Getting There

My accomplishment for the week:
 Kitchen tile DONE!
Stove Area

Sink area

Breakfast Nook
The countertops need to be re-sanded and oiled now though (I’m a messy grouter!)

We went with Cepac small subway tiles in Vintage Moss Green (I found them online for almost half of what I could get locally.)  The border is Cepac mosaic tiles in Abalone.  I did find them locally for a decent price, and it didn’t take much to do the border because they came in 12 x 12 squares that I cut into strips.  The beautiful handmade Celtic tiles I ordered from Earth Song Tiles.  They were so nice and I even sent them samples of my tiles first so they could tell me what colors would look best with them.   I think the hardest part of tiling is picking the tile! 

Hubby’s accomplishment:

Playroom floor DONE!

We ordered cork floor from Lumber Liquidators.  It was floating floor and honestly was harder to put in than we expected.  Took him two days.   It is beautiful though and the kids have already moved toys in even though there isn’t any furniture in there.  (Now for furniture…)

Now on to painting the hallway and living room! 

On House Progress

Trying hard to get in the house by Thanksgiving…

 Cabinets and Countertops are done!  
I adore my cabinets and glad I didn’t compromise.  
Thank you to HomeWorks of Arkansas for Dwight’s gorgeous woodwork. 
We did green granite on island, and cherry on rest of countertops.
I had vintage colors we found matched for island and cabinet colors.  
Still have to pick wall color, install tile backsplashes, dishwasher/fridge panels, and install faucet. 
The floors came out beautifully.  We used Monocoat in Dark Oak (an all natural, LEED certified product.)  Scott did the upstairs and we had McMillon and Sons do the downstairs.  
This weekend we framed in the playroom and got most of the sheetrock done (except for all of the ceiling.)  Hopefully we’ll get it floated soon and then I can paint and start cabinets there….
Thankful for a great hubby who knows how to do everything and an awesome brother in law that takes time from his vacation to come help us! 

On Kitchen Decisions (Countertops & Backsplash)

The kitchen is coming along…
Very (VERY) Slowly…

Cabinets are in and painted (but without doors until next week)
Undercabinet lights (LED) are in.  Haven’t picked lights for ceiling but not in a rush.
I am not going to put pictures on until the doors are on!

We’ve decided on butcher block countertops for several reasons:

  1. They are pretty
  2. The green factor (we’ll use an oil finish and use a company that uses sustainable woods etc.)
  3. Toughness factor- just have to sand to get dings and such out 
  4. It’s pretty cheap 

Not sure about the countertop for the island though.  I wanted something I could roll dough on, that was cooler like steel or marble but the prices I’m finding are crazy! 

Trying to decide on a backsplash now.
I want recycled glass tiles I think.  Maybe some handmade tiles for accent.  To keep costs down this is the way to go.  I found glass tile from $3-$9 per square foot which isn’t bad.
For the glass I’m waiting on some samples from a company we used for our bath remodel in our current house (we used Hakatai Emerald blend and it’s beautiful.)  LOVE their tile and it wasn’t expensive.  Also considering ordering from if the shipping ends up being cheaper.

The handmade accent tiles I’ve found on etsy and on I really like.
Debating these now:

Handmade Tiles from

More Kitchen Progress

And then there were cabinets!
Breakfast Nook- Hutch
Breakfast nook bench
Stove Cabinets

Fridge Cabinets

Cookie Sheet Cabinet- Love the Cute Feet!

On Kitchen Progress (Wordless Wednesdays)

Kitchen after tear-out- ready for new wall

My attempt at patching or “Don’t Do This”
My Honey- After 12 hrs of Hard Labor  

New Cabinets Waiting in LR

Some New Cabinets Wait in Kitchen

And YES, I know it’s Thursday- not Wednesday… (My internet was wacky yesterday so I couldn’t post.) 
I’m trying to finalize my paint colors now.  Who knew that it was so hard to pick a white color?
The cabinetmaker (HomeWorks of AR) has been working hard all week.  All cabinets are installed and he’s just leveling and putting up trim now.  I’ll post more pictures tomorrow of the progress!
Off to Arkansas Women Blogger’s Unplugged Retreat tomorrow!  I can’t wait!