5 Jul 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons: The Kitchen & News

I am still easing back into work and trying to get out of vacation mode, so I figured I'd start off easy and give you a quick update on our rental house.  

If you haven't been following along through our very soggy saga about our rental house you can catch up here.

When we last left off, the ceilings and drywall were fixed and we were just waiting on the kitchen.  Well, I am happy to say that the kitchen is now in! Hurray!

During our little stay-cation last week we took a couple of days to go spend some time at the rental house.  We brought Fin along this time and discovered that she really LOVES to run around empty houses.  Go figure. 

The original cabinets were maple, and were pretty basic.  Here's how the kitchen looked right after the flooding happened.

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When we chose the new cabinets to put in we knew we wanted to go dark to separate our house from the rest of the houses on the street (they were all built by the same builder at the same time).  The dark stain was more expensive than a lighter stain, so in order to not pay any money out of pocket, we downgraded from maple to oak and went with the dark stain.  I know it was the right decision.  

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Looks good, right?  I love that there are now a couple of pot drawers, which weren't there before.

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(please ignore all of the junk that I forgot to take off of the counter! Those darn $1 drinks from McDonalds seem to be with me every day this summer....)

The counter is also new.  It was a challenge to pick it from a tiny little chip, but I am happy with how it looks.  I tried to pick something that was really neutral and wouldn't show every little crumb (I love that about our current countertop in our house).

The backsplash is going to be 4"x6" white subway tile that will go from the counter to the cabinets, which I think will really brighten things up.  Once the dishwasher, the fridge and the over the range microwave are moved back it will really feel finished.  We actually brought the stove back to our house  as the ceramic top on our old stove broke (did you even know that could happen?? We dropped a mug on it and boom, huge crack).  So, I guess that's at least one bonus of having an unoccupied rental.  We won't replace the stove and will just sell the house without.

The bathroom vanities were also replaced and are just waiting on the backsplash.

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All in all, we are so happy with the way things turned out.  It's a far cry from the state it was in 5 months ago.

But, here's the really good news.....

It's conditionally sold! We didn't even officially have it on the market yet, but did have an agent showing it if he had an interested client who would be able to look past the construction.  Last week it was close enough to being finished that he showed it, and while we were there, we received the offer.  We are still waiting for the renos to be completed and then for a house inspection and the buyer's financing to finalized, but we are really, really hopeful that this sale will work out.  Cross your fingers for us please!

Once the rental house is sold then we can really start looking at listing our current house and moving on.  Here's hoping that good things are ahead.

Have a great weekend!  I am finishing up a project in Fin's room using some awesome goods from Baba Souk and will be ready to share on Tuesday.



11 comments:

  1. Kelly, that is such great news and progress! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Erica. I know, right? We are FINALLY going to be able to move on!

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  2. it looks awesome! and such wonderful news!!!!! so happy for you!

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  3. It looks beautiful, no wonder it's pretty much sold already!

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  4. My fingers are crossed and I knocked on wood that the sale goes through! Oh my! What an adventure you've had! I'm so impressed with how you've handled it. And also... oh my goodness...it is so beautiful!! Can I also tell you...I am so jealous that whomever is moving in is getting a cabinet sink in the bathroom! I live in a tiny NYC studio with a pedestal sink. It's beautiful, but what I wouldn't give for something, anything with storage!

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    1. Thanks Stacey! Oh, I wouldn't be able to love with just a pedestal sink! Kuddos to you...you must have a really good organized system for all of your stuff!

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  5. Ooooh fingers are crossed everything works out with the first sale, and of course a quick sale on your current home! :)

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  6. Kelly it looks so good! I love the dark wood. Nice choice!

    //Justynn

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  7. I loooove the dark stain on the cabinets!

    Runt
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  8. Looks so amazing, I really like how the upper cabs don't go into that bulkhead. Good luck with all the buying and selling stuff, so super stressful, my fingers are crossed it's all smooth sailing!

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    1. Thanks Laurie. I like that too! And thanks for the well wishes...we started looking at houses yesterday...my goodness, it's going to be a long few months with lots to think about!

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