I love being on vacation, but with all that we have going on at home, I am missing home. Home is where my husband is right now too. It may be mushy but, when we are apart, I always feel unbalanced a bit. I think this week it may be a little worse since I just recently finished a week-long business trip in Atlanta right before we left for Puerto Rico.
I am however enjoying the time with my family. As we walked around Old San Juan yesterday looking at all of the architecture, my creativity motor started revving up. The colors of the buildings are inspirational right now while I am still in the mode of picking out paint colors for the "The Suite."
For the walls, we will be going for more neutral paint colors than the vibrant pinks and blues of the Caribbean. I will be getting color pops from rugs and pillows for the sofa. In a small space like this, the subtle pops will be enough.
Sherwin-Williams is our go-to paint choice. We have tried lots of brands in the past, but none compare. They also have great monthly sales, like right now it's 30% off until July 9th. We use the Cashmere line. It is like an eggshell in traditional paint language, has a nice finish texture, coats well, wears nice and is easy to clean.
I also love their Pro Series trim paint and ceiling paint, because they always make the wall color pop. The trim paint has a gloss finish that highlights the painted walls. We never paint walls without taking the time to paint the trim and ceiling too.
Right now the contenders for us fall somewhere between Dorian, Mindful or Repose Gray. These are all near the perfect greige color, and they pair nicely with other gray colors. When picking the color, we will be comparing it against the kitchen cabinets and the flooring. Again, being that it is an apartment we will keep the same color throughout. It will also probably be the color that Dakota will use
throughout all of the units. It will be important to get it right.
I have also been looking at temporary wallpaper to add another element of texture, and that might make an appearance. I will keep you posted on that.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my color ideas.
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.
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.