Posts tagged "Renovation"
IKEA Countertops

IKEA 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 IKEA wood butcher block countertops: Why IKEA wood countertops?  Well first of all, for only $169 per 8 feet of countertop, IKEA will deliver these to...
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...
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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