Thursday, August 3, 2017

July 2017 Recap - What's New With You Link Up

Good morning everyone! Time for another link up with Gretch & me, all we ask is that you link back somewhere in your post. Thanks a bunch. I'll be doing another monthly recap.

What's New With You

Oh my goodness, what a month! June and July are always my favourite months of the year because we do a lot, travel and stuff. It was hard at first, adjusting to summer being in the middle of the year vs at the end of the year, but I'd say I'm pretty used to it now. Not gonna lie though, I'm ready for KC to go back to work because I like our routines and summer stuffs all that up.

But first, July! We got back to KY on the 2nd, I went back to work on the 3rd - thinking it would force me to get back in routine and skip jetlag, LOL NO, thankfully it was only a half day and then we were off on the 4th.... and I'm pretty sure I slept the entire day away. Oops.

July has very much been the month of the kitchen renovation. As you all know, I am crazy planner lady, and I normally wait until the last minute to get KC involved in anything because it just works better that way. Figure it all out myself - travel, renovation, whatever - and then bring him in for opinions and such. That way he gets to skip the crazy part of my planning which stresses him out.

As I've mentioned, we are going with an ikea kitchen, and we are super excited! We ordered the cabinets and countertops on the 15th. I've been ordering other things throughout the month - my new gas range (which arrived with a not nice dent and is going back), dishwasher, microwave, sink, floors, etc. We have everything except for the replacement oven.


We've had the electrician and the plumber come in and have a look at everything, they have to come multiple times but hopefully should be done this week. The plumber is at the house as we speak (yay for KC being off in the summer!). Then once they are done, we get the drywall guys in. Once they are done we will paint and put all the cabinets together (yes, really).

We had to demo the kitchen before the electrician and plumber could come in and do their thing. We absolutely could not have done this without my brother in law, I highly recommend you get you one of those! Ha. I like to think I am pretty handy and strong, but there are just some things I can't do. We got the entire kitchen demo'd in 3 hours, pretty good! We would not have felt comfortable knocking things down if it weren't for the walls we knocked down a couple of months ago with my coworker. We felt super comfortable after already doing it before. It can be a bit overwhelming!


I tried not to be too mad that KC and Patrick ripped out one soffit perfectly and then the other one, they ripped out too much of the ceiling. It's okay, it's fine, drywall guys will fix it. You can see below kind of how much more of the ceiling they ripped out. Oh well, right, shit happens.


After the main demo, KC and I worked on the floors for another 3 hours (removing 3 layers of lino, so NOT FUN). It was so tedious and way harder than it looked.


Finally done with the lino and the demo:


We used a bagster again, I really didn't think we'd be able to but it all fit! Someone came and took the kitchen sink, lol. The dishwasher and oven were taken by Lowes when they delivered the new stuff.

The next day we had to put in wood and underlayment in the areas that we'd removed cabinets, because our cabinets went straight to the subfloor. Once that was done, we sanded everything. So dusty!


The following weekend, we did the floors! We went with sheet vinyl tiles for many reasons, the number one being I just don't like real tile very much. KC and I always joke that HGTV would hate us because we hate all the popular things - hardwood floors, tile and granite countertops.

The floor was surprisingly easy and hard at times, though we got it all done in one day - you have to prime the floors, let it dry etc. It's more waiting sometimes. Such a good feeling accomplishing something like that though. But goodness we were sore the next day. Nothing like kneeling on wood floors for several hours to ruin your knees.


Here is my current kitchen you guys. It's fun, I tell you. Thank goodness for our electric skillet and slow cooker! Oh and the microwave, naturally. I'm also super excited about my gorgeous HUGE new sink! Can't wait to get that installed. I am a weirdo and the dishes are my second favourite chore - after laundry.


Oh, and somewhere in the middle of this, I bought a new bathroom vanity and KC put it together while I was at work. That was a lovely surprise to come home to! The old vanity was falling apart - literally - so this is a huge improvement until we can do a full on renovation.


And that's about it! Our ikea delivery was missing 59 items - yes, really - so they delivered the rest earlier this week but we are still missing 2 items. Our sunroom is packed to the gills with boxes. We are still getting rid of boxes from our move, we'll have boxes forever!


I keep getting sick off and on which is no fun. I was sick when we got back from Australia for like 3 weeks, and then this week I've been feeling really sick but no idea why. I went home early yesterday and had a nice long nap and felt better, so hopefully I've kicked whatever it is. The good thing is, I've somehow managed to kick my sweet tooth since I've been sick and I am okay with that. I'm sure it will come back one day!

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What's new with you?

41 comments:

  1. Your kitchen looks huge! I'm so jealous.
    59 items were missing? I don't think I've ever even ordered 59 items all at once!

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  2. But why is there an espresso maker in the bathroom????

    Also, love following all of this on SnapChat! And what's a soffit?

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  3. Cannot wait to see the renovation!! And I love the bathroom vanity. We need new ones, too. Among other things. Ha! One of my friends did a full Ikea kitchen and it's absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. The bathroom vanity looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see the final results of your kitchen! Looks like lots of hard work has been put into it! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  5. I have been loving following your reno and cannot wait to see the end result!!!! SO exciting! Hope you get to feeling 100%!

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  6. I also question the espresso maker in the bathroom. Is your house like a hotel where they want to make sure you don't miss it? lol.

    Would the bathroom renovations be because of those flower tiles? LOL.

    I'm so pumped to see the final reveal!

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  7. Wow way to go you guys demoing the old kitchen yourselves! You just be so excited to have it all done and settled! I can definitely see how much time this takes up! I bet the new kitchen will be gorgeous...I love ikea! Happy August!

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  8. Check you guys out! I would never ever be brave enough to do basically a full kitchen reno by myself. I am so impressed. I expect to see you on HGTV sometime next year.

    Some people can be really snotty about ikea kitchens, but I honestly don't understand why because an ikea kitchen is my dream! They're just so darn functional. Can't wait to see how yours turns out (and where you put the pig rug). Hope the germs go and stay away!

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  9. That kitchen project is NO joke! It's going to be so amazing when it's done!! Eek!

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  10. I can't wait to see the finished house! home renos are a PAIN but so rewarding once it's all done. I love your vanity!

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  11. Yeah, I'm going to have to hire you two to come do my kitchen reno ... I have ideas, but am no good at planning or doing. Hopefully you're feeling better! Maybe it was all the funky dust from the demo flying around. The end result (so far) looks amazing - I love that sink!

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  12. I can't wait to see your finished kitchen!!! And I love the vanity you got for the bathroom. Looks all hotel like with the coffee maker sitting up on it lol. I know you guys have been so busy and working hard, but it's all going to pay off when you have that beautiful new sparkly kitchen!!!

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  13. I'm so impressed you tried to go right back to work after getting back from your trip! lol. You guys are making such good progress on the kitchen so far-- so jealous you could take out your soffits! Our floors had three layers of random flooring once we started to pull it up too! Hopefully you can kick whatever sickness you've had and feel better soon!

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  14. Gas range, I'm so jealous. And what an awesome sink, you go with all the renovations. Our kitchen is the next thing on the list, that keeeeeeeeps getting longer, egad.

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  15. I have to say I kind of hate hardwood in the sense you have to use a broom to sweep it, versus carpet you can just run the vacuum over which takes like 4 seconds. I HATE sweeping with a broom, it's awful. But I do love how hardwood looks. So, we keep it.

    So excited to see the final product! Makes me excited for our bathroom renovation we plan to do this winter!

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  16. Can't wait to see the kitchen, it'll look so different! John has lots of plans for our house for the future but I don't know if I could live through reno like that. You're awesome.

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  17. Ooh those boxes give me agida...I am HORRIBLE at putting things together. Really excited for your renovation! And I love your vanity too. My bathroom is terrible, something must be done and I don't think just replacing the vanity would help LOL

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  18. How does something miss THAT MANY PIECES??? That's ridiculous.
    I am so jealous of your sink. That's what I tell Ricky all I want for christmas, my birthday, anniversary - a new sink & faucet.

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  19. You guys are doing so well with the renovations! And I love that vanity. You make it sound so easy. Do you and KC want to come to Texas? I'll pay you in BBQ... Also do you have NextDoor in your neighborhood or a facebook group for your area? People in mine always want boxes - you can just leave them outside and have them message you for your street!

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  20. It looks like it coming together nicely and I bet you cannot wait for it to be over. My favorite pic is the cats chilling on the floor. They are such helpers. :D And if laundry and dishes are your favorite chores, you can move in with me anytime. Bring the cats! Bring KC! And bring your love of doing dishes and laundry. I'll cook! ;)

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  21. Hope you are feeling better! Your kitchen is going to look awesome :)

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  22. I'm so excited to see the final product. Our company used to install for IKEA and I loved seeing the finished product. You can customize everything which is awesome. Good luck getting through it. Hope you feel better!!

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  23. Hmm... I've never thought about how summer is at the end of the year for some folks. I always think of it in the middle of the year.
    Your kitchen is looking great! What an accomplishment! That's awesome!

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  24. I'm so excited to see your finished kitchen!! IKEA has really nice cabinets so I'm sure it'll look great. you guys have been doing great with all the demo! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  25. This is crazy, so much work! But sounds like a little bit of fun too :) I'm sure the final kitchen is going to be amazing, good luck with the rest!

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  26. Lol, I remembered when we demo'd the kitchen and had to use the microwave so much!! Yes, your body needs the sleep, so glad you got your nap and hope you can kick this one quickly with all the work you guys have to do! Everything is looking great!!

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  27. Wow, I'm so impressed with all that you have done! I'm so excited to see what it looks like when you're done! I hope you feel better soon!

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  28. Looks like it's coming along. 59 items? Really? How in the world? Can't wait to see the finished product picture!

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  29. 59 items?! What in the world?! I really love that bathroom vanity.

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  30. omg you guys have gotten so much accomplished in a month! that reno stuff is no joke and kitchens are pretty much the biggest pain in the rear. yay for a new ikea kitchen although the massive amount of boxes they ship stuff in is overwhelming to look at even in a photo haha. i cant wait to see it when it's all done (as i'm sure you're ready for!)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  31. Kitchen renovations are the best/worst. Worst because not having a kitchen is terrrrribble, but the best because brand new kitchens are amazing! It's going to look so great when it all comes together. That sink, OMG. I would kill for one that big and roomy!

    Also, that bathroom vanity is beautiful! Yay to KC for surprising you with it.

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  32. Hope you feel better soon! I love how much work you guys got done. This is one thing about homeownership that totally makes me nervous. I have NO SKILLS. Or wouldn't even know what to do to replace a floor. LOL. I guess I'll figure it out someday! So excited to see more progress as you go! So sweet of him to surprise you with the new vanity! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  33. Looks like everything is coming along! Reading this takes me back to last summer, lol. The guys did a nice job with the demo! That's always one of the hardest parts. So annoying about the dent in the oven - ours was delivered with a broken door, so I guess shit just happens!

    Love the bathroom vanity! So pretty.

    Hope you're feeling better!

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  34. I'm loving following along with your kitchen adventure!! The floor looks awesome. I can't believe the delivery was 59 items short!!

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  35. WHOA this is crazy. y'all have been busy!!!! can't wait to see the continued progress.

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  36. You guys are seriously awesome! Your kitchen is going to look so good!!!

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  37. I'm so impressed with you guys doing your kitchen all by yourself! I can't wait to see the end product - it's looking great!

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  38. Wow, all the work you guys have done in the kitchen. That is impressive. I love your bathroom! That vanity is so fantastic. Looking forward to seeing the kitchen when it is finished. I'm sure it will be amazing.

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  39. I'm seriously so amazed that y'all are doing so much of the work yourself! Chris and I always joke that we're not handy enough to do anything ourselves. Everything looks great so far, and I can't wait to see the final product!

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  40. You are beasts! I can't wait to see the finished product. I really want your sink! Also, your bathroom is super cute. It's amazing how just a vanity can change the entire look.

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  41. Gosh you guys are killing it with the DIY of this kitchen! I can't wait to see the final result. Also what do you do with a huge kitchen like that? I'm moving soon and my new kitchen looks about the size of yours and I genuinely have no clue what to do with the space. PS your bathroom vanity looks awesome!

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