Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lauren's Paris Birthday Party

I haven't been great at blogging this past year but I feel like doing a few posts, especially now that all three kids are back in school all day!

Lauren celebrated her birthday earlier this year and doing a Paris theme was a total given.  
She LOVES Paris!  She likes to watch language videos on YouTube and teach herself French.  Not.kidding.  It's pretty much adorable to me!
 Welcome to Paris, Utah!  Ha!
She has the cutest bunch of friends!
 The girls tied fabric scraps onto flip flops for their craft and then we had a fashion show to model them. 
Some of the girls didn't know how to tie (??) so thankfully big brother Graham came to the rescue along with his friend that was over.  The fashion show quickly turned into a conga line around the kitchen island!
 The house got VERY loud.  
We then had the girls be fashion designers with le toilet pa-per.  You know, like you do at every single bridal shower you have ever gone to in your 20's. 
 They thought this was both disgusting and hilarious.  
We pinned the flag on the Eiffel Tower poster while getting ready serve cake and ice cream.  
 My sweet little Parisian girl.
 I usually let Lauren have one or two friends stay over to play after a party.  She gets to play with her new toys and games with friends and it feels like the party lasts a little longer for her while we clean up the aftermath!
I think this cutie had a great day!  So far being seven is great!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Final Result - Our Finished Kitchen

This is what we had as our cute kitchen for nine years...until cabinet doors started falling off faster than we could fix them and countertops started peeling away.
 And here is our after!
I still am working on the fun details like a roman shade over the sink and the fun knick knacks.  
It will come.
For now we are grateful to have the working kitchen and that we lived to tell about it!

Picking Out the Granite

I finally went to Dal Tile in Salt Lake and found these beauties...Yellow River....they were in stock and were just what I was looking for.  A little more than what I was hoping to spend but at this point, I didn't care. 
Dan had not been along for the ride on these shopping adventures.  He HATES things like this.  We work like this on large purchases:  I shop and pick things out, he takes a look at it and then says "Whatever you want baby." 
 He did look like a very convincing inspector in his orange vest.
We picked out the two slabs we needed and placed our order.
I love it!
I also ordered this beauty of a faucet from Amazon.   
 The Bellevue Faucet in brushed nickel.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Don't Take a Counter Top For Granite!

Not this girl!  
Not after what we went through to get ours!

We had a friend recommend the company Bedrock Quartz to use as our fabricator and I cannot sing enough happy praises about this company!  
They had a large in stock selection to choose from IF...I had liked what they had.  

But I tend to have a vision of what I want in my mind and then it takes me forever to find it, if I am lucky.  More often than not, it doesn't even exist.  

So I started the hunt looking in granite yards all over the Salt Lake Valley and ended up choosing a slab at a place called Contempo.  Which I later found out is the most expensive place you can go to.  
I knew I wanted something with "movement" in it.  Not splotchie or spotted or that looked like throw up.  I fell in love with this slab called Crema Typhoon.  
They had five slabs in stock and I only needed two!
Not so fast.

They were all spoken for, even though no one had put money down on them.  Because that makes sense to hold items for people when there is me standing there with cash in my hand ready to buy.

But they can order me some!  
From Brazil! 
Not so great. 

They told me to wait two weeks.  
Which didn't seem like that big of a deal.

Two weeks passed and they told me to wait another week.
Then I called to check (three weeks without a counter OR placing an order anywhere with my cabinets already in)
and the counters were...
stuck in customs. 
Still in Brazil. 

I LOVED that Crema Typhoon.  I searched everywhere to see who else had it.
 No one did and I knew I needed to move on.  Who knew when it could come in and if it would even look like these slabs?

Lesson learned for any future build or just to pass along.  
Your counter tops should be the FIRST thing you look for.   I could have at least had slabs on reserve that would have been ready to go when the cabinets were in had I known!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I Left You Hanging!

We have a fully completed kitchen, I promise!  I realized that I haven't blogged in a long time (does anyone really blog anymore?) but I should at least post pictures of our finished project!

We finally got all the cabinets in and the doors were being finished. 
 I then had the thrill of appliance shopping. Not my favorite thing to do so I made it easy on myself and hit Lowes.  We knew we wanted stainless steel and I knew for sure that I wanted a double oven, a quiet dishwasher (with our open floorplan that is a must!) and I went from there.

I ended up with a great deal on an LG suite.  I chose the French Door Refrigerator with Dual Ice Maker.  Don't let the sleek design fool you, this fridge can pack it in, it's HUGE!

I love the three separate drawers and the large deli drawer underneath.  The doors hold a TON and the shelves slide in and out to make room for different items. 

For the stove I went with the LG 30 inch 5 burner Double Oven with Gas Range.  I love that I can cook two things at once!  It was really the only way to get a double oven into this space and I've been really pleased with it!
We were really excited to finally have appliances back in the house and a semi working kitchen again! 

 We saved the old kitchen laminate counter to set on the top until the counter tops came in.
Doesn't it look classy?

Next up? 
Also known as, the entire reason our project went over budget and seven weeks past our time frame. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kitchen Hutch Re-Do

I bought this gorgeous 2 piece hutch in August.....of 2012.

It's been half done for a few months now except for the doors.  They have just sat in my garage ready to get broken and there was a little voice nagging at me in my head to get the project finished already. 

The problem is, I've discovered that I love painted furniture, but I really dislike painting.  I'm more of a quick project kind of girl.  Get it done and move on.
Or in this case, find a really nice girl named Erin, pay her some cash and in four days she will call you to come pick up your completed hutch! 

I used Olympia paint from Lowe's in Gypsum.  It's not my favorite brand of paint, but this time color won out.  And it's too iffy to have the store copy white paint formulas, so I stuck with the Olympia brand this time around and it looks great!
New knobs were out of the question - I started to search for some but the holes were going to be a problem to match.  I really liked the original ones anyhow so I went to Lowe's and picked up a metallic finish spray paint and that did the trick.  

I am LOVING how this turned out, and I love even more that it is done and out of my garage!
Have you ever had a project that just sat - did you end up finishing it?  Or did you ditch it all together?

Linking up to Coastal Charm
Cozy Little House 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Field Trip to Provo

The older my kids get the more disenchanted I am becoming with public school.  I had no troubles pulling Graham out from class yesterday for a few hours in order for him to go and earn a merit badge.  
Brigham Young University isn't too far from us and often offers really cool opportunities for scouts to earn merit badges in different fields.  The Museum of Peoples and Cultures had one for Archaeology yesterday that we signed up for.
The boys watched a short slide show and then they had the scouts participate in a mock dig!  How cool is that?  
Graham really enjoyed it and I enjoyed wandering around the BYU bookstore for a few hours by myself.  I even stopped to get my haircut...which was random but I am about 3 months overdue for one (very long story, but my friend who does my hair has cancer.)  A lovely girl named Aimee at Salon 1030 came to my rescue and gave me a simple trim.  For FOURTEEN DOLLARS. 
What?  I walked out of there super happy, feeling college girl cute and was frugal to boot.  Win win win! 
I picked the boys up and we went straight to the Bean Museum to show Graham's friend the Liger. 

 I remember watching Napoleon Dynamite thinking she made that up.  Oh no friends, it's real and we saw it!
Meet Shast, the Liger.

We zipped over to the BYU Creamery where we were engulfed in a sea of EFY attendees on their break.  They treated Graham and Luke like rock stars high fiving the boys and saying things like "Boys Scouts are Awesome!"  I don't think they minded one bit. Can't wait to send my kids to EFY on campus in a year or two!

We had a great time!  I'm now looking for other places to earn merit badges like this, they really made it quick, easy but very informative for the kids!