Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coming Along…..

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A sneak peek…..the old brick linoleum floor from 1983 in my kitchen, now looks like this!

DSC04980 That floor was not cleaned yet….still had some grout gunk but you get the idea. Believe it or not, that grout color is not white….it is Smokey Grey and so is the tile. It kind of grew on us after a while. It’s not the color they showed us at Lowe’s….don’t get me started! I don’t know how people do Reno’s and stay sane…honestly…..it must be why some move out and hire a crew to do everything. We cannot afford that so we do a lot ourselves.

DSC05015 Kitchen being painted (by us) and new doors being stored in the dining room. We found out they had to be painted after we hung them. They came back down and we are painting them now. Those old oak cabinets and black countertops won’t be replaced for some time to come. We will probably paint them at some point. The beam between this kitchen and our dining room had to come out and be replaced. It was cracking and moving and old.

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DSC04681 Here is our friend cutting it into chunks after he has secured the ceiling on either side. That was quite a job.DSC04695         My son Kyle helping and Obie supervising.   DSC04696

Three new long boards go in side by side and then into the interior walls for support. These will not show. A custom beam will be boxed around it.DSC04946 Here’s the beginning of the custom beam. More boards to go up on the wall below and the top will have crown molding. We will need to paint it all.DSC05037 New doors begin to be put up but have to come down again to be painted. What were we thinking? It all worked out though. DSC05039So much nicer than the old brown stained doors from the 80’s we had. These Christian doors are not solid wood but they serve the purpose and I think they look wonderful! They are about 60.00 a piece at Lowe’s.DSC05033 Goodbye old brown doors and molding……hello clean white doors and molding!!

I will post some more as we get closer to finishing. My wonderful husband put out his back and has been recooping for the last 4 days. All that heavy lifting!! So….we are at a standstill until next week. He needs to heal. I’ll be back with more soon. Sheila…..sorry I missed your kitchen makeover party! Hope all of you are well and enjoying this fall season! I have not even cleaned out my garden yet……next week…..and a yard sale is in order for possibly next weekend. I know….I’m crazy? When you renovate, you start to look at all your “stuff” differently I guess? Out with the old and in with the new? Something like that. See you soon…………….. imageI am not going to miss looking at this!!

12 comments:

Shelia said...

Wow, Debbie! I love your new flooring! Woo Hoo! Your kitchen is looking wonderful! I'm in love with your kitchen door too! I want one like that for my laundry room! I'm so proud for you and you'll be able to come to my Heart of the Home Party.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Eva Gallant said...

Love the new floor!

Kathleen said...

I can see that Obie really cracks the whip! How is he these days? Your house is looking great. Bet you can't wait to see the finished results. Love that floor...really, really nice. Hope your husband feels better soon.
Hugs & luv, Kathleen

Dawn said...

Wow! It's coming along nicely. Hope your hubby feels better and don't worry, I still have carrots and taters to get!

Elenka said...

Well, you are really coming along.
It will be great.
Your trip to San Diego....aren't you glad you did it?
When we are young, that's when we should do crazy things.
That's how I ended up in Maine. I was going out with a guy in NJ and I was graduating college. He had a map of New England in his car. We took it out to the Maine side, I closed my eyes and pointed to three places in Maine. I applied for a job in all three. Two of them didn't have any openings, but one did and here I am.
40 years later.
I was only going to stay in Maine for a year, but then I met Birdman and the rest is history.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful floor! Am I wrong - Looks like part of your dining room is enclosed? The changes are awesome! Total makeover! A broad range of colors goes w/Gray. Plus, it makes the floor space look wider. Not only that but posher, too, like having a new Cadillac parked in your driveway and, its yours! I love it! Great choice of floor color! Unique and artistic. You and Bob are on a roll! Love, a very impressed GeeGee ...

Shelia said...

Hi Debbie! OH, I'm so glad your hubby liked my kitchen. I'm so enjoying my new countertops!
About our front doors. Our home was built in 1970, probably before you were born! :) The doors were put on then. So they're pretty old! They are getting a bit fragile too.
Hope you're having a great weekend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbie said...

Sheila:....Thanks so much for your comments! It is so much nicer. I hope it's back to normal soon.
Eva:...Thank a bunch!
Dawn:...Oh I feel better...thanks!
Elenka:...Oh my gosh that is quite a story!! Wow!
GeeGee:...Thanks my friend. You are always so kind.

Michelle said...

Debbie your floor looks awesome...wow all the work you guys are putting into it is amazing. I can't wait to see everything done!! xoxo

Lori said...

I think it looks awesome so far. Remodeling is so much work and always takes more time then anticipated...but it sure looks nice when it's done. I've lived in remodeling with 5 young kids...not fun...and wouldn't want to do it ever again. Good luck with the rest and hope you keep your sanity intact. :) XX

Lori said...

I think it looks awesome so far. Remodeling is so much work and always takes more time then anticipated...but it sure looks nice when it's done. I've lived in remodeling with 5 young kids...not fun...and wouldn't want to do it ever again. Good luck with the rest and hope you keep your sanity intact. :) XX

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi debbie....wow....your new kitchen is looking great. i can't wait to see it when it is finished. i think i stopped by a few times but must have forgotten to leave a comment. all i know is summer drags and then october is over in the blink of an eye. we head off on our trip tomorrow and i can't wait!

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