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ORC Kitchen Remodel Week 3: Finishing the Flat Surfaces (Rugs and Wallpaper)

ORC Kitchen Remodel Week 3: Finishing the Flat Surfaces (Rugs and Wallpaper)

Week...3...Almost...there...

I don't have too many pictures of the updated space to share with you this week because our kitchen is currently "in the upside down" (that reference is for all my Stranger Things cohorts- if you've never seen the show, it's good- check it out on Netflix). And that's because the remodel has come to a halt while additional supplies arrive. For those of you familiar with construction, you know that when one thing gets off track, the whole project gets off track. So, as we wait patiently for our closest Ikea to restock the butcher block countertops, we are shopping away! The faucet should arrive later this week, the custom shade is in production (update: I just received a shipment notification-woot woot!), the white porcelain sink is in our possession and the gold brackets are in a virtual (ahem, online) shopping cart! 

We have also begun grouting the vinyl tile with a Delorean gray, but promptly ran out of grout. Of course we only bought one container-even though we've done this a million times and know to overbuy at this point!!!!! (deep breath, deep breath) And obviously the 2 closest home improvement stores are out of that color (can you sense the sarcasm as I feverishly type?)  So, the grouting is on hold too, although it already looks amazing! Here's a peek...

On another note, since I'm a product of the 80's, I decided that we needed more touches of gold and black! This led us to return the gray cabinet trim and install black base moulding instead. And the decision has actually helped us save some money- now that black is a prominent accent, it encouraged us to find more spots to incorporate it. And, though our original plan already included updating the recessed lighting, we were going to do so with new brass cans and trim. However, our newest idea is much more affordable-we will simply be spraying the existing cans with a high heat black spray paint.

The only other thing left to select is the color and pattern for the wall that's unaccompanied by cabinets. If you are familiar with the rest of our home, you probably know that I'm a huge proponent of pops of color and showy prints, but I don't want the kitchen to feel completely overwhelmed with whatever goes on that wall. And just the other day, I started to paint a freehand pattern in a greenish yellow color and liked it, but my other half did not. 

Considering that we both have to enjoy preparing meals and washing dishes (cuz I'm not going to do that alone), each of us needs to be happy with the choice. And after discussing some alternative options, we've narrowed it down to these (the first 2 are grasscloth and the 3rd is a patterned paint roller):

And as far as rugs go, I have been scouring our local thrift, antique and consignment shops to no avail. Yet, I have found the most amazing site on Etsy- the seller is located in Pakistan, has a beautiful and very large selection, and the shipping is reasonable and fast! It makes me less anxious knowing that there is a plan B. My current faves:

Check back next week to see what we picked for week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Now, go on over to the other blogs (of the featured designers and guest participants) to see where their rooms stand- you won't be disappointed!

Coffee Table Styling a'la Miles Redd- Inspired by DIY series

Coffee Table Styling a'la Miles Redd- Inspired by DIY series

ORC Kitchen Remodel Week 2: Tackling the Tile

ORC Kitchen Remodel Week 2: Tackling the Tile