So it's been awhile, old friends. Neither sister has been able to blog for some time. Other than just general life chaos and the like, our grandmother passed away recently. Ali wrote a beautiful and moving tribute to her on her personal blog. Please give it a read.
For the moment, I'm back with updates on my ongoing projects... and the start of a brand new project (or 10). So let's shake dust and pick up where we left off.
When I posted my last kitchen update (way back in MARCH!), I was busy putting the major elements in place. It looked a bit like this:
I spent a large chunk of April and May getting the rest of the big projects out of the way, then even more time organizing, bargain shopping and styling. Now, it looks a bit more like this:
What?! Exactly my reaction each and every time I walk in. I still can't believe it. Much, much more in the kitchen update (coming very soon I swear). But for the moment, it's always fun to look back on where it all began:
So even though I plan on covering this in the kitchen update post, I just gotta show you a sneak peek of the floors. The shit is bananas.
GRAM IT UP
If you're not following the 2 Sisters Instagram, here's a quick update of the goings on over there.
I finally got my dining room into decent shape after being a holding area for kitchen-makeover-related chaos.
Even managed a little styling on my beloved Mid-century buffet.
My brand-new appliances, a late housewarming gift from mom, arrived with much fanfare.
I began the seemingly impossible task of cleaning out my office. This project is still a work in progress.
But this living room gallery wall, tackled during an insomnia-laden evening, is actually finished. Love it!
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TRACEY'S KITCHEN ISLAND
And the last bit of catch up is letting you in on my final big kitchen project: the island. This is the project that has threatened to take over my every waking moment.
It began with a very small budget and an idea to use old kitchen cabinets attached together with a handmade wood countertop to serve as much-needed extra prep space in the unused side of my kitchen. I don't show it in photos much because it literally is empty. Just a window and sort-of hallway that connects the living room and dining room.
This was taken as I was laying the new flooring. The living room is to the right, the dining room off to the left. The island will sit right in the middle.
I was inspired by a ton of different online DIY island projects, but this one really spoke to me:
Until I saw this, I was unsure if my idea to use existing base cabinets would actually work. Then, I found these at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and suddenly, I was halfway there with my materials!
Originally I planned to hold off on this project until the fall, when I'll inevitably have more time and money. But once I purchased these three cabinets, a steal for $40.00 and exactly the size I needed, I decided to move forward and start planning and gathering the rest of the materials.
I saw this pic and decided on a wood-plank top:
Then this "planked" finish detail brought it all home. It's even the right color!
And here's where I'm at with it now:
Materials gathered and the basic cabinet structure is complete. I'm trying hard to keep track of what I spend so I can give you guys a realistic idea of exactly how to compete a project like this. So here's what I've spent so far. I'm not quite finished gathering materials though.
KITCHEN ISLAND RUNNING TOTAL:
- 3 used base cabinets: $40.00
- Plywood for base: $13.00
- 5" steel legs: $46.00
- Primer: $8.00
- Spray paint for hinges: $6.00
- Wood for top: $21.00
- Cabinet pulls: $15.00
- Screws, bits & bobs: $10.00
- Extra wood for pull-out build: $5.00
- Brackets for pull-out build: $16.00
TOTAL SO FAR: $180.00
- Circular saw
- Palm sander
ADDITIONAL TOOLS USED:
- Straight edge
- Borrowed Kreg Jig
UPDATE: Here's the latest pic. The island is upside down on the garage floor with pretty new brushed nickel legs attached.
Much much more to come on this one! Stay tuned as I plan on blogging much more frequently as the summertime weather keeps me inside working on fun stuff!
See you soon!