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

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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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!
and ...the executive decision was made 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.

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.
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…

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  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…

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! *)

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