I know I've been neglecting the blog, but I really truly hope that things will start settling down somewhat now.
I have barely been to the house since our last post. Michael is working there during the day, and usually doesn't want to go back at night, and then every weekend this month we've had guests!
We love having guests, and are really happy they came, but we would also like to be able to move into our house at some point. Our last visitor is coming this weekend so that should really help. And hopefully Michael won't mind putting in a couple of evenings, because I'm starting to feel like I haven't done anything on the house at all (except the roof!)
Michael has been able to make some progress on the bathroom. There is now a subfloor - so no more standing on the dirt in the bathroom! There is also insulation and most of the drywall. He is currently trying to get the drywall finished up and then will be working on the built-in. I'm really hoping that in a couple of weeks we'll be ready to lay tile, and once that's done we'll be very very close to having a finished bathroom - and be able to try out our fancy clawfoot tub fixtures.
We are also currently discussing what to do about the kitchen. We had really hoped to get new cabinets, but at this point it looks like the smartest thing to do will be to remove the cabinets, put in new flooring and clean up the walls. We will attempt to refurbish the cabinets then replace and rearrange, and put in a new countertop. We're also thinking about removing the doors from some of the cabinets, which I think will modernize it a bit - and new hardware of course. I think we can still make it look really good, although of course it won't be as nice as having new cabinets. But that's okay, maybe we'll renovate someday :)
I found some great kitchen ideas from a link on one of my new favorite blogs (schmichschack.blogspot.com) to the following bhg article: http://tinyurl.com/2wpg65
and found the following inspiring ideas (I'm not a fan of the big clock though!):
Our cabinets are a similar style to those above, it would be great if we could make them look that nice!