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The Slab

This past weekend was pretty uneventful, just working on the second primer coat for most of the upper cabinets and doors, and getting the first coat or two of green paint on the base cabinets. Here’s what it’s looking like so far, with one coat of the green:

After just saying I loved the wall color after all, the green cabinets are making it look awfully blue again (it’s painted to the right of this cabinet – the whole wall isn’t painted since backsplash will cover that part):


So at the end of all of this we might need to reevaluate the wall color choice. We’ll see. If having to change the wall color is the worst thing this kitchen renovation brings, I’ll take it. Our living room is still an utter mess however, which is something I’ll have to stay used to for at least another month:


So today before work, we had an appointment to go look at our slab and approve it. We were deciding between two, and after seeing a whole slab of each color, the choice was obvious. One was dark and gray when you saw the whole 40 square feet of it, and the other one that we chose, looked light and refreshing.


It’s aspen white (a pretty common color, I think), and that’s a sample of our wall color and cabinet color painted on this extra cabinet door, and our floor sample. The granite, up close, has little specs of burgundy in it which make it look interesting. I was worried it might look like Christmas next to the green cabinets, but I think the deep green and deep red actually just look very rich next to each other in a not-Christmasy way.


Our installation is scheduled for July 12, so we have until then to get as much other stuff done as we can, except the back splash. The counter people encouraged us to wait till after install to do that. And we also decided to splurge and pay the company to do the plumbing installation for the new sink. Nik could probably have done this on his own, but it would’ve taken at least a day to figure out, especially with reattaching our old disposal and reworking our pipes which line up to hit the middle of our current sink, and need to line up to hit drains on the back end of the new sink. The plumbing installation was $325 extra, and I have a pretty good feeling that will feel like the best $325 we’ve spent in a while, once this job is done. Plus, both of us have a birthday this weekend (Nik and I are only 3 days apart!) so we’ll call this a bonus birthday present for ourselves!

The rest of the job was $1599 for the new sink and all the counter tops (including an extra 2 granite pieces to top the new cabinet we’re putting on the other side of the kitchen, and the island that we’ll eventually build), and an extra $180 for cutting and finishing edges for the under-mount sink vs an over-mounted one. I think it came to around $2100 at the end, so if you’re curious about the cost of installing granite counter tops, it doesn’t have to break the bank.

In other news, our gardens are doing well and the last couple weeks we’ve been picking some Juliette tomatoes (mini-plum tomato-sized).


We also have some new friends in our yard that are beyond cute – this is baby Hopkins, who could fit in my hand if he’d let me get anywhere near him:


And here’s a pic from further away so you can see how small he really is – that’s a leaf to his right for comparison:


We’ve met Hopkins twice now and the other night I’m pretty sure we found a sibling (we saw a baby bunny twice, and they were in different areas of the yard, so we think there’s two). Nik named the sibling Hoppington. They’re so cute, but I’m sure they’re itching to get into my garden…we’ll see how cute I still think they are if they do.

This weekend the plan is more painting of cabinets. The base cabinets painted so nicely with a brush I’m reevaluating our plans to spray the top cabinets. The issue is its about 120% humidity in NC in the summer, and it’s been 95 degrees every day so I’m worried that even if we get a nice spray on the cabinets, they’ll be tacky. We’d basically have to spray them outside…move them back inside into the air conditioning to dry…then repeat this for 3-4 coats, since the spraying is a much thinner coat. Two easy coats painted with a brush looks beautiful from what we’ve done on the base cabinets so far, and it’s all inside. It sounds like I’ve convinced myself already! Other than some cabinet painting we’re taking this weekend easy to celebrate both of our last birthdays in our 20’s. We’ve got to enjoy our 20’s while it lasts – 30 might be the tipping point for having this much energy for DIY projects!

On to the Kitchen!

I forgot to write a post last week, but we did finish our second garden and our plants are doing very well in both beds. We finished making our swinging door on the new garden, which makes it easier to get into the garden to prune/pick things and water – here’s Nik working on the door frame.


We got the outer structure finished and filled:


And then added the plants and fencing:


We have 2 large tomatoes (from Mom), 3 small tomatoes I grew from seed, a cucumber, an eggplant, 2 peppers, a spaghetti squash, a cabbage, and a cantaloupe I just planted from seeds I got in a melon I bought last week. And I just threw in some basil, parsley, and radish seeds into some free space so we’ll see if those sprout.



I took these pics over a week ago…and I can tell you the plants have all gotten much bigger since. We had to stake everything this weekend because things were getting so big. I have a feeling this garden will be overrun pretty soon!

So now that the garden was done, we got down to business with the kitchen this weekend. We had a pretty major change of heart with the kitchen colors after I was still undecided about the green walls Nik was envisioning. We were watching Fixer Upper…and she did a lovely color combo in the kitchen that had us sold. We haven’t totally decided on the new paint color for the cabinets yet…but I’m picking up one more color sample on my way home from work tonight and that will hopefully be the chosen color. I’m keeping it a secret until they’re all done since some people (ahem, Mom) have strong opinions against our color choice. But I really think it’ll come together nicely, once the floors and gray granite are in. And since we already bought other paint for the cabinets (light neutral gray), this will go on the wall.


We started by removing all the cabinet doors (and precisely labeling where they all go), and then we took off the first cabinet to the left of the sink. They came down very easily, and just had a couple screws in them that went into studs. As soon as this cabinet came down, Nik begged me to put shelves back there instead of a cabinet since it let in a ton more light. I told him if there’s shelves, we need to keep them looking neat…so we’ll see about that. I did like how much more open it made the room feel though, without that cabinet there.

Then we got the rest of the upper cabinets down:



We sanded about half of the cabinet door fronts, and we got through all the sanding of the base cabinets (indoors, which was dusty and messy), and the upper cabinets, which we did in the garage. Next will be priming them to prep for paint. I also washed all the walls in the kitchen so paint will be going up on those this week as well.

We still need to buy our new cabinets that will be going on the far wall, which will frame in a small banquette storage seat that we’ll eventually get around to building.


It’s coming along, but it’s a little overwhelming at the moment. We’ll call the granite company this week and see when we should get that ordered to fit into our timeline. We’ll also be tiling the backsplash, and adding an over-mount microwave over the stove to free up more counter space. The electrical that our hood vent went into seems very straight forward to converting into a plug for a microwave which is fortunate, so I now think Nik can actually do that himself safely. And finally, we’ll be adding our wood floors to this room and putting new quarter round trim over all of the flooring. Our goal is to have this done by early August so we’ll see how well we can stick to that!

To finish up on an unrelated note, we saw tons of nature in our yard this weekend. The red shouldered hawk was back for a few minutes, and we also found a 2′ or 3′ black rat snake sunning himself near our garden, and we found this adorable baby turtle. He was maybe 3″ long, and hesitantly let Nik pick him up: