If I had to rank all the rooms in my house for which room was the most offensive when we purchased it, the kitchen would take first place. The upstairs bath with its green sinks and rotting shower would take second. The living room would come in at a close third, with its (former) red carpet and pink brick, but more on all that later. Today, we are addressing the kitchen. Hands down, the most formidable project I have ever undertaken.
Someday I’m going to write a post on the top ten things I’ve learned about house remodels. Numbers one through ten will be “expect everything to take longer than you thought, be more difficult than you thought, and to cost more than you thought.”
Then, when I’m done with that post, I’m going to write one about what to expect from old houses. Things like petrified contact papered shelves, and thick compacted pads of grease on cabinets will be on that list.
Then when I’m done giving people a migraine with ugly pictures and dire warnings…I’ll write a post about how when you’ve painted so much you have blisters on your fingers, and you’re teetering on the edge of a nervous break down over the mayhem…
…and just when you’re convinced you are absolutely beyond painting another stroke…suddenly the sun will shine again, and the backaches will all be forgotten. I think I’d just have to write a post to say your hard work is worth it, because I really think it is you know.
Here’s a bit of info that you might find helpful if you happen to find yourself in possession of
hideously ugly dated kitchen and want to spruce it up a bit.
We ripped off the old pink counter tops ourselves. The Mister was the master craftsmen who was responsible for putting new counter tops down. He used just plain old pine boards, 24 inches wide, from the hardware store. He glued them down with liquid nail, and then screwed them on from the under side. I sanded them, stained them with a black stain, and put six coats of a floor grade sealer on them.
We had an electrician run us new wire for the appliances. A contractor took out the wall around the old fridge, which we replaced with open shelves. He also took out the drawers where the dishwasher now is installed. The rest of the work we did ourselves.
Truth be told, that spot where the old oven was, is still a gaping a hole. That’s why this is “part 1″ of the kitchen remodel. Also, if you’ll kindly ignore the floor, it’s still waiting to be done as well. And then there’s the pantry, which is still 1950′s pink…but considering from where we started, I can deal with it for the time being just fine, thank you!
I saved us a nice bit of change by reusing all the old cabinet hardware instead of buying new. I soaked them in stripper, and then spray painted all of it black.
There’s also the matter of this door, that doesn’t actually open. Not the most fancy function for a door I’d have to say, I suppose its free home security? A few hooks makes it serviceable until it can either be removed or replaced.
We also installed a new sink and faucet. I made the curtains, and the pendent light is just a hardware store kit stuck into an old pitcher.
So that about wraps it up on the kitchen for the time being! Hopefully we can revisit it in the not so distant future for the full and complete package. Were you wondering why I chose black and white for the color scheme? Well my dear, it’s like this, I do not plan to ever, ever, repaint this kitchen, or any other kitchen, in this life, nor the one hereafter…so I, in solemn protest of the tides of color trends, chose colors which will stand immortal and enduring…or at least until the end of my lifetime anyway.
It does my little heart good to see this post…it chases out all the grumbles over painting what’s left of the house to be done. It can’t be as bad as all that! Famous. last. words.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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