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    So proud of you! My Lord this was a lot of DIY and it really paid off. Nice job!!!!!

  2. 5

    It’s beautiful! It looks better than professional (and I say this based on the renovations I had done over the summer by professionals.)

    My favorite thing is still the pearl tile back splash. It adds a touch of luxury.

    What is it with rug sizes? I had to compromise on slightly too small 5x7s because 8x10s would have been slightly too large. So annoying!

    P.S. I really missed your posts over the holiday!

    • 6

      Thanks Bonnie, that’s so nice of you! And I’m glad I’m not the only one stewing over rug sizes. We missed posting over the holidays and are glad to be back!

  3. 7

    I truly don’t think you will ever regret getting that floor done now.
    It just makes the room so open and even though it made you go over the budget…… It was worth it now that you have completed the project. The bench is one of my favorite things along with the color of the cabinets. Pick a color out of the rug and paint the chairs when you have the DIY itch this winter.
    Absolutely fantastic job !!

    • 8

      Agreed Deb, I’m glad we were forced into the new floor — it’s so much better than the old tile. Thank you for all your encouragement along the way!

  4. 9

    Wow! It looks fantastic!!! So neat to see everything all in one post, what you accomplished is truly incredible.

    • 10

      Thank you! It was fun to write it up in one place, a year is a long time but it made me realize how much we got done, especially since it was mostly just nights and weekends. It was such a great learning experience, and I’m really happy with how it’s turned out.

  5. 11

    Super fantastic job. I love the blue cabinetry – the bench in the dining room , and how clever the boot holder is .
    You can feel proud to be finished ( nearly ) and not too far off budget . Thanks for sharing your renovating journey .
    Happy New Year .

  6. 15

    It looks amazing!! Congratulations on all your hard work!

    If you think your body breaking at 30 is a thing, just wait until you hit 40. If I had $1 for every time a doctor told me “that’s normal for someone your age,” my kitchen renovation would be completed by professionals already. Oof.

    • 16

      Haha, glad I have more to look forward to 🙂 Thanks for all your great ideas (and commiseration) throughout this process, it was such a tremendous help! I hope you’re seeing a light at the end of the tunnel too!

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    Seeing it all compiled like this is truly impressive. I was already impressed as I followed along, and now! Man, that was a lot of work.

    I need to be inspired because soon, thanks to New Dog, I will be replacing my ugly vinyl kitchen floor (which was quite ugly but in one piece) with ceramic tile. I’ve only done ceramic tile once, on a 2×6 counter top in an apartment. I could do it standing up. I was also thirty years younger, speaking of bodies breaking.

    • 20

      Ooph, good luck! My biggest piece of advice is to invest in a nice tile saw. The small one I used for the backsplash was great for my small subway tiles, but I bet your floor tiles will be bigger!

    • 22

      We haven’t, but I’ll talk about it a bit more soon when I do a (long overdue) post on the details of cutting and installing those. Since they aren’t near the sink, I’m less worried about wear and tear — and I know I can sand out imperfections over time if I need to.