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Last week, we worked like rented mules. Although we’re three people working in this old house right now (my mom flew out from Switzerland to help!! Isn’t she the sweetest??) we only made a dent into our mile long To-Do list. On Saturday night, we had to face the truth of our remodeling experience.

We had bitten off more than we could chew.

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As I’m writing this, a freezing wind is howling around the house, blowing leaves all over the place – and we couldn’t be happier to finally live in New England!

But now let’s talk about our modern farmhouse laundry room makeover! After getting slowed down by a certain paint debacle (don’t worry, you’ll get the scoop sooner or later!), I needed to put my hands to work SOMEWHERE else in the house. My focus fell on the laundry / downstairs bathroom. It’s a full bath, with tub and all. It features a little laundry closet and even includes a cool cast iron farmhouse sink. Oh, and a little closet for cleaning supplies and such.

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You guys, it’s already been over two weeks since we arrived here in beautiful New England and it’s high time to share an update! So much has happened already, but let’s start at the beginning.

The trip was a fast paced affair, with travel days between 500 and 780 miles per day. We basically raced through this beautiful country in five days, tent camping along the way to save time and money for all the house projects that are yet to come.

Then we got to the house. It was FREEZING inside. Like, you could actually see your breath. That freezing. Heating this house is quite the task, there’s two different furnices, a gas stove and a pellet stove. Adrian got three out of four heat sources to work, so at least we’re not turning into icicles anymore LOL

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Another big issue in our kitchen reno plans was the upper cabinet situation.

Initially I really loved the idea of a single wooden shelf and getting rid of uppers all together! Visually that might have been pretty, but practically… Not so much. Although it’s a decent size kitchen, not having uppers would have taken away too much storage space. Not to forget all the dust and grease that would have built up on everything. Yikes, no thanks!

So we started to brainstorm. I always feared that doing the kitchen with high gloss Ringhult fronts would look too sterile. Especially if EVERYTHING was high gloss and bright white. I played around with ideas, but over and over I came back to this. Glass uppers!

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Once we had kinda decided that we might as well take advantage of the IKEA kitchen sale and try to cramp in the kitchen reno right after moving in (if you’re thinking ‘these guys are totally nuts!!’ you’re not alone!), my brain went into overdrive. We had a pretty good idea of what would go where, but there were still a few pieces to the puzzle we had to find creative ways to solve.

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