100th Post

It seems as thought the 100th blog post is kind of a big deal in the blog world.  Since I can’t just skip it and come back to it like I would an important page in a paper journal or sketchbook (like the first page, I skip that one a lot), I’m merely going to acknowledge it and move on (for now).  I will probably do a brief look back at the past six months and 100 posts, and spell out a few goals from here on out.  Oh, and for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Facebook, the domain move for the big 1-0-0 was completely coincidental, haha,.

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I haven’t talked about our kitchen much, aside from a post about our Budget Kitchen Redo back in August (where as a newbie new-er-bie blogger I forgot about our new sink!) and a couple of mentions in small smattering of other areas.  Heck, I even forgot to add the kitchen to the Our House page originally, which is funny because it’s not like we haven’t made a lot of (relatively minor) changes, or don’t cook a lot.

Back in September of 2009 our kitchen looked like this:

Kitchen

Currently it looks like this (and again, you can read more about what we did here):

Kitchen

We feel very fortunate to have had such a nice starting place with our kitchen, considering my parents  live a couple of blocks away and they made-it-work with their far-from-jaw-dropping kitchen for 27 years before redoing it (the new kitchen is very jaw dropping, and I’d love to do a post on it soon).  Hopefully we are not making do with our kitchen for that long, but we thought it was high time to give a bit more detail on what we’d like to do to make the room more “us”.

altered counter image from here; rug image from here

The Plan:

  • Faucet from Home Depot – I got hooked on this type of faucet from reading Urban Grace, and was browsing in a local home outlet and nearly bought one in polished chrome for $99.  Thankfully I reminded myself we prefer brushed finishes, did some quick iPhoning (that’s a verb now), and we’re going to look at Home Depot tomorrow, since we like our $25 Glacier Bay faucet in the bathroom.
  • Rug – Our kitchen needs a 3.5×5.5 rug, which is hard enough to find, but we are thinking jute. I wish the Tarnby came in a size smaller than what we have in the living room. I’m considering this one from Overstock, but don’t want to pay that much for a kitchen rug.
  • Flooring – We really love our original oak floors (and the floor we bought from ReStore), but we also love the look for reclaimed pine floor and like the idea of planks running lengthwise in our kitchen.  However, we don’t know that we really want to replace our kitchen’s tile with real wood, so we’re considering vinyl (I know, I know) and laminate.  We ordered some vinyl samples from Armstrong but don’t really like the texture, and we think we remember liking Pergo at Lowe’s, so we’d like to take a look at Lakeshore Pine (especially since we don’t understand the pricing online…) Edit: the area of our kitchen that we need to floor is roughly 78 square feet, so we’re looking at about $290, and we have a couple of Lowe’s gift cards to help with that expense.

What We Aren’t Tackling… Yet:

  • Counters – We have seen some awesome concrete counters, but we aren’t confident to rip our coated-Formica out and replace it with DIY concrete
  • Backsplash – When we redo our counters we are thinking white subway tile with black grout
  • Fridge – As we mentioned in our very-wishful Black Friday post, we would love a new KitchenAid fridge, but that most likely isn’t in the cards right now.
  • Lighting – We love the light we added over the sink, and the one you can’t see in either of our photos is pretty unoffensive at the moment, so unless we score a killer deal

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We are so proud of all the things we have accomplished in the past six months and 100 posts.  We had a blast doing things like writing a guest post and being featured in an online magazine.  Both were incredibly exciting and we would be thrilled to be asked to do it all again.  We would also love to do more design boards (both for us and anyone who might be interested),  and we get a big kick out of recommending paint colors for some reason (I think it’s staring at all the pretty paint chips).  One day we’d like to have an online shop, but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.

A few things we are going to avoid (at least for the time being) is advertising and giveaways.  While we aren’t sure we’re in the Ad-Free Blogging camp, we have no idea who would want to advertise on our itty-bitty blog or how to go about any of that, and we usually skip giveaway posts on other blogs.

What about you guys, any blogging goals or kitchen plans of your own?

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13 Responses to 100th Post

  1. Micha says:

    Congratulations to the big 1-0-0! Here’s to many more posts
    and DIY fun in the Hernando House :o) You know, I always thought
    vinyl flooring is bad .. well, BAD with capital everything, but
    they have this rather nice looking vinyl plank flooring (if I could
    only remember the name of the product) at the orange box that
    doesn’t look so bad at all. I think I’m just very opposed to sheet
    vinyl :o)

    • Cait says:

      Thanks Micha! I’ll have to look for that. We’re leaning towards laminate, but if we can find the vinyl we seem to remember from a home&patio show, things could change.

  2. We are gutting the kitchen and starting over this year sometime. I will not do advertising because I don’t want the blog to be something I have to do. You’re smart to stay away from it for now.

    • Cait says:

      That will be exciting, looking forward to seeing it!

      I was actually thinking the other day how nice it was that the blog isn’t something I have to do. Sometimes the thought of one day being able to blog for a living is tempting, but I think I might enjoy it more if it was from some other means and not advertising.

  3. Whoooohooooo congrats on 100!!!!!! =) The kitchen looks great =)

  4. CONGRATULATIONS! How how exciting! Here’s to 100 more!

    Home goals? Our #1 goal is to get our home.
    Blogging goals? Within the next 4-6 months, I think we’re going to move onto a dedicated server so that we can have a bit more control over many of the design things (wordpress.com feels so limiting sometimes).

    • Cait says:

      Thanks Brandt!

      Crossing my fingers for you on your house!

      Totally understand the desire to customize your blog design more! I’m happy with the simplicity of our theme at the moment, but I would like to make our blogroll list toggle open and closed, since it’s getting ridiculously long. I haven’t researched enough about whether that is an option on wordpress.com, but I’m leaning towards “it’s not”. So far I’m satisfied with wordpress.com for everything else, though (well, aside from when posts get eaten). We have a Mac Mini Server, so we may work on seeing if we can’t be self-hosted one day (probably not anytime soon).

  5. Have you seen the Sweat Equity show on DIY countertops? You can stream it online. After seeing that episode I thought “maybe DIY countertops aren’t such a good idea!” Though I do like their look.

    • Cait says:

      I haven’t seen it, I’ll have to watch that online and maybe ask Kara Paslay’s advice and do some more research on the subject when we’re closer to doing counter tops. Thanks for that tip, Sara!

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  7. Jo says:

    This blog is a breath of fresh air. Thanks for sharing!

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