Kitchen Renovation- Unfinished Reveal

I bet you thought this day would never come, didn’t you? I started questioning whether I’d ever do another kitchen renovation update myself. And even though we aren’t finished, I thought I would share some of the progress that we worked so hard on the past six months.

The lighting wasn’t the best but my house was spotless {thanks to Cory’s grandmother!} so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snap a few pictures before I left for Rwanda.


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Faucet Love



A few weeks ago, I fell in love with this faucet when I came across this pin.  Did you know you could have feelings for kitchen hardware??? I immediately started questioning whether or not I had made the right choice in cabinet color just because I wanted this faucet and hardware so much. That’s what Pinterest is good for, right? Making you question every decision you’ve ever made!



But the more I looked at this kitchen, the more I realized that our style is just not that modern. Not that this kitchen isn’t swoon worthy but my style leans just a little more towards the traditional side.

We had just installed our pendant lights in burnished bronze {which matches the rest of our house} and I thought about having Cory take them down so I could exchange them for something in a champagne bronze. I searched high and low to find kitchens that mixed and matched lights and hardware and all I found were these huge, gorgeous kitchens that all matched and looked absolutely nothing like mine. Feeling discouraged, I almost stayed in my little box and ordered a traditional faucet that matched the rest of the bronze in our house.

Because that’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Never step out, take a risk and do something that is a little out of the ordinary?

But this is my kitchen. I don’t care if others don’t like the mixed bronzes. I’m the one that has to see it every day and I’m the only one who’s opinion matters. {well, Cory’s too, but not in this situation because he didn’t even like the champagne bronze but I was getting this faucet whether he liked it or not!} I knew that if I didn’t order the faucet I loved, I would regret it every single time I walked into the kitchen.

I’m still deciding on hardware for the cabinets simply because I was waiting to see it all together with the granite.  Now that the kitchen is pretty much finished, I’m going to order a knob and a pull in both colors to see which one I like the most. If I decide on oil rubbed bronze for our the cabinets, I’m okay with the faucet being the focal point. She’s definitely pretty enough!

I’m 100% happy that I went with what I like and made my kitchen fit our style rather than what “everyone else does” because the faucet looks gorgeous in our kitchen! I love how sleek it is and that it adds just enough modern for our taste. By the way, when I told Cory how good the faucet looked he said “Heck yeah it does. I was worried about the gold but it turned out good”.


One last thing, after having this post written and in my drafts, I came across this article and what do ya know, it talks about mixing modern and traditional styles. Glad to know my kitchen will still be “trendy” with the design choices I made.

Home Updates- Update!

Happy Tuesday, my friends! Today is a big day for the Sloans because after months of kitchen renovations, we are finally getting our countertops in. To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement. I’m so tired of washing dishes in the bathtub and it’s even worse now that we are cooking and have big pots and pans. After today, we will only have a few minor things left like installing molding and touching up paint before we are dunzo {with the kitchen, that is}!

Here’s a little sneak peek fory’all! I haven’t even seen it in person yet but I just couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!


A few months ago, you may remember where I shared this post about us staying in our current home and thus sparking our kitchen renovation. Since we’ve accomplished so much the past few months, I thought it was past time to revisit our home updates list and cross a few things off! While it looks like we still have a lot to do {we do!}, I’m pretty stinkin’ proud of what we’ve gotten accomplished.  A lot of these things like adding on a full bath and laundry room are way in the future {and may never happen} and I’m sure I’ll add things along the way but right now here’s how it looks…

Master Bedroom:
Find duvet cover
Make curtains (here)
Find lamps and paint (here)
Paint mirror
Find dresser and paint (here)
Get smaller hamper
Decide on headboard and build (coming soon!)
Paint nightstands
Find frames and other decor
Find a rug
Expand closet into half bathroom

Guest Bedroom:
Find new bedding
Make curtains
Decide on painting furniture

Remodel half bath (here)
Recaulk and touch up half bathroom
Expand and remodel full bath (partial here)
Add a full bathroom onto master bedroom

Laundry Room:
Make one!
Turn current laundry back into a linen closet

Gut kitchen (here)
Build new kitchen (here)
Drywall (here)
Install cabinets
Decide and install granite
Install pendant lights
Finish crown molding
Touch up paint
Decide & install backsplash
Install baseboards
Find barstools
New appliances

Living Room:
Redo fireplace (here)
Paint the entertainment piers (diy coming soon!)
Paint the walls
Install crown molding on new wall
Finish baseboards
Replace fan (kind of. diy coming soon!)
Find a rug
Make curtains

Dining Room:
Paint china cabinet
Build a new table

Replace all doors and door knobs so they match {we’ve only got two more to do!}
Refinish floors in darker stain (here)
Paint the ceiling and beams (here)

Finish shop and make it an office/craft room
Paint outside of house and shop (here)
Make shutters (here)
New roof (here)
Replace patio
New windows
Add a front porch

Now if 4:30 will just hurry up so I can get home and see it all in person. I may just sleep in my finished kitchen tonight!

Life Lately According to the iPhone

Happy Friday to me! We leave in the morning for the annual SC Ride4Life– a 300-mile bicycle ride to the coast. While I can hardly count the next four days as vacation, it’s probably my favorite part of the summer. I’m pretty bummed my Dad couldn’t get off work to participate because of his new job but more worried about not having my Mama there to do rider support with me. I’ve got big shoes to fill, y’all. When I told my dad we were still going he said, “you know I can’t go this year?” Yes, I know but I’ve  still got half a dozen of my favorite riders going. I can’t desert them! Someone’s got to feed them chicken salad.

But shhh…don’t tell my dad he’s not my only favorite rider! I think I’m good ’cause I don’t think he reads the blog. If you’re reading this, Dad, you are still my most favorite!

Anyway…back to a little life lately according to the ‘ole iPhone. I’ve really wanted to use my camera to get some real pictures for y’all, so the other day, I got it out to take pictures of our painted brick. Then proceeded to knock my Canon 50mm lens off the table and broke it.

For the second time. So y’all are getting iPhone updates. #sorrynotsorry

Be prepared for a total hodgepodge of pictures. That’s our life to a tee right now.


I can’t remember the last thing y’all have seen in the kitchen {and I’m too lazy to go look} so we’ll start here.


The first cabinet went in like a breeze!


Even the second and third cabinets went up easy. Surely it’s not gonna go this smooth??


It didn’t.

Remember a long time ago, when we had just started framing all this out, and we had a hiccup with the length of our wall and the length we had ordered the cabinets to? Well, we fixed that but apparently not good enough because our exterior wall has a bow in it about half way up. The measurement is correct at the floor and the top of the wall but right in the middle where the cabinets go? It’s 7/8 of an inch short. So while the first three went in wonderfully, we spent a good couple days scratching our heads trying to figure out what to do.

Thankfully, we’ve got good friends with tons of experience in this type of thing.


During all this, I decided I just didn’t even want a house anymore and I’d live in the cardboard box our lazy susan came in.


Completely over unpacking. Sorry bud, we’ve still got a lot of that to do.


You may have seen this one on Insta but it’s worth sharing again. I just can’t even, y’all.


Good news, though, we have a semi-functional kitchen now!!!

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Since these pictures were taken, we’ve gotten more finished, like the microwave installed and all the painting done.


Our first official meal in the kitchen was $1.99 pizza from Aldi. By the way, it was surprisingly good for $1.99 and it fed both of us.


We took Memorial Day off from the kitchen to spend some time with by family and unwind by the lake!


We’ve been having some nasty storms lately and they scare the dogs half to death.


Poor Charley is probably the worst and sparked a new nickname to add to our ever-growing list. “Charley the chaweenie”.


On Friday we headed to the Elberton, GA, the “Granite Capital of the World” (I’m not even kidding, they have a granite museum) to pick out our slab for the counter tops! We are so close!

We almost didn’t do this but I’m so glad we did because {surprise, surprise} I changed my mind. When I saw the color we had picked out, it was totally pink and not what I had envisioned at all. After walking through the whole place, turning down every slab they showed me, I was on the brink of panic attack when Cory saw a slab at the very back of the warehouse. When he asked which one it was the guy said “Oh, that’s Pauline Grey. By far my most popular stone.”

Uh…you could have started with that one then!


Some of y’all may know that I am married to a nerd. He’s a cute nerd but a nerd nonetheless. While in Elberton, he starts talking about the Georgia Guidestones. I’ve never even heard of them, but all of a sudden he slams on the brakes and what do ya know…there they were. Not only did he know about the Guidestones and that they were in Elberton, but he knew all but one of the languages they were written in. When I asked him how he knew about it, he said “Oh, someone told me about them years ago.”

How does he remember stuff like this but can’t remember something even when I text him that morning to remind him???


He nerded out and I humored him by asking tons of questions. He likes to flex his knowledge muscle all the time sometimes. IMG_6266.JPG

Curls for days using my go-to mousse. They recently changed the bottle from green to purple and I may have had a meltdown when I thought I couldn’t get it anymore.


After picking out our granite slab, we headed to TjMaxx so I could pick up another rug for the kitchen but they were all gone. So, I bought pants that I didn’t need but are so freakin comfortable.


Saturday morning, Cory got our base boards installed and it just makes everything seem much more finished!


My family on my mom’s side is pretty big and spread out all across the US. My cousin Julia and her family were camping in the mountains this past weekend, so most of the local folks headed out there to spend the day with them. Cory was all “we could get so much done on the kitchen” but you better believe I wasn’t gonna miss the opportunity to see my family.

Of course, we waited until it was pitch black dark and we had been sitting by a fire for hours to take pictures but we were too busy laughing our cheeks off to worry about it. It was a refreshing break from the kitchen!



And this is pretty much how I’ve felt every morning this week since I worked on Monday and we were out until midnight last night chasing this crazy thing around our neighborhood!

There you go…pretty much everything that’s been going on with the Sloans lately. We’ve got lots of prep work to get ready for the ride tonight and wheels will be on the ground by 7:00am tomorrow! Say a little prayer that we have a safe ride this year…it’s gonna be a hot one!

Wanna catch up? Start here:

Staying Right Where We Are
Our House Throughout the Years | Kitchen & Dining Room
Our House Throughout the Years | Living Room 
Sloan Kitchen Challenge
Sloan Kitchen Challenge | Progress
We’re Moved Back In!
Sloan Kitchen Challenge | We Have Walls! 
Sloan Kitchen Challenge | More Progress
The Day It Finally Happened.
Life Lately
24 Paint Samples