When we first got possession of our house it was a pretty sore sight for the eyes. Tenants had been living in it (and one even refused to leave for a while) so not only did the house need fixing up, it was also disgustingly messy. I wish I was exaggerating when I say that entire chunks of rotting food were on the kitchen floor, random piles of garbage were scattered about and the mold in the bathrooms was unreal. The basement had the strongest smell of cat urine I’ve ever experienced and I’m pretty sure there were some cat feces hiding down there too. Needless to say, we had our work cut out for us. Thankfully it was nothing that some blood, sweat and tears couldn’t fix. And I mean a lot of tears- if you had told me how much I would have been brought to tears when we were renovating our house, I never would have believed you. But DAMN, renovations are stressful and nothing feels better when you’re stressed than to let out a good cry. We are not done all of the renovations yet, but we’re done the main and second floor. The basement is still unfinished but I have hopes that the basement will be a less stressful renovation since it’s not an area we actually need right now.
My favourite room in our new house is obviously the kitchen. I’ve never had my own kitchen with actual countertop space before and now that I have it, I don’t know how I lived without it. We got our cabinets from Ikea and our contractor got us a sweet deal on a quartz countertop. I initially had my heart set on kelly green glass subway backsplash tiles but those turned out to be grotesquely overpriced. We ended up finding beautiful blue glass subway tiles that satisfied my need for a fun and bright kitchen and also saved us a nice chunk of change. We found our tiles on clearance for less than a dollar a square foot! We also found floor tile that looks like hardwood. I love the look of it and also how practical and durable it is. Last but not least, having the look out window has already proven to be very useful. I can be baking away and still keep an eye on our pups in the other rooms. When we’ve had friends over for dinner they can talk to me through the window while staying out of my way while I feverishly finish prepping dinner.
Okay, that’s enough talking, now for some pictures 🙂
Did I mention that we got a dishwasher? I’ve never loved anything as much as I love that dishwasher. Actually, maybe I love our dual compartment oven just as much. It’s so convenient being able to cook at two different temperatures in one oven!
We’re planning on getting a new fridge in the future so that all of our appliances can match, but the one we have came with the house and seems to be doing its job 🙂
And alas, a pantry! A glorious pantry! Food storage should not be underestimated 🙂