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Showing posts with label kitchen renovation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen renovation. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Kitchen in the 108 Year Old House.

Over the past month or so, I have been sharing the biggest project I have ever done.  I have been working on a 108 year old house in a tiny little village called Minburn Alberta.   This house is owned by my Cowboy.  It is the house he and his 7 siblings called home since he was born, and it holds a lot of memories for him.
We spent some time discussing what this house used to look like…and what he would like to see it as, after we fixed it all up.   He did not want it to be restored…as he wanted it to reflect his personality today.   So…the plan was made…to renovate and fix up this old house to be a rustic retreat, filled with his rodeo/cowboy memories, hunting trophies and comfortable soothing colors, textures and style.   My Cowboy is one of the most gentle, patient, calm people I have ever met.  His personality is not one of an extravagant man…but one of a hard working simple country boy…with a love of family, nature and a heart of gold.
While I have been diligent in  working on the upper level of the house, fixing and fine tuning two of the four bedrooms, Cowboy has been changing the light fixtures, and repairing/ upgrading the electrical, and upgrading the plumbing to the kitchen and bathroom…he has been doing all the parts of this project that I do not know how to do myself, and/or refuse to learn or attempt to do! 
When my Cowboy finally had enough of “his work” done in the old kitchen, I was able to do some of MINE!  Today I am going to share the kitchen.
Lets get started.
I need to say that my photos are lacking in this room…I was excited to get this done, and simply forgot to take as many shots as I should have.   Bare with me…
This is the kitchen…it is NOT pretty.   In this photo, we have got all sorts of tools and supplies laying around…there is a lot of space in this room.  It has great potential.
The fridge and stove still work, but not reliably. They need to go.  The upper cupboards are not overly functional anymore…and are not going to stay either.
There is the start of a nice big window on this wall.  It will stay, and we will have a window made to fit the space.  That porch, if you remember me mentioning it before, is going to be removed in the spring…so that window will look out onto a deck and into the back yard.  It will be wonderful!
I am sure that the Cowboy won’t miss the pink paint or wall paper in this room…lol
This table has seen a lot of family meals, and has been repaired several times…but will not make the cut.   It will be taken out when we get started on the floors.
The floors…I think this photo pretty much says all that needs saying.  There are nails, lifts, tears and damage all through out the kitchen lino.   It will be removed for sure!
The ceiling is just as bad as the floors…so it will need to be changed.
As you can see…this room will offer a challenge.   It needs a lot of work.
We got started…
OUT goes the old damaged linoleum…revealing…
…and equally ugly tile floor.  
This tile floor would not be removed.   It would serve as a base for something much nicer…and more comfortable.
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There!   That’s much better!  It is just simple peel and stick tiles from the hardware store.  They were inexpensive and will do what we need them to do!  They will also look great with the wall treatment we decided on.
The walls…are being covered with an overlay of 1x6 spruce boards!   They are treated with the same “brew” of rust, vinegar, baking soda and black tea, that I used on the dresser that I re-dressed to fit into this house.     I brushed the mixture onto each board one at a time, and let them dry.   Once they were dried enough, they were cut and pieced onto the walls to create a wonderful rustic look!
We originally wanted them to look like old barn board…but this is what we got.   We both love this look and decided that it would be a nice treatment for the ceiling too….
So…I got busy and did more walls, and the Cowboy did the ceiling and the remaining walls.  We are very happy with the look.
Now…the cupboards…
We ripped the top cupboards out…removed the old appliances…and finished the wall with the wood treatment.
Where the old appliances and upper kitchen cupboards used to be, I put up plank shelving.  These will be on the walls on either side of the kitchen window, and will hold all kinds of wonderful things. 
My Cowboy installed a couple of new light fixtures, and we are almost ready for furniture!   All that remains, is to put some finishing touches to the wood walls…and clean up the mess that construction seems to create in spite of how careful we try to be!  lol
That’s all I am going to share for today…I can’t hardly wait to share the finished room…it is SO perfect!  I also have lots of great photos!  lol 
Stay tuned…the next chapter of this project is about to get VERY cozy!

Until Next Time…Happy Junkin’/ Renovating/ Decorating!

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Did you miss a post or two in the 108 year old house series?
Article #1  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.
Article #2   If Walls Could Tell A Story…The 108 Year Old House…On The Inside

Article #3If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Small Bedroom In The 108 Year Old House

Article #4 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Master Bedroom

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Another Kitchen Re-Do...

Hey guys!!!   How the heck have you been?  

Me?   I’ve been busy…and that is good…for the most part.  

I wish there were more hours in the day…or that my tired body could keep up with the demands that I need to put on it.   As some of you know, I am not in the best health these days so my energy levels aren't all that high, but I do what I can.   I'm grateful for my kids and my Cowboy for all the help they give me when I just 'can't'.   My kids are busy as a bunch can get with extra curricular and social engagements...and every day is just full.   Ive missed my Tootsie Posts a lot...and am excited to be here today!

My little clothing company has been very busy now since August and I haven’t had a lot of extra time…or energy for that matter to do a lot of Tootsie type things.   I have  several orders sitting on my desk that need to be filled…but sometimes a girl just has to take a little break from work and play a bit.  

This weekend I took the time…and decided to wear my Tootsie hat for just a little while…and did a project that has a dramatic change from the before to the after.  

Those who know me well, know I have a certain style of decorating that I like to see in my home.   There are some spaces in this place that DO NOT reflect this style…The following space started out as one for the NOT my style file. 

Lets get started.

I inherited THIS nightmare: 

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I adore the rounded doorways…and I love the character of this house…but I hate this color…absolutely hate it.   If there was ever an affliction that included an irrational fear of a certain color on the walls, this would be it! 

I am not a girl that likes coral on the wall.   This isn’t even a nice shade of coral…it’s kind of pukey…it’s not red…it’s not orange…it’s not pink…it’s just  UGLY and it it just makes me crabby.
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Now…I could have ignored it…but since August I have been working in the room ajacent to this nasty eyesore for  up to 18  hours a day…

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…I tried to ignore it…I really did.

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I REALLY tried not to look at it…

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…but it is just SO bright…and it’s the first thing you see whenI look up from my desk…something had to give!   lol

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I decided that I could not live one more day with this space taunting me and insulting my sensibilities.   It had to go!  

I also decided  that the cheesy grey cupboards would have to change too.   Now…if I am not loving the cabinet doors…why not experiment on them?

SO… Before we head to the hardware store and replace the cupboard doors…I decided that maybe I’d like to try something that I’d read about. 


Have you ever heard of this?   It’s a kind of liquid sander/deglosser.  It makes painting projects a lot less messy…and much faster!   I thought I might give it a try…see how she worked…

So I prepped and primed…edged and rolled…scrubbed and primped and planned…cleaned and organized, decorated and arranged and played to my little hearts content.

Do you want to see how I made out? 

First, let me remind you of the before:

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This kitchen is what nightmares are made of…
or should I say WAS.

NOW… in comparison, it is an absolute dream!
Take a look:

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I am 100% sure I don’t have to tell you what surfaces I put paint on…lol   I am amazed at how different this room looks and feels with just a can of paint!

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I am not quite finished in this room.   I would like my Cowboy to cut me some pretty mouldings to attach to the front of the cupboard doors to add some detail.  

I may also decide to go a shade darker on at least the lower cabinets…but for now…

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I am pretty sure…

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I can live with this view from my studio for a while. 

What do you think?   Did I accomplish my goal for this room?

I am pleased with it…quick, simple and neutral.

Well guys…that’s it for me for today.

I am back to the sewing machine tomorrow!

Until next time…  Happy Decorating !!!  ( and re-finishing!)

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Monday, May 9, 2016

When the 80’s Called and Demanded Their UGLY Back…

Hey guys!   How the heck are ya?   I have missed you all a lot, and finally have a few minutes to sit down and share a little bit of what I have been doing around here when I am not working on …well…work!

As you know, my Cowboy and the kids and I have recently purchased a beautiful acreage.   We moved in last November and are loving our new home…well Mostly.

This house was built in the 80’s.   It is a very nice size for us and has all kinds of wonderful things about it that made us want to live here.   However…there were a few things that right off the bat we knew we were going to change.   Today…I am sharing one of those things.


I adore the layout of this kitchen.   Having the stove on the island is a dream!   It makes this Tootsie who generally hates to cook or bake…almost enjoy that task!  There are plenty of cabinets and drawers for what we need…and on the other side of the dining area there is a built in china cabinet.
What’s not to love!


Ya…THAT’S not to love.

The oak Cabinets have turned VERY orange…and the finish is worn, dry and in bad shape.




We talked and talked about what to do with the finish on the cabinets.   The possibilities are endless when it comes to things like this.
I am NOT a fan of the chalk paint or the other fad paint products on the market right now.   So that would not be an option.

I wanted to go classic…and keep the integrity of the wood, so I got the sander out…and took off the old orange finish.

It took HOURS and HOURS and HOURS and PAGES and PAGES and PAGES of sand paper.   It was a nasty mess!

I sanded the doors of the cupboards outside when I could…the weather was great, and I enjoyed the fresh air.  :)


The cabinet frames and the island were done in place as I did not want to move them off the walls and floors…so I hooked my shop vac to the sander and went to town!

My oldest Daughter was in need of a project for her industrial arts class, and she decided that helping me would be a fun time.  So…I handed her some gloves and a sander and put her teenage self to work…teaching her how to do what she needed to do…and documenting all of her help.   (she did not want me to share the photos of her assisting me, so I am keeping it simple for her)


Once we finished all the sanding…we were ready to stain.


I didn’t really want to have a color that everyone else has…so I decided to mix up my own color and it turned out to be exactly what the Cowboy and I wanted!

Waiting for it to dry enough to do the finishing touches on felt like FOREVER.


Once the stain was dry, I applied a coat of protective finish to it all to ensure that it would last for years.   Once that was dry…it was time to put every thing back together.


Ta-Da!!!    The finish came out so great!


We love the way the light plays with the colors.   At different times of the day, it takes on a bit of a different shade…sometimes light grey, sometimes darker.   Either way it looks very nice.


Now…once I finished the main part of the kitchen, I turned around and decided that the built in china cabinet could NOT stay the original orange oak that it was…but we did not want it to feel like a big displaced heavy cabinet in the dining room…I had to co-ordinate…but be just a little different from the rest.

Here’s what I came up with.


I did the same finish on all of the doors and drawers…but painted out the frame with the same color as the walls.   I also used that cream color inside the microwave opening in the cooking area…so it all goes together nicely.

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It was a huge undertaking…and a challenging one to say the least…but we are very excited at the way it all came out.  It went from Dated and Worn to a more up to date shade of pretty.

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What do you think?

I know we are happy with the results…and pooped from all the work!   The clean up is almost as hard on us as the sanding!  lol

Thank you "Miss Georgie" for all your help!   I hope learning from your old Mom was fun!

That’s all I have for you today.

There is more to share from the adventures in this house…but time is of the essence and I will share again soon!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Little Blood...a Lot of Sweat and a Few Tears...My Kitchen Revealed!

Today I am going to share some photos of the progress that has been made in my house renovation projects.   Specifically my kitchen. 
This is going to be a long post…so cozy up!

If you will remember:

This is what the kitchen in this house looked like when the kids and I move into it.  Not even my plants made it look better…ha ha!
I was originally planning to keep the cupboards and simply refinish them…
but, it was soon decided that these cupboards were in far to bad condition to try to work with them.  Not even Magic would have given them new life.  They were simply tired, worn out and seemed to be begging to be retired. 

So…the decision was made.  This kitchen would have to be re-done…Top to Bottom!  They were not “character” cupboards…they were from the 70’s so it was not a hard decision to accept.

We got straight to work.

The cabinets were removed…


The walls were re-positioned.  We moved this wall back just a little more than 12” to make room for the fridge.  I didn’t need a huge useless closet at the back door, and the space was being wasted.

New flooring was installed  (we had lots of help that day)
…and beautiful new cabinets were assembled.  It seemed to take me forever to build those babies.

This kitchen was about to go from dated, tired and dark to bright cheery and timeless.
We decided to re-position the appliances to more efficient locations…the dishwasher was moved from beside the stove to the opposite side of the kitchen and closer to the sink…the fridge was also moved to the opposite side.

…cabinets and cupboards were installed, and a fresh new look was given to the walls. 
I used bead board panelling on the walls in this room for a few reasons.

     1.  there was substantial damage to some areas of the walls that would have been very difficult to repair. (and I hate dry walling)  The bead board panels were an easy and efficient way to handle this problem.
     2.  The bead board lends character and charm to the new style of my kitchen.
     3.   I simply love the look of it.  ha ha!

With the cabinets all installed, walls all decked out, appliances all placed, and the flooring refreshed, there were only a few things left to do!  The countertops needed to be chosen and installed, light fixtures needed to be changed, baseboards and trims needed to be chosen and installed…AND…

… something MUST BE DONE WITH THAT CEILING!  When we took down the cupboards we found a LOT of ugly left to deal with…so…we had to do some fancy thinkin’!

By this time, it was spring, and I was sick and tired of all the renovations.  I had been nursing as shoulder injury (well…as best as a Tootsie who can’t sit still can) and I decided to take a little break from this project.  I left much undone in this kitchen for a couple of months and turned my attention to the greenhouse and a few other things.

Eventually, I returned to this project just slightly refreshed and ready to work.  Feeling slightly adventurous, I decided to try my hand at tiling by own countertops.

I used black slate tiles and dark grout.  I had a big project going on this time!

I spent the better part of one night to glue them, another to grout them. 

The countertops are installed!

Now, I can say that I like that the tiles are so strong- they almost seem invincible  (almost)  I, however, will NEVER EVER EVER EVER install tiles EVER AGAIN.  It seems that this Tootsie has finally found something that she HATES doing!  My countertops are far from perfect, but they are in, and they are functional…and I am satisfied with that!   Please don’t look too closely at my photos, there are a million flaws!

The ceiling…on the other hand…looks AWESOME!


These plastic tiles were ordered for a very decent price online and they are incredibly easy to install!  There is nothing simpler than staples!  To cover the staples there are little one inch self adhesive strips of trim that stick to the joins between the tiles…and VOILA!


…a beautiful ceiling loaded with detail and character!

Still to do:
light fixtures, trims and finishing details.

A new fluorescent fixture was installed over the sink, and a ceiling fixture replaced the original, which appeared to have suffered some sort of burn and did not work properly.  I had originally intended to move a ceiling fan into the space, but soon realized that due to the placement of the electrical, this was not an option. 

A simple, yet pretty fixture was chosen to compliment the ceiling tiles and give light when the sun isn’t shining in.


I installed some trims to the tops of the cabinets for added detail and then the decorating began!

The tops of my beautiful kitchen cabinets are filled with faux greenery and lots of my favorite things.  My cherished antique silver tea sets are in the pretty cupboards with the glass doors.
Those silver sets are the first “junk” I ever collected!!!

That opening was just far too ugly to leave the way it was…it needed some character, so… 
I hung some sheer curtains in the kitchen window…
…and pass through opening.  I didn’t like it just so plain…BORING!   So….

…I Tootsie’d It up! 

I got busy one day and made myself some unexpected little valances…Do you know what they are made out of???

Look close…

Yep!!!  paper!  (I will be posting a tutorial in the next few days if you would like to make this garland valance.)
I thought it would be a fun touch for my little kitchen. 

I trimmed out the swags of the sheers with burlap…


…and hung a berry wreath to help hide the UGLY of that window frame.  The hardware for the locks etc is all right there under the top of the wreath…it was almost a focal point…so I hid it!

I think the window treatments are perfect for this kitchen.  They soften the stark white…and add just enough whimsy. 

I placed canisters and accessories around the countertops…


…this was a heat vent cover from a house that is over 100 years old.
I think it is very pretty and adds just enough ‘fun’ to this side of the kitchen. 
With the curtains, paint and accessories all in place, i don’t even really miss the trims and moldings anymore!  It will be nice to have them all installed…but until then, I am quite happy with the current appearance of my kitchen. 

I am very partial to this kitchen.
I have enjoyed this transformation – for the most part.  The mess got to me a little bit, but in the end all of the stress, blood…(yes there was blood) sweat and even some tears were worth it.  The majority of the work was done by me, myself and I.  I did have a little bit of help from family and a friend or two…it was fun.  I learned a lot doing this project, and I have made mental notes of things that I would do differently if I had it to do over again…but isn’t that the way it always goes?  Smile 


There are still lots of things to be done before the renovations in this house are complete, but for the most part, the biggest job is done. 

Trims and moldings still need to be installed, but I have opted to wait until all of the renovations are done and install all of them at the same time.  I’d rather do it all at once, and have the mess to clean up for the entire thing, than have it room by room…that would be painful!

I don’t think the kitchen turned out too bad (especially since none of the work was done by a professional) We are definitely not professional carpenters, and this was our very first major renovation project. It is FAR from perfection…but it is PERFECT for me! There are already a lot of memories already in my little kitchen…and that is the best part!

Now…I just need to learn to like cooking…ha ha…


 And now you know why I haven't been around blog land a whole lot lately!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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