I am 12 blog posts behind of where we’re at with our house. Thanksgiving week was a week long version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My mom’s side of the family is Greek, and when the Pulos Family gets together, things get cray, in the best way possible.
When we started our kitchen renovation, our goal was to be finished before Thanksgiving. My family was hosting a baby shower for us in our house Thanksgiving weekend, and we wanted to be 100% done by Thanksgiving so we wouldn’t be worried about unfinished projects floating around when Baby Crowder was born in December (WHICH IS THIS MONTH!).
Since we started at the end of July, Thanksgiving seemed like a completely reasonable deadline. However, certain projects have taken longer than other projects. The main time-taker has been the fence. I haven’t said much about it on the blog yet (again, another post I am behind on) but when I write it, you’ll understand. It’s like when you’re watching Labyrinth and the Goblin King fast forwards the clock… but in real life you don’t get the joy of singing Dance Magic Dance. And that’s a hard life.
We purchased our tile & supplies back in August, but the backsplash kept getting pushed back because of the need to get the fence finished. When November hit, I knew there was no way we could get it done. I really really wanted to do it myself. But you know, something about being 8 months pregnant using a tile saw… We can’t all be Katie Bower or Pretty Handy Girl (and all the other many DIY bloggers who have bravely installed a backsplash.)
I had every intention of doing it. But I had to call in some help to be finished on time. (We DID finish everything before Thanksgiving, I’m just that behind on blogging.)
For the overwhelmed DIYer:
I called Home Depot, and learned about an awesome service they have called Redbeacon. This post is completely unsponsored, just a great experience I had. Redbeacon is a site where you upload pictures and information about your project, and you get email bids from several licensed contractors. All the contractors have been background checked, carry insurance, and have Home Depot’s stamp of approval. They all have ratings and reviews you can read on the site as well. It was so easy to use. I stated that we already had our supplies, and just needed it installed. We got very competitive bids and fair prices. As soon as I picked a contractor, he started the next day. It was very inexpensive since we already had our tile and supplies. You even pay through the Redbeacon site. For the overwhelmed DIYer, I highly suggest using Redbeacon to finish up projects, or those little projects (like drywall!) that you never feel like doing.
And here’s the tile, simple and clean.
It has been a very busy summer around here, but the major projects are coming to an end. And it feels a lot like success kid.