Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Day № 2 Kitchen Demo

OK...so I've kinda stretched the truth about the Day we are actually on!  
It is more like № LOTS OF DAYS!
Life truly does get in the way of sharing our progress...arghhh!!
So...away we go...let's get caught up.
Here is where we are at!
Slow but Steady...One Step at a Time...all seem to be our mantra.
As we continue to do most of this demo project on our own...
in-between running our vintage business & the hubby's FT job.

Plastic Tile Backsplash-GONE!
But not without a lot of muscle & elbow grease...OUCH!
The tile itself was not so bad...but the Tile Mastic (glue) was challenging to say the least.
Cannot even imagine if we had a bigger kitchen.
We just kept keeping our eye on the prize...the soon to be...

Partition Wall [including Studs & Header]-GONE!
Girl Power + Hubby Power = Gettin' it Done
It helps when your girlfriend's hubby is 7ft tall...thank you!

Electric Work-In Progress!
This is when we call in the professionals...and we LOVE his amazing work!
A few more electric projects on the To Do List...but will need to wait patiently as we follow the order of our Kitchen Renovation Time Line.

SO grateful for my high school gal pal...
with not only all of her awesome demo & design talents, 
but also her organizational skills and LOTS of advice!

Our Inspiration Photo

We are dreaming of...
Free Floating Salvaged Wood Shelves
Concrete Countertops
White Painted Cabinets
Industrial Farmhouse Lighting
Lucky US!

Stay tuned...
Ha, should be more like come back around in Lots & Lots of Days!
But...we promise to continue blogging about our progress.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Day №. 1 Kitchen Demo

Day №. 1 DEMO

A million laughs with a high school gal pal...priceless!
[here's her "let's rock this demo" attire...complete with candy cigarette]

Our goal for today was to "see the light" into the dining area!

After prepping the kitchen & laying coverall sheets over all of the surfaces
(for anyone who has gone through demo while living in the house...
you know that there is absolutely NO way of complete coverage) we got started.  
Ha! That crazy, teeny-tiny dust gets EVERYWHERE!

As we got the first sledge hammer whack into the wall...
was when we realized that we are dealing with plaster.  
After living in the house for 10 years one would think I could be sure about this...
but a girl can dream of drywall!

The whacks were in much need of super girl strength
...WOW plaster is thick.
And shoot, complete with heavy duty wire mesh around all of the seams...YAY!

But...we made our goal...cabinets & wall down and the light was shining through!
Can we get an AMEN?

So excited that our first day is done...what a feeling of accomplishment.
Two gal pals, lots of tools, tons of sore muscles & laughs...as we head into Day 2!

Can't wait!

And if it couldn't have gotten any better...
➳ one of the sledge hammer whacks produced our state, the State of IL
➳ we found hardwood flooring under the ceramic tile
➳ the wall was not a load bearing wall 

Stay tuned for more Farmhouse Kitchen renovation to come!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Lucky Junk Kitchen Renovation

authenticity |ˌôTHenˈtisitē
the quality of being authentic
Let's here it for being authentic...as far as I'm concerned, there is no other way to be. My hubby & I both believe in living truly authentic lives.And for all of you that shop my brick & mortar,  Lucky Junk, nothing could be more vintagely (ha, made up a new word) authentic!
I get asked SO often as a vintage home decor shop owner to post pictures of my own homes interior.  As, enduring & flattering as that request is, I have never had the guts to do it.  I don't want to disappoint any of our Lucky Junkers.
All of my time, creativity & energy are used up most days by the shop.  Not that I'm complaining, but gosh it sure would be awesome to not only do the constant Re-Styles at Lucky Junk...but some for my own home too!
Well, with the encouragement of one of my gal pals.planner-draftswoman.demolition goddess & of course the thumbs up from the hubby we are finally taking on our first "demo" interior remodel.
So with authenticity by my side...let's embark together on this Budget-Concscience,  U-Do-It Transformation of our Dutch Colonial Cottage Kitchen circa 1942. 

Not all you see was of course original to this era, like the purple, yes purple laminate countertops or the Big Box Hardware Store faux stained glass lighting 
that we inherited when we purchased the home 10 years ago.
But yes, oh yes, the knotty pine wood cabinets are all of 1942...can we get an AMEN!

We truly liked the separation between the kitchen & dining area when we first bought the home.
But, now with this nagging-won't go away feeling that we want to live a simpler life...
we are ready for an Urban Farmhouse Kitchen Decor, complete with some open shelves.  

The open shelves will keep us honest and minimal...
using & purchasing only kitchenware that we need.

We plan on leaving some cabinetry...
as the wall separating these two rooms is what we will be focusing on to start.

The journey is about to begin & will continue to evolve.
Would be honored if you come along for the ride.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2 much FUN! [second year anniversary celebration]

We can't believe it already has been 2 years! 
We thank ALL of you for being such fabulous 
customers, supporters & friends! 
Please join us this Saturday for ALL of the FUN!! 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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