ATTENTION!!! Please do not steal my content! ALL of the content on this page is property of Tootsie Time is not to be copied and used elsewhere unless with the expressed permission of Tootsie! There have been a lot of my photos found on various websites and none have permission. Removing the watermark is not permitted under any circumstances. My work is MINE to share, and should never be seen with someone else's name attached to it. That is stealing!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Making of a Home…Part 1. The Kitchen…

welcome!!! I am so glad you stopped by today… and even more glad that I can see you stopping!!! I finally am able to be online again!!! The service guy that originally installed my internet, just happened to have a light schedule today, and thought he’d stop by and see if mine was working yet. I wasn’t supposed to get another service call until the 22nd of Feb.!!! Needless to say I was very happy to see him at my door!!!

Today I will begin the sharing of Tootsie’s new start! The first of many posts to come that will share the renovation and making of my new house into a home!

This is a long LONG post…so grab a coffee and maybe a cookie or two and settle in for an adventure in home renovation. I have never attempted a project of this magnitude before…and have learned a lot!

***REMEMBER*** The new house is not NEW new…but its new to me. The house itself is about 1970 or so…it is as old (ahem) young as me! ha –ha!!! ***

Take a look:


This is a photo of the kitchen in my new location. It isn’t as bad as it could be…but it isn’t ‘good’ either. Right???

The stove is pushed against the drywall and there is nothing there to protect the wall from the heat of the burners…the dishwasher is ACROSS the kitchen from the sink…right beside the stove…and because of the cabinet wall being so snug against the fridge…it not only is hard to open…but it is next to impossible to pull it out to clean under it!


The cabinets themselves are in rough shape.


My original plan for this kitchen was to update it just a little…I was going to take the doors off…and change the hardware…and give them a good sanding and refinish them….


I was going to remove the cabinetry above the cupboards…as it was a waste of valuable display space…and paint the ceiling and walls.

WELL…when I went to simply remove the doors…it was next to impossible to get the screws was then that the clean and paint plan fell apart!

Grammie and I made the executive decision to gut and renovate this kitchen!!!


Bye Bye ugly!!! You have to admit…it is VERY dated…look at the phone cubby in the wall!!! ha-ha!

…And so the renovation begins!..


This is not going to be a tidy project…and it is going to take a LOT of elbow grease.

Grammie did some measuring and I did some imagining…and we came up with a plan…Then Grammie did some more measuring…and the deal was done!!! We are going on a home renovation adventure!


There’s that phone cubby again! The wall that it is on…is about to disappear and re-appear about 18 inches further back. There was a little ledge on the other side of that wall…that was used for junk in the back entrance. I didn’t need that space for the back door…so we decided to move the wall back.


Everything was removed from the existing cabinet design. I may keep the upper cabinets to use in the garage we are putting in this spring…but the bottom ones are garbage!


The beginning of the new wall being put in. My Dad…Grampie…sure did a good job building that for us. During this little wall building…


I was building the new cabinets…


…and building….


…and building…when I would be getting sick of the cabinet construction, I would paint different rooms in the house, and help with the demolition of the kitchen.

I built every cabinet all by myself!


This is such a messy job…there is dust and drywall, and wood saw dust everywhere!!! Not a fun time for a clean- aholic!!!

We took out the old flooring as it was damaged…and we managed to save just enough to re-tile the back entrance!

Next…we put in the new floor covering!


(not the best photo of the new floor…but you get the idea. )


I was so tired when we finished this that I nearly fell asleep right there on the floor…lucky for me the ‘gang’ and Grampie was there to keep me awake!

Grampie is just buzzing around all over…look at him…he’s going so fast he’s just a blur!!! ha-ha


Grammie and Grampie were around after work each day to see how much progress I was making. The helped me bring in the lower cabinets…and Grampie put in a few plug ins for me…(this house has very few plug ins) …and then it happened…


…Grampie hurt his back. We are not sure if it happened at work…or at this house, but none the less…he was out of commission.!!! (except to inspect and/or supervise of course!)

What the heck will we do now??? How will we get this done? Not to worry…


That was the night that I decided that this was going to be MY project…was the night I decided that I would do it myself!!!!…and that is just what I did!


Lookin’ like a kitchen a little bit more every day!!!


…Got the doors on!!! The stove moved away from the wall…dishwasher re-located…now…the walls…they need “HELP”


The new wall that Grampie built was given a quick and easy fix. I installed pine paneling. It clicks together and all you need to do is nail and glue it into place! Easy…Peezy!!! The only part I hated was cutting out the shapes for the switches and plug ins, and the end pieces that were narrower than one panel piece…what a pain!!!


I painted it the same creamy color that I did the rest of the house in, and voila! one wall done! I didn’t like it in the unpainted color…it reminded me of someone I once knew…and of a very ugly bathroom we once had that looked like an outhouse with all the cedar paneling!


The painted panels look just like I wanted them to…now to finish the rest!


All the way around the room I go…


Paneling the whole thing.


I decided to do the entire room with the panel board because of the damage that the walls suffered when we removed the cabinets and did the alterations. The ceilings also took a bit of a beating…those old cabinets did not want to come out!


The paneling all in…and painted to specifications…it was time to try to hide that ceiling!

Unfortunately…in the process of mounting the upper cabinets and installing the paneling all by my little self…(all of which happened in three or four days)…I managed to sustain a very painful shoulder injury…my rotator cuff is damaged on the right side and all kinds of muscles are pulled on the left side. Needless to say…this Toots was out of commission for a bit!


Construction stopped at this point for a few days…(what? You didn’t think I was going to let someone else finish my kitchen project did you??? You also didn’t think I would listen to the doc. and stop using my arms…right???) …I had to stop working long enough for the pain to be manageable…and had to take it slow from that point…doctors orders.

I think the kitchen looks pretty good so far…I am proud to say that most of this renovation was done by me!!! Lil ‘Ol Tootsie…I do have to give Grammie and Grampie the credit they are due…without them I would not be as far along as I am…Grampie did a lot of work to get the bones of the kitchen ready…and helped with the flooring…Grammie…she planned the cabinets, took the measurements, chose the style, and placed the order for them…


…and she also kept a very close eye on us all for most of the process so far! (I have the photos to prove it! ha-ha!!!)

This is where I will end the first part of the kitchen transformation…Just wait till you see the second part!!! I am nearly finished this project…the next post will share progress with the ceiling…and a few other little things…and finally, I hope to have a countertop to share with you soon!

See you again on Thursday for Fertilizer Friday!!! I can’t wait to sit down and go from garden to garden and see what you have to share this week…and weeks past. I haven’t had internet access for so long I don’t even know where to start to catch up with you all!!! That could be a project all in itself just getting around to say hello to every one!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

*)*)*) To my very special little fan club! A wise old man once told me: A woman with real beauty; smiles through her troubles, becomes brave with disillusionment, develops courage with failure, and gathers strength through pain. I'm not where I want to be but, thank GOD, I'm not where I used to be. I'm OK, and I'm on my way. Karma has a way of lending a helping hand when you least expect it, and determination knows no boundaries! *)

¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.


Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

OMG Glenda! You are so amazing! You've taken an ugly duckling & turned it into a swan. Loved the paneling, although I cringed a bit when I saw the first picture... I can hardly wait to see your progress! ☺♥☺

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

WOW! You're such an amazingly talented lady. Love the new cabinets that Grammie chose. I was a bit skeptical when I saw the first photo of the paneling, but you were spot on with your choices. Love it & can't wait to see more photos!

(Hope you & your dad are recovering from your injuries.) ☺♥☺

Sue said...

Just by this post I can see you are doing amazing things with that kitchen. Can't wait for the finale!!
But gosh, take it easy with your injury. You don't want to mess it up even worse and be out of commission for even longer!
Take care!!

Bernie H said...

That's an impressive change already. I just love the new cabinets and the new flooring. The location of the dishwasher makes far more sense now. Congrats to all of you for the great work you've done so far.

I do hope your Dad has recovered and that your shoulder is well on the way to recovery as well. Can't wait to see the next set of photos.

Anonymous said...

You are one amazing tough lady. What a fantastic job. I am looking forward to seeing the final makeover. Your new home is going to be stunning.

FlowerLady said...

Dear Glenda ~ Bless your heart. I am loving your new kitchen. You and your Folks have done a great job in spite of injuries. Do be careful and ask for help when you need it, there is nothing wrong in that.

Love and hugs to you,


mississippi artist said...

I cannot beleive all this work you did. It looks great! Those rotater cuff injuries are bad-be careful and don't do anymore damage to it.

sabri said...

is that busy holding up her finger...ha! ha! yeah !!! she knows your number one !!! and girl i think you are too after that demo and reno...looks great...had fun enjoying my cup of coffee and browsing this morning...also love the look of the kitchen now...

Betty819 said...'s beginning to look like a kitchen now, much updated but I know when it is finished, you will have put your creative touch to it and it'll look great! Hope you gave that internet installation guy a big Thank You hug and a big smile from all of us that he got you hooked up finally! We have missed your postings so much. It is fun to see what you all have accomplished. I'm proud of you! Don't forget to give your parents a lot of hugs. They deserve it too!

SILVIA said...

awesome job Tootsie!!! cant wait to see all finish.All the best:)

Alberta said...

Glenda I can feel your enthusiasm and energy through your words! You are a machine when you see a vision that calls your name. Your home is looking incredible for being in it such a short time. Great choices in your kitchen and despite the construction chaos it looks so CLEAN & FRESH!

Did you have a chance to tuck something current into the walls like a time capsule? We found a newspaper page and signatures when we opened a wall, so we added some stuff including the today's headlines before closing it up again. Kids thought it was fun.

Rest up, hope all the injuries are healing nicely!

Darla said...

This does not surprise me one bit girl! I am so happy for you and the kids, your new home is going to be gorgeous, with that special Tootsie-touch!!

Shelia said...

Tootsie! I'm such a bad blogger friend and haven't been over in so long and now look what you're up to! Oh, my, your kitchen looks wonderful! You're so smart and I hope your Daddy's back is better soon!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pamel Gordon said...

Wow! This is an amazing transformation! You and your parents have done a great job in renovating your kitchen. I love it! I hope you do take care of your shoulder though. (I've had a similar problem the past year and I am limited in what I can do - gardening, shoveling etc.) I look forward to the next installment of your new kitchen makeover. Blessings, Pamela

Betty819 said...

Are you going to be able to install that microwave above your stove area?

Will there be installing molding on your paneling? That kitchen looks like it's a pretty good size..lot larger than mine! I can see how you messed up your shoulder/rotator cuff trying to hang cabinets by yourself.

I can see your spirits picking up just seeing how much you have accomplished. Keep up the good works and keep those pictures and details coming! We look forward to your next posting.

Joani said...

What a job & mostly all by yourself. I'm hoping your shoulder is better. Can't wait to see the rest of the kitchen. Aren't grammies and grampies just the best? Congrats.

Crafty Gardener said...

WOW Glenda, you are doing an amazing job. Take care of yourself you don't want to be out of commission for gardening season.

Anonymous said...

Goodness Friend you just jump in all the way don't you!!!? Wow you are doing an amazing job with your new place - sorry to hear you messed up your shoulder- take care of yourself- Rome wasn't built in a day remember!

bee blessed

onlymehere said...

Oh my goodness! This is definitely amazing and to think that you and grammie and grampie are doing it all yourselves! Awesome job. I love the white and the clean look of it. I can hardly wait to see it completed. You'll love it even more bz of all the work you've done and that it's your's to do with as you wish.

Anonymous said...

HELLOOOOOO....... GRAMMIE has to keep a close eye on you and grampie. You two seem to be an injury waiting to happen. HA HA HA. It will all be done soon, and the house is looking cute as a button already. I love it. There is not too much left to do, and soon you will be out in your greenhouse getting all dirty planting your heart out. After all you have a whole yard that needs TLC, and I am sure you will do something for your old neighbour to spruce up his yard (knowing you):) I know you all too well that is why I am gramie. I have my eye on you!!!!! :)

Patty Sumner said...

I love it.... great job! You go girl. I cannot wait to see the finished result. I feel your pain. We have been refinishing our new "old' home for the past year. So much to do. Keep going! Blessings!

Betty819 said...

Look at the size of those hanging plants! They are Tootie's monsters..Beautiful! How many plants do you have in each container? They make my little spider plant look like a seedling! What's your secret?
I like the paint colors you have chosen, it's to make it appear larger and adds more light to a room.
Keep up the good work and it's going to be finished in no time.

sabri said...

tootsie...hey girl i misread your post from before..thought you were having a plant linky party for this friday..i already added your link to my blog...are you doing one this friday the 10th ?? If so i will leave it up..please let me know if you are i want to join in on the party...xoxox sabrina

sabri said...

p.s..can you leave a comment on my blog so i know when you have been there and if the linky looks o.k..sabri

Lona said...

Your kitchen is looking soooo goood! Do you hire out? LOL! I love the paneling and that was a great idea.It all looks so fresh now. Great job!

Netty said...

I LOVE what you have done with your new kitchen Tootsie! It looks great and I can't wait to see what else you have done!

africanaussie said...

You have a real talent - that kitchen is amazing. So good too to see you picking yourself up and moving on. I know how hard that is - you are an inspiration to all.

Sonia said...

You are one amazing lady!! Your kitchen is so beautiful and you are a real go-getter! I commend your spirit girl! Hope you and your Gramps are all on the mend!
Miss Bloomers

The Japanese Redneck said...

U R so talented.

Nothing stands in your way.

Nutty Gnome said...

Impressive Glenda! Me and Himself have replaced kitchens in 2 houses, so I fully appreciate the amount of work involved - I'm also VERY glad that I don't have to do it again!

You've done a great job - but make sure to give time to let that rotator cuff damage heal properly!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! You are the most amazing person!! I can't believe the difference. Love the new cabinests and that panelling once painted looks like beadboard! L♥ve it!
You're so lucky to have your parents around for help and support. Hoping Grampies back and your shoulders are felling better. Rotator cuffs are NO fun. Mine lemit me so much..they tire and start to hurt before I'm don with using them! lol You are doing amazing, You are such an inspiration to me. Everything here is still at a standstill. Once its decided if I get to keep the house I'm hoping I have the energy you do to change the things I want to here.
Sending you love and healing hugs for the shoulders...

Anonymous said...

OMG YOU ROCK LADY!!!! AWESOME JOB...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Andrea said...

You certainly is a Super'Woman'! I don't think i will be able to do all that, and that is considering i have less funds for workers to do all of them. That is the beauty of available prefabricated cabinet materials. I pity Grampie for his pain due to intensive labor he did there, haha! You always have Grampie and Gramie, but where are your parents? Just curious now! That work in progress is a real beauty, made more beautiful knowing who did most of them. Lastly, your last 'quoted paragraph is amazingly true! I salute Tootsie for being so strong and passionate! But take care a bit, don't be so much in a hurry. Your body might complain.

Jessica said...

You never cease to amaze me. Incredible and it's stunning.


Dirt Princess said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!!!!! Ok..I am moving into my house in May so lets go ahead and get you a flight down here!! Stay an extra week so we can go to the beach LOL!!! Dang girl you rock!!! But you already know this. This is so awesome in so many ways....the transformation is amazing and I know you are proud :-)

Kathrine Landau said...

Your transformation of this house is absolutely stunning, Tootsie. Reading your blog, I can feel your burning desire to renovate your home and your enthusiasm in decorating your place. This house does not look a 1970s home. It looks a brand new one. With an energetic and artistic owner like you, this house can be an exciting place to live in.

Kathrine Landau

Mary / Mariah said...

You did such a good job . That just proves us women can do as good a those men and some times better . I love the look of you kitchen & hope to see the rest real soon . It reminds me of my doing my kitchen back in the 90's . Now I wish I could redo it again . getting tired of some of it . Some things need fixing & styles change . Maybe some paint & counter tops . Maybe not . Don't feel up to it . At your age yes , at my age noooooo.I'll just enjoy yours .Good work girl . You'll enjoy , a lot when it's done .