May 31, 2016
May 23, 2016
The day has come! Our kitchen is finally complete after months and months. I shared our progress over on Instagram and on a blog post here. Remodeling is a crazy process but it is very worth it in the end! That is something we've learned with our first home. This home is a work in progress, we've done so much since we moved in yet it feels like we still have TONS to do. The kitchen was one of our biggest projects though so I'm glad that one is checked off of our list. This is what we started with...
and this is what it looks like now...
Here is another before from another angle...
and here is the after...
Basically everything in this kitchen is new except for the stone wall. That is the one thing that stayed the same and I love it! The very last piece to this kitchen puzzle was the island vent hood.
We had this thing since we moved in a year ago but it took a while to get the remodel started so it sat in our garage for a while and then when we finally took it out, we realized it was TOO LONG. So my husband had to figure it all out and thankfully we were able to get it up there. I snapchated the whole ordeal.
I LOVE the way our kitchen turned out. It turned out way better than I imagined it. I've always wanted a white kitchen and I feel truly blessed to have it now.
Flooring: Mamarazzi Tile in Montagna Saddle
Backsplash: White Subway Tile with Delorean Gray Grout
Countertops: Silestone Lyra
Shelves: Stained with Special Walnut
Cabinets: Custom Made Shaker Style Cabinets
Island Color: Sherwin Williams Peppercorn
Island Range Hood: KitchenAid
Apron Front Sink: KRAUS
Faucet: KRAUS Mateo
Hardware: IKEA Lansa
May 18, 2016
May 9, 2016
- Make sure you clean your system out before surgery. Meaning, empty your bowels so there is less chance of you getting constipated after surgery. I went that morning of surgery and I feel it helped things go so much smoother afterwards.
- Make sure you are able to empty your bladder after surgery and before you are discharged. DO NOT let the nurses discharge you if you don't feel you can pee. I went a little and the nurse heard so she thought I was fine to go but I still felt like I had to pee and I felt like my bladder was full. I told her this but she thought it was because of the patch they placed behind my ear which she said would go away once it was removed. WRONG! I was in pain and I should have listened to my instincts and not gone home right away until I felt I had emptied my bladder.
- If you are worried about nausea, ask for meds before surgery to help. The motion sickness patch helped A LOT. I felt NO nausea at all and I am very prone to nausea.
- You will get a small pillow at the hospital. This pillow acts like a shield and helps when you have to get up and use the restroom. If you don't get one, I would ask for one. My little pillow was my BFF. It's not the prettiest little thing but it got me through my first couple of weeks.
- I noticed a small lump, not quite like a hernia but still noticeable the day of surgery and since then. I went to my surgeon and he told me this was normal as everything is still swollen. We will see!
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing. I wore dresses an skirts the first couple of days. Your belly will be swollen and you will look pregnant. I have never had a flat tummy so I don't expect to have one after I am fully recovered but I have noticed my swelling going down.
- You will need someone to drive you because you will be loopy after surgery, even if it is an outpatient surgery.
- I had pretty bad shoulder pain for a week and half. The shoulder pain was pretty bad that I took my pain meds mostly for the shoulder pain because the actual incision I could pretty much tolerate.
May 3, 2016
We'd love for our home to look a little more modern. We are looking to paint all of the new siding a medium/dark gray. This color is Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams. We are replacing our windows with new windows without the little squares which I'm thinking is going to make a big difference in how our home looks. I would also love to eventually get a new front door. Something modern like the one shown. If you know any door companies that offer modern style doors at a reasonable price then please let me know. I love the look of wood with gray and stone so I think adding some wood beams to our windows will add some character as well. We are hoping to order our windows tomorrow so I will share our progress on both instagram and snapchat. I just got snapchat so I'm fairly new but I already love it. You can find me under: cinsarahblog.
My next post will either be my surgery experience or our kitchen reveal! Stay Tuned!