Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kitchen Redo - Weeks 1-4

A kitchen remodel is not pretty.  Believe me.  We are now into week five of our kitchen redo, and I am beginning to wonder if we will survive it.  The dust, the lack of water, the inability to cook in my kitchen, and the complete lack of organization (this is my fault completely) is about to drive me over the edge.  But at least I can see progress.  That's what keeps me going.

I can't believe I am going to do this, but I am going to share with you the pictures of my  mess.  I won't sugar coat it. I won't crop out the embarrassing stuff.  Here it is:  my kitchen remodel...and all the chaos that has gone along with it.  Without further ado:

 Here it is.  We have moved a lot of the stuff out, in preparation for the workers to come in and tear down the wall that separates the "cooking part" of the kitchen from the "dining part" of the kitchen.  I've dreamed for years of having one large space instead of two tiny spaces with no prep area! 

 And here's the wall.  Why someone chose to build it there is beyond me. It's not load-bearing, so it really serves no purpose except to close in the cook area from the rest of the room. Problem is, there's absolutely no space to do any prep work.  Makes it tough to do much in there!

 Another picture of The Great Wall.  The door to the left goes outside.  Keep in mind as you're viewing these pictures, that this section of the house is the oldest, built sometime in the 1820's.

 A view from the eating area into the tiny kitchen area.  The door to the right goes through a sort of "butler's pantry" and into the dining room.

 Can you see why preparing a meal in this kitchen would be difficult at best?! See that tiny sliver of counter space there in the middle?  That is the ONLY area to work in here.  Honestly.

 Here's our sink.  When the dish drainer is on the left and our flour jars and spice rack is on the right, there's no space remaining for anything else.

 Another view of the wall that separates the two areas.  Grrr.

 Opposite side of the room from the sink.  At one time, the door on the right housed an ancient dishwasher.  Yes, the dishwasher was located on the opposite side of the room from the sink...in a closet.  I can't make things like this up.  The pantry is the door on the left behind the fridge.

 After week one, the wallpaper is gone.  Michael and I scraped wallpaper for days!  Looks a little better, eh?

 The wall is HISTORY!  And we extended the counter top from the sink in order to accommodate a dishwasher.  Our new counter tops are in at this point, and I've been able to get our island out of storage.  Not sure the room is big enough for it, but I desperately need the prep space.  Due to structural issues that we didn't realize we would run into, our budget tripled....so we kept the old cabinets, and I decided to try to restore them.  I would have loved brand new ones, but ....such is life.  At least I have a dishwasher that works!

 Another view of the room minus the apple wallpaper.  We had to work around the table and china cabinet, as I had nowhere to move them!

 Half the wallpaper is down in the cooking area, but we still have that pesky strip above the cabinets.  You have no idea how difficult this was to get down.  We scraped for DAYS.

 And the new floor is in!  It's so nice!  Before, we had half the room in pine and half in ancient linoleum.  We're glad to get a cohesive look to the entire space!

 Another view of the dishwasher...my new favorite thing in the entire house!  :-)

 That wallpaper was IMPOSSIBLE!  Here, it decided to take part of the drywall with it when it was stripped.  We had to mend these walls...seriously mend.

 The new sink is nice...a bit deeper than the old one and not stainless steel....yeah!  I wanted one of those fabulous farm house sinks with the apron on it, but I just couldn't afford it.  Next best thing:  a cast iron sink in white.  It's a lovely thing.

 Here's looking into the room from in front of the refrigerator.  You can see how open it feels. Still haven't made up my mind if the island stays.  We'll see how it feels when all is said and done.

 Here's my DH scraping away at that nasty green wallpaper.  Can you tell he's having fun?  This is about three weeks into the wallpaper removal.  Three.  Yes, it took us that long. 

 And here's the walls painted!  I wanted something neutral, so I chose this color.  I'll accent with red, I think.

 New crown molding on the ceiling and beams.  We decided to paint all the trim white to make it really stand out against the walls and ceiling.  I am going for the "clean" look.  I really NEED the clean look.  :-)  Also, you can see our new light fixtures.  Much better than the old one.

 Another view of the paint color.  Neutral, neutral, neutral.

 One of the beams on the ceiling. We have three of them.

 Week Four. DH is still scraping green wallpaper.  I'm not kidding.  :-)

 In case you wondered where all the stuff we removed from the kitchen was being kept, here's a view of my dining room.  Yep, four weeks it's been like this.  Four.  Help me.

 Teapots and pottery and pitchers....oh my!

 Uh huh...more stuff.  Are you wondering where we've been eating dinner during this remodel?  Two words:  Take out.  Oh, two more:  Family Room.  ;-)  Uh huh...on the couch in our TV room...on the days that we didn't need to escape and just went to one of the nearby restaurants.

 Just so you can get the full experience.  Somebody has too much stuff.  Don't you think?

 And here's the path through the dining room.  Yes, that's dust on the floor - drywall dust.  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.  I'm beginning to feel as though we need to be highlighted on an episode of Hoarders.  How sad is this?!?!

 Finally, the china cabinet gets put back together! 

 Hubby, trying to find his way through the clutter and mess...

 Did you know that drywall dust gets everywhere?!?!  Even in drawers and closets in other rooms in the house?  We'll be cleaning up this stuff for weeks!

I have no shame, no shame at all.  ;-)

So, there it is.  Pictures of a REAL remodel.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  And we're still working on it.  Think we'll be finished by.....Christmas? 


Kim said...

oh,Paula! No wonder I haven't heard from you for weeks! What a challenge and yes I can identify with being on the Hoarders episode...they could just make a movie of my basement and house. And that drywall dust is evil, evil I tell you! What's the matter with us? You know I wish, just wish, because it can never come true, that I could just have very little stuff. It is only a dream..
The kitchen looks sooo nice as it is coming along...You are going to love it and so am I..remember what they always say..You have to suffer for beauty.
Keep posting~I love it! Michael seems to take everything in stride! How is the little guy doing?!♥♥♥♥

Kim said...

I took a gander at the photos more carefully...it is going to be so beautiful! I love the neutral and trimmed with red will look really stunning! Are you going to paint the cabinets? They are not bad really and if you want to paint them you could add some molding on them to jazz them up. I'm all for using what we have and repurposing. I think the island will look fine once you get all the stuff put away..you know how things look when it's all messed up. I can't wait for you, I'm so excited. It was a big undertaking especially doing all yourselves but it will really be cool.
How did you ever manage to run a B&B with that little tiny counterspace...let me tell you...I have one just like it...my kitchen is as big as some people's closets! I am so glad you shared the pics!♥ You're breathin' life into the olde Gal!

Nook & Cranny said...

You hang in there. I HATe remodeling projects just for the reasons you have shared. What a mess!! LOL :0
You will get to the end soon and all will be well once again. You will be glad you did it.
Be sure to post when all is done, can't wait to see.

Anonymous said...

Take a deep breath, Paula. Look away and it will be finished before you know. I'm out of breath just going through the pictures so I totally get ya. ;) Loved that cute little head sticking out in the corner of one of the pics. :)

I have a white cast iron sink too. hehehe Matching buddies. My husband added it to our kitchen years ago and I just love it.

You'll look back on this one day and remember the simple days. No, really, I mean it, so enjoy it.

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Regan Alison said...

I can empathize. My husband and I remodeled our kitchen last year. We worked on it every other weekend for 6 months in the winter. It is a challenge living with your house a mess and having to cook around stuff or eat out a lot. But it is worth the effort. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Anonymous said...

We're in the middle of a kitchen redo also. Your pictures look just like my house! I had to laugh at your "help"! I feel the same!! :)

Laura said...

I am in a very similar kind of mess! I also wanted white and clean and I completely understand how you are feeling! You are doing a great job. We just gotta hold on a bit more, and then we will be in beautiful kitchens...accented with RED! Yay! I love red!