One of the things I loved about this remodel, was the freedom to dream (mostly due to my wonderful hubby). When the kids were little and they were making an artistic creation, they would sometimes get frustrated if paint spilled, a marker dried out, or a large amount of glitter poured over everything. Many times I would tell them, “See what unexpected thing you can add to make your artwork even better.” Most of the time, it did turn out better, other times – well….to the trash it went. I am still amazed at how looking past an immediate issue can help turn a mistake or an overlooked detail into something better. This remodel was full of hourly, daily, minute by minute details. Most were planned, others just happened, but many were unexpected discoveries. It is these unexpected discoveries and surprises that kept me going. Sometimes we uncovered colorful walls, or sanded some old painted boards to find amazing color. Even some of my collections of stuff played a wonderful part in keeping a bit of ingenuity in our project.
We had a small nook of space between a support beam and one of the upper cabinets. Originally, I had thought about putting in a narrow pencil cabinet or a small open cabinet for nick-nacks or cookbooks. But as our plans for the cabinets began taking their true shape, we realized this space wouldn’t hold much. At that point, I remembered a little collection of nut grinders I had. I was considering selling them at my antique booth. But the more I looked at this space, the more I dreamed of my little nut grinders fitting snuggly on corner shelves. It ended up being a perfect fit for a little nook.
Along with the spice grinders, another new addition to our kitchen were the barstools. I work at a beautiful antique store called Leftovers in Brenham, Texas. It’s 17,000 square feet of amazing European antiques, bedding, clothes, food and wonderful finds. We use bar stools like this at work all the time, so I had them in mind during the planning. They fit the space better than I had expected, so I happily worked to get these bar stools during the Round Top Antiques Weeks here in Texas.
On a different note, I don’t think there is a day that goes by where I am not truly grateful for our home. Living in the country had been a little girls dream. I really wasn’t expecting it to happen – hoping at times, but not expecting. Then we found our little piece of Texas. Many times during the remodel, I thought – Am I going to survive this? – seriously – I did. Hubby was amazing, but God was even more amazing. He was with us through it all, even through the really tough stuff. He helped with all the details, and worked things out in unexpected ways. He brought us wonderful people to help us, encourage us, work with us and for us. It took a small village and a very big God to make this place our home. So thankful.
This picture was taken several months ago. I had never seen a full double rainbow before. Just another beautiful reminder of what an incredible God we have.
Phil. 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
**Joe Perez, from Perez Cabinets was our skilled cabinet maker who helped make some kitchen dreams happen.
**Seth Allen of Seth Allen construction made the little shelves for the nut grinders.