Happy 2017! We are glad to be back after a few weeks of light posting. We hope everyone had a peaceful holiday season, and is raring to go in 2017 (this is a year when we will all need to be more active and engaged than ever!).
Today I’m here with the post that I thought might never come. A mere 363 days ago, I shared my goals for 2016:
Sadly the year did not go as planned and a leg injury (which I am still nursing 9 months later…) derailed my Boston Marathon and 50-mile ultramarathon plans. Womp womp. Apparently once you turn 30, your body breaks immediately. But all was not lost, I did get my act together enough to still run Ragnar Cape Cod and Ragnar Trails New England:
And I threw in an unplanned half marathon with an unexpected Personal Record:
As you likely remember, I also succeeded in buying a new pair of work pants:
But more than anything else, I’m thrilled to be calling it (mostly) a wrap on my “remodel kitchen” goal. Woohoo! I say “mostly” because there are still a few outstanding items that I will get to eventually (I’ll share more on those as the post goes on), but I’m considering this 99% done — and that’s good enough for me to celebrate right now! So today is a tour of things, including a bunch of projects I worked on over the holidays that you haven’t seen yet. Hope you enjoy!
Let’s start in the (new) dining room. Reminder, it used to look like this, as a sunroom closed off from the rest of the house:
Now it looks like this:
You know the big projects we’ve done, including:
- Knocking down the wall between this room and the rest of the house
- Ripping out the old tile floors
- Putting in a new Marmoleum floor
- Painting the walls in this room and the kitchen
- Getting new floor grates
- Painting the front door
- Building simple coat hooks
- Hanging a mirror to add some function to the entryway
- Using a library cart I salvaged from a local high school and painted white as a plant stand
- Building a 12′ bench (and custom cushion to match) along the outer wall
- Installing new baseboards
Over the last week, I also did the following:
1) I bought two really ugly stacking cabinets off of craigslist for $20:
And turned them into this credenza/shoe storage to round out the functionality of the entryway:
I’ll share more about this project in a future post!
Isn’t it so sweet? I love that both cats are visible in the front window.
3) I built a dining room table using 28″ hairpin legs I bought for just $13.50 each at Hairpinlegs.com (an incredible steal, go buy your own now!).
The tabletop is plywood, and I’ll do a full tutorial soon.
4) I bought five wooden captains chairs off craigslist for $50 to go with the new table. I may paint them down the road, but I’m living with them for a bit to see what I think will look best. They probably aren’t my forever chairs, but I wanted something wood and inexpensive for now and if I come across something else I love down the road at a place like Brimfield I can splurge.