I can’t believe summer has come and gone! First, a quick recap of our summer in bullet points:
- We had company and company and company. I washed more sheets and towels this summer than ever before. It was epic.
- I went to Murray, KY and San Diego, CA on business. The first was about as exciting as one might expect. The second was quite a thrill (zoos, three-state power outage, delicious beaches and fun times with colleagues).
- We went to Birmingham, AL for a very dear friend’s baby shower. She was super cute and super pregnant.
- We went to Birmingham again to help the same dear friend pick out paint for the baby’s room (and to visit, of course!)
- Bird went to Pittsburgh for a math conference. He did a lot of math, bought beer through a hole in a garage door, and had fun times with other math people.
- We went to PA to celebrate the 4th of July with my family. My awesome brother and dad also came. Sadly, my sweet mom could not join us this year. Hopefully next!
- We helped the Hines’ build a huge deck in their back yard. It looks a lot like a stage. We might need to do some karaoke on it this fall…
- I went to Chicago for a weekend with several super fun girlfriends. We had great food, listened to a rockin jug band and purchased mustache art.
- Bird did a lot of math and made good progress on his dissertation. Go Bird Go!
Whew! It didn’t seem that crazy when we were living it, but WOW what a summer! While not doing the above, we were either: washing sheets and towels (see earlier comment on company), chasing our cats, cooking, selling junk on e-bay and remodeling our kitchen.
Wait, what? Yeah, between summer company and travels we decided it was a GOOD time to begin gutting the kitchen. The kitchen renovation is about 1/2 of the way complete and is making us so g0sh-darned proud of our abilities (Palin Speak). I think the best way to illustrate our progress thus far is through photographs. But first, I want to share some of lessons learned thus far (with bullet points to save time because OBVIOUSLY I’m a busy woman):
- Remodeling a kitchen is a lesson in patience.
- Ikea cabinets are awesome. They are easy to build, super easy to install and look really good considering their price.
- Spend the extra money on the automatic door and drawer closing mechanisms at Ikea. They are amazing and make for great dinner party conversation. (Ha! We are THOSE people!)
- Wiring is never a “quick project.”
- The Borescope we bought to locate the mystery “stink stink stink” is an amazing tool when trying to run new wiring. Buy one immediately if you are remodeling your kitchen.
- The Borescope is also a hilariously fun thing to use to gross out your significant other (think up the nose…)
- Don’t buy the paint/primer combo. It sucks. Spend the extra time and prime with Kilz and then paint with regular paint (Olympic is my favorite brand and believe me, I know after painting almost the entire house).
- Invest in good paint brushes.
- Prepare to have the contents of your kitchen strewn about the rest of your house for weeks.
- It is perfectly acceptable to make coffee using water from the tub faucet when your kitchen sink is out-of-order. (All our house guests are now going, “Oh crap! Did they make coffee for me with tub water??? GAH!)
Now some during photos:
And now this brings us up to present day. Please forgive the really low photo quality. Better photos will follow when more progress is made.
And there you have it, folks! A summer recap and a photo journal of our kitchen renovation thus far! Bird and I have lots of exciting bloggy things to post in the coming weeks, assuming we don’t get more company!