First 6 Days of the New Kitchen: Demo Time!

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day for over two years… we are demoing our beloved little home (at least a decent portion of it) to make way for a DIY kitchen, bath and master bedroom.

Step 1 is the kitchen. Last week sledge hammers were swung and {huge!} holes were left behind.

We decided to go the unconventional route of building our new kitchen in one of the old bedrooms. The previous owners had turned this bedroom into a den of sorts which has sat unused by us since we had purchased the home (we never did need a second living room area and the walls to recreate a bedroom had already been moved). Plus, our current kitchen is a teeny 10×10′ space and we loved the idea of building one from scratch.

Here’s what the back room looked like before we moved in:

This room sits in the very far left corner of the house with easy access to the backyard and our newly renovated outdoor bbq area so it was an ideal location to transition a kitchen into.

To make it a bit easier on the eyes  right after we moved in {read: not so dark and dingy} we painted the walls white and tore up that rainbow striped carpeting right away.

But then it sat… and sat… and those poor original wood floors just collected more dust. The ‘kitchen’ project was moved to the bottom of the list as we saved our pennies and finished more immediate updates. We did, after all, have a wee little kitchen in the other room.

And then the glorious day came when we decided it was time!! Here’s our first six days in action…

The paneling came off first… and then the lithe and plaster revealed not-so-pretty framing that has sadly not lasted the test of time. This was going to be a bigger job than imagined.

Next up was to knock monster-sized holes in each corner wall. We had a team of boys over here for hours – I think they loved every minute of it.

Large window panels and sliding doors eventually filled those holes to create a new ‘outdoor-indoor’ feature to the kitchen. Since our kitchen would now sit directly next to the outdoor bbq area, we wanted to be able to open both doors and create a functioning outdoor-indoor space for entertaining.

Day six took a break from demo while we waited on electrical work to get caught up. Instead, here’s Kevin re-plumbing the entire kitchen to get ‘er ready to go. {That’s Kevin under the floor – and Bodie finding the one hole where he can hear Kev’s voice. Such a loyal dog.}

And now you’re caught up! Putting together the inspiration board now… we still have many choices to make in the flooring, lighting and tiling departments but it’s an exciting process. Hmmm, maybe minus the layer of dust in every other room of the house.

*Giveaway* from Cutting Edge Stencils

A quick trip out to Cutting Edge Stencils conjures up an entire house full of inspiration… from damask to peonies I love the idea of adding a bit of diy wallpaper somewhere in my home. Perhaps a wall in the bedroom? A beautiful {soon-to-be} nursery ceiling? Or maybe one of these great geometric patterns in the office…

One winner will get a chance to revamp their space with a $50 gift certificate towards any stencil on the Cutting Edge website.

I recognized this stunning ceiling immediately over at Three Men & a Lady when Michelle used the trellis pattern to makeover her bathroom: {Wow! I’m dying to give this a go…}

Let the home makeover projects begin…

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

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$50 towards any stencil of your choice + free shipping.

To Enter: Jump out to Cutting Edge Stencils to be inspired… and then comment here with which area of your home you’d like to decorate.

Giveaway ends Friday, September 3, at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday. Good luck!

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Friday Guest Blog Interview: A Diary of Lovely

Here’s a great little blog that I travel out to quite often. Helena highlights everything design and shares regular inspiration on fashion, food, travel, home, party decor… you name it!

My favorite is a regular post called “My Stuff Series” where she creatively shares the loves of a fellow blogger (from places to shoes to bedding to perfume) and I always walk away eager to try out a new shampoo or lip gloss, or hunt down that great cardigan that was featured (the series is based off of Vanity Fair’s “My Stuff” series and is plenty of fun).

I love Helena’s casual writing style (almost as if you really were peaking into her ‘diary of lovely’) and the fun images she includes. She’s all-over-the-board talented and super cute. You don’t want to miss her interview answers to PDB’s four questions – especially Helena’s highlights of favorite trends and all of the fabulous images! (Did I mention she lives in London?? Added bonus).

Let’s jump right into the interview with A Diary of Lovely….

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