So my kitchen is DONE! (sort of) We will ignore the linoleum for awhile because I get to look at this beautiful new tile! My vision is finally a reality. And now there are no more projects! I think my favorite part of the tile are the two cute little floating shelves I found at Target. It adds a little something over by the stove where there's no cabinets.
The grey grout was a little scary for me at first, but now I'm totally excited about it. I think the contrast adds a little interest. And the grey looks so nice with our quartz! I love quartz by the way. Never going back to granite. This stuff is impossible to scratch!
Sam worked really hard on getting the stainless steel clean with no streaks, and now he's obsessed with making sure all the stainless steel is spotless, so please comment on how clean it looks, haha.
I think it looks amazing! I'm so excited to finally have a dream kitchen. I didn't have a kitchen at all for two years, so this is a dream come true. It's small, but it's a thousand times better than before.
Remember the orange cabinets and the green countertops with the Angela Lansbury wallpaper? Yea, me either. I have tried to forget.
After six months of renovating, I have learned so much. This is my first house, and I have made SO. MANY. MISTAKES. And it really feels like money going down the drain sometimes. But sometimes I wake up, and I realize how much I love my life and my house. I love all the mistakes. I have learned to embrace them and learn from them. Here are a few lessons I've learned along the way, and I hope they help you.
1. Don't listen to anyone. Ever. Just kidding. But don't take anyone else's opinions too seriously. There are a lot of decisions to make when you own a home, and it's really hard to feel like you're making the right one. But the important thing is to make a decision. Just make one! There's no wrong or right, and you have to listen to your own voice.
For example, when I first moved into an apartment alone, I went shopping for some new silverware with my mom. I was trying to find something that would be comfortable to hold (call me crazy!) that also matches my dining room set. And I really liked some modern looking silverware, but my mom convinced me to go more traditional. I so regret that decision. I hate my silverware. It may seem like a dumb thing to hate, but I have eaten off those things for four years now every day of my life and I want to throw them away rather than wash them sometimes. They're not my taste! I listened to someone else's opinion instead of going with my gut.
2. Fill your house with things you like, not necessarily trendy things. Don't do the whole chevron thing just because everyone's doing it. I regretted falling into that trend big time! Do things you love at your house, and it will never go out of style. Or at least not for awhile. My dad hate's the light fixtures I picked out, but he doesn't have to live here. We just disagree, and that's okay!
3. Accept the emptiness. Is it better to do everything at once just so you have a finished product or to wait until the right piece falls in your lap? I think the latter. I don't have a living room rug yet because I haven't found the right one. If I did everything at once, I'd go broke! This is an important lesson to learn. Patience is a virtue. You won't regret waiting for the right thing.
4. Don't fight the bones of your house. Go with it. I've got a 1950s ranch, and it would look pretty crazy if I started trying to put English cottage furniture in here. It just wouldn't quite work with the low ceilings and the wood trim. Learn to accept the details of your home and work with it. This is why I haven't painted the paneling. I know, I know. Everyone says paint it. But painting it doesn't make it any less paneling, and I'm not going for the white cape cod look. I'm trying not to fight it. And if I do end up painting the paneling, I think I'm going to go for an oil-based shiny laquer look in a rich color rather than white. The paneling will never be drywall. I have accepted it. So I decided to put lots of pretty French nature prints a la James Audobon. It looks fantastic! And it goes so well with the feel of the house.
I hope these tips help you in your journey to having a happy home. Houses are always such a work in progress, so don't beat yourself up about any mistakes. Learn from them and move on! Life is full of mistakes, and there's plenty of time to fix them later.