Is This Thing Still On?

Hey, everyone! You know how a few hours turn into days and then days turn into weeks and then weeks turn into a month? It was starting to feel like I’d never get back to writing at the rate I was going, so I decided to rip off the band-aid and jot down a quick and random update.


Up first is a pantry that will eventually become The Pantry to End All Pantries. The client and her husband built their home a little over a year ago. They wisely left their pantry free of the stock shelving offered by the builder and are getting custom cabinetry installed instead.

Lots of temporary storage, but this wasn’t a long-term solution.

I forced myself to learn how to use some basic cabinet planning software and the gentleman who does the custom carpentry work for me is eternally grateful. (Let’s all take a moment to reflect back on the painful sketches that have been shared here over the past two years.)

The footprint of the room isn’t large enough to accommodate standard lower cabinets, so all of this was custom-built. The upper cabinets have adjustable shelves to allow for more storage flexibility. (I can totally relate when someone tells me they need more control. #lovelanguage) Here are the completed cabinets, which look just like the 3D rendering. Thank goodness.

The cabinets are being sprayed today and countertops are being fabricated this week, too. I’d like to say I had some input in the finishes but her kitchen is amazing so we’re using the same finishes in the pantry. The cabinets will be painted a lovely shade of gray with green undertones and the backsplash is a fish scale tile in white ceramic.

Fast and Furious and Furniture

Next up is a project for the world’s most adorable couple, who had about three weeks between hiring me and their move-in day. To avoid torturing them with an endless stream of contractors, I planned nearly all of the work to occur before move-in.

Kitchen before. The clients wanted to lighten and brighten the whole house. That’s metallic gold paint on the island and floor tile masquerading as a backsplash.

Work included painting the entire house, some minor electrical changes, and designing and installing custom cabinets and shelving in the living room. The only thing that didn’t get done before they moved in was the backsplash installation, which was finished a bit later.

The windows in the breakfast room and kitchen will be dressed with custom roman shades. We’re still hashing out fabric selections, but a large-scale pattern will break up the white. Yay, pattern!
The same gold paint was used on the stone fireplace. There’s too much wrong with the old drapes for me to cover in one blog post. Discuss amongst yourselves, please.

The niches needed to be finished out. I told them they could buy something that kind of sort of fit, or they could pay a little bit more and have custom cabinetry installed. They wisely chose the custom route after I explained there’d be plenty of room to stash the kid toys out of sight.

Custom panels will be installed in the living room, as well. I’ll have to write another post about the different options you have when dealing with high ceilings/windows.

Lots of color will be added to the shelves through accessories.

We’ve finally moved onto the fun parts of the project and have ordered up new light fixtures, furniture for the kitchen, a sweet Lee Industries sectional for the living room, and cabinet hardware. The homeowners have installed the cabinet hardware and the lighting will be installed on Wednesday. There’s still a ton more to order, including bedroom and office furniture.

I’ve also started another small project to help a client finish her living room, dining room, and office. Mainly window treatments and a few accessories along with some new upholstery. I presented the plan on Thursday and we should begin ordering this week. So many pictures to share in the next month! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

17 thoughts on “Is This Thing Still On?

    1. Hey, Nicole! I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon hard. Hoping to post again soon now that most of the furniture has or is about to arrive. Any day now! 🙂

  1. Yay! I’m always happy when you share a post. Your projects are coming right along. I know your clients are always thrilled with the results. Can’t wait to see more of all of this.

    1. Thanks, Stacey! I hope to get back to blogging a little more regularly. That was a long break for me. I don’t think I’ve ever missed an entire month (almost 2!) before. Things should settle down in the next month or so and I’ll get back to a more regular schedule. Hope you’re well!

  2. Love reading your blog Sharon and so glad you’re back!! Can’t wait to see the finished pantry — love the layout. It looks super functional too!

    1. Hi, Donna! It’s nice to be back. The pantry is so close to being done. The backsplash is now the lone holdout for finishing things up, but such is life. I’ve found delays to be the turd in the project punchbowl, metaphorically speaking. 😉

    1. So much gold, Mary! I’m not sure what was going on with the drapes. This was definitely a case of nothing is better than something. Still around, just not able to hop on the blog as much as I’d like!

  3. No wonder you were AWOL…such big projects. Sometime’s the smallest space, i.e. the pantry, take the most time. Everything looks gorgeous—um the drapery person deserves to have to wear those for the rest of their life, dragging disproportionally behind them,LOL. Thanks for the tour, Sandi

    1. Hi, Sandi! Yes, so true about small spaces taking the most time. Electrical work had to be done before, during, and after the cabinetry was built. Plus scheduling estimates, other contractors, etc. takes a ton of time (and mental energy!). The painters asked me what to do with the drapes and I was like, um, burn them? Hope to have more photos to share soon!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! The projects take a little bit to get going and then the initial progress doesn’t make for very exciting blog material. Now that things are moving along I’ll have better pictures to share. Thanks for hanging in there in between posts!

  4. SO glad you’ve checked into blogland! Missed you like crazy. Have no idea why you find those drapes offensive 😂.

    1. Those drapes were wrong on so many levels! Hope to stay caught up on the blog a bit more now that I’ve done an update and I’m not starting from scratch for each project. 🙂

    1. Hey, Vel! Yes, been very busy and kept meaning to write but just couldn’t find the time. All three projects should be done in the next month or so and I’m excited to share the pictures when they’re ready. 🙂

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