Although it hasn’t been that long since our last post, we have gotten a LOT done! We are SO grateful to Cullom who came down for a week-ish. Cullom is so careful, thorough, and smart – and he did an amazing job. Thank you so, so much, little brother, for sharing your skills with us this past week! We love you and miss you already!
Cullom’s big project was finishing the kitchen. He put up the backsplash, installed the crown around the tops of the cabinets, installed the light rail under the upper cabinets, and installed the kickplates under the base cabinets.
Getting started: We chose simple white subway tile for our backsplash. We love the clean, classic look of it.
They also installed the microwave!
Dad helped too – thanks, Dad!
This side went up SO fast!
Measuring and figuring. Cullom’s a very smart dude. His high school math teachers would be surprised.
It’s so beautiful!
After finishing the backsplash, he got started on the crown for the upper cabinets and the light rail under the cabinets. He also grouted the backsplash with a light gray grout, and installed (and built) the kickplates.
Looks beautiful! Lu and I will eventually fill in the nail holes.
While that was going on, Lu and I worked on the powder room. We painted over the horrible cream-yellow with a playful, bright mint.
Lu was a total rock star – he learned how to install trim! He finished the trim in the powder room and installed the toilet.
We had removed the vanity base from this bathroom a long time ago. I painted it white. We’re waiting for the new vanity top we ordered to arrive, and then we can install it all and have a functional bathroom. Fingers crossed that it gets here soon, because we’re moving in on Saturday with or without it!
I think this picture is after coat #1. I did another coat and it’s bright white now.
Lu and I also worked on the upstairs hall bathroom. It started out that same horrific yellow-cream that the entire house was painted. Even the ceilings. Why, previous owners, WHY?
Lu and Domenic removed the brown vanity, and Lu removed the avocado toilet while I gagged behind him. 40 year old wax rings are no joke, people.
This is kind of funny, because Lu didn’t help too much with the first coat of paint in the bathroom (he was working on trim and helping Cullom). Laura painted the baseboards, Mike did the edging, and I painted that goddamn louvered door. Thanks guys! After they left, Lu and I painted out the walls and the ceiling.
Here’s a terrible picture of it. It’s white! Yay! Lu and I (mostly Lu) did a second coat on it a few nights later. Now, the only place in the entire house that still has that disgusting yellow-cream paint is the tiny closet in this bathroom. Becca volunteered to come paint it this weekend….right?
The very next day, Cullom installed our new vanity cabinets in there! We’re also waiting on our vanity top for this bathroom. I am looking forward to scrubbing the heck out of the tile in here and restoring the grout. It’s in surprisingly good shape (especially in the tub’s tile surround), but it could use a little brightening up.
The other huge thing that Lu and Cullom did was finish installing all the trim! We now have trim around our sliding back doors, both of the windows in the kitchen, and all the baseboards are in. We will fill in all the nail holes and caulk it soon. It looks fabulous and makes the house look so much more finished! Lu had never installed trim before, so that’s another awesome skill he learned, and Cullom finished it all up while we were at work. Great job done by both dudes!
That was all the big exciting stuff! Here’s a few pictures of the smaller things that got done:
My dad and our painter brought up Becca’s old IKEA couch into our master bedroom. It looks great and fits perfectly with our ottoman!
My mom spotted a table and chairs out on the curb, so we went and garbage-picked them. Besides a little rust on the chair legs, it’s in great shape and will work perfectly for a while. We’ve eaten out there a few times and it’s really nice to have a table on the back porch! (Thanks mom for making us lots of food, and for feeding Cullom while he was working!)
Domenic and Lu finished installing the dishwasher – it works! There’s a red light that comes on when the dishwasher is running because it’s so quiet. The future is now.
We did a trial run and spray painted one of our doorknobs with Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze spray paint and a matte clear coat. It looks so sharp! We’re going to live with it for a while and make sure that it holds up before we paint the rest of them. Has anyone else ever spray painted doorknobs? Did they hold up?
And my dad installed our awesome diamond light in the entry. We have an LED Edison bulb in there, and it’s just so pretty! I love the shadows it casts on the ceiling.
It’s pretty amazing how much work got done with Cullom here. Thanks again, brother!
Next up, we will hopefully get those vanity tops soon – otherwise we will be brushing our teeth and washing our faces in the kitchen sink. We move in this Saturday – EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! This weekend, we need to get a tension rod and shower curtain, install our shower head, get some curtains and curtain rods for our room, and a million more little things. But the house is pretty livable, and we are so freaking excited about it. YAY and thanks again to everyone who helped this past week!