even more thrilled.

today, our tile guy grouted the shower floor and installed the white 3 x 6 ceramics in a subway pattern on the shower walls. they still need white grout and the curb isn't finished yet, but it's taking shape! there was shrieking involved when i came home, and it wasn't ben. i think it looks great!

tomorrow, he'll lay the small hex tiles on the main floor and finish the curb. wednesday, he'll grout the shower walls and main floor and be done!

we also had our cabinetry delivered and installed today. here's a sneak peek (it's a little dusty):

we've had some ups and downs with both the cabinetry and the tile. we had planned to use a gorgeous gray-and-white marble tile as a thin "stripe" through the shower. i was seriously crazy about this tile—probably a little too crazy about it. ben picked it out, and i just couldn't stop staring at it in the store. you can see it in this pic—it's the tiny subway-style marble one on the bottom right.

we knew it was special order, but i placed the order with enough time to allow for shipping and transport. well, long story short, it was back-ordered until the end of july, which we found out rather late in the game. at first, i was really mad. i mean, i thought this tile was going to

make

our bathroom. then i took a step back, prayed about it, and realized it is just tile. really not worth getting mad about—in fact, it would be rather ridiculous to stay mad about it. so we went ahead without it, and i'm so glad we did. the shower walls look great just plain white. [we put in three white corian corner shelves. the low one is a shaving step.] i know God worked it out the way He did to teach me to let go and to remind me that this is all just "stuff."

we had trouble with our cabinets, too. they were supposed to be delivered last monday. we got home from work and they weren't there. when i called to check in, i found out there had been a miscommunication and they weren't scheduled to be delivered until july 1! eek. thankfully, we were able to have them delivered today, but once again, a lesson in patience and a reality check that this is really not that important.

we ordered a double vanity and a seven-foot linen closet in the corner. the wood has an espresso stain. of course, i thought white would be nice, but with all the white on the floor and in the shower, i thought the bathroom needed some contrast. we're happy with the dark color, but now we have to decide about those countertops...

getting there!

beautification

i was scrolling through the blog and realized that thus far, the pictures have been REAL ugly. like poor lighting, lots of dust, and power tools galore.

so, in the effort toward beautifying the blog, i'd like to change my tune and talk about what we'd like the kitchen to look like. i've been trying to hold back the inner decorator until we have walls in place, but it's good to think ahead, no?

(plus, a special friend named kaylee gave me this fantastic domino book last week for inspiration. squeal!)

but first, i have to do a "materials list" for those interested. when ben and i decided to buy this house, a huge plus (in my eyes!) was that the kitchen would have to be redone. there was no salvaging it. it was a total bust.

i love white kitchens. for the new kitchen, there was never a question in my mind about what color of cabinetry to choose. it was all white, all the way. i'm so picky about wood - i only like really dark or really light, but that is for the time being. i'm too nervous to commit to either of those. so while white cabinets were my first choice, they were also a safe choice, making it a win-win situation.

the door style was pretty easy, too. nothing fancy, nothing ornate. straight lines. simple. not too modern, but not too country, either. these shaker-style doors are just right. and ben and i could agree! these aren't the exact cabinets, but they are pretty close. we've been in touch with a place called designed cabinets, and they've given us some very reasonable estimates. we'll likely order maple cabinets and have them painted white.


our condo had laminate countertops. not inherently evil, but they had this dark brown granite-like pattern. my real beef with them was that it was very hard to tell when they were dirty. i had to lean down to get the light just right, then i could see where there were spills and such. no fun.

again, my love of all things white played into our countertop decision. i want white countertops. call me crazy! they always look clean, and they will always be somewhat current. i really liked marble countertops like these:




but marble is way out of our budget, and very porous to boot. ben's parents have corian countertops. i really like how they look. no, they are not the trendiest option. but they are both classic and current looking, which is what we are going for in the kitchen - a kitchen that we will like five, ten, and even twenty years down the road.

i pulled this image from domino's web site before it shut down. i think it is what sold me on corian.


love it! it looks so clean...which wasn't the case with our dark brown speckled laminate ones. so that is what we have chosen so far: white, shaker-style cabinets and pristine white corian countertops. ben has put a veto on the all-white kitchen, so i'll have to decide on some paint/textile colors to keep things looking punchy. i'll leave you, dear reader, with some serious kitchen eye candy.




progresso

don't worry, this post is not about soup.

here are some more pictures from the week. i apologize about the order...i'm still trying to figure this blogging thing out.

here are ben and klaas ripping out cabinets and countertops:


it looks bigger already!

another big project from the week was tackling the paneling in the dining room/living room. thankfully, it was only on one wall.

it's hard to describe this paneling. it clearly wasn't wood, but it had been painted over and you could still see the lines between the panels. we thought it must have been some faux finish that was stuck onto the drywall, but when we started prying it up, we realized that it was just nailed right to the studs. it WAS the wall! this is the wall that is shared with the garage (which is attached but with no entrance into the house...more on that later), hence the insulation.

it's looking worse every day - which really means it is looking better.