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Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's coming along

I've been a little slow on posting here. This working every day and teaching 5 year olds is really cramping my style. Dave actually finished the other side of the kitchen last weekend, but I was too lazy to post.

Before:

After:


I'm sure you noticed we never picked out a paint color. We are actually thinking that we should pick out floor tile and counters before we jump into choosing a color right away. The counter that is there is a cheap-o from IKEA to use while we decide what types of counters to get. Oh and don't worry those ugly black feet won't be showing once Dave puts a baseboard over them.

Here are the other cabinets with the handles on. They're a lot easier to open this way.


The kitchen is about 1/4 done. We still need to re-do the floors, hire an electrician, purchase appliances, run a gas line up for the stove, get a plumber in to install pipes for the dishwasher...the list goes on. But we've made progress and that's all that matters.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Kitchen is Started!!

Can you tell how excited I am? I never thought I'd see the day. It was almost as if we were hypothetically going to re-do the kitchen. We decided to work on it in stages so that we are not with-out kitchen for a very long time. I get sick of take out pretty quickly.
Here's stage one, cabinets around the fridge:

Dave is building a frame to go behind the cabinets and fridge since apparently we bought the largest fridge known to man.



The frames for the cabinets are up:



IKEA has really great dividers to help organize the inside of cabinets (this makes me a little too excited). We have a place to keep Sammy's food now, lets just hope that she doesn't learn how to open it on her own, which is highly likely.


Wall before (note floor underneath, black with orange and yellow swirls niiiiice)


Wall after: (we still need to put on the handles and trim work around the base and top)


Next project for the day, paint the walls and put up the cabinets on the other side of the kitchen. Here's what our porch now looks like after Dave's late night IKEA run. Sammy can hardly contain her enthusiasm.


Before we paint we need to figure out a paint color. The newest on the wall is called Water Drops by Benjamin Moore. What do you think, too bright? I can't tell if the color would look really good, or be a humongous mistake. Dave wants to paint now, and I don't have a color picked out!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Storage Solutions

Until now, our basement held boxes of kitchen stuff that would not fit into our 5 cabinets in our current kitchen. Since we're ready to start the kitchen remodel, we knew all the stuff that is already in our kitchen would have to be stored some place too. We headed out to good old Target and bought some storage shelves and set them up in our second bedroom. I unpacked (6 months later) the kitchen stuff in the basement and moved it upstairs. Pretty soon I'll have to empty out the cabinets in the kitchen.




We're not using the second bedroom right now, so it made perfect sense to store the kitchen things in there since it would be on the same floor as the kitchen. Now I don't need to run down to the basement when I need something cooking related! Hopefully our second bedroom won't remain as a storage facility for too long! As we speak Dave is putting together some cabinets for the kitchen to go around the fridge. Updates to come later!

Monday, September 6, 2010

yet another door

Yes, you heard it right. Another new door is being put into our home. This time Dave's replacing the outside basement door. This was one of those things on the to-do list, but had no idea when we'd get around to it. I came back from the store today and the door was gone. This seems to be a trend around here. I leave for a bit, and when I come back at least one thing is rebuilt or knocked down.


Since I had no idea Dave was even working on this project, I have no before photos. But I can show you the door he took off that was on its last leg.

The storm door was not in as bad shape as the screen.


You may have noticed in the first photo that the door is not normal sized. Yes, it's a door for hobbits.


Now Dave's working on cutting down the frame and door and making it hobbit sized. Nothing's easy around here.


What am I doing during all this besides taking photos you ask? Making brownies, in the kitchen, like a good housewife should.