Our family has less than 4 weeks before we make the big move to the West Coast of Florida. I'm so excited to be by water! We visited our St. Petersburg home over the Mother's day weekend. There is nothing like living by the water. The breeze, the energy, the smells, the sailboats...it's just so calming and invigorating at the same time! One evening while sitting on a bench looking out into the Bay with my big Mr. while the little Mr. scootered about I found myself thinking how fortunate I felt to be able to live here. Blessed!
As much as I'm ready to head to the new house, as I pack up our current home I find myself looking around thinking how fortunate we were to have spent the last 5 years in this home. It's a good house.
Recently I went through pictures of our current home and realized that after our kitchen renovation this past Summer I never formally posted the before and afters. So here goes...
What started this whole crazy renovation was this fridge that sat in the middle of our kitchen. You can see it below smack dab in the middle against the structural wall that would soon be gone. This was the view from the front door before. Bye, bye walls.
Walls were removed, the fridge finally had a home and the washer and dryer now live peacefully hidden in a corner cabinet. I love how the space was opened up and every inch was used efficiently. Looking at the before and afters, I can't even believe it's the same house!
Before our cabinets were white and dull. Don't get me wrong I LOVE white cabinets. But these were no longer bright white and if I'm to be completely honest, they were not the best quality.
With the new kitchen we opted to go with cabinets in a grey, driftwood style. I love them! I'm not a huge fan of a bunch of upper cabinets.However, I did go with the advice of the kitchen designer who recommended some upper cabinets. In retrospect, I should have listened to my gut that said we wouldn't need the uppers. As a compromise, I did away with one set of uppers and instead had custom floating wooden shelves made with reclaimed wood. Oh how I will miss those shelves.
We also chose to use reclaimed wood under the kitchen bar area. This picture below is what it looked like before. Yucky, weird angles.
Just like the kitchen counters we went with a white quartz with reclaimed wood below. We use this area all the time. It's where we play games, eat, do homework, work on the computer... you name it we do it right here.
Here are a few more photos. Window area before.
Window area after.
Looking out from kitchen towards the front door before. See that blue tape on the ugly laminate counter top. That blue tape was where I envisioned our new sink on white pretty counter tops.
Looking out towards the front door after.
Oh how far you've come little house.
I will miss you, especially this lovely kitchen. But most of all I will miss how you hosted our dinners with friends and family. You were the gathering space of many dinners and fun times with my little and big Mr. You heard us laugh til our sides ached. You witnessed us cry til our eyes dried up after our Jackson passed away. You watched our little one grow from little boy to an awesome twelve year old. You were a comforting sanctuary. You were our home. Now someone else gets to make their own beautiful memories in your comforting walls. Be well little house.