Our thinking is that before we move-in a few weeks from now, we want the kitchen update to be done. (Well, not "done", as in "completed/finished/ta-da!"...but, far closer to "done" than the rest of the house.) The kitchen tends to be the nerve center of many homes, and ours is no exception. When the kitchen is "live-able", groceries have a place to go, food gets made, people get fed...and my world turns a little easier. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen...visiting, eating, entertaining...and we really want that to be a place that is updated, functional, and clean...as soon as we move in.
Our suspicion is that if the kitchen is a comfortable place to be while other rooms around the house are, well, not...we'll be much happier with the process.
With that said, Bobby and I exchanged a couple of "what have we done?" looks over the weekend. At this point the kitchen has reached the point of no return, and to be honest, it's a bit overwhelming. (Hello! We started with one of the biggest projects in the house!) There's a lot of work to be done to turn it into the space we want it to be.
But, 80% of the wallpaper in the room has been stripped (don't get me started on wallpaper) and the cabinet doors and their hardware have been removed, sanded, and are ready to be primed and painted. It sounds strange to say that the room is looking better (since it really looks more like a construction zone at the moment), but truly, I think it does. I'd like to believe that most of the hard work is done...we shall see.
Here's hoping! (And, sanding & priming & painting....)