Posts Tagged ‘renovations’

Kitchen Mayhem

Is this think on? *taps mic

Every time we just start getting caught up on things, we start a new project.

We’ve wanted to renovate our kitchen since day 1. Somehow we’ve managed to delay doing anything about it for 8 years. In that time we’ve been slowly going through each room and gutting it, insulating, refinishing the floors, etc. Finally last July we decided to try to do the most minor kitchen renovation that we could think of – relaminate the counter tops.

That, of course, turned into a slightly bigger project – which we never finished. Fast forward to about a month ago and we decided to finish it… Then we changed our minds and decided to gut the entire kitchen and start over.

Now we have an empty room with a subfloor. At least we have the walls insulated & put back up, right? We just primed & painted most of the walls over the weekend. There isn’t any trim or outlets, etc., but at least it’s finally starting to look like a room again. We should have the floors complete in about a week. Then, we start assembling and installing the cabinets.

We won’t have a finished kitchen for a long while though. We still have 1 vital cabinet on back-order and we won’t be able to have the countertops (and sink, and dishwasher, etc.) installed until that cabinet arrives. Then we play the waiting game of scheduling the countertop template and installation. Once we have that final cabinet installed it’s probably going to take a good 2-3 weeks before the kitchen is done.

Well, mostly done.

We still haven’t decided on what to do about the backsplash. We’ll likely end up using the kitchen without a backsplash for weeks/months before we finally decide on the tile/style for that. But hey – at least it’ll be a functional kitchen!

In the meantime, the house is trashed and we’re tired of take-out. It’s tough finding anything in the mess of boxes and kitchen stuff that has been scattered to the far ends of the house & garage. I just need to keep telling myself that this kitchen is going to be TOTALLY worth it in the end. It’s truly going to be a cook’s kitchen, and we’re going to absolutely love it.

Did I say “Almost Done”?

Yeah… so… We haven’t really made much progress on the renovations since – November?!? We’re such slackers…

Maybe someday we’ll actually finish it. *crosses fingers*

Life in the Guest Room

So if our breathing wasn’t bad enough with our recent sinus infections / head colds – whatever you want to call them, we decided to tear down a wall.

We moved everything into the guest room – and I have to admit that after living in the master bedroom that was without wallpaper, primer, or paint (a nice WWII theme), that it was nice to stay in a room (albeit smaller) that had paint on the walls and curtains.

We started demo on Friday – removing the plaster from one wall. We removed the lath (thanks Andrew!) on Saturday, and put up some drywall (thanks Pete!) and reboxed the outlets on that wall last night. We have about 80% of the wall done – but the edges are going to require a bit more work because we’ll have to demo the connecting walls to find the studs.

If all goes well, we’ll be on our way to finish up the remaining walls in the room soon enough. 🙂