As promised, I thought I'd share some pictures. Here is the before...
We decided not to spend a lot of money on this kitchen (like we did at the last house), because painting our "older" cabinets would save us enough for 3 family vacations. We are pretty simple people. We usually prefer neutral decor, but we went "wild" and painted the cabinets blue (which we affectionately refer to as Smurf blue...it's really an antique blue). We did all of the work, except the granite installation ourselves. My husband is the king of bargain shopping when it comes to appliances and house stuff. I've always wanted a farmhouse sink, but didn't want to break my budget with one item. Luck for me, Mr. Bargain Shopper found a farmhouse sink for me on craigs list. We are waiting on some drawer pulls that are on back order and I bought fabric to make curtains (but have not started that yet).
I've also always wanted a big farm table for our kitchen. Our new house has a really long skinny spot (in front of a fireplace) for the kitchen table. As soon as I saw the spot, I knew it was perfect for a farm house table. I thought I'd have to wait 5 years to save up enough money to buy one (remember, we're both teachers). :) Lucky for me...my handy husband rocks! I love him...see below.
One more picture... Last night, a few of my best teacher friends came over to see our new house. It was so much fun to just talk, laugh and visit. I think I forgot to ask them for permission to post this picture...but since we're close friends I'm sure they assumed that I would. It was dark outside by the time we got around to having my daughter take this pic.
Don't we look happy and relaxed? (from left)Jenny (2nd grade teacher who teaches next door - famous for her love of beagles, running mileage and patriotic concert)
me (so grateful for the time with these friends)
Emily (retired teacher who comes 1 time a week and spends the WHOLE day helping me - Thank you, Emily!)
Cari (retired teacher who donated an entire Jeep Commander full of prized teaching possessions to me when she retired)
Kathy (BTF best teaching friend - famous for loving power tools, collecting antiques and her decorating talents)
black fur ball - Kalli our youngest goldendoodle (famous for needing attention 24/7)
golden fur ball - Daisy our oldest goldendoodle (famous for her doodle hugs)
One more thing for this random post... money clipart. I'm looking for money clipart that has realistic pictures of the coins. It would have to be clipart that I could use to make freebies and products to sell in my online stores. I can't seem to find any that look real. Anyone know of a good resource?
Tomorrow...my progress on the craft room clean up project will be revealed.