Monday, June 13, 2016

When Life Gets Crazy, Throw In A Extra Project. Or Two.

The backyard/frontyard renovations are still ongoing, and yet. . .


as if we didn't have enough to do, as if I wasn't overworked, tired, and as if I hadn't spent a small fortune on landscaping items. . . 

then I went forward with a project inside the house. Why?  Why??  Because I'm crazy. And not  like "crazy haha". Crazy crazy. Cray cray. Insane in the membrane. ("Insane in the brain!")

It's a loooong story. But you know those projects, that you know need to get done, and you talk about them getting done for years but they just keep staying near the bottom of your list? 

You have those, right?


This is one of those for us. The hardwoods in our kitchen needed to be refinished when we moved in. 7 years later (how in thee world have I lived in this house for 7 years??), a leak in the dishwasher and a very swollen floor later, and we've FINALLY gotten around to doing it. 

I'm kinda sorta laughing at this "before" kitchen picture up there-- soo much has changed in here, like the paint color, that cabinet on the right has come down, etc., etc. And let's not talk about my cabs. Let's say we did.

And then don't. I am sooo conflicted about what I want in here-- I've wanted white cabs for years and years, and then I decide I'm totally okay with the maple, then I'm not, then I am. . . now I'm waiting patiently to see what happens in the exciting world of kitchen trends. . . 

we'll see. 

How in the world can bloggers on the interwebs afford makeover after makeover? Where is all this filthy lucre coming from? And how can I get me some?

 The best part about this is that I hardly lifted a finger to get it done. Annnd I'm super happy with the outcome. Gosh it's nice to pay good money to watch other people work really hard around you. It's so very choice. 

Let me spoil the surprise and tell you. . . 

I went with dark floors. (I'm whispering this in a creepy way.)


I went back and forth and back and forth. . . I honestly like the maple in here. . . dark is harder to keep looking clean. . . I'll see every speck of dust. . . 

And yet. Still did it. I just knew it would change the whole look of my house.

Everything got taped off and covered and there was dust everywhere and I couldn't cook for two days and we had lots of fast food and there was a lot of yelling at my kids on my part because "Dang it, son, I told you it wasn't ready to walk on, what are you thinking??"


And here it is stained, but not shellacked.  And my house was heavy on fumes and my island was covered in crap they kept pulling out of my pantry to do that part of the floor, and all the windows were open to get the smell out and it was hotter than Hades in here. . .


but it was worth it. Because I love it. I love it I love it I love it. The color is Jacobean, and I knew I would like it because Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick has that in her house, and I completely trust her because we all know she is the goddess of house decor, amen.


And of course right at this point, I made a comment to the Jeffro about the cabinets (AGAIN) and he said he just knew this would snowball and I'd make a comment about them (AGAIN). But I shall be patient. I'm not made of money, although I like to pretend in my head that I am.


So! The question on everyone's mind: are they hard to keep clean? Yes. Yes they are.  However--

I anticipated lots of dust, and dusty footprints. That's not happening. What is happening, however, is that my children are slobs. When they Cookie Monster down a taco in a horribly violent manner, as they inevitably do, I can see every single speck of cheese and saucy beef.

So I'm saying, I sweep a lot now. Because I like the look of a clean, new floor. Who wouldn't?


Annnnd. . . I have a lot of dark furniture. Shucks. My sectional is totally staying, though. But maybe this is my excuse to finally get me that new round table in the kitchen in a lighter tone. . .

As I said, I like to pretend I'm made of money. Let's not ruin the dream.

10 comments:

Gigi said...

They are gorgeous!

I know the pain of keeping dark floors clean - but when they are clean they are amazing. Enjoy them.

Rosemary said...

I love the look of your new floor colour. It's so dramatic. I thought possibly a light coloured throw or two or even vibrant colours might lift your lounge suite a but if you are worried about it blending in too much.

hitaakademi said...

thanks for it. Cool! geoteknik

Janelle said...

ooh! I love it! I had no idea you were doing something so amazing in your house! I love it (and I said that already). I'm coming over to check it out!

Jess said...

Looks amazing! How exciting. If you're worried about the dark lounge and dark floor, you could get a pale rug to break it up maybe...

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Kris said...

Your floors look super amazing. Super duper amazing. And I think that you should build yourself a new beautiful round table because you totally have the skills to do it and I yearn (YEARN!) for a new, beautiful homemade table but sadly lack any skills at all. Do it! Do it that the losers among us may admire from afar.

auntiejenni said...

think area rugs, my darling....it breaks up all that dark wood and makes it so your dark furniture still wants to play with you in your house and with your floors. yeah...the cupboards do need to be another color, but there are those one color on the bottom and one on top trends and i think that trend is here to stay...just be careful of the color. seems like an off-white would work better with those brown floors over white...but it can still stay bright. off-white never goes out of style.

james and bess said...

Love the new floor color! And the cabinets would totally pop in an off-white, and apparently you can advertise for Viet Nam to make some extra cash.... lol. :)

Bess

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

They look great! Maybe investing in a Roomba to help keep it as clean as you like it will help cut down on the time it takes to keep them clean... also if you get rugs get ones that don't shed, that's what I fight every day, shedding rugs 😡😡