Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Handles polished.
New hinges installed.
Upper cabinets scrubbed...

...We pondered shades of gray for hours, then sporadically changed our minds when we got to Home Depot. Unpainted all of the handles (please don't ever paint cabinets without taking off the handles... ever!) with toxic things that ate through gloves. I knocked over a tower of freshly painted drawers. The dish washer was pulled out for weeks, making maneuvering difficult. We worried that this might end up looking exactly like it did before all this work began....

But now I can say...the kitchen cabinets are complete!

I wish these pictures could adequately display how drastically this refresh has decreased the grunge factor. I'm no longer scared to put my pots in the cabinets for fear of the 100 year old stuff that builds up on unfinished wood.  And there's nothing like having half the kitchen space for a month to make your appreciate the size of your kitchen, once the pots are no longer in the living room.

Clean. Shiny. New. 

{this pup seemed to think she made a better camera subject}

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Year in the Making

I don't think there could be a much more appropriate post for the beginning of Year Two at 765. Last year our first project post (here) included removing warped fan blades from our porch ceiling fan and a trip to the Habitat ReStore to buy new ones. Sadly the new ones didn't fit and we've spent the past year with a blade-less fan adorning our porch. Not too enjoyable on those stagnant Louisiana nights.

{out with the old}

...Until now!

Thanks to Dennis "the man who taught Travis everything he knows" Moore, we have a brand new, energy efficient ceiling fan. And can I tell you, when you are the main target for all mosquitoes within a 5-mile radius this fan is imperative for survival. Evenings on the porch can officially commence!

{in with the new}

Big thanks to Uncle D for the fan and preventing further mosquito scars... And of course thanks to Nic for helping install it!