Monday, April 1, 2013

The kitchen is done?

The problem with starting a remodeling project is you are never quite clear on when you are done. The week after Christmas we started on an adventure that led to our home looking like a case of "hoarders" gone bad. We boxed up our kitchen and then tore it to the ground. The only things that remained were the plumbing, the stove, dishwasher and fridge. In review, this is what we started with.

In the beginning we just rolled out the carpet and replaced it with hardwood. The hardwood filled the dining room and it looked so good that we pushed it out through the family room and even down the hall. With what we had left over we started down the stairs.
Here we are in transition. We have pulled out the old bar and started boxing things up. I use "we" very liberally here, but what it really means is "my husband". So just insert "my husband" where ever you see "we" in the future.
Once the space was emptied and "we" had painted around the pantry door twice, because the first color wasn't right, "we" started filling up the space.

Once the space was full, "we" added the backsplash.

Now with all of this done, you would think "we" might want to rest from all our labors. Not likely, "we" are already considering how to build an entertainment center from the cabinets that we moved to the garage. I'd claim this was a DIY project, but it's really a hubby did it project. Well except for the cabinets which we hired out. Three things I learned while remodeling. (1) It will cost at least twice what you planned. You get to a certain point and you have no frame of reference and the "add-ons" will bite you in the bum. (2) It will take twice as long as you imagined. And (3) It will create 10 times the mess you figured. The dust will be so prolific and thick that you can write the names of all your ancestors in it. This is a lot  of dust.

1 comment:

Anita Preece said...

Oh my heck! I love your kitchen! I can't wait to see it in person. I bet you are loving it too. Your granite and backsplash look amazing. And it looks like you have so much more room! Way to go!