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Leaps and Bounds

16 Feb

As I listen to the competing sounds of Herbie Hancock’s Progress album and my husband sanding the cabinets, I am drawn to update this site and share some of our progress. I’ve been taking photos but not posting them. So, there are big changes. We’ve taken out the counter tops, taken off the cabinet doors, drawers, and all that good stuff. Today, we are making our final decision on paint. We are also patching the walls where The World’s Ugliest Tile™ used to be. Greg tested our new hinges and ordered them. (Yay!) Lastly, we are going to figure out exactly what hardware we need for the cabinet innards and go to IKEA tonight and get it. Yahoo! Any day that includes a trip to IKEA is a good one for me! 🙂

Here are some photos to update you on our progress . . .

Countertops out!

Countertops out but we still have the cabinet doors on. See how ugly that wall is where the Ugliest Tile in the World™ was used as a backsplash? Gotta lotta work to do there.

Otherside of the kitchen. the range is out. The sink is in but non-functional. That’s rice for dinner cooking on the stove though. 🙂

Liza working hard

That’s me taking a turn at taking out the Ugliest Tile in the World™. Oh, it probably looks like it’s just a boring gray tile to you but trust me, it was ugly, boring, annoying, and I hated it. I’m so glad it’s gone!

Greg working hard

Greg working on the last of the countertops around the sink. What a mess! 🙂

In the process of

This is what the walls looked like after taking the ugly backsplash off. A mess!

More fixing

This is what they look like after I cleaned them up and put a nice, fresh coat of mud over them. Lovely!

A quick sanding and they will be ready to have a new and lovely tile backsplash put over them.

Sanding old cabinets

Sanding, sanding, sanding.
So much endless sanding.

Sunday I’ll get our paint for the cabinets. We finally decided on a flat latex paint that we’ll cover with a satin finish varathane. We’re trying to use the Wonderpure brand paint from our hardware store as it is their low VOC paint. So, tomorrow will involve painting . . . lots and lots of painting. Inside the cabinets, the doors, and hopefully the exteriors. Lots of painting. Lots of sanding. I’m so glad my mother-in-law is coming to help! 🙂

Uncovered . . .

25 Jan

We took down the range hood in preparation for installing the new microwave range hood combo dealie. I’m very excited about it. We unearthed some amazing paint and a tiny strip of wallpaper. My kitchen was mighty mod at one time. A bit frightening, really!

hidden past

Aqua paint, olive and pale blue print in the wallpaper.  My goodness.

We bought our paint tonight.  That was a bit of a shock, actually.  We wanted to go with low VOC paints.  The guy at the hardware store where we always get our paint told us that all the Fuller-O’Brien paints were available in low VOC so we happily picked out a couple.  Tonight, the woman who REALLY knows what she’s talking about assured us he was lying.  So, we had to pick new colors.  They didn’t come in quarts so we had to get gallons.  Greg isn’t sure they’ll work.  I think they will.  Hope so — $100 of the wrong paint would not be good.  I think I’ll paint up a sample board for him to look at and then he’ll feel better!  🙂