The next project on our list was to begin painting! Phillip informed me that as soon as the kitchen was painted, he could begin installing our cabinets and counter tops! That was enough motivation for me, so off to Sherwin Williams I went! I didn't have a problem choosing the color families of my paint, but narrowing it down to a specific color took me a while! As I joked in an Instagram post, it's easy to pick paint colors when you already have favorite polish colors. And if you know me, you know I have tons of favorite polish colors! (Check out: Why Nails Were Meant to be Painted)
We were able to hire someone to come in and touch up a few problem areas we found in our sheetrock, as well as prime most of the house. If you don't get this step right, all of the problems will shine right through the paint! It took these guys 3 hours to do what would have taken me 3 weeks to complete--so it was totally worth the money we spent having them come in! With new sheetrock, you must sand it, prime it (the two steps that were completed for me!), sand it again, paint your first coat, sand it again, and then paint your second coat. When you multiply this process by 7 rooms and a gigantic hallway, you feel defeated. And I did.
When I was in college, I had a roommate tell me one time that when she would get overwhelmed at everything she had to do, her dad would ask her, "Emily, how do you eat an elephant?" She would smile and respond, "One bite at a time." Since my sophomore year in college, I have often thought back to that silly reminder that is still so true. After sharing that story with Phillip, he now is the one who reminds me how to eat an elephant. I am thankful for the little things that stick with you through the years and the relationships that make us who we are today.
After painting the kitchen and butler's pantry, Phillip began installing the cabinets! This was so much fun (for me, not him) and made the house start to resemble a home. I don't know about you, but the kitchen is always one of my favorite rooms in a house! I spend so much time in that space doing what I love to do--cooking, baking, (eating), talking, laughing; all with the people I love.
Just like most of the world today, I love Pinterest! I love how organized and inspiring this tool is. Not only do I have a "Home Sweet Home" board, but I also have a secret board for each room in my house! This was the perfect way for me to organize my thoughts and ideas all in one place. Later on, I'll share a few tips with you on how to stay organized (and on budget) during a major renovation like this! Here are three pictures (each linked to the original source) that gave me a little inspiration for this space:
Due to the small size of our kitchen, I was really struggling to design a plan that would give me enough cabinet space. When I ran across the picture of this beautiful butler's pantry, I just knew that this was the answer to my problem! As we tore out the walls, we discovered that there in fact use to be a butler's pantry right off of the kitchen! It was boarded up years ago, but we would bring it back. The original pantry was much like a closet, but we would design ours like the picture above. By doing so, we would gain a hall closet on the other side!
Now that you know what direction my wheels were turning, let me remind you what we were working with.
*Side note: The Keurig and electric kettle on the counter came in handy while working in 30 degree weather! Coffee and warm water for the caulk bucket made my workers happy. :)
You can also see how opening up that wall in the kitchen where we placed the pocket doors brings so much light into the room! It also makes the kitchen feel much bigger when they are open.