On the blog and in life, I usually focus on the accomplishments we have made and the finished projects. While we certainly have come a long way, there are a few projects that have plagued us and have been left somewhere in the middle of completion. Usually, it is either because we got stuck and could not figure out where we wanted to proceed, or, frankly, something else called our attention. LIFE continues to happen in the midst of DIY, and other things come up that need attention.
And, you know what? That is OK in my book! As a DIY blogger, sometimes I do feel the pressure of comparison to those bloggers with stunningly finished homes. While I am keenly aware that social media has really brought out the need to put our best image forward and, even more so, to hide the imperfections, that isn’t real life. I have always positioned the projects in my home as inspiration for others to complete those projects that they want – not to “ooooh” and “ahhh” over my house. Honestly, if everything was perfect and finished, what would I write about? My point is that no one should apologize for having unfinished projects or for their home not being perfect.
But today, we are ready to hit that finish line on this project, and I’ll admit it was pretty glaring that we only got 3/4 of the way through the renovation over 2 years ago.
So here is mostly where it stands today, sort of. You can see most of the kitchen in our former reveal here. We started out our happy renovation building the faux-stone island, replacing the countertops, back splash, painting, and a lot of repair work in the drywall and electrical. The cabinets are original, and my husband was adamant that they would never be painted. This picture was taken a few years ago, and the cabinets look more red/orange than what they are in reality, but that’s not the issue. The issue is that which I am omitting, haha. In taking pictures on the blog of the kitchen, I have always strategically avoided photographing the floors.
And now you can see that they do not match at all! I was on a quest to remove the orange-beige color of the kitchen – that is, until we got stuck. Something did not feel right in my mind. I knew that I had made a mistake somewhere in the design, but I didn’t know where. I loved every single thing we had done, every makeover, every selection. And yet, I knew I had made a mistake somewhere. I became frozen and refused to move forward in picking out the floors. And thus, the kitchen renovation has been on hold for now 2 years.
It wasn’t until many months later that I realized that I loved every single thing in our kitchen, individually. I did not love everything together in this particular kitchen. I would bet that many of you have maybe felt that way too about a remodel or DIY project.
After many months of ponder, I realized that as much as it pains us, we have to let the Airstone island go. While we receive lots of compliments on it from friends and neighbors, it does not work in this kitchen design. And worse, trying to match floors to all that we have going on in this kitchen is where we got stuck in the first place.
So what is the new kitchen remodel plan?
While we still are not painting the kitchen cabinets, we do have a plan!
New Kitchen Island – We have a contemporary colonial home, so I want to take the kitchen island back to it’s traditional roots. A kitchen island like the one below, would better fit with our cabinets and overall style of the kitchen. We will be removing the airstone and refacing it with trim and these lovely corner posts. Of course, we will be showing every step of the way so even those with a basic woodworking skill can gain confidence in such things.
Photo Credit to Regina Sturrock Design
New Floors! – As of the writing of this post, I have not chosen the exact floors yet. I need to remove the visual block that is our kitchen island first. While I am inclined towards vinyl flooring for the kitchen, hubby loves the durability and look of real tile. I think I might win this one though, but we will need to agree on what will look best in the kitchen.
A Future Wishlist – I have two items that I may or may not get to. The first is the bar stool situation. I am very attached to our bar stools because they are so durable and so well made. I need to decide if I can reupholster them or maybe that final nudge to replace them will happen when I see the finished bar and floors.
The second item is actually a combination of two things. I am personally obsessed with beautiful pendant lighting over islands and I would love it here. However, with the cabinets not extending to the ceiling, I worry this may visually seem cluttered. In a perfect world, the cabinets would extend to the ceiling, but matching those cabinets would not a be a DIY we could do. I will have to think on some ideas like a soffet box, or maybe just leave them as they are.
So what do you think of the new plan? Have you ever had a project you got stuck on? I would love to hear about how you got unstuck, or maybe let me hear about a project that currently has you stuck. We have a lot of work to do now, but I can finally see the finish line and it looks glorious!