Thursday, March 27, 2014

Slow Progress... and Happy Flowers


This is a kitchen "before".... Seriously bland.  Nice to have lots of cabinets... but, some of them had to come out!


Now, there is a larger space for a new range (perhaps the price to my sweet Beloved for my letting go of our old home... just sayin').  You know the unwritten rule that EVERY remodel project always ends up taking L-O-N-G-E-R and costing MORE than you plan.  {{{sigh}}} I KNOW this... still, it frustrates me.  Opening the cabinet wasn't really a big problem... of course, we got it right on the SECOND round.  I think adding the height and additional depth to the upper cabinet really gave the whole kitchen a better look.  Worth the second try.

Running a gas line... went right on schedule.

But, the duct work for the vent-a-hood... well, that was CONSIDERABLY more involved than anticipated.  Involved having to move and suspend the HVAC unit in the attic to allow space for the duct to run up through the roof.  UN-anticipated.  Of course, at this point, you are way too far into it to turn back.  LOL!


They have started the hardwood floors as of yesterday... Should be a 10 day job.  I've used this guy for every floor of the Old Girls.  His crews are like clockwork.  If you ever need a hardwood floor (new or refinishing) person in East Texas, Leo Bolom is the man.

I'll be happy when we can use the garage for our cars instead of for holding our stuff!


In the meantime, I've done very, very little knitting or crocheting.  I AM about to head to Rose Path for a medicinal dose of Flower Power.  We are doing a little Crochet-a-Long today and next Thursday from 10-12 and I'm going to enjoy every second of it.  =) 

Keep on keeping on...

blessings ~ tanna

38 comments:

Deb said...

Your kitchen will be gorgeous. Won't it be fun decorating it soon. Good luck with the renovations. Deb

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that venting would have stopped me in my tracks! yikes - relocating the hvac in the attic! :)

Pammy Sue said...

It's going to be fun for me to be in on this remodel and fix-up from the start. I can't wait to see what all you do. Have fun at your crochet group this week!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Can't wait to see the kitchen all completed. Looks like you have a lot of light in there.

Have a great week. I remember those days when we recently and the garage was stuffed to the gills!

Wanda said...

Oh how exciting...can't wait to see the finish product.

You certainly have your hands full, but knowing you...you are making things happened one step at a time.

Oh dear your garage looks like mine and were not moving. Just had to store so much moving from a big house...to our little cottage.

Love and Hugs

Dana said...

I cannot wait to see how it all turns out! I know you are going to make it a beautiful "home!"

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Good for you taking some time for yourself. Crocheting with others in a lovely little space is the right medicine I think. All the work at home will get done a little at a time. Have a great day. Tammy

Deb said...

I know it will gorgeous when it is all finished! It will feel like HOME soon...with all your touches...Happy Spring!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You will have a beautiful kitchen when all is done. Glad to hear you are getting out for some fun with friends. Have a nice day and good luck with the house project!!

Lauri said...

Oh, the joys of remodeling!! I just love taking something bland and turning it into to something grand -- and you have such a talent for that! I can't WAIT to see the end result of all the projects you will be taking on. I sure wish I had your talents and ideas down here when I went through it this last time...I'm STILL trying to correct my mistakes!

Regarding the move...hang in there. I was unprepared for how tough our move to Katy was. It took me about 9 months to finally appreciate my new home and surroundings. You'll get there!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Your beautiful new kitchen will be worth the wait, but I totally understand what you are saying though! :)

Gosh, you just learned to crochet and now you are teaching it! OMGoodness you always leave me in awe of your talents. You rock!

Blessings always sweet friend. :)

Mereknits said...

The kitchen is going to be fantastic when it is all done. Enjoy your flower/yarn fun time away, I think you deserve every minute of it.
Hugs,
Meredith

steph said...

oh my goodnes, tanna.....living in limbo! i can almost see how wonderful it will all be.....almost!!!!!! can't wait for the real end-photos!!!

kathy b said...

so fun to watch the renovations without any dust in my house

Amy at love made my home said...

It's lovely to see work getting underway Tanna!! I hope that you are enjoying the process despite the difficulties that have appeared. I'm sure that it will be worth it when you are done and it all sounds very exciting! xx

Judy S. said...

Love your crocheted square with the heart! Great pattern. It took us 35 years to tackle our kitchen, so I'd say you are way ahead! LOL

podso said...

I'm sure having the end in sight helps through this process (is that a bear in your garage?) and it looks like it will be such a nice new kitchen! Look forward to seeing the transformation! You are so smart to get away for time with friends!

Shug said...

Bless your heart....I can easily say "Been there, done that" and you are so right...ALWAYS, are some unexpected thrills!!!! The wait is difficult, but the results will be well worth it. Hope to see the new pics soon..
Shug










karen said...

wow, you have been busy! I remember the renos we have done and it is so messy when you rip out and then the fun begins!! Keep us up to date with progress photos!!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi there, We are back from ANOTHER trip. This time we were in Georgia checking out yet another waterfall... Check my blog today when you get a chance.

Wow---your new home is gonna be FABULOUS... I know it will take a long time to get it the way you want it, but it will all be worth the wait.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Bonnie said...

Can't wait to see it finished. So nice to have people you respect and can trust doing work for you.

Hang in there. It will be so beautiful and you will be thrilled. You are right it always takes longer and costs more than you expected.

Have a great weekend.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I always say if we ever move again a big commercial gas range is where the money will go first!! I wanted one when we built our house, but the funds ran out too soon. I can't wait to see the finished project. I know you will do it up right.

Sandy said...

I have been thinking of you, sweet Tanna, and wondering just what progress was being made and how you were doing with it all. I know everything will be so beautiful and welcoming when you add all of your special touches to make this house your home. I look forward to more pictures.
Take care!
xxoo

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh it is going to be so fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend.

Nancy's Notes said...

How exciting to be getting a new kitchen! Now the glitch, it's not good! How fun to have time to crochet with friends! That is a great idea! Have fun, Miss Tanna!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

This is going to be exciting to watch. I left my client's house on Friday and the cabinets were being painted. Yes, always longer than thought and always more costly than thought, but the end is well worth it. Today I am working on sending my son, the contractor, more ideas to add to the kitchen...LOL
Enjoy!!!

Susan said...

Overwhelming, but still the anticipation of completion is so good. Keep the needles close and working!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow - that's lots of work, but best to get it all done before you settle in, Tanna, and have everything the way you want it. We felt fortunate our house had all wood floors on the main level. I'm considering having our stairs and upstairs hallways and loft area done someday -- they are carpeted now. I don't mind carpet in bedrooms so I'd leave them be.

Debra Howard said...

Wow what a nice kitchen! A bigger range will be wonderful.

Debbie said...

It is going to be just plain beautiful. I'm sure of that! I do remember the process of doing what you're doing, and I well remember wanting my garage to store cars again.

I would say that I'm hit and miss in blog land these days, but frankly I am just MISS. I sure hope that my own crazy life gets back in order by the time your kitchen does.

Tricia Buice said...

I know you are going to make this a beautiful home, not just a house! Lovely kitchen either way. Can't wait to see your makeover because you have a gift. Hope you are enjoying better weather and better than anticipated renovations!

Weekend-Windup said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful with more space. Your knitting is good!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna,, This is a lot of work and I am sure a bit stressful.
Keep smiling and a good attitude and all will be beautiful.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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Pride In Photos said...

Tanna, Well we both made it to closing and moving in....can you say AMEN!! I feel a hundred times better...how about you? We bought an older fixer upper too, but was fortunate to find one that is in good shape, so we are just going to take our time on the updates for now. Just having fun, decorating it with a rustic contemporary twist. Your kitchen will look fab when it is all done!!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Dear Tanna! I have not had much time for blogging lately but wanted to jump in and see how things were at the new place. You will have that kitchen purring with delight SOON enough with your love sense of style!!!

Rose said...

I haven't checked in for awhile, so glad to see you are moved and renovations are in progress! You are going to have so much fun making this house your home. Enjoy every up and down of the process.

God bless! Have a very Happy Easter.

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, Stopping by to wish you a beautiful and blessed Easter weekend. Hugs, Catherine xo

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