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:) Back in 2010/2011, I framed the basement, did all the electrical, insulation, plumbing. We had a contractor put up the sheetrock because I'm ultra slow at drywall taping. In 2012, we remodeled the upstairs and for years, I was told this room had to wait. It's been more or less a storeroom since then...always messy too.
In August, I bought some basic, cheap oak cabinets at Lowes, stained them with Minwax Ebony and finished the top with a polycrylic. Ordered the maple counter tops from a company in Michigan, one went back from shipping damage -- then a friend helped me get them in place because they weigh a ton.
I went way over budget, especially with the electronics in the desk area.
This is Crescent, one of our cats. He's probably the most social and loves to be right in your face. He's the only cat I've known who greets strangers at the door and jumps in their laps. Just has to be in the middle of everything.