Our Lucky Day!

Yesterday we planned a trip to Ikea to pick up our countertops and DOMSJO apron sink. We had made arrangements with Nate’s parents to use their truck in order to haul everything home. (We had already learned our lesson in regards to going to ikea without a truck!)


Before leaving I made up a quick shopping list through ikea.com and that’s when I saw this:



It had been in stock the night before so needless to say I was very upset.

We headed out to Ikea anyway since we needed the truck for the countertops and those were definitely in stock.

We ended up going with the Numerar butcher block in oak.

After arriving at Ikea and placing my countertop order, Nate suggested we check out the ‘As Is’ section. It was there that the heavens opened up and the Ikea Gods smiled down upon us. There, on the back wall was my DOMSJO sink in perfect condition and for half off!



Nate stood guard while I ran for a cart. We felt like we had hit the jackpot. Smiling ear to ear, we rolled our baby to the register.

After the Ikea miracle we figured we would test our luck once again at a different Home Depot in hopes that our perfect faucet would be in stock. I called ahead since my app was showing only two available, meaning there was only one plus the floor model. The guy I spoke with said they were out of stock Wah! I thought our luck had run out, and then my phone rang. It was the Home Depot guy I had just spoken with. He said they had one left and pulled it for us to pick up at the desk. Sweet!

We figured we would keep testing our luck and headed to Lowes to look at some dishwashers. (It would be much easier to change out our dishwasher without countertops in place.)

We had our eyes on this dishwasher:


Online it was listed as $399 so when we were at the store and it was priced at $449 we asked for a price check. When the guy put in the model # the price popped up as $349. What the what! We seriously should’ve played the lotto. We placed our order and scheduled delivery.

Thoroughly exhausted, we headed home with our loot.

Nate worked like a mad man to get the sink, faucet, and some countertops installed the same night. We also removed the old dishwasher while we were at it.

Here’s where we’re at today:



I am now thinking that I am going to replace the pendant light over the sink with something less visually “heavy” in order to let the sink/faucet be the focal point. This picture just doesn’t do the new counters justice. They are a beautiful color and they give so much warmth to the room.

Here’s a side by side comparison of our progress:



I am loving this view:



Kitchen Faucet Hunting

Cabinet Update: First coat of Cabinet Coat paint is on and the doors are currently drying in the sun room!! YAY! FYI the Cabinet Coat paint is amazing and really does dry to an almost factory finish.

Now on to the topic at hand: Kitchen faucet shopping.

Because we are going to attempt to install the IKEA DOMSJO sink we needed to find a faucet that met very specific qualifications:


Our Faucet Specifications:

1) Needs to be a one hole installation (I am not comfortable drilling additional holes in the sink although I’ve heard it can be done).

2) Since there’s no hole for a side sprayer it needs to be some sort of pull down or pull out spout with spray option.

3) Spout reach needs to be at least 8 inches to reach all corners of the sink.

4) Good customer reviews (at least 4 out of 5 stars).

5) $200ish

My first inclination was to look for a faucet at Ikea, but their only spray faucets were either too expensive or didn’t spray.

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Ikea GLITTRAN $149- I absolutely love this style and price, however there is no sprayer and for us it just wouldn’t be practical considering how much we use our current sprayer in the kitchen.

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Ikea ELVERDAM $179- I also love this style and the spout does pull down, however there is no spray option and I read some negative reviews in regards to the water pressure.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the Ikea options. It was on to Home Depot which is right down the road, making it convenient should we ever have to return or exchange the faucet that we decide to go with.

After sifting through tons of reviews and information I decided (or thought I decided) to go with a simple model from HD:

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American Standard Fairbury $129- This faucet met all of my requirements and the sleek lines really won me over (not to mention the price).

Off to Home Depot we went to check out this beauty in person. It definitely looked great and I gave the spout a good tug and let go. Much to our surprise the spout flew back up snapping off pieces of the plastic grommet at the top of the neck. Needless to say I didn’t feel comfortable spending over $100 on a product that would break that easily.

After that experience, we went through the models, tugging, pulling, and scanning barcodes to read reviews (Love my Home Depot App!). After some time we finally decided on two contenders:

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Moen Benton $198- Excellent reviews and met all of our requirements.

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Moen Lindley $218- Just over our budget, but we loved the look. This faucet felt like it would fit in better with the country look we are going for, especially with the apron sink. Spending $18 more to get the look I wanted seems completely worth it to me! 🙂


Ready to pull the trigger on the faucet purchase, we looked for our cargo on the shelves…..only to find an empty spot where our precious faucet was supposed to be 😦 Apparently the one that was listed in stock is the model. Wah! Hopefully we’ll just pick it up at a different store.

Tomorrow we will also be picking up:

1) Our new countertops

2) Our apron sink

3) Beadboard backsplash

Our budget kitchen reno is definitely underway.

Hours 55-60: Sunday Shuffling

Today I realized that my life is in a constant state of revolving “stuff.” We are constantly shuffling stuff from one room to the next and then back again as we renovate each area. I guess that is the price we pay for living in a fixer upper.

Today, I finally started to clear out the guest room that was filled with stuff from the second guest room while we replaced the floors. Now that the floors are done it was time to shuffle more stuff. Of course, now that we have the library up I was able to move many items in there. Things that I plan on selling or giving away were put in the garage. Poor Nate, as soon as he clears the garage I fill it right back up with junk.

Anyways, at least our pile of stuff seems to get smaller as we shuffle from room to room.

In the middle of my shuffle I decided that the piano needed a new home:


I am liking its new spot.

After moving the piano we finally put together the Ikea Hemnes dresser that has been sitting in its boxes since we got it last week.



Several hours later:


That cord is from the TV that Nate mounted to the wall. Still trying to figure out a way to hide  it.

Some overdue guest room pictures (still experimenting with bedding I had on hand):


Starbuck seems to like the new room.


I definitely need another day in the weekend! Cheers to this week hopefully going by quickly!

Hours 41-51: Playing Catch Up

Some major updates to share! 

The second guest room is now sporting the new laminate floors and they look great! Pictures will be up shortly. 

During Presidents Day weekend I had planned on using the extra day off to get some work done in the guest rooms, however, I ended up doing nothing of the sort. 🙂

I found myself at HomeGoods, Ikea, and several antique shops in the downtown area. I really didn’t have anything in particular to shop for, but I quickly found myself drawn to several plates with pretty blue and white patterns. At the end of it all I found myself with this amazing assortment of dishes:


I couldn’t wait to hang them up above the new dining room table. After a quick trip to Home Depot for some plate hangers, I was ready to go.

Check out my plates in their new home:



I think they look especially pretty with my Valentine’s Day Tulips! You may have noticed the new chairs and chandeliers as well. I think the dining room is coming along nicely and I can’t wait to add to my plate collection as well as replace the table runner with something more neutral. 

Besides the dining area, we also made some changes to the sitting area. I moved the piano to where the bookshelves were and we gave away the fish tank. This left me with a glorious new space to decorate and furnish and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

We ended up at IKEA and four bookcases, two glassdoors, and a dresser later, my car looked like this:


We may have been a little overambitious in our shopping and even had to tie down the trunk in order to make it home with everything in tact. I definitely had a panic attack on the drive home as I imagined all my precious boxes strewn across the highway. Thankfully, we made it back OK and the next day we got the work assembling our loot.

We put together all four of the bookcases and arranged them and rearranged them until we had them where we liked them. Here is our final product:



I think I am in love! 

Hoping to finally make progress in the guest rooms this weekend. Let’s see if that actually happens. My deadline for the guest rooms is the end of March so I need to get started pretty soon! Can’t wait to share progress as we go!

Cheers to the upcoming weekend!


Hour #27- More Bed Details

Today we got an early start and managed to pick up some bedding essentials. We picked up a fitted bed sheet, a bed skirt, two pillows, and two shams. I threw on a comforter that we already had on the bed along with two yellow pillows. Going to replace the comforter but this will do for now.


I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally have a functional guest room!

In the meantime, I am lusting after this dresser from Ikea (link in pic).


Cheers to hour 27!


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