Catching Up (We've missed you)

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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.

TRACEY'S KITCHEN

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:

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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:

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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:

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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. 

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B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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.  

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Even managed a little styling on my beloved Mid-century buffet.  

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My brand-new appliances, a late housewarming gift from mom, arrived with much fanfare.  

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I began the seemingly impossible task of cleaning out my office. This project is still a work in progress.  

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But this living room gallery wall, tackled during an insomnia-laden evening, is actually finished. Love it! 

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Remember to follow us and obsessively like EVERY ONE of our pictures. We promise we won't think it's creepy. Instagram.com/2sisters2houses

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. 

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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!

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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!

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And here's where I'm at with it now:

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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

TOOLS PURCHASED:

  • Circular saw
  • Palm sander

ADDITIONAL TOOLS USED:

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Driver
  • Clamps
  • Handsaw
  • 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. 

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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!  

Tracey and Ali while on vacation "Up North." 

Tracey and Ali while on vacation "Up North."