The biggest renovation I have ever undertaken.

For the past 2 months?  Wow, has it been that long?  I guess it has with demolition and waiting for orders to come in, and just finding the time to do the work.  Plus I am not in my 30’s any more so things go a bit slower.  So a little history.  When we bought our home almost 19 years ago, the kitchen was dated.  I mean linoleum parkay look floor, dark brown cabinets, light brown wallpaper over teal blue.  It was certainly the first project we took on.  Of course we had no clue about refinishing cabinets, and back then there wasn’t the vast selection of do it yourself products like there is today.  So we stripped wallpaper, painted the walls, and painted the cabinets.  Oh and yeah, I got rid of the floor, only to find they had put down a particle board sub floor over the existing hardwood.  If you have never felt glue covered particle board, you are not missing anything.  But it made putting down more current tile squares easy.  It was ok.  Not our best work, but it was our first home, our first project, and we didn’t exactly have a lot of spare cash.  It has for years been a job we wish we could have done differently.  Flash forward many many years, and we get to where we are now.  I would say it is about 90% complete.  Counters are being delivered on Wednesday, and the only thing left is the back splash and painting trim.  Lots and lots of trim.

 

Here we see the start of demo, I had already taken out several cabinets, you can see what looks to be drywall behind them. More on that.

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We had a chimney in the corner

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You can see what is behind the drywall.  Plaster and wood lath.  Pretty much concrete after 90+ years.  All told to date, not counting the bricks from two stories of the house, I have gotten rid of 2,700 pounds of construction debris.  Yeah, it is a lot.

 

Here we see a view from our dining room looking at the kitchen wall, the dark cabinets were from the back room that we had converted from a tiny bedroom to more of a pantry area.

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And here we see my attempt at keeping dust out of the living room

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It worked, kind of.  Tip of the day.  Dust gets every where.  Every where.

When I started taking down the Masonite they had put up on the ceiling in the kitchen, a bit of the plaster and wood lath fell on me.

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Here is the pile

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So we ripped open the wall, here is a picture

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Yeah, that’s me in the background, and no the hair is not grey from dust.  I’ve said I’m old.  ;p

View from the kitchen to the front of the house
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Oh, forgot to mention, found this little surprise when we opened the wall

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For those that don’t know, that is old knob and tube wiring.  and those two wires on the left?  They were live wires just hanging out in the wall.

So of course when I opened the ceiling the structure had to be beefed up.

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Oh, that’s the back of the wall I took out with the chimney now removed.

I added framing to attach the new ceiling

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Oh, and new drywall is up.  Also all new electrical.

Another view almost done.

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Yeah, all of those light circuits needed to go somewhere

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Finished

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Here was cabinet delivery day

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It took us a weekend to get them in to both rooms, but here is the result.

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st weekend I did the floors

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This weekend was our accent wall looking into the kitchen.

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And I got up just about all of the crown molding and ceiling trim.

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All in all we are really happy with everything.  Not so happy with the bill to do it all.  But hey, my labor is free.  The kitchen has been a long term project for us.  And if we waited a few more years, I would not have been able to do it.  Hopefully in a few years if we sell, we will see a good return on the investment.

 

 

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