The Finishing Touches of our Remodel

For the most part,  phase one of our remodel is complete. Almost. At least we are no longer sequestered to our bedroom . Now the focus is in the finishing touches. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the stuff that we seem to notice.  The detail stuff. So, I am going to put myself out there and show you what still needs to be done in hope that it will spur me along to stay focused and get it finished . Oh –  and maybe winning the mega million might help out as well.

For starters, our living room. Here is what it looked like before. It is even hard for me to remember that it looked like this this time last year.


and now………..


1. Shocking as it may be…….that fireplace is cast stone that the previous owners painted white and then sealed it. Gasp! When we bought the house I thought the fireplace was kinda cool looking especially with that little copper do-dad. Now, well not so much. I want a mantle pretty bad now. It would be a very big deal to redo the fireplace as it is total concrete. Just don’t think I have it in me right now. So in the meantime I want to muddle together some glazes and attempt to return it to those same colors of cast stone. If any of you have done a faux stone treatment on your fireplace I would love to hear how you did it.  I have stripped the finish from the copper and want it to patina. As of right now I am not brave enough to help it along.

2. Want to add LED lights in those glass cabinets in the kitchen.

3. Finish hanging the rest of our plates. I am happy to report that after my husband and I hung these plates  we are still on speaking terms. He was very patient hearing me say, “move it a tad to the left, no that’s too much, ok now just about an 1/8″ up” .

4. Our cabinet guy is painting our shutters the same color of our kitchen cabinets. Hmmm, he told me he would have them here before Christmas??? Obviously you can see that did not happen.

Our dining room – this used to be a solid wall and the dining room was orange when we bought the house. Although I like orange – just not in my house.



1. We need window treatments in here pretty darn bad!!!

2. And a rug would be nice.

3. New Chandelier

Also crown moulding, of course.

You can see how bright and sunny it is in the morning.


Now the kitchen and butlers pantry


1. Need window treatment over the sink – but just can’t decide what I want.

Decisions! Decisions!

1. I would like to add LED lights inside the glass front cabinets as well as under.


The family room – here is a before


And here is the after. It is hard to imagine it is the same room.


1. Add crown moulding

2. Window treatment – gets pretty sunny in this room.

3. I want some air vents with a tad more style. These are ugly!! But for now I am trying to keep my focus on eye level.

Oh! I also want to do some beams in this room also and add  lantern style lighting.

Oh – also the bookshelves are not quite to my liking. But that will be a separate post.

And the sofa needs to be re-upholstered.

I guess a house never gets finished, does it?? No sooner do we make a list and complete it than we see something else we want to do. It is a vicious circle.

I will keep you posted on my progress.

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Things I “Need” Week – Lantern Lights

Lantern love!! I think that our breakfast room/butlers pantry deserves a lantern! A zinc lantern to be exact.

I love this entire kitchen – but the lantern really is incredible.

We all love the lantern that Brook choose in her breakfast area.

source: houzz

This is pretty much my fav

This one is similar to the one above – from Circa Lighting.  It sells for $1.050 which is more than I want can spend.

And this one is from Pottery Barn for $399.00 which is more in my budget.

Yes, think this one is pretty special also

Almost like the one above – from Circa Lighting

Oh gosh! Maybe this one is really my favorite. See why it is so hard to find the right one? I love most of the lanterns I see.

This one is quite special but not oh-la-la for me.

This red one makes quite a statement. They even have two more red lanterns on the wall. I always wonder what the rest of the home looks like when I see pictures like this.

I am pretty sure this house has 8 foot ceilings like ours. I like how they used over sized pieces to fill the space.

This lantern from Ballard Design is similar to the one above – other than the color.

I like this one because it has no glass – it would be maintenance free.  Or it could bug me that it is a bit too simple.

I like lantern bell jars also. I am afraid that dust would accumulate in the bottom of the jar tho.  Someone with OCD couldn’t handle that!

I think this is the one that I am getting. No – its not zinc. Bummer. But I couldn’t afford a zinc one anyway – they’re a little pricy and I have been hemorrhaging money with this remodel of ours. I may get brave and “zinc it up”.

I got to get things crossed off my list!!

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Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress

I feel I am living in slow motion with this remodel. Seriously! I feel that things were really clipping along and then BAM!! All the final details seem to be taking forever!

SO, here is the window that was delivered for over the sink. Hmmmm – notice anything not quite right??? I obsessed in this remodel on everything being balanced and in symmetry. I made it into a big deal! Literally! So, why would I order a casement window over the sink that was not centered with the sink? I didn’t!  So they went ahead and installed it and ordered the correct window – to be rushed of course.

Here is the correct window!

The panels have now been placed on the fridge and dishwasher – plus the hardware was installed!!

We have a faucet, which means running water. That is always a plus. We even have a disposal now!

Our backsplash was put in this week!! I love my beveled subway tile. Plus our electrician put in the LED under the cabinet lights. Now my trim guy needs to come back and finish out the window. Oh – that will take forever because I am sure he is on another job.


Front door has had one coat of tung oil on it. Waiting to see how much is absorbed.

Even more fun and games is putting everything back in it’s place! But first you have to wash and dust most of it! Takes for-freakin-ever!!! Never in my life have seen the dust that we have here!!

Then in the middle of all of this the dang AC unit upstairs pan overflowed!!!! Just lovely. Now our freshly painted ceiling in our family room has a monster patch on it. Just when I thought I was finished with drywall dust! We are just thankful that we were home when it happened! Now, the pan has a sensor in it that will turn the unit off when water gets in it. Pretty genius! Wonder why it did not have that already as it is only about 3 years old???

My to-do list is so, so very long!!! I just want to snap my fingers and it be done! I love instant gratification……………….don’t you?

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New Marble Countertops

Still making progress! What should of happened last week, happened today. Have to say that our Shaw Farm sink by Rohl has caused some problems. Since each sink is hand made, they vary in their measurements. They say +/- 2%. I have asked 2% of what?? Do not have that answer yet. The right side of the sink is 1/4″ higher that the left. Thank goodness for shims.


Crema Marfil Marble – white and cream kitchen = love it!!

Tomorrow our plumber Eddie comes (or so he says) and we will have running water and a dishwasher.  I promise I will never ever complain about emptying the dishwasher again!! Girl Scouts Honor. Pinky Promise and all that jazz. Also, our cabinet guy Roy will also install the panels on our fridge, dishwasher and install our hardware.

We’re getting there!!!

Demo on Delaware – Appliance Installation in Progress

Merry Christmas to us!!! Finally! Finally! We got to a point where the appliances could be delivered. Now I could move beyond the visualization stage in my mind and see the real deal. I could not wait to get this baby off the truck. I have wanted a Wolf range for so long!

Getting closer to the front door! Come to me baby!

and of course our Bella has to supervise everyone!!

I have become accustomed to things not going smoothly for the last couple of weeks. So, of course, my electrician did not install a 220 for the Wolf but only a 110. And of course he is on vacation this week!! Dang it!! The burners work tho since they’re gas but  have to use a match. Not the end of the world!!

 Roy, our cabinet guy, has  totally has solved the problem with our farm sink I discussed in this post. He used Bondo!!! The cool thing about Bondo, which is used to repair cars, ends up being as hard as the wood but then sands like butter.

 Ahhhhhh…………….Bondo is da bomb!!

 But, I have a big issue with these farm sinks. I will need to do a post only on them as they are very challenging !

Another bit of progress is that the laundry and small bath is being tiled.  I picked a 4 X 8 tumbled travertine laid in a brick fashion. It’s going to be very cool!! The counter will be Ivory Gold granite although there is not that much gold in it.


 And the baseboards are about 75% finished! I choose a 5 1/2 inch base and painted it Ben Moore’s Edgecomb Gray in a pearl finish. Love that color.

All corners have been bull nosed in our remodel – and we found round pieces of base to fit on the bull nose.  I used a local company named H3 Custom Wood Mouldings.  It is like a candy store!

 Bullnose base corners from H3 Custom Wood Mouldings

 Hopefully our counter tops will be installed tomorrow or the next day!! So close !!  But still so much to do!

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A Week When NOTHING Went Right!!!!

Have you ever been so close to finishing things but you still feel so far away? That is how I how felt the last week. I had every day planned and scheduled. Or, so I thought. Silly me!!

Friday: Deliver Appliances Nope! That did not happen!! I had plumbing and electrical that needed to be moved. Had to reschedule. How depressing!!

Monday: Our carpenter Mike was to come to start installing trim and baseboards. Nope! That did not happen either as he was still on another job. 

Tuesday:  Our painter Kevin was coming to finish up the painting. Nope – that did not happen either!! He also was hung up on another job. I am really feeling screwed here.

Wednesday:  Tile guy Lance to come and start laying tile in our laundry room and small bathroom.  Yep! He came and laid the plywood with hardy backer. Not all good news tho because tile delivery was delayed a day. If you do not keep these guys busy everyday they leave you to go work other places. He promises me (Yes, I make them look me in the eye and promise) he will be back today.

Thursday: Re-delivery of appliances. Yep- that did happen.  Did it go without a hitch???? Of course not………….need to drop a 220 for our Wolf range. I am so not happy with my electrician who happens to be on vacation this week. 

Friday: Movers to come to put our furniture back in place. Yeah – that won’t happen because of all the above delays. Oh well!  Whatcha goin do?? It is not the end of the world. 



Demo on Delaware – Farm Sinks and Ways to Install Them

We will have a Shaw farm sink in our new kitchen. But, there may be  a glitch. Or, I may be freaking out for no reason at all because my cabinet guy said, “Trust me, don’t worry, you will be happy!!” I really love being happy!! But it bugs me when anyone says “trust me”!! It just automatically makes me NOT trust em!

Here it our sink just hanging out until it is installed. My worry are the square corners of the cabinets and the rounded corners of the sink.  Once it is installed he will add the wood to the corners and make it  look perfect. Oh,  I love perfect but right now  all these little details are stressing me. I am fretting that you will be able to see where the wood is added. I have decided that my next remodel I won’t need to stress out as I will be a more experienced “remodeler extraordinarire”.

Here is the sink on the  Rohl brochure which shows exactly what my cabinet guy is trying to convince me about. If you look real close this is exactly what has been done on this sink.

This, in my opinion is the best way to install a farm sink that has a rounded bottom and of course this is exactly what I want!!

This sink installation if seamless – perfect!!!


This one is perfect installation also

source: houzz

Ditto on this one

Ditto again

Now here is another way to install the farm sink………….it sits on a dark stained ledge. I am not sure if I like it or not. I think I need to actually see one in person.

This farm sink sits on a ledge. Ahhh, I love this kitchen. Beautiful window to look out at what looks like a lovely backyard. The marble countertop are luscious!!

source: houzz

 When a sink sits on a ledge it seems to give it a tad bit of a contemporary flair. I like how the ledge ties in with the windows above the sink.

source: houzz

This sink has a gap entirely around it and that is exactly what I do not want. But, I would of probably never have noticed it had I not been installing a farm sink.

source: bhg 

Ok – now I am being super picky. No, not picky but very, very particular. Seriously do you see that grout line under that sink. I do not think I could go to sleep at night with that!!! But, again this ledge design seems to go with more of a contemporary or eclectic style.

source: pinterest

Well this is very cool!! Great idea for pull outs under the sink – I see their disposal but I wonder where the water pipes are???  It’s just kinda hard to put pull outs under the  kitchen sink but I sure do love pull outs!!

Well besides this being a very beautiful kitchen, this sink has about 1/8 inch all the way around it. Hmmmm – just was thinking my sink would fit tighter and without the use of grout!!!!

Although the corners are rounded the bottom of this sink is flat so I think it makes it easier to disguise the cut out for the sink.

source: bhg 

So many ways to install a farm sink. Which one do you think is best?? I would love to hear your comments.

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Demo on Delaware – Things are Looking Up!

It has not been what I would call a “fun” week  with this remodel. Kinda felt like I was hearing a lot of excuses!!  I was just getting over the framing of a new and larger window – then my wood floor guys had van troubles and my brick mason did not show up either. I also found out that our new front door needs to be “re-installed” – which I will get to that later. Maybe it was just a bad Monday but nevertheless frustrating. But, as of right this moment we are back on track and making progress.

I do think Jan, our brick mason, does incredible work. She filled in a window for us on the back of the house and you can not even tell. Our house is the old used brick and not one brick is the same size.

Here is the before. I know you all want to pin this photo!  If the plywood is not bad enough, the insulation randomly stuffed along the frame is just as tacky!! Actually we stuffed that insulation there to keep our air conditioning from escaping.

This is what we are looking at from the inside of our kitchen. Great window treatment don’t ya think?


She knows the right amount of color to add to the cement for it to match the existing mortar which has been there for 46 years. After a couple of weeks of curing,  it will all match up.

Meanwhile…………The floor guys are hard workers. They have sanded and filled for the last two days and now they start applying the stain. Love the color.

These are the nicest guys – very considerate and willing  to please. I guess we’ve been pretty lucky during this remodel with our workers other than the one who took 30 minute smoke breaks every hour, so I had to tell him I did not need him anymore, and then one guy who talked all the freaking time!!! Yeah, had to explain to him that I was paying him to work not to talk! Awkward! Ya know when they get the iphone out showing you work they’ve done in the past and they’re working for you in the present – I get a little cranky!!

The first coat of seal for the wood floors has been added and now we wait for two more to be applied then we can have our new appliances delivered plus our marble countertops! Oh boy – hurry up and wait!! We’re getting there.

I am wanting to use a pastry table as an island

Here is my list of what remains to be done -

  • two more coats of the sealer on the new wood floors
  • install new base boards and crown moulding
  • delivery and installation of new appliance
  • install marble countertops
  • install new windows
  • repair new front door
  • have electrician install fixture over sink, breakfast room table, butlers pantry,dining room foyer and front porch
  • have movers bring our furniture back (oh!!! happy dance for sure)
  • finish plans for banquette
  • figure out how to finish the fire place ( that will be a post asking for your opinions)
  • Paint exterior of home
  • Tile the laundry and beverage bar
  • Finish bath off of the laundry
  • oh dear………….there is so much more!

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Bye for now.


Demo on Delaware – New Floors Sanded & Ready for Stain


So, while we’re waiting for our windows to be made and installed,  at least there is progress in other areas. Today they started sanding our newly installed wood floors. It is interesting to see the start to finish progress of installing new wood floors. Normally, we buy a house that already has wood floors installed. Our last house did – but sadly the stain had a  orange’ish tone to it and it drove me crazy. Even the kithchen cabinets had that same orange tone to it and it was a happy day when those cabinets were painted and glazed a cream color in order to say ” bye bye” to the orange’ish stain. Lessons learned.

I was surprised that the sanding did not create tons of dust. Actually I am not sure I would notice more dust at this point because there is so much. Obviously this machine really sucks big time!!  It did have a distinct odor tho. Nothing gross but not what I am used to. It was a tedious process – and kinda loud. If you look closely you can see that one of our wood floor guys wears ear protection. Good for him. Construction is loud and I have been so surprised at the lack of eye, ear and respiratory precautions made by our workers . I had it all available for them but was surprised- even shocked – when it was not used.

Right now the floor looks like a little baby’s butt!!

Nice, smooth and perfect!! No flaws!

Although I feel that this stage of the remodel is taking f o r e v e r, there is progress. I will say that this stage is the most stressful – or it is for me who is new to the “game”. I have learned so much from everyone. I still would do it again and think that is a good sign.

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Demo & Lotta Stress on Delaware – New Kitchen Window Frame Installed

I  totally freaked out with this particular part of our remodel. I had really held it together to this point .  Something about busting out the side of your house to enlarge the window over the kitchen sink seemed like I was pushing the envelope!! I was having a huge case of “self doubt”!!! This all sounded good in theory and on paper but   I  did not realize how stressful it would be when they had to take  the old window out, shore up the ceiling and start busting out brick.

Kitchen ceiling shored up and existing window being removed.

Breath in! Breath Out!!

and take pictures…….

This is Lance……..he’s trying to get me to laugh and relax ………..ugh!

It’s not working!!!  Get back to work!  You are costing me money.

Window is out!! Now they start busting  out  brick to make the opening larger. So much for having the air conditioner running?? Yeah – who cares that it is approaching 100 degrees here in Oklahoma.

Hello Sir, how are you today? May I take your order?? This totally looks like a drive up window at a fast food restaurant at this point.

The window will be 5 feet in length.

The good news is that the window is now framed and our house is still standing!! The addition of another metal beam was important. The bad news…………we have to look at the plywood for a couple of weeks until the new window is delivered. Thank goodness we have really nice neighbors!! Just take them nice bottles of wine and they seem to not notice the plywood!!!  Bribery does work. Even on grown ups!

 Our window guy came out and measured the new window. Jan, our brick mason is now cutting the brick to fit the new window. But for the next couple of weeks we will have to get used to looking at this lovely plywood.