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Kitchen Remodel

July 30, 2013

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Definitely the thing to do when you are like 28 weeks pregnant with a good possibility of landing in the hospital on bed rest is to get totally into a kitchen remodel.  That may have been poor planning on our part.  Or a bit of naive it won’t happen to me thinking.  And there was a little bit of if we don’t do this now it’ll be another two years before we do anything to this kitchen.

So in May, we decided to get serious about the kitchen remodel.  We hired a carpenter, who has been absolutely wonderful, and he helped us hire out the other contractors (electrician, plumber, drywallers) that we’ll need.  Truly, in our pre-kids DIY days, we would have done this all ourselves (and it would have taken a year and driven us crazy and turned out not-as-good).  This time, though, we are (read: Jason is) doing the demo, and we’ll do some of the easier finishing work, too (like paint and backsplash).

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In the first few steps of the project, Jason removed a bunch of cabinets and the coat closet that opens to the hallway.  We had two closets in the hallway — one we used for coats and one we used as a pantry.  We’re going to move the coats to the other (pantry) closet, and move all of our food into a floor-to-ceiling cabinet in the kitchen.

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Our carpenter widened the doorway between the kitchen and dining room, which involved moving a heating vent to one of the upstairs rooms and moving light switches for the kitchen & dining room lights.  You might not be able to tell from the pic below, but this REALLY opens the rooms up, and is great because it allows for better monitoring of toddler activities while cooking.

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The electrician who moved our light switches & installed a new circuit for the fridge brought his dog, Buddy, with him.  Both dogs and Lilly were pretty smitten with him.  “You have tail!”  “You have nose, Buddy!”

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While I’ve been sitting in the hospital baking this baby, our new kitchen windows came in.  They should be installed this week, then it’ll be time for drywall, a few new electrical outlets, wiring for under-the-cabinets lighting, new plumbing, and cabinet & appliance installation!  It’s so much easier to type that from the comfort of my hospital room than to actually do it. 🙂  I’m eager to get home and see how it all looks in person!

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And, since projects seem to just expand the longer you look at/think about them, we’re replacing the lights in the hallway.  Our original lights were recessed 12 x 12 squares that let off exactly no light.  Jason cut them out and added some new recessed lights, adding an additional light so we can actually see things at night now!  (Or, at least I’d assume we can see things at night now, I haven’t actually been home since the lights were installed).  I think he plans to change the last two square recessed lights in the house this weekend — both are located in the upstairs hallway.  (So impressed by J’s electrical skills!)  I’ve hated these square recessed lights FOREVER, so I’m glad we’re replacing them while we’ve got the professionals to come in and do the drywall patches for us, especially since our ceilings are lightly textured in a pattern that I could never replicate.

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2013 8:40 pm

    Isn’t it fun? We will have been working on ours for the past 3 1/2 months. We have had a break or two during the process and our counter top and sink come in on Monday! YAY!

    What colors are you going for? What kind of appliances? We wanted to go with the new GE Slate (to get away from stainless), but since their only style stove has the controls in the back and we have a window that the stove needs to fit under, we weren’t able to go for it. Bummer.

    • August 2, 2013 8:59 am

      I’m not sure what colors we’re going for yet… cabinets will be white and we have a butcher block countertop. Our appliances are stainless GE (the slate is super-cool, but we loved the profile stove without the controls in the back). We’ll have to pick paint colors soon, but will probably go for a light neutral on the walls, maybe something with gray undertones. Whatever color we paint will also go in the dining room, so even though there won’t be much of the color showing in the kitchen, I want to make sure it’s something that I really like since it’ll be all over the dining room eventually!

  2. July 31, 2013 9:49 am

    Projects never seem to fit within their original constraints, do they? One improvement inevitably leads to another! Having more light will be so nice. But even nicer will be having someone come in to do the boring stuff (like drywall. Yuck). Glad J’s got everything under control for you!

    • August 2, 2013 9:00 am

      They NEVER fit in the original constraints! 🙂

      I’m so glad J is taking care of all of this stuff, but also feeling a little bad that it’s all on him now that I’m just sitting here… I can’t wait to get home and see what has all been done!!

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