We’d Like To Thank The Academy…


What better way to ring in our five month wedding anniversary than finding out we won five grand? As many of you know we entered the Remodel, Blog & Win contest by RemodelingMySpace.com a few months ago. But never in our wildest dreams did we think we’d actually win the $5000 grand prize- especially when the competition was so fierce (there were 46 other blogs in the running). In fact, it seemed like such a long shot that when I requested that we put dinner on hold until the winner was announced, John gently suggested that I shouldn’t “get my hopes up.”

So I wrestled to keep them down until the phone rang. And the rest is a blur. We learned that we’d won the grand prize and that we’d soon be receiving the big check (big in amount, we don’t think it will actually be one of those huge novelty checks). The phone call set off a combination of screaming, jumping, pinching ourselves, more screaming, more jumping, hugging, more hugging, more screaming and some mild hyperventilation. Burger thought we’d gone positively mad.

And a big thanks to Paul Marek and the rest of the RemodelingMySpace.com crew for masterminding such a fun contest. We plan to put some of the winnings towards a housing charity in Richmond and use the rest to continue doing new projects around the house so we can keep sharing them with you.



Our Kitchen Cabinets Are Like Brangelina

So gorgeous it’s unfair.

The cabinets came a long way today. In fact our installer is done with everything except for that reversed corner cabinet which is in the process of being reordered (and the baseboard, which he’ll put in once that cabinet arrives). He hung the microwave, put up all the doors and the brushed nickel hardware, and added all the crown molding- which really was the icing on the cake. Bellisimo. But enough chatter. Here are the pics.

This is the view of the kitchen from the doorway that we widened in the living/dining room:

Kitchen Cabinets Front

Here’s the left side of the kitchen (note that the stainless steel hood is still covered in plastic and missing the “chimney” that covers the ugly vent pipe on top- and the stove still needs to be moved under the hood after the reordered corner cabinet comes in):

Kitchen Cabinets Left

And here’s the right side. We especially love that glass door in the corner- it keeps things open and will house all of our pretty plates and glasses. Oh and the blue stuff you see on the dishwasher and microwave is also that protective plastic that we have yet to remove:

Kitchen Cabinets Right

Now if only that reordered cabinet would hurry up and arrive so we can get our countertops going. It’s supposed to be here by the 17th, but I’m not holding my breath. Fortunately I’m pretty sure the finished kitchen will be worth the wait. And speaking of the wait, I’ll just go back to counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds until the 17th.