A Peek Into Our House Updates

I have been meaning to get this post up for days now.

We were only getting the floors done and a new island…what could go wrong?

I was guessing two weeks max and our life would be back to normal.

Never…and I mean NEVER…trust me on time frames with house projects.

Whatever I say you have to double it to be even remotely close.

We are currently one month without water in our kitchen.

The good news is the floors are all finished (after a few touch ups), the island is pretty much built and the new island counter will be installed on Monday!

I will give more indepth posts when each project is completely done and I am so excited to see how the new counter and island will look.

We also removed a large section of our cabinets and had custom open shelving built.  The shelves are currently just waiting to be painted and then we can get them installed next week too!

We will still have the back wall of counters to replace later this year and have our cabinets painted.

One thing at a time though.

Here is a peek into the work that has been going on around her lately.

This is our original island.  I have been frustrated with the size and the lack of usable space with the higher/slower counter.

We were not even going to build a new island but Kelly really pushed for it because we were getting the floors refinished (and added on) and if we were ever going to rip this island out this was the time to do it.

I am so grateful that he really gave the green light on this project.

The new island will give us so much counter space, storage space and really change the feel of our kitchen.

Here it goes!

This is my studio all cleared out.

Keep in mind that this originally was our dinning room and my husband really pushed me to take this space as my art space.

Once I finally agreed to taking this space I have been so thankful for the light, space and proximity to everything going on with the family.

Having carpet in an art studio is really hard and it has taken a beating over the years.

Having wood floors in this space will be so freeing and convenient.

I still don’t have anything back in my studio while the floors completely harden.

I am hoping to start bringing things back in this weekend.

A few weeks ago my mom and I touched up all of the white in the wainscoting and repainted the walls.

Same awesome grey/blue that I love so much but a nice fresh coat!


This is our living room before the carpet gets ripped out.

I am looking forward to having the wood floors in here and also the way the wood floors will change the flow in the space from the hall/kitchen/living room.

The room off of the living room is our library and piano room.

James, our floor installer, rocking out to the country music that Jack was not a fan of.

Here is a shot with our previous cherry floors and our new cherry floors before they were all sanded down.

Cherry darkens over time and it was hard to see the rich color go away but we know it will be back within a year.

I will have a whole post soon with my thoughts about cherry floors.

That is all for now.  I am not the best in documenting the progress of projects but I have really tried for you guys.

I can’t wait to show you everything put back together and the new island!

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  1. Tere Canas

    How exciting! I would love hard wood throughout….can’t wait to see the end product. Can you also provide the dimensions of your living room? Mine is very similar — 3 windows on one side, fireplace (with a door to one side) — I struggle with where to put the TV (which I have a love/hate relationship with. If you’ve covered dimensions in another post, my apologies. Keep the inspiration coming, love it!!

  2. Sara

    What a huge project…and lots of work! But, I know you’re going to love the outcome, and I can’t wait to see the finished rooms.

  3. paige

    love seeing an update!! it’ll be heaven once it’s ALL in and things are rolling again! i always love peeks into your home xoxo

    1. Donna

      Love your new floors and island. Really love wood floors. Makes such a difference.

  4. Kim

    Love seeing before and after pics! I Know it will be great, especially with your creative touch!

  5. Blair Donnelly

    What is the blue/grey color you used on your walls? Love it. I totally want to be a copycat:) not ashamed to admit it.

  6. Stephen in Florida

    Couldn’t agree with you more on this assessment. It actually reminded me of a pretty funny memory from my younger days. You see my dad was a real DIY type of guy, and he decided he wanted to remodel our kitchen when I was in the sixth grade. Unfortunately, his job took him out of town all the time, and so this project ended up dragging on for over 8 years! So I certainly understand that even the most simple of home projects can take a lot longer than originally projected. Still, it looks like you have made excellent progress and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  7. EdenClare

    Awesome, all of those blogs about interiors!
    Love them, and love it here even more!
    Happy Weekend Wishes.

  8. Jen

    Could you please share the paint color/formula – the blue/gray color? I remember a long time ago in a blog post you said it was a custom Sherwin Williams mix that you were going to share, but I never found it on your blog. Would love to have it so I can shamelessly copy:) It is so pretty!

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