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Measure twice, move once??

Measure twice, move once??

Ahhhh, gorgeous new cabinets! Let’s all focus on that for a second, before I tell you how we rode the struggle bus to get here. I mentioned before that we got our cabinets from Beckerle Lumber in Haverstraw. Working with them was great – they […]

Started from the bottom, now we’re here.

Started from the bottom, now we’re here.

Since we’re on a deadline to move in, I’ve been pretty stressed about making progress on our surprise kitchen renovation. Lucky for me, Jordan and his friends/family have been extremely on top of it, and I can’t even explain how awesome it is to walk […]

Let it Goooooo.

Let it Goooooo.

So since we had an unexpected #demoday, and we determined that some of the cabinets were in worse shape than expected off of the walls, Jordan and I decided it was time to embrace my favorite Frozen line and ‘let it go.’ After checking out the cabinet selection at my two favorite hangouts, Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as quite a few online cabinet retailers, I was completely frustrated with the hunt for a white shaker cabinet. While replacing cabinets wasn’t a part of the plan, I knew that I didn’t want to compromise on my most-used room in the house.

My online shopping led me to have Costco and Just Cabinets as my top choices, but both of these retailers had a 2+ week wait for cabinets to even ship, and we were quickly running out of time to get the kitchen renovation done. I found out that there was a local hardware store that carried one of the cabinet lines that I was interested in, and our favorite floor guy recommended them, so we spoke to Kathy at Beckerle Lumber. She was able to work up an awesome kitchen design at a price that was in line with the online estimates that I’d received. Local New Yorkers – definitely check out Beckerle for any kitchen/cabinet/counter/vanity needs! They have an awesome showroom in Haverstraw and are willing to work with you to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for within your price range.

Here’s the line we ended up going with:

http://www.wolfhomeproducts.com/door/dartmouth

I wanted something that was simple and clean looking – I don’t want to replace cabinets for a VERY LONG TIME, so I wanted to ensure that the cabinets would go with any kitchen decor. I think that these cabinets will work well. Most importantly, the cabinets are made of solid wood (maple). We didn’t want any junky particle board/pressed wood components, and I’m excited about the soft close doors and drawers – it’s really the little things these days 🙂

Beckerle was able to order the cabinets and have them delivered for us within 4 days, so that was a huge plus! Hanging them – now that’s a whole different story.

T minus 11 days until we move in!

Buy a house, they said. It will be fun, they said.

Buy a house, they said. It will be fun, they said.

The most dreaded words for any wife: “Don’t get mad, babe, but…” Now these words could most certainly be followed by terrible possibilities, but “I gutted the kitchen” was not high on the list of sweet things that I hoped my husband would be saying […]

So she’s a bit of a fixer upper. That’s a minor thing.

So she’s a bit of a fixer upper. That’s a minor thing.

I’m trying my hardest to channel my inner Joanna Gaines, but holy cow, I struggle with the whole ‘future vision’ idea. For now, we’re focusing on renovating the main part of the house, which includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, the living and dining rooms, and […]

The one where we buy a house.

The one where we buy a house.

If you’d asked me 4 years ago what my hopes were for 2014, I never would have guessed that my plans would be to start a serious relationship, contemplate selling the home I’d only purchased the year before, or guessed that I’d ever consider moving back to New York. Well, I guess life’s funny like that – it almost never works out how you’d expect and it truly is full of surprises. Especially when you get an opportunity to purchase a house at your rehearsal dinner.

Fast forward to 2018. In the last week, I’ve become a homeowner again, and it’s a bit of a fixer upper to say the least. With friends and family scattered across the US, and I thought this blog would be the easiest way to share our progress on this (HUGE) project with you.

Here’s a little back story on the house. It was built in 1903, and it was originally the caretaker’s house for the JP Morgan estate along the Hudson River. It’s had a few owners since then, but over the last 20-some years, it’s primarily been a rental property and is greatly in need of some love and TLC.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy what are sure to be my disasters, lessons, and laughs. I’m so glad to have you on this journey with me.