create everyday | kitchen progress


May 7, 2015 //

I always hear that you have to add a month and a couple grand to your timeline and budget when doing redoing a kitchen. Well, this holds true to our as well. If you remember back to my kitchen mood board, you would remember that we chose butcher block counter tops. This single item, has held our kitchen up for almost 4 months. But, let’s back up a bit.

I have been in love with farmhouse sinks for some time now. We decided that, with the look that we are going for, that’s what we wanted. And then we looked at the prices. I had a friend who had just recently built a new house and she referred me to the Ikea Domsjo sink. For that price, I was all in. We tried to look for it in a store close to us, however, the closest store was at least 5 hours away. So, yes, the husband drove to Brooklyn for a sink. But let me tell you, it was worth it.

We decided because we were going to have so much wood going on in our kitchen, and we were using timbers to frame it out, that we would white wash them instead of staining. I LOVE how they turned out and it was the easiest thing to do. I mixed 1/2 water and 1/2 white paint. I sanded, wiped on, and sanded the grain so it popped out. Done. I love it, but some people say it looks like it’s not finished being painted yet. I say that’s exactly what I wanted. Winning.

White Washing

July 30, 2015 //

Our stove took around 2 months to arrive, because it wasn’t yet on the market when we ordered it. We opted for a downdraft because we had one already and didn’t want a hood hanging in the middle of the island/breakfast bar. However, if you try and find a downdraft on the market, you only have 2 options. The Jenn-Air (which we had) and a KitchenAid (which is what we got). The ratings on the Jenn-Air were horrendous. I called our local appliance store and explained that I wanted to switch. Everything was all fine and dandy until I realized that the dimensions were different and our counter top was already ordered. Dun, dun, dun…

Which brings me back to our counter top. The counter top that we were ready to bash in with a sledgehammer. 9 weeks after ordering them, they arrived. WRONG. Yes, wrong. The dimensions were all over the place and just plain WRONG. We had asked our local hardware store guy, Brandon, to be there. (He’s been on this horrific journey since day 1). He immediately noticed there was no overhang. I then noticed that if we had our stove installed, it would have stuck out 5 1/2 inches past the counter top! I’m not going to bore anymore people with this nightmare of a story, but I will say this. They called to install them for a second time, the husband asked them if they were sealed (which is what we wanted). Nope. Yea, nope. We had to cancel that install and they will be here by August 6th.

Disclaimer: If there are no blogs after August 6th, it’s because I smashed my head into said counter top.

On that note, subway tile is up (at least where it can be while waiting on the counter tops), planks are up, lighting is up and working, sink is in. I can’t wait to show you!

August 10, 2015 //

I survived the counter tops. They got sealed and are absolutely beautiful. However, yes however, while the counter tops were getting taken out to be sealed — the sink had to be taken out to get them out. I’ll give you one guess as to what happened? It broke. The sink that the husband drove to Brooklyn for, effing broke. Fast forward, because I don’t want to get teary eyed, we had to get another sink. Luckily, he only had to drive to Massachusetts to get that one. (Insert bitch face here).

Mostly everything is finished, but we are still waiting on a couple of things for the finished product pictures. It has been complete hell with this kitchen remodel, but at the end of the day — when I’m cooking and I can see my kids and husband playing in the living room and I can enjoy it, it becomes worth it. So there is that.

Love, Megan.


You will have to wait for the final product! But for now, some progress pictures.





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