Demolition, Baby!!

What a mess!!
Our granite guys offered to tear out the rest of the cabinets and haul away the old appliances (including the bathroom cabinets and sinks!) for a REALLY good deal!
I am SOOOO grateful!
----(cuz WE would have had to deal with all this craziness)----

It was super dusty, too, with tearing out the tile and stuff--
they had fans blowing out the doors and windows. Yuck.

oh. my.
[the light at the end of that tunnel was non-existent at this point....]

post-demo! A blank slate!
look at what a great job of cleaning up they did!
(nice linoleum, btw! it was hiding underneath the carpet)
but we got the pantry wall knocked out! ahh--visual progress!!

kitchen cabinets went in over the next two days! Great job, Justin!! You are speedy!

Aren't they GORGE?!
Creamy colored maple with slight hand glazing details.
Notice the bump-out at the sink, and it's hard to see, but the bar side has a large arch, echoing the arched valance over the sink.
We put a row of cupboards on the opposite side of peninsula for storage:

My ginormous nook banquette seating! i'm in LOVE with the fabric.
(I basically designed the whole entire house around this fabric)
I knew I wanted to use it somehow, some way, the first time I laid eyes on it! Remember this post from way back??
It's outdoor fabric so it's water-resistant, but I'm totally going to scotchguard it, just in case!
(i still want to add tufting and a nailhead trim, but that will be last on my ever-growing list)

Girls bathroom cabinets: black painted maple with slight distressing.
We added a second sink as well.

Master bath cabinets: classic dark stained maple.
I LOVE the huge sink we picked--(pics to come)

The next set of pictures will show the paint, countertops and (possibly) flooring!
We are getting there!

So close, and yet.....you get the idea!


::The Second Stage::

After moving out all of the stuff that was still in the house (which actually took a lot of time), we were able to move on to the demo stage!! That's most every one's favorite part!
Here are some pictures of this new phase:
wallpaper, buh-bye! it's already soooo much lighter!
Cabinets over peninsula torn down! Next photo is my dad working on putting them up in the garage for awesome storage! Thanks, dad!

built in hutch in nook torn out to make way for the new walk-in pantry:

Cabinets in Hallway torn out (also re-used in garage) to make way for new ones!

More pics to come! You won't believe the transformation!!


**The BEFORE'S**

Here are some photos of our current project that has occupied my mind for more than 6 months. We are nearing the end phase now and you can read about what has been completed so far here.

You asked for them, so here they are:

Dark wood, wallpaper directly on top of drywall, teensy light, yellow textured glass window panes, brown tile floors (ceramic or terra cotta?).

Dark wood cabinets, yellow tile counters with brown grout, yellow and almond colored appliances and brown-ish orange carpet on the floor.

Second view of kitchen.
Bar/counter area.
Can't see into family room without crouching down under cabinets.
[These kitchen pictures were mostly taken for the countertop people, so the angles aren't the best for getting the "whole picture", but good enough. :) ]
Nook area with built in hutch.

Family room.
yellow and gold grasscloth wallpaper, again, directly on the sheetrock, no ceiling lights, dark wood trim and beams.

Formal living and dining.
Sunken, no overhead lighting, heavy drapes over two large windows.

achictectural detail on ceiling, step-up, dated glass light fixture.

2nd bath.
again, wallpaper directly over sheetrock, brass fixtures, faux marble countertops, single sink, carpeting in front of sink.

Master bath.
More wallpaper over sheetrock, brass fixtures, faux marble and carpeted floor.

Master bedroom.
dark drapery, white walls.

So there you have it! Check back tomorrow or the next day for some progress shots!