when I get those things done....
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