Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Kitchen Makeover Before and After

 After having our floors refinished in January, we decided to go ahead and put in new countertops.  We've lived with pink countertops for 20 years and they honestly didn't bother me too much because I'm the tightwad in the family.  They were here when we moved in back in 2001.  Rick's been wanting to do this for a while and I finally gave in.  After it was all finished, I told him he was right.   So, we proceeded to box up everything from the open shelves, items on the counters, and everything in the lower cabinets.  

On March 10th, before we started self isolating due to the virus, the guys arrived to install the new quartz countertops.  It was quite an ordeal to do considering the hutch top that sits on the counter.  They did a beautiful job and installed our new faucet and the farmhouse sink.  

I can't seem to get away from the pink!  See that stripe above the countertop where the backsplash was removed?  I have subway tile propped up there.  Once this self isolation is over we are having the tiles installed.  My daughter, Amber, and I took a class at Home Depot and walked away saying, "No way are we attempting that."  
The kitchen is now a light gray that I painted several months ago.  I made new kitchen curtains since we were "staying home" now and  I ordered my fabric online through an Etsy store.  Glad to help out fellow Etsy shop businesses!  

I love painting walls.  I know that's kind of weird, but with the white countertops I can now paint the walls whatever color I want.  Paint is a cheap way to decorate.

The kitchen is "Daisy" approved too!  

This was the before.
Can't wait to have farmily and friends over for dinner!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Refinishing Our Hardwood Floors

 Life has changed so much this year.  Back in the middle of January we had our floors refinished in the dining room, entry, and living room.  We lived like hoarders for a little over a week with all our furniture piled up in the kitchen and the family room.  It was crazy trying to watch our KC Chiefs win the Super Bowl over the piled up mess.  We rearranged everything so that we had full view of the  television screen.  What an amazing game!

I must say that I'm so happy we went through this ordeal and that it's over!  It's an amazing difference.  I will never let them get this bad again.  It was practically dust free!  The only dust we really had were from the boards that had to be pulled up and replaced.  

This is what Daisy thought about it.    We found a wonderful dog sitter just down the road from us and she stayed there for a few days while they were applying the varnish.  Thanks Marianna!  

Have you gone through this process before?  I must say I was amazed we were able to stay in our house every night and just left during the day to help work on our daughter and son in law's new home.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

It's Mom's Fault

This happened last night.

I had moved my yarn basket to my art room because Daisy is obsessed with yarn.  I keep the door closed.  If I leave it open while I'm painting, she sneaks in quickly and grabs a skein while I'm painting.  Apparently after cleaning up my brushes last night, I forgot to close the door.  Rick is telling her that this is not acceptable and she listens to him intently.  She also loves to tear up all the yarn labels.  I do keep my expensive yarn in a box that she can't get into.

Daisy told Rick, "In all fairness, it's Mom's fault.  She left the door open!"  She's your basic two year old.  
How's your self isolation going?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Our New Buddy, Daisy

 Our New Buddy, Daisy

Since our world and lives have changed tremendously and we all have to stay home, I have no excuse to not post.  I have been keeping up on Instagram though.  You can check that out here.

Last year on November10th we adopted our new buddy, Daisy!  We were so broken hearted over loosing our two beloved companions, Jersey and Lady, within a few months of each other last year and we took some time before jumping back in.  

How could we resist this little girl!  I love how she lays totally flat.  She actually looks like she's planking on her way down to this position.  She was aproximately 18 months when we got her and she's very much a puppy and on top of that she's a "Mystery Terrier".  Rick keeps telling her we are senior citizens and she's going to have to adapt to our lifestyle.  Ha!!  She wears us out, but we love her and she make us smile and laugh alot.  

She has been learning some manners during this time of social distancing.  But, the problem is when all this is over we have to go back to teaching her to behave around company.  She's a little wild when people come over.    We will have to start all over with that training.

Oh, and she sits on her knees.  Sometimes she looks likes she's kneeling to pray which is good because we could use more prayers right now.

I'm praying that all your families are doing well and this will all be over soon.  
In the meantime, I'm starting a new painting!  No excuses anymore!