I’ve been getting this question a lot. So, I thought I would take the time to give you guys an answer today. Why is our kitchen not done? What is the hold up? Why have you guys made no progress on your kitchen? Why has it been since March since you’ve had a kitchen? Why has it been 5 months? I know… all the burning questions & they are so valid! I addressed part of the reason [here] a while back, but I thought I would explain everything in more detail today. There are actually a few reasons our kitchen is in limbo, & some of them are my fault.
-The leak of 2017 [more like the leak since the 1980’s]
half of the kitchen area is a space we call our sunroom. It’s actually the old part of the porch that they enclosed and made it a whole wall of windows. It’s gorgeous & we loved it the second we saw the house, but unfortunately the windows had been leaking since the day they installed those windows in the 1980’s. The leak wasn’t big, but over time it had effected the foundation & it was a situation that we had to take care of, & that leads me to the second point.
-Finding someone to work on our house.
For this job we need to call in the professionals. They will need to take out all the windows, repair the foundation, replace the windows, and then put on all new siding & fix the outside of the house as well. It will be a big job & finding someone to do it was a chore. When we ripped up the kitchen we had no clue this problem was going to come up. I mean, that’s the fixer upper life I guess. I don’t know how it is in your corner of the world, but here in West Michigan the housing market is booming & builders are so busy that booking one is near impossible, but we finally did & the new windows should be in the kitchen by the middle to the end of July. & then the fun can begin. Along with finding someone to work on the house, picking the windows out was not easy at all either, but I’ll blog more about that later.
-Picking out cabinets.
I have to admit, I’m indecisive. When you start out working on a fixer upper and you realize this is your forever home, the decisions just seem more final and more scary. I mean, I know when I’m 50 in 20 some years we can replace the cabinets, but I want to know that we will love them forever. We have samples of cabinet colors & finishes coming very soon that I will share with you.
-Deciding on other finishes & appliances.
You guys I suck at this. I can tell you any day what finishes and other things will work in your home, but in mine do you think I can make a decision? Nope. We are slowly making them, but the key word is slowly. I will be keeping you update more as we go & as we are making them, but this is totally my fault. Now, we did find a kitchen island finally that you can read more about [HERE] & that has set off the inspiration for the rest of the space.
Some exciting news? The new windows should be here by mid July & cabinets should be ordered by the end of this week… progress my friends! So, I hope that answers part of your question of why we don’t have a kitchen yet. It’s been rough. We have been microwaving a lot, using our indoor grill, cooking over a fire, & thankfully our stove is electric and still plugged in so we can use that. But living in a fixer upper is not for the faint of heart & for sure has not brought out the best in me at moments, but I know the end result is going to be so good when we finally have the heart of our home complete. I would LOVE to hear from you… what appliances do you think we should get? Have any lighting suggestions? cabinet suggestions? Let me know, help a girl out. Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx