Tag Archives: Kitchen rehab

Sweat Equity, Literally.

12 Jul

The good news is that wall right there is finished. We love the color. We started the project that  morning and finished that afternoon. This is great news. The bad news is that we have a lot more walls to go!

Monday afternoon we finished the tile in the kitchen and hallway and finished and started the tile in the back mudroom.   While Matt was busy doing that, I took to painting with 2 good friends (thanks, Molly and Annie!).  Luckily for me they both have more experience painting than I do – Molly could be considered an expert in painting old paneling. We were able to complete the ‘accent’ wall in the living room (Clary Sage by Sherwin Williams) and also to get the first coat on the cabinets (Softened Green by Sherwin Williams).

I was pleasantly surprised at how well everything turned out but still a little undecided about how everything will fit together.  Spending some more time this week figuring out decorating schemes for the bathroom, dining room and kitchen. Even more importantly, we will hopefully be making a decision on our electrician!


Don’t They Pay People to Do That?

5 Jul

Since the long weekend began, we have spent approximately 5 hours at Home Depot (this is over the course of 3 trips), and 30 hours at the house doing work.  We have accomplished some things for all of this work.  For starters, we are the proud owners of a Home Depot credit card – Woo!  We have also successfully covered up or taken down most of the previous ownner’s “design elements.”

Thursday Night:  Picked out kitchen cabinets (20% off) and tiles for the kitchen, mudroom and entry way.  Got nickel and dimed on adhesive, screws and hardie backer.  Went to rent the truck only to find out that it was too late because the store was closing in 30 minutes.  Left frustrated.

Friday afternoon:  Resumed at Home Depot.  Found our dolly (that held our entire kitchen) still in tact. Found out more good news that with a Home Depot account not only do you get no financing for 12 months, but they give you an hour of free truck rental too!  Rented said truck, unloaded everything into the house (well, Matt did, I’m apparently not strong to lift either boxes of tiles or cabinetry.)  Friend Reed came over and assisted Matt with beer drinking, laying hardie backer and removing the range.  I pounded down staples in the old tile with a hammer (me woman, hear me roar) and left before it got too late.  The following morning, Matt got up early and met his brothers at the house for a very full day of bad jokes, cut-off shirts and a tile saw.  By the time I got there they had made great progress on the floor and Dad Ekwinski had removed the giant evergreen bush and sprayed weeds (essentially the entire yard).  I showed up, made the sure the boys stayed full and hydrated and protected from UV rays.  I also sanded the cabinets and got them prepared for a prime and paint job.

Sunday:  This was supposed to be our day off but not surprisingly this did not happen.  Matt finished up tiling – with the exception of the last piece that does not want to be even.  We also (finally) installed 2 A/C window units which was essential for the 90 plus weather.  I worked on priming the cabinets and listening to fantastic old mixed CDs from college.

I sit here now, typing this, rushing through because we have to get back out to the house in the next hour to clean up and prepare for friend who are coming to help us paint.  I can’t say that it was the best way to spend a long, holiday weekend but hopefully this time next year we will have friends over to BBQ in our back yard!

Spiders and Snakes and Roofs, Oh My!

23 Jun

Day Two of work is complete.  Let me start of by saying that central air, or air conditioning period is an underrated amenity and that I am currently living the glamorous life in my apartment.

Got to the house around 10 or so with a car full of cleaning supplies and tools only to find out that Dad Ek was already there with an entire SUV full of supplies including a lawn mower – one of those things I’ve never considered having to own.  The boys got to work in the back weed wacking and mowing and I started scrubbing down the fridge so that we would have proper refrigeration for the cases of water, beer and pop that we will inevitably go through this summer.  Check out the before and after pics of the back of the yard – we do have a wall back there!  Oh, I was also informed that we have our first pet – a lovely black snake.

We got sweatier and sweatier as the day progressed but were able to accomplish a lot scrubbing, killing daddy long legs, and removal of curtains, doors, carpet and fixtures.  We walked a few electricians few – estimates forthcoming.  Overall the day was great until we found out that our roof estimate is most likely going to be a lot more than expected.

Which, of course, is cutting into the kitchen budget.  Goodbye shiny, new kitchen cabinets, Hello new paint, hardware and sanding.  Let’s find out if those kitchen rehabs with very small budgets on HGTV are applicable to the real world.

We’ll be checking out tile tonight for our counters and floors and will be back to work on Saturday working on removing cabinets, old tile and wallpaper.

The Beginning of the Beginning

21 Jun

And so it begins…..  We closed on our cute, frame fixer upper today.  Excitement went to fear in a hurry as we walked through the house this time knowing that everything was ours from the beautiful pine floors, to the too small kitchen and the asbestos tiles lurking beneath it.   We have decided to keep a blog for home project as much so that we can hopefully impart some wisdom on other brave souls like ourselves, but also so that we have a record of everything and can look back at our work someday and be proud of our accomplishments.

Day One we took some basic measurements of the downstairs, picked up the color wheel from Sherwin Williams and started to unearth 2 layers of old, vinyl tiles from the kitchen to find out if maybe, just maybe we have pine floors under that mess.  The jury is still out.  What do you think?Prayer for wood