Wednesday, July 7, 2010

oh my...

I think I might have mentioned at some point that we were planning to remodel the kitchen. Well, we are in the midst of this crazy project right now. Let's take a look at the "before" picture. This was taken last Friday just before demolition.

Let me tell you a bit of what you are seeing. Those are the original cabinets from the 1950s. They have been repainted several times. They are currently sporting a nice dark brown streaky paint job. It doesn't look horrible in the picture, but in real life, it looked less than stellar. We also had a major problem with storage, I think deep in that corner next to the sink was where things went to die. There was just no way to get to anything there. You also can't see from this picture, but there are rubber bands looped around the handles because the doors won't stay closed. Oh, and the drawers fell out every time they were pulled out because there was no glider system. So, I know that "before" picture isn't the worst, but I would give the functionality a -2.
Friday was the big tear out day where we turned the above reasonable, but unfunctional kitchen into this...

Blake and some good friends tore the cabinets out piece by piece, and wow, there were an obscene number of nails holding them together.

Here's a fun discovery. This is the hole where the oven was.

Check out that wall paper! I was talking to my neighbor later in the day, and since she has lived in this neighborhood since it was built, I asked her if she remembered the orange and yellow wall paper. She said yes and laughed. It's still here!
That wasn't the only wall paper we uncovered. There were three others. Here's two, a tan flowery one on top of a gray one with red, green and white lines all over it. Classy!

We also found some fun linoleum that I thought was worth documenting.

We also needed to tear out the area above the cabinets to make room for taller cabinets. Here's Blake working on that.

By the end of day one, we carried all the debris to the curb and somewhat cleaned up so we could start day two.

Day two was for running wires for the new under and over cabinet lights, a pendant light, and fixing some shoddy electrical work from the previous owners. This meant time spent in the attic for some of the boys. Fortunately for everyone, it was unseasonably cool here in Texas for July.

Day two also brought challenges with drywall. I did succeed in cutting this piece myself.

We won't talk about how we discovered we had the wrong depth of drywall at 10:45pm. That wasn't fun.
Day 3 was another long day, and I just realized I didn't pick up my camera one time. I'll blame it on the fact that after sanding the drywall, we had to get out of the house because it was so dusty. It was so bad that our dark slate tile was white. That was even with sealing off the two kitchen doors with plastic. We relocated to the front yard to assemble cabinets and were bitten by mosquitos. We also textured the walls as well as vacuumed, and painted a coat of primer over the new texture. Oh my, we were tired.
Day 4 was the day we needed to paint and start getting cabinets in to place.
I don't have any pictures of the painting process because it went so fast. Both sets of our folks were here to help. It is true, many hands make light work!
I finally picked up my camera when I spotted this...

What you can't see is the computer they are huddled around. Who knew that installing a microwave would take three very competent guys over an hour? To their credit, we bought an "open box" microwave that didn't come with instructions and what turned out to be the incorrect template.
See the new paint color there in the background? It is the one around the top. The original color is the one where the new backsplash will go. Yes, it is fairly similar to the original color except it has more gold in it. It will look much better with the new counter top. Plus, I had no idea what the original wall or ceiling color was. We also changed the connected breakfast room color from nasty greenish brown to the same tan. I was not the least bit sad to see that color go.
It is after midnight now, so I'm going to leave the more completed pictures for later. You will be shocked. Hopefully the good kind of shocked, but for now, I need some sleep.


  1. Looking GOOD! Can't wait for the final reveal! You guys must be whipped! You will love and appreciate the kitchen even more, having done it all yourselves! Go, Team Sawyer!

  2. Wow! Y'all certainly have been busy. Way to go! It's lookin great. Can't wait to see the final pics.

  3. Oh my gosh, that makes me tired just looking at the pictures. Can't wait to see the "after" pictures!

  4. Can't wait to see it!!