As I eluded in my last blog post, we are doing this apartment remodel on a tight budget and with a small space, we can grab a few higher end finishes. The cabinets are a great example of this.
For those of you that remember the old farmhouse that Dan and I lived in about 5 or 6 years ago they had drawer cabinets and I loved them! There was no stacking pots and pans to the point that every time you opened the cupboard that they either fell on your toes or you had to take them all out to get the one that you wanted. Of course, that pan is always on the bottom. Right?
So from there on out and four homes later we are finally getting drawer cabinets. One of our go-to places for when we are looking for home remodeling is Menards. It's the mecca of home repair. It's a great place to spend a Friday or Saturday date night. We just aimlessly wander the aisles dreaming of all the projects.
We use to, but not quite so anymore. We did, however, go there first looking for cabinets and other items when we decided to kick in this door of downsizing. They recently came out with a new line of cupboards. The neat thing is that they have the look and feel of custom cabinets.
They have drawer options and flip up upper cabinets, soft closing hinges and drawer glides too. Another great thing for us was the fact that if a tenant in the future damages something we can get it replaced. Eliminates the worry of having to replace all the cabinets for Dakota.
They are called KLËARVŪE Cabinetry® sold exclusively at Menards®. The exclusive line gives the look and feel of custom cabinetry without the high price tag. The wall cabinets are 14" deep and are 16% deeper than industry standards. They also have drawers for the sink cabinet too.
For this space, we decided to go with the grey cabinets. It's a color that is more traditional than trendy. Here is an image from Menards website.
They have a place on their website where you can build out the kitchen design. It's called UCreate and is simple to use. Input your room dimensions and place your appliances and cabinets to your liking. It will also compute estimated pricing.
Here is a screenshot of our kitchen design.
The space to the left as you walk in will be the washer dryer area. We are making this space 30" wide in the event that the owner (our son) would like to remove the washer dryer and replace with a stove. The area to the right looks empty, but it will be holding another piece that I will elaborate on later.
But what is missing? Anyone care to guess how we are going to do our cooking? That's right we are not placing a stove in the area. We will be using our Cuisinart Air Fryer, that does like triple duty and an induction plate or two for stovetop cooking. Told you I was serious about all this downsizing. More on another blog post I promise.
The next time I write it will be from Puerto Rico. I will be assisting in bringing our girls home, along with cats, Hank and Cash. Dan and Zack are staying stateside and will keep the remodel moving forward. I hope to have an HGTV moment when I get home to a completely remodeled space. Nah, I don't see that happening. Geez, a girl can wish?
The first room that we are starting off remodeling at "The Suite" is the kitchen. One of the most important rooms but usually the last to get tackled at least in our world. This entire remodel has to be approached in a different way, for a few reasons.
The first being that I refuse to move in till it is COMPLETED! Yes this is a first for us. No more a work in progress home. It also has to do with how we are downsizing. That's another post.
Ultimately, we know that it is not our forever home, but we want some nice amenities and finishes. Remember it is going to be used as our Suite. No more leaving for vacation because we will be a living life it was meant to be ENJOYED! That is our goal.
Last weekend, Demo Dan, along with Zack started tearing out the kitchen. Here is a before photo of the space.
Just like this photo, there will be light at the end of the tunnel and no the green walls and yellow vinyl does not do it for me. Let's not even talk about the cabinets, because they are not even paint-worthy.
Here are a few nice photos of the demo in process. In a space this small, it does not take like to wipe it out.
We have been or should I say that I have been spending an extreme amount of time on Pinterest and Instagram. Time just spent scrolling for the perfect items for the kitchen, keeping in mind though, that ultimately it will be turned back over into rental apartment.
Not that my son doesn't want a nice unit, but he knows that his Momma, has a certain quality and decor taste, and we are on a tight budget. I can handle the budget because normally we are on one. But we must be realistic and realize that not everyone will love our design taste.
I don't know about all of you but I cannot be without a washer and dryer. Even when on vacation our place usually has one. This apartment did not have a washer and dryer and that was our first challenge. Luckily, I found a lot of neat images with laundry units in the kitchen. Like this one from Apartment Therapy.
While strolling through the Menards looking at cabinets, we spotted one of the small stackables like in the picture below from Apartment Therapy. WOW! My eyes bugged out on the price. I could not believe that these little things were $1,200.00. So what does one do when on a budget? Turn to Craigslist, Facebook Market, or spread the word that you are looking for something on Social Media.
Dakota, who is still in Puerto Rico found one about an hour from our house on Facebook Market. It was grandma owned and shortly after she bought it moved to another apartment. This thing still had the blue plastic over the knobs and there was no lint in the trap or in the pipe. We snagged this thing up for $500.00. Can you say Cha-Ching?
I do have a Pinterest board started for the kitchen with some of our ideas. Once I get more items finalized and posted I will share the link.
Stay tuned for next time the cabinets will be front and center.
Those of you who follow me on social media and Pinterest may have read a few of my posts about decluttering and leading a simpler life. I have also blogged about it, especially at the beginning of the New Year.
To say that our life is full is a HUGE understatement because our cups are definitely running over. I do concede that we may be people that like to stay busy, but we are ready to slow down and lead an active and enjoyable life. There is a difference. We want one, where on a Saturday afternoon can mean taking off to enjoy a day at the winery, without sitting there thinking of the 10 million things that we should be doing at home.
One of my boys kindly pointed out one day that I basically have like four full-time jobs. I love the path that Dan and I have taken with the business and its growing. Growing to the point that our middle son, Zack has come home to help us and will one day take on a major role in the business.
With Zack comes Buddy the Bernese, along with all of Zack's household belongings. For now, he is living in the basement but we have a plan for his future living situation. That's another blog post, but the point here is it's more "STUFF".
How many of you when trying to unplug to read a book or sit on your front porch, mentally build a to-do list? Raise your hand, go ahead. That is your "stuff" holding you hostage. To me, it's like a noose around my neck and its been
getting tighter the older I get.
We have this beautiful setting here at the cottage, but for me to go outside it is mentally exhausting. I cannot just sit, I have the porch cleaned and the weeds pulled, well mentally anyways, before I am up and off doing laundry again.
See my problem.
It's an issue because my craziness bleeds into Dan's world. Poor guy and he is great at just letting shit go, unlike his batshit crazy wife. It drives me crazy that the basement is a mess, after 3 floods, with "stuff" that we don't need obviously, because I never venture down there. The garages are overflowing with "stuff" that we have moved like 5 times. Sad to say that I have never been able to
park my car in the garage.
The door gets kicked in here and now with an opportunity to downsize, OK not like a little, but a major. Think of it like a full Swedish Death Cleaning,
while living and at a young age.
Our youngest son is leaving the US Coastguard and is moving back home too. Attention friends who are saddened that their kids are leaving the nest after high school graduation, no worries because they come back home.
It's a great feeling knowing that they want to be close to you too.
It means that you did something right as parents.
Dakota and Janna purchased an apartment house here in Ohio, after the hurricane in Puerto Rico where they are stationed. This is a four unit old house with a nice little one story unit on the back. Basically, we are trading spaces when they come home in July. He and Janna need more space with a family, and we need less
space and stuff to enjoy life.
The beauty is that we are doing a small renovation and we will move in when it is COMPLETELY done. Yes, I said COMPLETELY. Then when we move on to the next chapter, which I am hoping involves a beach, Dakota will have an upscale unit to rent and we will have much less"stuff" to transport.
Do not be afraid for us I cannot emphasize enough how ready we are. Dan and I have discussed this at great length, and we are beyond ready to PURGE. Folks, I caution you this is not a decluttering.
Our plan is to bring you along on this journey. The first part of the journey is checking out our new digs. Keep in mind we have the knack to turn shit into roses as they say. Not that this is shit, it is just a little tired. Sort of like us.
Allow me to introduce to you the "The Suite".
800 SQ Ft of HAPPINESS!
This name choose us because many times we have been in a hotel or cabin and have said, yes we could live in a space like this. Here is our chance.
Stay tuned because I will be sharing with you all the twists and turns, along with all the materials that we will be using throughout the project,
and of course our DIY tips.
Hello there! We are Daniel & Amy Smith of Triple "R" Creations. Together we are creating a crazy re-fined life, be it re-creating, re-modeling, traveling, enjoying fine food or just enjoying life with our family and friends. All from our crazy cottage by the pond along the banks of the Muskingum River, in Southeastern Ohio. Come in sit a spell and read all about our latest adventure.