Apologies to my passionate followers -- Cory has been busy working on his home and not writing his blog!
Last week was full of ups and downs - but mostly ups. We started laying the tile in the kitchen, but disaster happened when the tile wasn't sticking correctly, ugh! The mortar bed we had laid was just the wrong type for my big 'ol tile (12"x24"). We had almost the whole kitchen laid, then had to make the fortunate/unfortunate decision to rip it all up and lay it all down again.
On a similar note, the wood floor refinish had a very mirrored story. I had the entire floor sanded down to bare wood, stained, then polished but when it was all finished I had strange dry spots everywhere, and the stain didn't seem to be consistent. Long story short, I had to have my wood floor guy repeat that process all over again a few days later. Though I was planning on moving October 1st, it got pushed back until October 5th because of these unfortunate mishaps.
On a brighter note, Everything now looks great! I couldn't be happier. Photos of the finished wood floor coming soon.
Last weekend was what I will commonly refer to as "The weekend Phil happened."
Abby's stepdad, Phil, came allllll the way down from Hudson, Wisconsin to help me work on my house project, and man -- is that guy ever talented. We tore through the small list of things I thought I could get accomplished and then did a bunch more. Phil is crazy talented in just about every way possible, and it was amazing to watch him work. From plumbing, to electrical, trim, concrete -- he can do it all. And, did. Thank you so much Phil for helping me out, I'm not sure how all of this work would have ever gotten done without you.
We got all the cabinets set in the kitchen! (This comes with a surprise, however -- the cabinets I thought I was getting looking almost nothing like these, except the color - we are still trying to iron out those details to see if I can get the cabinet doors I really wanted).
Saturday Morning, 6 am -- The granite from 801 Grand arrives on site. And, since I have awesome friends, they woke up early to help me unload 4 pallets full of them. Shoutouts to my brother Ryan, John Wells, John Volz, Brandon Volz -- and last, but first in my book, my little booger Abby for orchestrating this whole thing and getting me all this gorgeous material!
Getting prepared to make concrete countertops!
These countertops won't be my entire kitchen tops, but rather accent pieces on my raised bar, as well as my small dry bar in my dining room. I can't wait for these to finish casting so I can put them in place!
Mixture -- we put a little bit of dark stain in the mix to dry and give the concrete a darker gray look -- Duh, Gray.
Raised bar all casted in place
Phil troweling the top that will go over my dry bar. So excited!
Pops and I got the side window in the Garage in place!
Oh, with all this work going on, I still had a show that weekend too. And, it was amazing.
Starting to lay the tile out in the kitchen (again)
Shoutout to my new neighbor Brad who came by and taught me how to lay tile -- his help was greatly appreciated. I really love my new neighbors!
Just about done -- yes, it needs to be cleaned.
Paint in the sunroom has started (now that most everything is cleaned out of there)
Dry Bar Cabinets in the dining room have been installed - now just impatiently waiting on the concrete counter to sit atop them
Abby painting the back stairwell to the basement on homemade scaffolding
Both garage doors have been installed and both function automatically (and flawlessly, might I add)
We are still however, making big messes
Big bro spent some time getting muddy in the front yard removing the old bushes that used to sit here -- making way for Abby's sweet sign and the new landscaping that will bring you to the entry door!