Kitchen Renovation Part 4: Granite, Cabinets, Faucet- Oh my!

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Sorry for the long delay but a lot has been happening around our house!

I left you off with Post 3, where the beam was installed and I think we had the template for installing the cabinets.

My oh my- are you in for a surprise! Let’s just jump right in with the photos and progress.

David installing the upper cabinets. Have to make sure they are level!

David installing the upper cabinets. Have to make sure they are level!

Now the cabinets are all installed. We are ready for the granite! (The hanging solo cups are temporary holders for lights....not permanent..)

Now the cabinets are all installed. We are ready for the granite! (The hanging solo cups are temporary holders for lights….not permanent..)

Andrew sanding down the bar platform, getting it ready for the brackets to support the granite. (Again, don't you just love red solo cups for decor?  ;) )

Andrew sanding down the bar platform, getting it ready for the brackets to support the granite. (Again, don’t you just love red solo cups for lighting? ;) )

While Andrew was sanding, Amanda & Adrienne were doing yoga/installing rails for the drawers along the island.

While Andrew was sanding, Amanda & Adrienne were doing yoga/installing rails for the drawers along the island.

The granite in the driveway!

The granite in the driveway!

Granite installed by the sink. (sorry for the finger in the corner, I'm a horrible photographer)

Granite installed by the sink. (Sorry for the finger in the corner, I’m a horrible photographer)

Granite everywhere! (Those cups will come down, I promise.)

Granite everywhere! (Those cups will come down, I promise.)

David building doors for the cabinets! (The easiest part of the Ikea cabinet process if you ask me.)

David building doors for the cabinets! (The easiest part of the Ikea cabinet process if you ask me.)

Drawers are in on the island! Don't they look awesome?

Drawers are in on the island! Don’t they look awesome? The empty space in the center will hold the cook top and oven! The support columns will be getting fixed up next. Thinking wrapped in Cypress & wire brushed? Thoughts?

Close up of the cabinets/granite. What do you think for backsplash? White subway tiles? The counter looks greenish in these photos, but I promise you its more gray/white than that!

Close up of the cabinets/granite. What do you think for back splash? White subway tiles? The counter looks greenish in these photos, but I promise you its more gray/white than that!

These will be the handles for the cabinets. Install coming this week or so.

These will be the handles for the cabinets. Install coming this week or so.

When we got back from Pawleys Island after a lovely 4th of July holiday, David installed our brand new Kohler faucet! We have running water folks- this is huge. Went 7 weeks without a kitchen sink. Cabinet doors are also featured in this dark picture.

When we got back from Pawleys Island after a lovely 4th of July holiday, David installed our brand new Kohler faucet! We have running water folks- this is huge. Went 7 weeks without a kitchen sink. Cabinet doors are also featured in this dark picture.

So, pretty awesome right? I hope to take good pictures one of these days. I think part of the problem is that we don’t have our lights installed yet and most of the work takes places at night.

Next up on the to-do list: ( I think)

1. Install appliances

2. Install handles

3. Hang lights

Our contractors have been busy the last week patching up drywall and wrapping the support beam in dry wall. We have decided just to paint that beam white to help it disappear into our ceiling. Next they will be patching the floor in between the kitchen and the front living/dining room and working on the columns and making them look amazing.

We still have a long way to go, but we are about a week away from having a functional kitchen.

It’s really starting to take shape and I am really loving everything we have picked out.  I also cannot wait to deep clean everything in my house and decorate.

Till next time!

xoxo,

Adrienne

 

Fit Travel

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Happy Thursday!

As summer officially begins this weekend, a lot of my friends and family are taking off on vacations.

It got me thinking how easy it is to not work out when traveling. Unless you are naturally prone to taking vacations where hiking, kayaking, running and other activities are part of the whole experience, its more likely you are lying by the pool or the beach.

Now, I think its absolutely wonderful to let your body(and mind) relax and unwind. Sometimes its just as important to rest as it is to workout to let your muscles recover.

For the majority of us though, there really isn’t an excuse to not stay in shape while on vacation. Confession time: I like to be more active on vacation because I’m usually having more drinks and food than usual. I like to make up those extra vacation calories by getting in some good, long, runs.

Our next vacation will be to Pawleys Island to celebrate July 4th! I always love going to Pawleys for this. They have a parade and its oh-so-fun.  I’ll go run along the beach and let my mind drift away watching the waves and scores of people partying on the beach. And then when the run ends, I will join them. =)

In August, we are headed to Michigan to visit family. I am so excited for this trip because there are so many outdoorsy activities that will keep me in shape. Biking, running, swimming (if i can tolerate the cold Lake Michigan water), and canoeing are on the to-do-list. Exercise? CHECK!

For those of you taking more extravagant vacations to places like Las Vegas (yes, even in Sin City you can stay in shape!) here is a super long list of fun activities to help you break a sweat before you hit the slots.

Other ways to stay in shape when traveling:

1. Take a long walk- Explore!

2. Visit a new yoga studio or spin class

3. Short cardio (walk, run, etc) followed by: 10 push-ups, 50 crunches, 30 sec. plank x 3

What other ways do you stay in shape when traveling?  Where are you headed this summer?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Happy running!

Adrienne

When Life Gets in the Way

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Happy Wednesday!

Hope you are doing just fantastic today. Summer is in full swing, huh?! Hello frizzy summer hair, my how I haven’t missed you.

Today, I mainly just wanted to share a couple of thoughts that have crossed my mind lately.

As I am sure you may know by now, we are in the middle of a pretty serious kitchen renovation.  I would say its going well- Kind of in a holding pattern at the moment as David is out of town for work.

Anyway, this isn’t a post about the kitchen, but about how taking on a project of this scope has affected other parts of our life.  We both love to run, swim and just generally be active and outside. We love to hang with friends. We love to go to the beach. And cook meals at home.

Well, the kitchen has really thrown us off “pace”. None of those things have been happening. (Sorry friends! We miss you, I promise!)

We have gone from working out 5-6 times a week to about 2. It’s sad.  We both need exercise as an outlet for stress. We just feel better when we do it. However, its just been really hard to get out there and run lately.  We both work “9-5″ jobs and then come home and work on the house. Or go to Lowes. Or I go pick up food. We have no kitchen sink, or oven, or anything to make food- so we have been eating out a lot. And I know this is all part of the process, but it’s really hard to be honest.

Mainly, we are frustrated that our exercise routines have taken a back burner to building cabinets, working on electrical, or picking out paint and hardware.

So, what’s a gal to do?

I have found that many times, clients come to me and say “I’m just so busy” or “I don’t have time” or “I meant to work out, and then something came up”. And I get it, I really do. It happens to me too. It’s happening right now.

But enough is enough. Sometimes the only way to get back in the game is to join the game.

So, here we come. Today, I signed us both up for the Onshore Racing 4th Annual Midnight Half Marathon on Folly Beach. It’s not an “official” race, but its enough of a distance to make us train. (I find I won’t “train” for 5ks, since they are so short– I’m a distance girl!)

Now, since it’s only 6ish weeks away, I know it won’t feel great, but having a race on the books will force me to get out on the weekends before the house work, before the chaos, and run.

Check out info about the run here- It’s for a wonderful cause and with a great group of people.

Let me know if you plan on running it too- I’d love to meet new running friends!

What measures have you taken to get going again? What causes your “ruts?”

Happy running!

Adrienne

 

Kitchen Renovation Part 3: Beam Me Up

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Part 1

Part 2

Now time for part 3.

It’s amazing how much change there has been since the last update. I’m sorry these posts are so photo heavy, but that’s the  best way to show the progress.

Now, while it may still look like a construction site to you, (it definitely still is) I can finally see now how the design is starting to take shape.  I’m so excited!

I’d also like to apologize for how dark the photos are. Most of the work takes place after we get home from work… so it just is what it is.

I last left you off with the old wall removed & the temporary wall supports up.

No more old wall. We are running a beam across the length of the ceiling that will support the house. Once that is up- temporary wall comes out.

Well… the temporary walls are out and the beam is up!

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The vertical beam is actually just temporary. We are having 2 columns made that will also serve as support to the horizontal beam. They will be approximately on either side of the one that is currently there. The horizontal beam will also be painted. I’m leaning towards white to help it disappear into the ceiling, thoughts?

You can also see the island bar frame!

Yobe loves this.

Yobe loves this.

Then David got to work on the beast aka the old hot water heater. He somehow found a way to drain it and then remove it.  We also discovered that our old dishwasher had been leaking very slowly over the last 3 years. So, he go to work on replacing the rotten wood underneath that. Man, he’s one hardworking guy!

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David fixing something.

Around the same time, we removed the upper cabinets along the wall as well.

wallcabsandheaterout

No more hot water heater in the corner & upper cabs gone!  (Our old fridge is still plugged in & functional! Can’t wait to have the new one in there!)

Then we got to work on starting to put together the cabinets. The first step is to build the cabinet boxes. We have about 20 cabinets in total.

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Two days of cabinet building later….

cabinetsplaced

It actually wasn’t that difficult putting the cabinets together. Takes about 20-30 minutes per cabinet. Ikea makes it pretty simple. Curious as to how long the drawers will take us….

Can’t you tell how AMAZING this kitchen is going to be? Look at all that storage and space. I don’t have picture of it, but we also have the cabinets along the wall built too. The last box to put together is for our pantry!

Right now, the cabinets are not actually installed – we have them “dry fit” on top of the platform to make sure all of the measurements are correct.

Next up on our to-do list:

1. electrical work

2. patch wall along upper cabinet side

3. build the drawers for the cabinets

4. install cabinets

5. have the granite guy come out and take exact measurements

6. have granite installed

Over the next few weeks our contractor will be putting in dry wall, working on our columns and patching the floor where the old wall used to be.

There is obviously much more to do than that… but there really won’t be that much difference in the look of the space until the beautiful granite is in. So that will be the next post!

Thanks again to my family for all of their help & my friend Amanda, who has been so helpful! She brings her dog Carlos over to play with Yobe while  I put her to work she helps us on projects. Totally awesome.

amanda

Happy renovation!

Adrienne