The Actual Countertop Post

Alright, so, I told you my thought process and plan of action regarding the countertops in the precursor to this post. I explained most of it there, but pictures always help. Right? This was back in the winter, remember? I taped down some paper in the classroom and started laying out my wood. Then I …

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A Precursor to the Countertop Post

I’m so stinkin’ excited to finally show you our countertops. That I made. From scratch! Well, kinda. I didn’t grow or cut down the trees. Last post, I told you the changes and additions we made to our cabinetry, and showed you a peek of some beadboard. First we needed to do all the finishing …

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Bye, Bye, Peninsula; Hello, Flow!

You guys know I hate peninsulas and love drop zones. I’ve already talked about them briefly (whut? I’m never brief!), but want to show you more pics as a continuation of showing you the new cabinetry sections. Here’s a before pic of the peninsula section. I told you all about the darn traffic jams that …

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Trash and Drawers

I promised a more detailed post about each section of cabinetry in our kitchen renovation. Today is about the ~3 foot section of cabinetry that we added where the refrigerator was previously. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before. We moved the refrigerator and opened the wall to the living room. I wanted …

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Grass, Grass, Baby!

Alright, here’s what I know about grass: I don’t prefer Bermuda. Why? No good reason. It’s just so annoying with its crazy root system. In fact, it’s actually a weed. It’s wonderful for Oklahoma. It does well in heat, drought, and sandy or clay soil. I have it at every home I own and probably …

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Flower Bed

Once the retaining wall was clad with cedar, we could build a flower bed in front of it. We used a cedar fence post (cut into ~ 18″ sections) in the ground, and attached cedar boards to the posts horizontally. We didn’t use fence pickets for this because they weren’t tall enough to go into …

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First-World Problems

I want to start this post by saying that the two most infuriating things in the world (or at least the suburban, middle-class, first-world) are car problems and computer problems! Am I right? I locked my keys in the van this week. Well, actually, I tossed my keys in the console for a second (that’s …

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Back-Breaking Work

I showed you this pic before the weekend. I didn’t actually explain how much work it took to get to that point. A ton! Like, hurts-to-move-the-next-day work. A neighbor who attends our church stopped me last Sunday morning and said, “I’m surprised to see you out of bed today.” I’m telling you, people are noticing. …

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I Kinda Forgot

So, um, I was kinda planning on getting several posts out over our Spring Break. But then I didn’t. And then I don’t even know what happened. Sometimes I honestly forget all about this blog. Or I go to the other extreme and think about it way too much (in a hanging-over-my-head kinda way), but …

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Cabinetry Footprint

Let’s just get right to it tonight. Here’s what my kitchen looked like before. Those pictures are from the very beginning. If you look closely in the first one you can see the spindled entryway divider before we added pocket doors for a classroom. Also, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll remember …

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