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Thank Goodness for Craigslist!

Thank Goodness for Craigslist!

Our “new” stove and microwave! We found this stove-microwave duo on Craigslist a little over a month ago.  It was advertised as both for $1,000 with buyer pick-up all the way up in Fredericksburg, Virginia (about two hours away).  We contacted the seller and asked if they would sell for $900 if we picked up...
Yes It Goes On And On My Friends

Yes It Goes On And On My Friends

Our lives are pretty boring these days– all we do is prime or paint! In the above photo you can see the primer we’re using on the walls/the two unpainted ceiling beams (why leave two of fourteen unpainted?  We’ll probably never know).  It seemed perfect for us because it’s water based but it also adheres...
Priming & Painting Cupboard Doors

Priming & Painting Cupboard Doors

As you can tell from the picture above, we’re priming and painting the kitchen cabinet doors (and drawers)!  Most of the doors are old with new paneling inside but a few are new.  (One of the old ones had to be replaced because of mildew, for example.)  We used the same bare wood primer as...
Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling

Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling

  Recall the ceiling when we moved in: fluorescent lighting (above). Then see the beams we discovered after we removed the plastic stuff (and the wallpaper, of course, below). I decided to leave the beams white as I think stripping the paint would 1) take forever and 2) make the room seem somewhat claustrophobic.  I did some...
Countertops

Countertops

While David and I kept busy priming and painting and doing all sorts of things, our contractor made definite progress in our kitchen.  A few weeks ago I ordered wood : Why wood countertops?  I challenge anyone to find another kind of cute farmhouse-y countertop that is so reasonably priced.  Second of all, I really...
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,...
Installing a New Toilet Made Surprising Easy

Installing a New Toilet Made Surprising Easy

I was actually pretty scared to install my first toilet mainly because the toilet was a mystery to me; I just knew there had to be some overly complicated way that the toilet’s contents made it from the porcelain to the pipe, and if I messed that up, the result would be just awful.  I...
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...
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...
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