When I did the first update post I was thinking that maybe we would be done by this point…now I’m envisioning myself writing ‘farmhouse update, part seventeen’ at some point. Only kidding, we are actually less than two weeks from our move date! We aren’t going to finish everything completely but it will be livable and the things that need to be done only aesthetic (for the most part).
The kitchen is taking shape, piece by piece. The backsplash and sink have been installed and the window now has trim. We went with bead board for the backsplash to stick with the classic farmhouse style and the sink is a cast iron apron front beauty. The lighting was really harsh when I went to get pictures but you get the idea.
The countertops were delivered! I knew I wanted butcher block countertops so we decided to order them from Ikea. We originally got a quote from a local vendor and they were so expensive so this really was our only option. We ordered three pieces of Numerar birch and Reid cut them to size and sanded the finish off of them. He coated the bottom side with a polyurethane sealer (the same stuff he used on the floors) and then conditioned and stained the top with a walnut stain. We are going to seal them with many coats of Waterlox and hopefully they hold up well! We won’t be cutting on them directly so that’s why we decided to stain them rather than oil them.
I only have a blurry picture of part of the stained countertop but I’ll post some once they have been sealed. Reid did them last night so I actually haven’t even seen them in person yet! I agonized over these things for many, many weeks (stain and seal vs. oil, what color stain, what sort of finish, etc.) so I’m just glad to have them almost done. I couldn’t sleep the other night because we bought stain and I was panicking that it was going to be too red. Needless to say, I had Reid running out to get new stain on his way to the house. I might be slowly going crazy but no one can be sure.
It was a big week for the kitchen, I guess, because the appliances were delivered as well! We decided on the KitchenAid Architect Series II line in stainless steel and got a great deal on them from a local store. Drum roll, please…
I mean, it has a bread proofing function, which is obviously why I needed it. This is my first time owning a gas range (and a double oven) and I can’t wait to test it out. I’m really excited about the fifth burner in the center that has a cast iron griddle attachment; I think breakfast just got a little easier. We also purchased a dishwasher (!!!) and a french door refrigerator.
Moving upstairs, past the snack queen…
We still have lots to do. Only one room is fully painted, the rest still need primer and paint. Only some of the ceilings are done and the floors still need to be cleaned up and coated.
Whew! Think we can get it done by Saturday? I’m hoping to have next week to get it cleaned up and then we’ll move in that weekend. Cross your fingers and toes, won’t you?