Wednesday, May 24, 2017

House Update: Kitchen and Hall

The current state of the kitchen
Ryan is still transforming the kitchen. He was able to get mostly one side of the cabinets done before I hosted a baby shower for Danielle. We finally made a growth chart (see at far end) and I got a fruit basket to hang on the wall. I have some other small kitchen decor projects in the works too.
So far he hasn't had to do any cabinet door rebuilding like in the last kitchen. But he did put the drawers on metal tracks so he had to rebuild those. This was his genius method to not cover EVERYTHING in site to prevent the dust from settling while sanding. He just covered himself inside the area. I'm pretty sure he will have lead poisoning. He did wear a mask though.
Still working on the trim pieces. I wanted to keep the original hardware but the drawer handles were all mismatched so I went with that new polished brass look. It doesn't match the hinges or the knobs, which I'm still considering replacing, but I also kind of like it the way it is so who knows.
I'm not sure I ever posted a bench picture...this is from awhile ago, we don't usually keep the chairs there. I need two more big pillows. We considered cushions and re-upholstering but I clean up spills on it every day so it seems a bit impractical.
Here's Haven not wanting to eat her lunch on it.
Now it's on to the other side, which does have less cabinetry but includes the side we are redoing the gross backsplash and counter on. He was able to remove the large broken vent hood which already brightens up the space! 
And then eventually the floor and repainting the walls and ceiling! And maybe making that pantry look a bit better.

Last month the girls and I also tackled the 70 yr old covered wall paper in the upstairs hallway. I actually liked the vintage print but it was already torn in several spots so I wanted it gone. We got lots done with just our hands and a scraper but a friend loaned us their steamer which was SUPER helpful. 

Here are some before and during shots.
We thought it would peel off pretty easily like the downstairs closet did, since it was the original. But some parts were not gonna budge without steam!
 Kids dig the demo parts!
Go on Haven, give it a little riiiiiip! Like peeling a sunburn.
I kind of found the repetitive and monotonous task therapudic. Maybe I should work on an assembly line.
The after picture isn't very exciting but Ryan will eventually texture and paint the hallway. Nothing too exciting but I can say I contributed to the home renovation projects now!
 I should prob hang the pics back up so it doesn't look so drab but then I'd have to take em down again!


kmom said...

Everyone in the family is good with reno.

jana said...

i'm glad i'm not the only one willing to give themselves lead poisoning just for the sake of making the current task easier. :)

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