Kitchen Demo

I am excited to begin sharing our kitchen remodeling journey with you!  Yesterday, the kitchen demo began, and the kitchen is officially gone. Kitchen Remodel | Week 1   This entire remodel is happening thanks to The Home Depot.  A few months ago I participated in a project competition called Orange Tank at Haven Conference and was thrilled to win (read about that experience HERE)!   The main problem with our kitchen is the terrible layout.  It’s horrible for hosting, and someone is always bumping into each other. Here’s one last shot of the kitchen before the kitchen demo… But quickly, let’s look at the evolution of this kitchen in the past four years.  Before the cabinets were gray and cream, they were green and cream. I repainted them because I hated the wax sealer (you can see more on that HERE).  I also added the cabinet doors back on (but with glass).  The dust was too much for me. When we first moved in, the kitchen was really dark: The kitchen has come a LONG way, but paint can only do so much.  The appliances are old and the space was not working. I prepped for demo Friday and am in shock at how much stuff I had stuffed into those cabinets. Those boxes are now living with us in our bedroom. The night before the demo, Steve and I were up late trying to have everything ready for the demo.  We removed some cabinet doors, the dishwasher, garbage disposal, sink, and faucet. This amazing group of men came to our rescue Saturday morning to help us demolish the kitchen. It was amazing how fast they were able to remove everything. We attempted to save the granite but unfortunately broke most of it during removal. Most of the cabinets were salvaged, and I kept our old hood and range backsplash. We found a horrible surprise under the corner lazy Susan cabinet – a mouse nest.  I almost died.  Seriously.  This is what nightmares are made of… I’m sorry.  It will probably be hard to get that image out of your head… We had a friend who’s knowledgeable with home remodeling help us out with the electrical work and other prep for the drywall – which begins tomorrow! I also played around with pendant lighting placement – what do you think?! A special thanks to The Home Depot for the partnership on this kitchen.  It wouldn’t have happened without you! Go create something! Are you new to my blog? Go HERE to see my home tour and HERE to shop for items I use in our home.

Want to follow the kitchen remodel journey?  See what happens next: Week 2 – Dry Wall and Cabinets

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Haven Conference Recap

This is the third year I’ve gone to Haven Conference, and it is always a fun weekend filled with valuable blogging information! Today I’m sharing my Haven Conference Recap.

When you spent the majority of your time working from home alone, it is so nice to hang out with other people – especially other bloggers!  I spent some time with a few talented Indiana blog friends: Ashley from Simply Designing and Angela from Unexpected Elegance.

Haven Conference Recap

Haven Conference Recap

Angela and I have roomed together for the past three years, and we also only live about 20 minutes apart.

The conference was held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead (Atlanta) and kicked off with an opening cocktail party on the rooftop.  

That evening, I went with AdThrive (my ad network) to another fun rooftop even at the Gypsy Kitchen.

photo courtesy of AdThrive It was a gorgeous (and really, really hot) evening!

photo courtesy of AdThrive

The next day was packed full of classes, and that evening I went with The Home Depot to a gorgeous dinner they co-sponsored with Kwikset.  We were greeted at the door with adorable little keychains which had our table number on them.

The table setting was absolutely stunning.

I met several sweet bloggers, and just a couple were April from House by Hoff and Chelsea from Making Home Base.

It was a fun evening, and the next day was filled with more classes (I took classes on Lightroom, Facebook, SEO, and podcasts).

I stopped by the Home Depot Booth to see my little DIY Hall of Fame feature for my family room makeover.

Their booth was fantastic and the Home Depot crew is amazing.

The Haven sponsors do so many fun things.  Liberty Hardware gave away adorable tees if you posted a pic with the gold man (you didn’t have to twist my arm – haha)!

The weekend ended with the Home Depot Orange Tank presentations.  Several weeks before Haven, several of us submitted ideas to Home Depot for partnering on projects.  There were 12 finalists that had the honor of presenting ideas, and three winners with a Home Depot partnership and money towards their project.

I was THRILLED to be one of the 3 winners, and Home Depot is partnering with me on my kitchen renovation!

If you have any interest in reading, my presentation is below.  I hope it may be helpful to future Orange Tank presenters because I had no idea what to expect!

Hi! I’m Sara Davis, and I blog at Sincerely, Sara D. I would be incredibly honored to partner with Home Depot on my kitchen renovation. We moved into our home three and a half years ago and made the space feel more like us with some inexpensive cosmetic changes. Here is the before and after of our kitchen. The power of paint is amazing, but it can only go so far. Our kitchen layout isn’t working for us.  It was not well designed, and someone is always banging into something. The dishwasher opens too closely to the sink and the fridge is tiny and crammed in the corner. Our oven is a wreck and burns everything (we haven’t had a good cookie in over three years). We need a better layout and new appliances for the space. A new layout also means removing cabinets and suddenly the kitchen is a huge renovation (which is why it hasn’t happened yet). While we’re knocking out cabinets, we want to remove the wall that is between our kitchen and family room. We love to host family, friends, and our small group, and opening up the kitchen would make entertaining so much better. I’ve introduced my readers to projects similar in scale to this kitchen remodel. We had a leak in our master bath (so significant the shower was not usable). One thing led to another and suddenly we were in the middle of an entire bathroom renovation. Here is the before and after of our master bath. My readers LOVED this renovation, and they will go CRAZY over a kitchen remodel – especially one that involves even more DIY like this project. I can only imagine their excitement with a full kitchen renovation. I promise they will be cheering from behind their screens as they get inspiration for their own homes and spaces. You are just down the road from me so Let’s Do This Home Depot! The kitchen is the heart of the home, and mine isn’t functioning well. Let’s revive the heart of my home together!

I was incredibly thankful and overjoyed to win, and I can’t wait to start working on the project together! Before I left that evening to catch a flight home (and then on to celebrate my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary), I caught up with my friend Amy from One Artsy Mama.  She recently published a book on hand lettering.

It was a fun-filled weekend, and I’m looking forward to next year’s Haven!  

For those who’ve never been, I hope this Have Conference Recap encourages you to buy a ticket this year!

Go create something!

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