Kitchen Cabinets Installed

The cabinets are in. We still have a lot of things to finish. The sink needs to go in, the electrician is coming tomorrow to hook up the electrical in the peninsulas, the cabinets will get templated for counter tops tomorrow, and we need to paint.

Kitchen Cabinet Demo and Floors Patched

YAY! I’m so excited to share some progress happening with the kitchen. We made a radical shift and went with another cabinet maker. It was 1/3 of the price of the other quote. We felt good about it because our friends used the same person and we were able to see the outcome and they are nice cabinets.

Kitchen Design Board

Our contractor finished up the windows finally! Next we are moving on to painting the walls and installing the window trim. I wanted Cameron to make trim around the window because I’m very picky and didn’t want the contractor to mess with it.

I decided on a kitchen cabinet color, Sherwin Williams accessible beige. (The cabinet company we most likely are going with only had a few set colors but I liked them more than KitchenMaid’s color choices)… (Read More)

Life Balance

With spring planting time just around the corner and my other blog demanding my attention, I’m going to pull back on posting here so often. Don’t worry, Shaping the Nest isn’t going anywhere. It may just be every other week or once a month over the summer. I haven’t found a good balance yet. Right now the goal is striving for quality over quantity… (Read More)

New Windows and Removal of the Bay Window (In Progress)

I know things are looking crazy in the dining room and kitchen but I wanted to show some in progress shots of the new windows. We are stalled right now waiting on electrical (more on that below) to do finish work.

However, the windows are in and it has made such a difference. I often stand at our peninsula prepping food and now I have the view you see below. Yes, it is ripped up but being able to see the landscape outside the windows is so magical. It’s quite a bit better in person but you get the idea.

Kitchen Cabinet Plans

We’ve been working on our kitchen cabinet plans and I wanted to share the layout so far. We still have a few adjustments to make to measurements. I’m also going to make a line list for what we need space for and if it’s all going to fit.

I was really hoping to have space for all my appliances, but I have a lot of large appliances like the dehydrator, Kitchenaid mixer, food processor and blender that would take up entire cabinets!

There are some tricky elements to the kitchen in that we have two peninsulas and corner cabinets. I gained some extra space but we are still trying to figure out how to best use those corner cabinets. We already have one lazy susan and I don’t really love it. I think we are going to try doing an access cabinet from the back side of the peninsula so we can make the most of the space…(Read More)

Kitchen Inspiration

Photo Source. Our kitchen remodel is happening ! Woohoo! I’ve been thinking about what finishes, cabinets, backsplash, lighting, and hardware we are going to use. Over the (5!) years I’ve been waiting, I’ve collected a huge amount of inspiration photos. While I always wish for a House Beautiful magazine home, I need to work with the home I have. I think you can have a great design and pretty home even without the amazing architecture or soaring ceilings (ours our 8 foot)… (Read More)

Downstairs Bathroom Remodel, Before and After

It is an awesome feeling to have one room in your house completely finished. We haven’t experienced that in the five years we’ve lived here so it is such a blessing and relief. We feel so motivated now to completely finish more of the house.

Its a good thing we were able to finally finish the bathroom because are kitchen remodel is just about to begin. Luckily, I was able to find a few before pictures to show you what it looked like for many years. You won’t believe how far we’ve come!…(Read More)

Kitchen Demo and Plans... Part 3

Aside from my open shelves, the rest of the kitchen is still under construction. We took down the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, moved the oven, and the island moved to create a peninsula.

We are in the process of buying all new cabinets. However, I’m glad we waited a while and lived with the “rough draft” layout. There are two major problems that kept bothering me… (Read On)

Breaking Up is Hard

I have big changes in store for www.shapingthenest.com. Five years ago I started this blog where talked all about our new house and home renovations as well as creating a garden to eat from year round. Over the years, friends have asked me for both garden advice and home decorating help. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I realized what I should of been doing all along. Instead of just writing for myself I could branch out and write in a way that helps others as well… (Read More)