Replacing the dishwasher

We have officially been living in Colorado for 4 months now! We have made so many friends here and have integrated so well within the community that I feel like we've lived here for years. Also, we've officially been on the mountain snow boarding 8 times so far. We couldn't be happier living in the beautiful state of Colorado. I could be happier about my dishwasher situation though... I'll be honest, I'm not in love with this kitchen. I left an amazing custom kitchen in Texas that I just finished and now am back to a basic kitchen with several broken cabinets and some seriously … [Read more...]

The skinny on all our new kitchen appliances – Bosch, GE, LG, Hahn, Danze

Today I want to talk about what appliances we purchased, why we chose them specifically, and now, seven months later, how they are holding up. 1/2/3/4/5/6 Here is our newly renovated kitchen. Check out all the before and after pictures!    While selecting our appliances, we kept quality and price in mind. We wanted great quality products in the mid-range price. There are some amazing appliances out there if you go high-end enough, but we didn't want to spend multi-thousands of dollars on one appliance. There are also some very inexpensive products out there that had … [Read more...]

Organizing in the kitchen: bakeware

Now that our kitchen is finally totally finished (minus painting some baseboards), I have gotten busy trying to make it organized. Today I'm tackling the cabinet above the microwave: This cabinet is perfect for tall items like cookie sheets and cake pans. Instead of stacking them all on top of one another I think they would be easier to find and use if they are stacked upright in a row. I headed to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked up two of these mesh organizer racks (similar can be found here). When I got back home I tested them out and they fit perfectly! I screwed them … [Read more...]

The making of a kitchen island

In order to install the kitchen island completely, it took several additional steps to make sure it was secure. We definitely don't want the island accidentally tipping over or having a heavy piece of granite falling on top of one of us. It looks pretty and simple just sitting there, but there was a lot of additional thought that went into getting this beast secured to the floor. The cabinet guy started by gluing several 2x4s to the floor with liquid nails. He then used the coolest little tool to sink huge nails through the wood and into the actual slab foundation. After some … [Read more...]

Our kitchen renovation is finished!

Hey guys! I am here to show you the final kitchen before and afters. We are pretty much finished with the renovation. We have small stuff to finish up (painting the baseboards, painting the walls, small random finishing touches), but for all intents and purposes, this renovation is D.O.N.E. And I couldn't be any more relieved. We've never tackled a renovation of this magnitude, and although much of it was hired out, we did do a fair share of the work ourselves. Living in this chaos for the past 3 months has taken its toll on my sanity. We hired a local builder to oversee the project. He … [Read more...]

New floors!

The new floors are finally in! I cannot even contain my excitement about this. When we bought this house the common areas had two different types of flooring - tile and wood. Not only was the tile in really bad condition, the combination of the two types of floors really broke up the spaces and made them feel small and choppy. BEFORE Our goal was to get rid of all the tile and have wood throughout the main areas of the house. BEFORE It's been a long road to get here. First we had to gut everything, then the cabinets and counters had to go in. One of the last steps in the … [Read more...]

Selecting the right countertop material for our family

Last time I posted was to show you the new granite counters we just had installed. As promised, I'm back to take you through the process of picking out the countertops. There are lots of countertop choices out there to pick from. We narrowed down our choices quickly because we wanted a countertop that didn't require much maintenance. That immediately knocked laminate and marble off the list. We wanted a light color so we nixed soapstone pretty quickly too. We were left with four main viable options to choose from: granite, solid surface, quartz, and concrete. Concrete was nixed … [Read more...]