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Curveball!

Curveball!

Huh. Well, we got another curveball thrown our way!  My plan was to tear down a random wall that kind of closed off part of the kitchen once our contractor deemed it not a supporting wall.  (The wood paneling around this section of the wall had water damage, so that part had to be replaced...
Sanding Away!

Sanding Away!

We get to play with some fun power tools now that we’re in the sanding stage!! Our carpenter took the two cabinet doors above the fridge and put in wood panes (in the future they’ll have glass in them) that matched.  They look great, but the only problem is the original door frames have about...
Priming Progress

Priming Progress

Thought I’d share the latest updates! The above picture was taken right before our contractor used self-leveling cement in the oven area.  At this point, we had finished priming the sink cupboard and we painted in the inside of the upper one “Russell Green.”  I think it might be a winner!  Still kind of hard...

Self-Leveling Cement

  Our contractor has been hard at work while we’ve been priming/ installing toilets and and it’s paying off!  Here’s a picture of the beautiful, smooth floor courtesy of self-leveling cement that our contractor used.  Instead of a pile of brick rubble on the bottom that would make placing an oven over it kind of difficult,...
Priming the Cupboards

Priming the Cupboards

  Let the fun begin!  I know what David and I will be up to this weekend… getting the plywood cupboard boxes primed!  How fun does that sound?  We chose Valspar Bare Wood Primer (sold at Lowe’s for $8.98 per can) because, frankly, it’s what the guy at the paint desk recommended.  We’re using pretty...
TCB

TCB

    We are Taking Care of Business!     Things are moving and shaking with the kitchen!  Up above you can see pictures of the new wood cabinet base for the future farmhouse sink (and the hidden trash can with a drawer above it) and the built-in wine rack!!!  Ahh! While our contractor/ carpenter...
Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Kitchen Cabinet Doors

    As you can tell from above, the “before” kitchen had a lot going on.  The top kitchen cabinet doors had stained glass door inserts and bottom had a busy wallpaper.  The door frames themselves, however, were solid wood (painted white) and in good condition. The pictures below were taken by the talented Claire...
Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

To quote Andre Agassi, “Life will throw everything but the kitchen sink in your path, and then it will throw the kitchen sink.” Remodeling a kitchen is a serious commitment.  It’s more than we realized when we first took on this project.  One example: we didn’t budget for all the cooking we could no longer...
Historic Virginia Paint Colors

Historic Virginia Paint Colors

I’ve decided I want my kitchen to have the color green in it.  (If you know me well, this is hardly a surprise because green’s always been my favorite color.)  I feel like green is a good color for a kitchen because it is fresh but has the ability to be both energizing and relaxing....
Not So Peachy Plumbing

Not So Peachy Plumbing

When I envisioned restoring an old farmhouse, I knew there would be times where something would go horribly wrong and we’d laugh about it years later while recanting the story to our grandkids. I just didn’t realize how quickly those stories would begin to add up. Since moving in, we’ve had all sorts of discoveries...
More Demolition

More Demolition

I thought I’d share more kitchen demo with you tonight! Here’s a picture of the double wall oven and wall cabinet (you can see the dining room peeking through in the background) with the cabinet doors removed.  David’s been taking out the wiring in the ceiling and inside the cabinets, I’ve been taking off the...
New Layout for Kitchen!

New Layout for Kitchen!

Here’s the layout of the kitchen without having touched a thing (please forgive my rudimentary Paint skills… for whatever reason I have not brushed up on them recently):With a budget of only $9,000, we’re going to try and preserve as much of the original kitchen/ layout as possible.  There are a few things that I...
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