Our House Story – Part 2

Part 2 is where our house story starts getting more interesting. If you need a refresher, here is part one. After we upgraded the major things in the house (plumbing, hvac, electrical), this happened:

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Yes, that is a blueberry blue bathroom, and no I don’t know what I was thinking. Jerm let me be in charge of paint colors, and I decided to paint the bathroom blue. I thought it would pick up the blue in the tiles we were leaving in the shower, but it was way too overwhelming in the small space. I think this color would be overwhelming in any space…

I definitely learned a few very important lessons during the first few months of home ownership:

  1. The color on a paint chip will be way more intense on your wall. If you find a color you think you like, you are probably safer picking a shade or two lighter.
  2. Silicone sealant is never, under any circumstance to be used as caulk. I didn’t make this mistake, but the homes previous owner did. The bathroom was “caulked” with silicone and the paint did not want to stick to it. If you ever run into this, my only advice is many light coats of paint, letting them dry in between. If you keep going over it with your brush, it will keep coming off the silicone.

  3. Everything takes way longer than you think it will.

  4. White sinks are never a good idea–even if they are free. You will want to pull your hair out trying to keep it looking nice.

Most of our initial work focused on the kitchen. There was originally a wall separating the kitchen and the living room, but we tore it out to open up the space. It wasn’t load bearing, so we didn’t need to header it.

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My family owns an appliance and cabinetry store, so we had some hookups there. About 7 years prior, our store had moved to a new location, leaving an old cabinetry display in our old warehouse. My dad and uncle said we could have it, so that is how we ended up with the cabinets that we did. Because it had been sitting in the damp warehouse, it wasn’t in the best of shape. We had to clean the mildew off of every single piece and Jerm had to rebuild a couple of the base cabinets. We took inventory of what we had and drew up a layout that would use all of the cabinets. We only needed to order 3 additional cabinets to make it work.

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and a view from the living room side..

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Our layout was “L” shaped and had a peninsula with a breakfast bar to divide the rooms. We added a desk space in the opposite corner along with two additional cabinets to use for food storage.  

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We ended up with the green countertops because we could salvage part of it from the old display. Looking back on this, it wasn’t our best idea. The only parts we ended up being able to use were the chunk for the desk top and the chunk for in between the refrigerator and range. We had to order matching green formica, make the other countertops we needed, and add the maple routed edge to match what we already had. It was a lot of work and took us so long to do. I wish we would have just ordered countertops that were more us, but it was a good experience and a fun project to work on together.

This got kind of long so part three will have to continue with some proposal excitement tomorrow. Have you ever made a design choice and then regretted it? Did you fix it or did you live with it?

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