Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Really quick? Just wanted to mention that that bowl belongs to John. Why can't he put his bowl in the sink? My four year old puts his bowl in the sink.
Anycrap. More photos of Beckett. They all turned out a little blurry.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
John and I have been working on getting the hood in for the last two days. Add to that the 4 days my dad and I spent putting in drywall and electrical and building a wall brace for the hood. So, 6 days for the hood. While my stove sat on the back porch.
We're not quite done. We have some moulding for the top of the beadboard paneling and we're waiting on delivery of the flue extension. Our crazy inverted hood makes our ceilings around nine feet instead of the standard eight feet.
And there's so much more. We haven't even beadboarded the rest of the kitchen. Since I wanted my stove back, we just paneled until the wall was covered enough to install the hood. And then I'm spending next week painting the ceiling and stuff.
I haven't eaten any lunch so I'm not very hilarious. And I'm exhausted from all the painting and thinking. On the plus side, I discovered that the B52's Pandora station is one of the few musical situations my husband and I agree on. I guess that makes us Blondie and The Cure.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Waiting for urethane to dry. This is the final gloss coat before we do the third coat in satin. A family friend suggested using gloss underneath whatever your final finish is because the gloss urethane hardens better.
Here's a view of the many imperfect perfections:
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Enter my sister-in-law. Lynn! Come paint an eyeball on it! That would be so awesome!
My mom yanking out a board:
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
This little palm never got any love. So I moved it into a pot on the porch. And still...it looked pretty sad. A few weeks ago John said, "We need to take it out for a drive in the country."
Then the other day I noticed some life! And today it started unfurling. Yay!
I already feel like I have a much bigger kitchen. And I have a lot more knowledge about how a house was built.
Also? I don't know if you know this, but I've done all of this work, by myself, with my kids literally screaming in the living room. Before you go thinking that they were screaming for me, let me assure you that they enjoy playing rollercoaster. Which is where one throws their hands in the air and screams bloody murder. And not only are they screaming, but they are still in various stages of potty training. My youngest just learning about bribery and Chuck E Cheese and my oldest too into rollercoaster to WALK TO THE BATHROOM TO POOP. (I need to buy stock in leather sofas and Lysol wipes).
I don't want you to feel sorry for me or anything. I just want to point out what can be done if you really want it. I asked the universe for a new kitchen floor. And suddenly, I have the energy and the audacity to tear my house apart.
My parents are coming Thursday to help me take the studs out and figure out a support situation for the header. Then, FLOOR! (It's big, it's heavy, it's wood).
Friday, August 6, 2010
I think we're gonna do it next year. Even though it's pretty hardcore, it's worth it.
You can also see what passed for a stove vent in the 1920's. Awesome!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I have a lot of storage to squeeze in and the original kitchen measurements are not normal. (Overall it's 8'x20') Most countertops are 24" deep. Mine form an "L" shape and are 18" and 20". And now I'm adding two 24" countertops across from each other. Which leaves 4' in the middle. And according to IKEA, not quite enough space to open an oven and the cabinet across the way.
As I started to get in over my head with cabinetry and countertops, I forgot that I can also design the space. Not just try to cram cabinets in symmetrically. Seems sort of obvious, but at some point you start thinking, "I need something for that space," and instead of starting over, you cram.
Plus? Plus! I'm doing it in stages. First, we're taking out that wall and adding some additional counter space and later we're going to knock down the rest. We needed a quick fix and I came up with something that will work for now. New floors, (less gross chemicals), new walls (cottage paneling), new stove, new storage.
My husband is taking the boys away for the weekend so my parents and I can redo the floors. I think he knows I like this stuff, so he's just staying out of my way and letting me do what I want. As he should.
Here's a link to my inspiration for the latest redesign. I didn't want to ask to borrow the photo and I didn't want it near my IKEA redesign plan. It's too perfect. And my design lacks stuff.
Aack! I figured out how to show you the 3D version:
awesome stuff for that.
Monday, August 2, 2010
gorgeous orange vinyl that was here? Since we were working on repairing the corner, I had to take out a bunch more yesterday. And then, because the hard part was done, i.e. the nails were already gone, I removed almost all of the rest. After the vinyl and the linoleum come out, a layer of black glue is left over. Which is painstakingly removed with water.