Patience and grace and remodeling.

Don’t ever pray for patience.

If you do, God will laugh at you and somehow convince you that it’s a good idea – nay, a necessity – to remodel your kitchen. And then you will learn about patience.

This is what patience looks like.

Why would you pray for this?

Now, to be fair, the kitchen hasn’t looked like that for a few weeks. It’s been a series of exciting gains, like when the cabinets were delivered to the living room.

And then when they were installed in the actual kitchen.

And why yes, yes I did shoot a photo documentary of our new refrigerator being delivered.

For those playing along at home, never fear – the old fridge is still right next to our front door. Because we’re klassy like that.

And so the cabinets are in and the countertop is on and, as of about 20 minutes ago, the tile is installed but waiting grout.

I put plates in the cabinets because I just couldn’t stand it any more. They will all need to be washed and the cabinets will need to be dusted again, sure. But having plates makes me think that I might be a real, live grown-up in a real, functional home.

This might be the worst part of the whole remodel, the most “the night before Christmas,” sick-to-my-stomach, can’t-hardly-wait part. We’re so close. So close!

Also? To the ladies at the two different tile shops who tried to convince me that I didn’t want the backsplash I wanted? Who were sure I would be happier with something beige-y and cream? And especially to the one lady who couldn’t find a tile to match my paint swatch and so actually suggested that I repaint all the trim in my entire house?


This backsplash is kick-ass and you just wish you were half the design visionary that I am. SUCK. IT.

I have been patiently waiting to tell you this since July. You’re welcome.

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  • Reply Allison Weaver December 9, 2016 at 12:05 am

    There is nothing to say but "bwahahahahah!" and you are a kick-ass designer.
    🙂 Enjoy that beautiful kitchen!

  • Reply Becky Brown December 9, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Ha ha! Thanks, Allison!

  • Reply sherilee December 9, 2016 at 3:15 am

    The kitchen looks fantastic, Becky! So much to love, from the sink to the countertops to the fabulous backsplash! Yay for you and for patience.

  • Reply Jenny Hart Boren December 9, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Be sure you go back and show that beige-sayer-cream-insister a picture of that fabulous backsplash. It's 100% perfect!

  • Reply Andrea December 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Wow! That is so worth the wait (both the kitchen and the telling off of the beige-ettes)

  • Reply Becky December 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Beige should never be the answer. Looks fabulous!

  • Reply Green Girl in Wisconsin December 10, 2016 at 1:22 am

    SHAME on their shitty advice! That backsplash is perfection! All you need is to fill that porch fridge with PBR and you'll be set for winter.

    I bet you are so glad that entire project is nearly finished. What a wait. A beautiful finish, though.

  • Reply Colleen December 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Luv, luv, luv! Your patience is worth it! We must see the final product because half-done it looks great.

  • Reply Karen (formerly kcinnova) January 21, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I was going to ask if the experience earned by patience was worth it but clearly it was, judging by the final picture.
    My SIL has been renovating her kitchen all by herself — for the past 3 years. When complete it will be lovely. Maybe next year?

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