Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kitchen Upgrade

Corbels for the Island - unpainted
Our 17 year old home has served us well. However, my poor kitchen is showing its age. With our high ceilings in the kitchen, I dreamed of having cabinets that went to the ceiling. It seemed such a waste of space not to. Well, the Lord sent the best carpenter EVER, Chris Wells. He is more than a carpenter, he is a WOOD MAGICIAN. He didn't look at me crazy when I told him my dream. He made it happen and within our budget. If I didn't know what I wanted, he suggested ideas until we hit on something good. A little teamwork made for a great kitchen remodel.

There is the master at work!
Ignore the dirty dishes
At first, we thought that he would have to build the cabinets from scratch. It ended up that our exact cabinets in unpainted form were still being sold at Home Depot. He was able to find in-stock cabinets that fit the space perfectly and were far cheaper than building them custom. We added a little crown moulding to the top and ta-da, instant custom look. I won't tell you how many trips I made to Home Depot and Lowes. I like home improvement stores, so it wasn't a chore for me. In total, we spent $1,637.06 in materials to do all the woodwork seen here. This does not include the painting or labor costs. You should have Chris give you a quote. After we got his quote, my husband and I jumped on it. It was an excellent price and we couldn't pass it up.  I am so glad we went with him. He was easy to work with and very professional.

Island before
For the most part, these cabinets are real wood. However the ends were a laminate. No problem. Chris found unfinished veneer panels with the unfinished cabinets. A little glue and trim and we had real wood at the end of the cabinets.
The island was another story. It was mostly laminate. I wanted the island to look different from the other cabinets. We slapped on more veneer panels and tons of trim. What a difference! We will paint it a darker grey and glaze it. The cabinets will be a shade of white with glaze.

Island unpainted
The next step is painting everything. I bought a spray gun for the job. It was cheaper than renting one and I get to keep it for other projects. I'm not gonna lie, I'm scared about this step. Painting the cabinets is a huge. Once I do this, there is no going back. I have read tons of articles. I am taping everything and hanging plastic everywhere. More pictures to come.
Coffee Bar before
Coffee Bar unpainted
Stove/Microwave unpainted
Stove/Microwave before
Sink area unpainted

Sink area before

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Best Thing I Never Knew I Wanted - Homeschooling

Well, my homeschooling days are officially over. My youngest will do dual credit at our local community college for his senior year. My friend has graduated from nursing school, so she will take over educating her 3rd grader and 11th grader. I am trying to adjust to all this change. It is exciting to think of possibilities and at the same time I am nostalgic for the days of watching the boys blossom into the fine young men they are today. What a ride! God gave me a gift. Homeschooling my children was the best thing I never knew I wanted. I am an accidental homeschooler. I never planned to homeschool. It just happened. I am a lazy homeschooler. I never sat down and planned out a whole year of lessons. I never reveled in homeschooling conventions, curriculum choices or talked different homeschooling methods with other moms. I always felt a bit on the outside of homeschooling. That's ok. God called me to do this and I did the best I could. He filled in the gaps. My children are well-rounded, hilarious and most importantly smarter than I ever will be. They are not socially inept. They didn't miss out on anything. They are grateful for being homeschooled (although some days not so much). They are amazing.
If God is calling you to homeschooling, jump in and hang on for the craziest ride ever. I learned so much about myself. How to apologize to my kids. How what aggravates me in my kids is just the thing I don't like in myself. How to let learning happen on its own. To sit back and enjoy watching my kids be who they were meant to be. To serve others with them. To not plan too much so that you are free to do spur of the moment things. To listen to God's leading even if it is out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, that God will equip you for the task He called you to. He doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Absolutely. Living proof right here.
I don't like change. I like God because He doesn't change. I don't know what my next assignment is. I know it will be a good one. He doesn't disappoint me. I'll continue to work at the oil company a few days a week. It's a great job and it leaves me time to pursue some things I have been wanting to do...entertain, cook for my family, house projects that have been piling up, finishing that book I started...mostly rest. That's what I keep hearing. "Just rest.". If you know me, that's a challenge in and of itself!


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