Our kitchen is not quite finished. We need to install more cabinets on the wall by the oven. We need to paint a few of those cabinets still. We need to order a few custom-made cabinet doors. We will eventually get a new dishwasher (though this one works so well that I see no rush there). We need to paint the walls and we still haven't decided on a color. We also need to finish the trim around the bar and paint it.
But it is 100% functional as a kitchen and dining area. And for the first time, it feels like it belongs to Kristin and Scott. For the first few months we were here, it was just a demolition zone (see pictures at the end of this post). We've now been in this house for 6 months and now that the heavy duty work is out of the way (eh, most of it), I don't have to curl up in the corner with my glass of moscato and just wait for it to be over.
That's a swamp cooler on the wall, by the way. I meant to do a separate post on that back in June when we installed it. It's like an air conditioner for the desert climate. Keeps that house at 70 degrees or cooler during the summer, using evaporated water in an energy-efficient way. We realized we needed it when we were ripping up carpet and it was 90 degrees inside and that's not a motivating temperature. Without this $500 investment (installed by Scott), we'd have not gotten very far on this place. I have no idea how the previous owner got by without it.
In case you've forgotten….June 2014.
And here's the in-between phase…which has been most of the last six months.
These are in no particular order. Just a sampling.
Oh, you'd do it too if you had a puppy and hole in the countertop.
I desperately tried to keep up normalcy by crock-potting dinner.
Progress is progress, right? Goal for December: paint the kitchen walls and cabinets that are left.