kitchen weekend progress

We had two major tasks ahead of us this weekend. Laying the floor and getting the pantry upright. Both were very time consuming.
pergo tile
The floor isn’t finished in the front room yet but it is done in the kitchen and looks great! It is very slow-going, however. There are five different patterns without any instructions included on how to lay them. There are four boards per box, and though most have two that match with two non-matching others, sometimes there were three in a box that matched or all four were different. We could not find any system to the pattern so we had to keep laying boards down to see if they would work out or not. Then there is the whole issue of aligning the grout line, something not necessary with a wood grain pattern. Lots of precision work!
pergo tile
The second major task was getting a 90 inch pantry upright in an area that at best was 90.5 inches high (at its worse, 88 inches – low ceilings in a wonky house are nothing to brag about!). We never considered the geometrics involved in such a device until we went to do it. Undaunted as usual, we googled some answers and went with a big hole in the ceiling. Eh, what’s more drywall work anyway, right? I am so glad I decided not to primer the entire ceiling yet.
kraftmaid pantry
It worked with just the three of us so I will not complain. But I am complaining a wee bit on the subject of the pantry doors not fitting correctly. Someone at the shop messed up on the pilot holes. Before we drill our own, we want to talk to someone to see if theres any kind of inspection – maybe they will give us a coupon or something on our next purchase, who knows.

And my friend Angela made us a chicken pot pie since she knew we would be without a kitchen for a while longer yet. It made for a scrumptious lunch break. And look at those stars, doesn’t she rock?! YUM :D Thank you!!

chicken pot pie with star cut-outs

room full of cabinets!

I wish I could say that it was a kitchen full of cabinets but we are not quite there yet. They are Kraftmaid, which we ordered through Lowes. Maple wood construction, “Hanover” style, rye stain with a sable glaze – I personally think they are beautiful.
KraftMaid cabinetry We got the whisper quiet drawers and cabinets and sink base for free as part of a promotion. All the bases have pull-out shelving, and one of them is a double wastebasket. But this baby will be my favorite:
KraftMaid cabinetry It’s on its side because our ceilings are low and we did not want to mess anything up prior to the install but its a full size pantry. The doors have shelving, the inside shelving swings out, and then there is more shelving behind that. That’s a splurge I know I will never regret!

And it occurred to me that I never posted about this stack of flooring. It is the Pergo brand, but it looks like tile.  Rocky Mountain Morning Mist is the style (whites, beiges, greys). It should be laid this weekend.
KraftMaid cabinetry You can see it next to the upside-down window valance – I think the colors are a great match. We called the cabinet guy and it looks like he can come out on Tuesday! Not only will I get my kitchen back and my belly will be happy, but I’ll get my craft room back also! More posts to follow:)
KraftMaid cabinetry

cubicle wall art

My friend Leslie gifted me lots of crafty supplies – fabric, binding, lace, ribbon, sheeps wool – all kinds of stuff. So when I started messing around with the table runner thing she gave me, I decided it would be hers. (I posted about it here and here). She has had a major adjustment or two in her life recently so I stitched the beginning of my favorite quote on it. The original idea was to stitch the whole thing but I decided it would be too cluttered. It will spruce up her cubicle wall nicely, don’t you think?
cubicle wall art

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over,

It became a butterfly.

-Anonymous