Tuesday, January 31, 2012

And the winner is!!!!!

The Oxford Feathered cabinet door!!!! After much hemming and hawin', I finally made a decision. I must say the assistance of my treasured Aunt helped as she found two magazine articles that had the exact door in both feathered and non-feathered finishes for me to view. Even though we had the samples in hand, to be able to view what a finished kitchen would look like helped tremendously. The Home Depot will start processing our order tomorrow and within six to eight weeks, the production will be complete and installed. Wahoohoo!!! :)

We decided on the front on the lefthand side.

Friday, January 27, 2012


I HAVE to have this sofa. I know that we are destined to be with one another..I received a 15% off coupon today for my entire purchase at World Market and their "cute-as-a-button" sofa is on my wish list. We've been trying to decide on furniture for our TV room and I think this would be perfect. The room is small and the dimensions are odd, so I think this will fit. And besides, with a name like "cute-as-a-button" it has to work!

Still thinking....

Time continues to pass and the samples of cabinet doors still sit in my kitchen. I think I have narrowed it down to Choice A but cannot decide if it should be feathered or not. The company tried to push me into making a decision but I had to push back. I have not been getting home from work until very late this week and I have yet to see these samples in natural sunlight due to the rainy, foggy, nasty weather we've been having lately. Hopefully, I can get a better look this weekend. We have a lot of natural sunlight that pours into our kitchen, so it is a big deal.

Maybe posting the picture here will help me think about it a bit harder :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Choices! Choices!

After looking at sample after sample, we narrowed down the new faces for our cabinets down to two choices.  Home Depot made us a sample in each of the styles we liked in the color we wanted plus another sample with the color we like with a feathering effect so we could see upfront what the cabinets would look versus making a decision from a sample in a different color or looking at pictures in a book.

First, I have to say I am stunned at how heavy the new cabinets will be.  The facing is really heavy and sturdy.  Quite the opposite of what we have now, which is pretty but of low grade quality materials.

So what do you think? I haven't seen these samples in natural daylight yet but couldn't resist taking a picture and putting them on the blog.  I am pretty certain that we both agree that we love the feathering effect.  At first, I was sold on Choice A but now seeing Choice B in the color we like I am not sure which to choose!

At least we do not have to make a snap decision.  They are just waiting on us to decide and then they will put the new facing into production.

The Existing cabinets:
Don't get me wrong...it is pretty as you can see in the first picture but in the second photo, that door isn't propped open - it is simply warped!

So, we are about to say bye-bye to the nasty cabinets above for something lighter and hopefully more period appropriate once the install is complete.  What do you think?

All choices, side-by-side:

Choice A:

Choice B: 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy new year!

It seems just like yesterday we were singing 1999 by Prince and that 1999 would never come.  The fact that it is 2012 amazes me.  As I get older, the years seem to fly by so quickly.  Looking over 2011, it was a swift pass in time but we did accomplish a lot.  Our first full year in our new home was filled with needed improvements: adding gutter covers; hiring an arborist to take out dead limbs and trees that were encroaching on the roof; painting the exterior of the house; and starting to redesign the inside of our home.  For 2012, we have lots of grand plans to continue the transformation of our house into our home.

First and foremost is our Christmas gift to one another.  I think I have mentioned my love/hate relationship with our kitchen. It is huge and spacious, which I love.  However, its beautiful makeover by the flipping flipper was done poorly.  The cabinet facing is already discoloring and the doors are warped. Drawer facing is either missing or falling off.  In addition, I am convinced that a man who knew nothing about cooking or enjoying one's kitchen designed it.  The main storage is not in the cooking area but facing away from it and into the dining area.  It just isn't functional.  Enter The Home Depot and their cabinet refacing program.  They are not only going to help lighten up the color of the cabinets but they are also going to rearrange them for us as well.  I will get some before pictures up shortly.  We narrowed down our facing choices and they will bring the two samples for our consideration this week. EXCITEMENT!!!!

Looking back....
Trinity's bathroom was originally a very bright aqua before we toned it down

We love our trees but an oak in our front yard was getting choked by a vine

Underneath the vine is a healthy tree, thankfully

We couldn't get over how thick the vine had gotten over the years

Vine not tree...seriously!!!

Cleaned up pecan tree in the back yard.  Many dead limbs removed

Prepping for new paint!

The Flipping Flipper strikes again...pillars made of press board instead of wood.  What an idiot.

Our painters had almost two weeks worth of prep work.