Remember on Monday when I posted that I’d be spending all day cleaning the kitchen and breakfast room just to get them presentable? Well, the truth is that I worked all day, and even an hour the next morning, just on the kitchen. Cleaning the kitchen (literally dusting/cleaning everything from the ceiling to the floor) was such a big and time-consuming task that I wasn’t even able to start on the breakfast room.
And my gosh, what a huge task the breakfast room will be! When I showed you this picture on Tuesday…
…what you couldn’t see is that just beyond those clean green and gold cabinets lies this disaster of a mess…
This, my friends, is the ugly truth of remodeling a house. This is the kind of stuff that you have to be prepared to deal with. Neat freaks, be warned. (I’m actually very thankful that I’m not a neat freak, or I could never remodel a house by myself.)
Of course, other people might do a much better job of cleaning up along the way and during the remodeling process than I did, but the mess will still occur. I just kind of viewed this breakfast room as my tool storage, lumber storage, and my own personal junk yard. 😀
It was certainly convenient having a room that could hold all of that stuff right next to the room I was working on! And so nice that the room was out of the way and not right next to other rooms that we use every day.
But now I have quite a task ahead of me. And this is certainly no one-day job.
I’ve come in here several times thinking that I was just going to tackle it. Just start picking up, cleaning up, and organizing. But so far, every time I’ve gone in there with that idea, I’ve walked out without accomplishing anything at all. I just stand there and stare…and then leave feeling a bit overwhelmed.
So, welcome to my not-so-pretty reality — the aftermath of my 7-month kitchen remodel. And this is after my mom spent at least three days over here during the remodel bagging up debris and taking it out, and organizing things for me. I’d hate to see what it would have looked like if she hadn’t done that for me!
But even through all of the mess, I do still like to come in here and dream of what the finished room will look like. That wall between the windows in the picture above is where the fireplace will go. Those windows look out to the back yard.
And this is the door (just to the right of the ladders) that leads to the sunroom. It’s the door that I’ll close up. It’s not needed, and just interferes with the furniture arrangement I have planned for the sitting area around the fireplace.
And these windows look out to the front yard. Our dining table will go right in front of the windows. I think this will end up being one of my favorite spots in the whole house.
I just keep reminding myself, “Remodeling is fun! Kristi, you’re having fun! You love doing this!” I guess I don’t like all of the parts. This is certainly a part I would be just perfectly content skipping right over. 🙂
Let this also be a lesson — on blogs you don’t always get the whole truth. Those perfectly styled rooms with nothing out of place are generally not reality. And even if they are the reality of the moment, they certainly aren’t indicative of what’s going on in other parts of the house. You never know what’s lurking just outside of the camera frame.
(Psstt…new personal update here. If you’re interested, read. If you’re not interested, skip. Simple as that.) 🙂
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.