Happy Monday ladies. Today’s look of the week is a life update and a look at my pantry renovation. It may be a small detail but it gives me joy because it’s the only thing finished… so far. Our kitchen plans have run into some construction challenges, but nothing we won’t figure out.
I liken it to an outfit. You start putting things together and realize those shoes you intended to wear are the wrong shade for the rest of your outfit. That handbag you wanted to use isn’t the right proportion and overpowers the look, so you go back to the drawing board.
Let me preface this by saying- I think this home will be fabulous for us and we are well on our way to loving it.
We’ve had chat with our new neighbors and learned that the previous owners weren’t as clean or meticulous as one would want. There are many reasons why, but the upshot is there were some serious mouse problems. I was figuring that out on my own because the surface of things looked clean but upon closer inspection, I brought out the bleach.
Back to the pantry. The previous owners had white shag carpeting in the pantry which was stained beyond fixing. The little dark hole in the far corner is one spot where mice made themselves at home.
There was new pale gray Pergo in the kitchen, as seen on the right, so we decided to extend it through the pantry and into the family room.
A microwave had been over the stove, but since we only use our microwave to reheat tea, we decided to give it a lower profile by installing a small one inside the pantry.
We ordered a modern stainless steel hood to go where the old microwave used to hang over the stove. Unfortunately, there’s a venting problem so it had to be returned and we’re back to the drawing board.
I hate having small, cheap looking appliances cluttering the countertops so we had a pullout tray installed to hold our $10 toaster from Tarjay.
There are two large pullout shelves plus the one for the toaster. They all have soft close slides. We had a “lesson” with my grandson last week so he knows not to push them closed, which will break them. One is already wonky… I did it 🙁
We had all the trim and ceilings painted with my favorite shade of white, which went a long way to freshening things up. There’s still much more that needs to be done.
The other carpeting we thought we would keep, has to go now because we don’t feel comfortable walking on it in our bare feet. I know there are more surprises ahead which just keeps things interesting.
I’m curious…do you decorate the tops of your kitchen cabinets with “decor” items? Or is that a thing of the past?
Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day.