We have had so much going on at the house these last few weeks I thought I would do a special edition of Friday favorites this week and share some of the things that we've been up to! If you guys recall, we are doing all of the work ourselves. We had the shell built, the doors and windows installed, the plumbing and the HVAC done by contractors but the rest is being done by us. Joe used to be a drywall finisher and is really good at it so he did all of that himself along with all of the rest of the finishing work, and the electrical.
So first things first, the drywall. Joe takes a lot of pride in his drywall so naturally, he did a beautiful job on ours! Drywall takes a long time, it takes hanging sheets, putting up corner beads (and we have a lot of corners), taping, coating, sanding, coating again, sanding, finish coating, and finish sanding. It’s a pretty daunting task and I’m really proud of Joe for his hard work and effort he put into making ours perfect.
After the kitchen was painted Joe got to put up the cabinets! I absolutely love our cabinets! They’re finished in a Cotton finish and our island is in a Cherry finish. I got my copper farm sink installed and they came to do our final template for our granite so we should see the counter tops installed in the next few weeks! We still need to put the cabinet hardware and the crown molding up but those probably won’t be done until after we’re moved in. We got all the appliances in and I am so in love! One of my favorite kitchen details are the lights. I love Edison bulbs, although at $8 a pop they are definitely pricey, they look amazing and I’m so happy with the way the pendant and the chandelier turned out.
There will be a breakfast bar on this side of the island, then over to the right is the banquette where we will have a hammered copper table.
the base cabinet on the far left is supposed to be white not cherry, that was another HD mistake. But on a positive note, my GE Slate appliances are fabulous! I'm so glad I went with the double oven!
Love my buffet area with display cabinets!
And my enormous 8'x4'x2' pantry!
These are the only cabinets that should be cherry! Can't wait to see the Venetian Gold granite on top with the hammered copper farm sink!!
Some other finishing touches, the lighting in the dining room and the entry way, the TV up on the wall (priorities, I know…), the master and guest bathroom tile is in progress, and the biggest project of all, the hardwood flooring, is also in progress and looking so beautiful! We decided to glue down the flooring. Although it’s more expensive, it has a more natural sound to it than nailing so we are really happy with our decision. My projects right now are putting together all that Ikea furniture I ordered a few weeks back. It is actually kind of fun, although a bit intimidating when you open the boxes up and find 500 million pieces!
Thinking of maybe a barn wood back splash up the wall behind the TV!
Ceramic tile made to look like weathered wood in our guest bath, seriously obsessed with this tile!
Crappy phone camera photo of the vanity on the weathered wood tile
I've got about $100 worth of Edison bulbs throughout the house, but I love them! This is the banquette area again.
Eventually this will be the dining room
Master bath flooring, this tile will go all the way up the wall in the shower and on the face of the tub with a really pretty accent tile.
Really happy with our choice of hardwood!
guest bedroom #1 aka. eventual nursery will be the first room finished!
What we have left to do are the front and back porches, doors, trim, outlet and switch covers, carpet on the stairs, tile & paint in the laundry & powder rooms, drywall the garage ceiling, the septic, and replace the two guest bedroom windows that weren't up to code. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but I am confident that we will be in our house this Spring. Some of the finishing touches like the trim can be done after we move in, but in order to have get our occupancy permit there are certain things that must be done like the septic. I am so happy with all the progress that we have made. I really have to shout out my hardworking husband and father-in-law who have been really rocking getting all this work done. My FIL is there every day helping Joe and Joe has been working until 1 and 2 in the morning trying to get this done for us. He really is the hardest working man I know and is so dedicated to this house. I am so thankful and blessed to have someone who is so handy and is so willing to learn if it’s something that he’s never done. I can’t wait to finally call this our forever home!