Jun 242012
 

One of the last rooms in this house that we’ve not touched was the guest bathroom. We’ve been wanting from the start to replace the vanity, top, and toilet but just haven’t gotten around to it. Until now…again, nothing like a baking baby to put you into gear (like it did for our kitchen reno). This time it was harder though because we had both the dog and Noah to deal with which meant it was only one of us at a time working on the bathroom. Add to that I’m pregnant – duh – most of the work was DH’s responsibility (although I contributed when things got tedious). We’d planned for this to take a weekend or two….due to lots of fun things we discovered along the way it took over two months:) Noah learned to love taking showers….

This is when we bought the house. There was a boarder up above the shower that was half peeling off in addition to just being dirty.
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One of the first things we did was rip down the border and then paint the room. The blue was alot darker than we’d intended but we’d spent so much time painting that we weren’t going to redo it. The floor needed fixed too (it was peel and stick tile) but that would wait.
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This is how it stands today:) We removed the vanity, toilet, mirror, light, and floor. We left the tub and surround because it’s in good shape and was more than the effort we wanted to put in. We repainted the wall, installed a new vanity and top, and a new toilet. The highlight of the room though is the backsplash tile. We decided to take it the whole way around the one side of the room and I love it. It was a total pain in the butt to grout but was so worth it.
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We ran into a number of little issues when doing this and ended up moving the plumbing, adding a small spacer between the wall and the vanity so the drawers would open, trying to match 20 year old tile and failing, and breaking two mirrors before finally getting one up on the wall safely. And that’s just the big stuff. There was alot of adjusting and trips to Lowes and Home Depot (record is 5 times in one day!).

In the end, I’m happy it’s done and I’m happy with the result. Now, on to the baby’s room:)

Dec 042011
 

So we’ve been wanting to get a new stove and microwave that matches our beautiful fridge but just couldn’t stomach the $1100 plus price tag to get the ones we wanted. Since we lucked out last year (or two at this point…I can’t remember) and got a new dishwasher at a great discount on Black Friday, we figured we’d try again this year.

On Black Friday eve, while browsing the store ads at my inlaws, I saw a local store (to my inlaws) was offering the exact set we wanted for $800! Problem is that this is a local store, 250 miles away from our home and there’s no way they’d deliver that far. Instant sad face…

I mentioned it to DH and how sad I was that we didn’t live close enough and he, being the genius he is, nonchalantly mentioned that Lowes price matched. I couldn’t imagine they’d price match this great deal but it was worth a shot right?

They sure did! I’m amazed. We walked in, showed the guy the ad, and asked if they’d match that. He said “sure”. We actually asked him to look at it again and make sure it was okay. He repeated his assertion – score!!!

They arrived today and we just couldn’t wait to install them. They look soo purty…

Dec 142010
 

that blogging slows down during the holidays. Really! I read an article on it. Anyways, blogging has slowed down here because well, life has picked up and is moving at a wildfire pace. Perhaps an update would be quicker in bullet form:

– In a testament to her obsession with tennis balls, our Vizsla Macie tried to climb a tree to retrieve a ball that had gotten stuck. I really didn’t think she could do it but after about 20 min of circling, jumping, biting and false starts she literally jumped up on to the lower branches of the tree (about 3 feet off the ground) and channeled her inner cat as she tried to walk out to grab the ball. She was interrupted by DH and ended up hopping down before she got out to it (the branch would have never held her).

Look VERY closely…you’ll see her in the tree:

– Christmas card photo shoot number two was successful! I ordered our prints and they should be here any day now. I can’t wait to share!

Here’s an outtake to share…we call it “Jazz hands”

– 1 year, 1 month and a few days later our kitchen reno is done (save for a few outlet covers that need replaced). Now, on to the next project – the sun room! I’ll get a pic of the kitchen one of these days and I hope the color conveys.

– Aside from spending a few hours at the mall killing time with Noah while DH painted, I’ve managed to do ALL my Christmas shopping online thru ebates! I’m waiting for my refunds to all hit but I’m up to $30 so far!

– I’m really looking forward to Christmas and seeing all of our families! My SIL, BIL and Nephews should be in their new house by then and I’m super excited to see it! Last time I saw it it was all studs and no stairs.

– Work is picking up – end of the year sales push means lots of demos and prospective customers to woo…thankfully they’re some pretty awesome prospective customers with really compelling stories to craft a demo around. (My main job is to listen to the prospect, figure out their pain points, and craft a demo to who how our product can solve those problems…pretty awesome stuff!)

– In Noah news he’s doing great. 4 teeth that he’s been putting to work lately on just about everything (including my chin when he was particularly frustrated and I was in the way). He’s showing more preference for foods he can feed himself and our food than his purees. Meaning I have a closet full of purees that we’re going thru much more slowly now. He’ll eat purees if he’s really really hungry. Otherwise he’s mooching off our plates.

I think that’s it for now. I have a few projects that I’ll blog about if I remember to take pics:) I finished a crocheted scarf for myself as a test and have a brimmed hat for Noah about 3/4 of the way done. I have plenty more yarn, just need to find the time. Time….ah yes, need more of that somehow…:)

Feb 092010
 

So I’ve been talking about progress so I thought I’d play show and tell to keep you guys updated!

First pic is of the kitchen as it stands today…sans outlet covers and paint but with pretty much everything else.  I can even claim to have helped with the grouting!!!  Wooohoo…

The some nursery pics…still not done but my bro will be out in the next few weeks to finish the mural – I can’t wait!! He’s so talented and little man is going to be a lucky boy to have that on his walls!

 
Notice the awesome glider in the right corner – scored that at BRU today, brought it home and assembled it myself!  Soo proud!  I also started washing little mans clothes in preparation for this arrival!  I can’t believe it’s getting close.
The last set of pics are of the mobile I made for little man.  Now keep in mind, this is for the corner of his room – not over his crib!  I realize that many of the parts are not child friendly!  As he gets older and grabby we can alter the mobile and leave just the plush owls!!  Anywho, this was a ton of fun to put togeher and I have to get a better pic once the sun comes up!

Jan 052010
 

So we’ve made more progress and DH keeps calling me a slave driver:)  I may be a schedule hound but if I wasn’t we wouldn’t be making the progress we are.  Okay, “we” is a bit of a lie – it’s more like DH all by himself.  The pregnant me is hesitant to work with the electrical and forget crawling around on the floor to help with anything else!  I’m just good at directing and keeping him on schedule:)  He works really hard and spends just about every evening after work doing something or another.  What a dedicated DH!

I’ve decided not to take any more pics until we get the backsplash in and get things painted.  That means that it may be a few more months before anyone sees the final product but safe to say, we’re still working on it!  We do have the bottom trim and the under cabinet lights in on the large bank of cabinets.  Tonight DH is working on getting the electrical around the window to the one lonely bank of cabinets on the other side.  From there we have to put the window casing and sill up, backsplash, paint, etc…and then we should be done.  It’s all detail work now so it will likely progress much much slower than before.

Stay tuned…


Dec 282009
 

Since we managed to get back to a mostly working kitchen, the reno has slowed down (well, that and the fact that the holidays are here and our weekends have been taken up in preparation for all that – oh and I’m in my third trimester and so tired that i’m not pushing DH to do things because it requires me to help:) ).

That said, we have made some progress and learned a few lessons along the way!  We have full electrical, a fully working stove (oven and all), door handles, a microwave, and a new 24×30 in cabinet. For your reading (and learning) pleasure – here’s what we learned:

1. Word to the wise – test one under cabinet light before you install them all.  Thankfully we did this because we found that we hated how it looked. The light is just the wrong color, even with warm florescent bulbs.  We’re going to grab a halogen light this week and try that to see what we like better.

2.  When planning the kitchen, pay close attention to the microwave set up (if you have an over the range micro).  We just went with what the Ikea designer told us and ended up with a cabinet that was 6 inches too short to support our micro.  After weeks of deliberations, frustrations and design ideas (which included bolting it to the side cabinets, using 7in toggle bolts and a jiggy rigged cover panel) I finally figured out that if we just had a 24″ cabinet instead of an 18″ cabinet we’d be home free, so off to Ikea was trekked.  Brought the cabinet home, assembled and within the evening had a working, mounted microwave (and additional cabinet space to boot!).

3.  Drawers are the shiznit!  We decided to replace all of our big open cabinets that were impossible to organize with drawer cabinets!  We have 30″, 24″, and 15″ drawers and they’re awesome!  The one closest to the stove holds all of our pots and pans (that’s the heavy duty 30″ drawer bank).  The one next to it holds snacks, bread, etc… The pantry by the fridge has pull out shelves for can goods and the like and our garbage can is now in a pull out too so Macie can’t get into it!  Lastly we replaced our one blind corner with an awesome shelving system that pulls out and then extends so that you can get to the very very back.  Before I’d have to crawl in on my hands and knees to get that stuff!  Overall we’re very very happy with our design decisions in this kitchen.  Everything is so much more functional that it was before!  The extra cabinet space doesn’t hurt either!

Here’s a pic of the recently hung microwave!

And what’s a reno blog post without “The List”  – now updated and reorganized!

– install under cabinet lighting
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted
– purchase and hang new curtains (color dependent on the walls)
– clean up the mess!
– new cabinets need installed (70%)
– install temp sink and plumbing
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers (50%)
– remove and purchase new dishwasher
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– permanent plumbing needs installed

– finish the electrical for the heated floors

– scrub every surface in the rest of the house and clear it of dust 
– sand and prime the new wall board where the pantry came out
– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting run the line too
– buy the remaining handles and install them (all the uppers are handle-less right now)

– install outlets for microwave
– install plinth and filler wood

– install microwave
Dec 102009
 
Knocked a few more things off the list in the past few days….most notably the underfloor heat is installed and wired and actually working:)  It’s going to take a few hours to prime the slab but once that’s up to temp it should be pretty easy to keep those floors at a nice even temp that will keep our toes toasty.  I just wish we could have done this throughout the downstairs without costing an arm and a leg.  Oh well, at least we are heating the coldest surface in the house:)
I’ve added a few things to the list too…most of it’s finish stuff now (nitty gritty little things) but for the most part, a bulk of the kitchen is DONE! wahooooo….It’s such a pleasure to cook in there now!
The list:

– install plinth and filler wood
– buy the remaining handles and install them (all the uppers are handle-less right now)
– install outlets for microwave
– install microwave
– sand and prime the new wall board where the pantry came out
– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting – run the line too

– install under cabinet lighting

– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted
– purchase and hang new curtains (color dependent on the walls)
– clean up the mess!
– new cabinets need installed (70%)
– install temp sink and plumbing
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers (50%)
– remove and purchase new dishwasher
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– permanent plumbing needs installed

– finish the electrical for the heated floors

– scrub every surface in the rest of the house and clear it of dust

Dec 062009
 

Lots of progress this weekend but it didn’t start out that way! First of all – we’re back to a functional kitchen!  Whoo… I’m still missing electricity to my stove so I’m still using a lighter to light it and there’s no oven but we do have a brand spankin new dishwasher, double bowl sink, running water, drainage and granite countertops!  It’s amazing how useful countertops are…haha…I can actually prepare a meal without having to balance all the ingredients on the cabinet frame! Ah – luxury!

Any who, I said our weekend out started out progress challenged so I should elaborate.  After the granite was installed on Friday, we were told not to attach the plumbing until Saturday – okay fine, that’s easy.  Well, come Saturday, the plumbing was NOT easy!  The sink we had installed had two new features that our old one didn’t – a double bowl that was xtra deep.  One of those alone would have been easy to handle but both really thru us for a loop.  We spent the day at Home Depot (actually, over the course of the day visited both depots in the area as well as Lowes amid a raging snow storm – fun stuff! I did get a milk shake out of it though) and three trips later were still no closer to having plumbing in that we were in the AM.  It was rounding midnight and though we had three or four near solutions, the final one still eluded us by 1/8th of an inch!

I convinced DH that a nights sleep would be useful and we’ll start fresh in the AM when the stores were open and the weather had cleared some (or at least the ice was gone from the roads).  Well, he’s a miracle worker because during my AM trip to Costco and Kohls he figured the sucker out – without any further trips to the hardware stores!  I came back to a fully working sink and a new dishwasher full of dishes humming along in it’s first ever cycle.  Ah….victory!

The kitchen looks great and we’re so happy with the granite we chose.  Now we just need to decide on a backsplash and get it installed along with the lighting.  Babysteps:)

Here’s one pic – excuse the construction material around and the gaping hole where the micro should be – we still haven’t figured out what to do there.  I want a new one but DH is content to keep the old one.

I can hear him downstairs now trying to get the handles on the cabinets.  With full overlay, there’s no lip to grab to open the drawers so with a countertop it’s rather difficult to get into them.  You can to pull from the bottom or open up the lower drawers to get to the uppers.

Anywho…now that we’re this far, we can start working on the baby’s room!  I finally cleaned out the dresser that we’re going to be using for him.  Now to get it out of the guest room and move mark’s new desk in there so we can start cleaning out the office!  Woohoo…bigfoot might actually have somewhere to sleep by the time he’s born!

Dec 032009
 

Here’s the loose schedule I threw out there when we started this reno:

This week – grout, build and hang cabinets around fridge, move fridge back into place
Next weekend – wedding – no work
Oct 24th – finish removing pantry (the demo has started!), remove two stand alone cabinets there so we can move the stove outta the way. Empty the rest of the cabinets
Oct 31 – Cabinet building party! Mom and Dad Kloep will be in town to help build cabinets. Im hoping we can remove the base cabinets and tile where we need to under the cabinets. We will be sinkless from here on out…this will be interesting – that may be the first base the goes back in – at least temporarily
Week of Nov 2 – grout remaining tiles and seal everything
Nov 7 – Mom and Dad King are in town to help hang cabinets – our goal is to get the tops in, the bases will be a bonus.
Nov 14 – Courtney is in town – no kitchen work (and I sure as heck hope I can get the rest of the house in shape, it has really gone to hell lately…
Nov 21 – Likely be finishing putting in the bases and plywood the countertop so we have something to work on until the countertop is ordered. Need to buy a new dishwasher in here somewhere….
Nov 28 – Turkey Day Weekend – No work
Dec 5 – Hopefully, if all else is on schedule we’ll be putting the cabinet fronts, drawers, and hardware on! And can start the countertop search and ordering process…
Dec 12 – Fudge week….as I’m positive we’ll not make all the progress we need to:)
Dec 19 – Maybe have counter tops in!

and as of today, Dec 3rd we’re ahead of schedule (and right on budget!)!  The dishwasher was delivered and will be installed tonight, all the drawer fronts are on (and have been for a while now), the plinths are installed, and the granite comes tomorrow!!!:)  Here we’ll be on Dec 4th where we thought we’d be on Dec 19th and aside from a small bit of plumbing to be finished on Saturday likely, we’ll be back to a functional kitchen!!

We’re going to pick up the lighting for under the cabinets this weekend and finally decide what to do with the microwave (put the old one back up or get a new one – i’m leaning towards new…).  That way DH can finish the electrical and I can have my stove back (right now we only have the top because it has an electric starter which makes the oven useless without electricity).

I’m debating on whether to take pics this weekend and show you all or not.  I’m thinking a big reveal may be in order but we’ll see.  Depends on how quickly we can get to the backsplash:)  See, once the counter top is in and the electrical is finished, we have a baby’s room to work on!  The backsplash and painting may have to wait.

Anywho…I can’t believe we’re almost there! This didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would but it certainly was more work than I thought:)

Nov 282009
 

Yes, there is a slight update on the reno progress:)  This week we managed to get some of the side panels up to see what they looked like which was great!  Everything is starting to fall together. 

The biggest accomplishment this week was finally purchasing the dishwasher!  We figured we’d wait for the black friday sales to see if we could score a great deal.  Well, we got a deal but not one of black friday caliber – oh well.  None the less we’re happy with our new dishwashwer which should be here no later than Dec 5 (but i’m hoping and praying that it arrives sooner!)

Isn’t she pretty:)  She’s a Bosch 24 in built in beauty with hidden controls to keep little fingers from getting into trouble!

We also purchased our faucet – the Delta Leland series with a pull out head and the magnetic latch to keep it in.  We’re super excited!  Now we just need to get the last panels in and we’re ready for granite on Friday!
Here’s the list – not a ton of progress but  some….
The list:

– new cabinets need installed (70%)
– install temp sink and plumbing
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers (50%)
– install plinth and filler wood
– remove and purchase new dishwasher
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– permanent plumbing needs installed
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted
– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting – run the line too 

– install under cabinet lighting
– finish the electrical for the heated floors

– scrub every surface in the rest of the house and clear it of dust

Nov 222009
 

So get out the popcorn!  Here comes another thrilling installation of renovation nation…

We made great progress!  We spent yesterday picking out and then ordering granite (among other things house but non kitchen related).  We picked something called Labrador Black which is a pretty consistent black granite with warm amber undertones (as warm as you can make black I supposed).  They did the digital template that evening and we expect sign off tomorrow on the design so that we can have it installed Dec 4!!

Today we went to two – yes, TWO – Ikeas in order to find everything we needed.  As it turned out, our normal Ikea was rearranging their warehouse and it went on 4 days longer than it was supposed to (or than what they had on their website) and we couldn’t get what we needed from them.  So, since we have to have it prior to the granite going in, that meant we had to drive to the other Ikea – 40 min away – to get what we needed. We’re fortunate to live smack in middle of two Ikeas (read: equa-distant) but going from one to the other is a bit of a haul.  We did get to see the monuments downtown on our trip though – haha.

Another pre-requ of the granite install is to have the dishwasher purchased and installed prior.  Since DH has a volleyball game tomorrow and we’re leaving for the family on wed, we have Tuesday to find, purchase, and arrange install prior to the Dec 4 granite guys!

Ah….we’re soooooo close to having a fully working kitchen again!  We still have a ways to go even after the countertops go in but we’ll have counterspace and a brand new sink/faucet!

No pictures this time as there’s not a ton of change (the cabinets have fronts but..)

The list:
– new cabinets need installed (70%)
– install temp sink and plumbing
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers (50%)
– install plinth and filler wood
– remove and purchase new dishwasher
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– permanent plumbing needs installed
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted
– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting – run the line too 

– install under cabinet lighting
– finish the electrical for the heated floors

– scrub every surface in the rest of the house and clear it of dust

Nov 152009
 

So this weekend we had friends in town and didn’t make much progress but there was some:)  This past week we finally got a sink in with real drainage so we can stop using the downstairs powder room.  We also got the rest of the bottoms and the last top cabinet in.  Lastly I started installing the fronts to what cabinets I could.  It’s finally starting to shape up like a kitchen! 

This week is a business trip for me again but I’m leaving instructions:)  We should try to get the electrical done, or at least to a point where we can cap what’s live and turn the power back on so I can use my oven again!

This coming weekend we’ll hunt for granite, a dishwasher and a microwave.  Hopefully we can schedule the template guy to come prior to turkey day which means we’ll have a countertop by the first or second week of dec (which means we’ll have a fully functioning kitchen again!).

Once we get the counter top in, we can divide our time between the nursery and the kitchen.  It’s about time!  The crib is here and hanging out in my office until we get the other room emptied (thank Ryan for helping to carry it up the stairs!)

The list:
– new cabinets need installed (70%)
– install temp sink and plumbing
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers (50%)
– install plinth and filler wood
– remove and purchase new dishwasher
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– permanent plumbing needs installed
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted

– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting – run the line too 
– install under cabinet lighting
– finish the electrical for the heated floors

– scrub every surface in the rest of the house and clear it of dust

Nov 082009
 

and family…:)  we’ve made great progress in our kitchen reno!  This weekend mom and dad king arrived with Tucker so everyone was entertained:)  Dad and Mark spent friday finishing the dry wall and running electrical, saturday the two of them managed to get all of our top cabinets hung and even started on the bottoms! It’s really starting to look like a kitchen now!

Here’s the list as we stand today:

– new cabinets need installed (70%)
– install temp sink and plumbing
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers (30%)
– install plinth and filler wood
– remove and purchase new dishwasher
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– permanent plumbing needs installed
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted

– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting – run the line too 
– install under cabinet lighting
– finish the electrical for the heated floors
– scrub every surface in the rest of the house and clear it of dust 
– dry wall the new pantry area so we can hang cabinets
– build cabinets
– seal the floor
– replace valves on copper under the sink so things actually shut off 
– run to Ikea to pick up missing pieces
– fix the fridge cabinet spacing

old vinyl tile flooring (all three layers) needs removed (25% done)
– new travertine flooring needs installed (80%)
– possible new under floor heating to be installed with the floor (that is if we dont need a new circut run for it)
– temporary kitchen needs assembled outside so we can do dishes and eat (not necessary – we’re working around it)
– need to fill the propane tank so we can actually eat once the stove is disconnected
– cabinets need emptied
– cabinets need removed (80% – still have a few uppers in there)
– old built in pantry needs demoed
– light switch needs moved (not necessary)




DH is tired for sure and I’m sure my dad is too.  Mom and I spent most of the weekend making sure they were well fed and caffeinated and did some shopping for baby!  Next weekend we have friends in town and will likely take a break but are hoping that we can get the rest of the bases in this week so we have all the boxes in and ready to go.

It’s really starting to shape up now, I’m soo excited!!

Nov 022009
 

So, this past weekend we were up to the usual – renovation!  This time we had some help from mom and dad kloep!  We hosted a cabinet building party which was a smashing success!  Not only did we get all the cabinets built in record time but we removed all the remaining cabinets and microwave – now we have a completely non functional kitchen.  Well, okay, not completely but with no micro or sink things are pretty limited (thankfully I’ll be NYC this week  – poor DH has to fend for himself).

Here’s the list as we stand today:

old vinyl tile flooring (all three layers) needs removed (25% done)
– new travertine flooring needs installed (80%)
– possible new under floor heating to be installed with the floor (that is if we dont need a new circut run for it)
– temporary kitchen needs assembled outside so we can do dishes and eat (not necessary – we’re working around it)
– need to fill the propane tank so we can actually eat once the stove is disconnected
– cabinets need emptied
– cabinets need removed (80% – still have a few uppers in there)
– old built in pantry needs demoed
– light switch needs moved (not necessary)
– new cabinets need installed (25%)
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted
– remove and purchase new dishwasher

– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting – run the line too
– dry wall the new pantry area so we can hang cabinets
– build cabinets
– seal the floor
– finish the electrical for the heated floors
– replace valves on copper under the sink so things actually shut off
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers
– run to Ikea to pick up missing pieces
– run to the dump with large truck full of debris

– fix the fridge cabinet spacing
 
This coming weekend we’re hanging cabinets!  DH has Wednesday off so he’s going to run electrical for the under cabinet lights and finish the last little bit of floor tile and get the walls ready for hanging!  Mom and Dad King will be here to help out and hopefully by the time they leave, we’ll have the boxes on the walls and can start putting shelves and faces on!  If we’re lucky we can get a temporary sink hooked up and be almost back to normal!

I took a few pics that I have to get off the computer…maybe later this week…

Oct 252009
 

I’ve been taking videos here and there of the reno but these are probably the most fun.  We borrowed my dad’s Sawz-all to help take down the pantry and it’s come in very handy all over.  I didn’t get pantry demo pics because I was at Home Depot while DH proceeded without me (no need to be there in all that dust and noise) but I did get him demoing the peninsula and taking out the parts of the counter top that we didn’t need….

So, here’s the original check list with new things listed in orange:

old vinyl tile flooring (all three layers) needs removed (25% done)
– new travertine flooring needs installed (80%)
– possible new under floor heating to be installed with the floor (that is if we dont need a new circut run for it)
– temporary kitchen needs assembled outside so we can do dishes and eat (not necessary – we’re working around it)
– need to fill the propane tank so we can actually eat once the stove is disconnected
– cabinets need emptied
– cabinets need removed (80% – still have a few uppers in there)
– old built in pantry needs demoed
– light switch needs moved (not necessary)
– new cabinets need installed (25%)
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted
– remove and purchase new dishwasher

– install new light switch for under cabinet lighting – run the line too
– dry wall the new pantry area so we can hang cabinets
– build cabinets
– seal the floor
– finish the electrical for the heated floors
– replace valves on copper under the sink so things actually shut off
– install door fronts, hardware, drawers
– run to Ikea to pick up missing pieces
– run to the dump with large truck full of debris
– fix the fridge cabinet spacing
Seems the list keeps getting longer but only a few of those are requirements to get our functional kitchen back.  The rest is finish work.  The main targets this week are to finish the tiling which means the rest of the bases have to come out.  Then next week is cabinet building with DH’s parents.  The following weekend is cabinet hanging with my parents and then we should be back to semi functional.  A quick plywood top will hold us over until the granite is picked, ordered, and delivered.  Now, to start saving for that task!
And yes, i know…more belly pics…
Oct 252009
 
Okay…here’s what we started with when we moved in….nice and shiny
Here’s where are as of yesterday….
No more pantry…that will be an upper and lower set of cabinets – two each to be exact!  The stove is in a weird spot for now so we can tile under it (today’s job)

The peninsula is gone too but only temporarily….we’ll put it back with another corner cabinet, and two sets of drawers instead of one big cabinet.  Much easier to organize that way!  Yes, the uppers will come down too…it’s just not necessary at this point and I was tired after all that….

Below is DH taking out the cabinets under the counter top.  We had to cut the top because we wanted to preserve the area around the sink for now…we’re trying to do this reno while minimizing the impact as much as possible to the function of the kitchen.  It’s probably making it harder in the long run but having a sink with running water, a stove, and a fridge is just too convenient.

And last but not least, the work we did this past week.  We got the new pantry and upper cabinet up.  We moved the fridge back only to find out that we needed to add a little more space – the opening is exactly the same size as the fridge which prevents us from opening the door past 90 degrees…oh well…it’s functional for now, we’ll fix it later:)  But until then, we can’t load the cabinet..bummer.

We also discovered that we’re missing a bunch of stuff from our shipment.  Namely the cover panels for the side of that cabinet, the plinth for the floor that covers the bottom of the cabinet and a few other cover panels.  There is an Ikea trip in our future for sure!

Oct 132009
 

Progress! We managed to get the rest of the majority of field tiles laid and have tiled in the fridge area. Now I just need to grout what we have down, seal the fridge area and hang the cabinets around it then replace the fridge!

We have lots of help coming in the following weeks so we need to get a move on…here is the tentative schedule – obviously the further out the date the less accurate we are:) :

This week – grout, build and hang cabinets around fridge, move fridge back into place
Next weekend – wedding – no work
Oct 24th – finish removing pantry (the demo has started!), remove two stand alone cabinets there so we can move the stove outta the way. Empty the rest of the cabinets
Oct 31 – Cabinet building party! Mom and Dad Kloep will be in town to help build cabinets. Im hoping we can remove the base cabinets and tile where we need to under the cabinets. We will be sinkless from here on out…this will be interesting – that may be the first base the goes back in – at least temporarily
Week of Nov 2 – grout remaining tiles and seal everything
Nov 7 – Mom and Dad King are in town to help hang cabinets – our goal is to get the tops in, the bases will be a bonus.
Nov 14 – Courtney is in town – no kitchen work (and I sure as heck hope I can get the rest of the house in shape, it has really gone to hell lately…
Nov 21 – Likely be finishing putting in the bases and plywood the countertop so we have something to work on until the countertop is ordered. Need to buy a new dishwasher in here somewhere….
Nov 28 – Turkey Day Weekend – No work
Dec 5 – Hopefully, if all else is on schedule we’ll be putting the cabinet fronts, drawers, and hardware on! And can start the countertop search and ordering process…
Dec 12 – Fudge week….as I’m positive we’ll not make all the progress we need to:)
Dec 19 – Maybe have counter tops in!

From there we should have a functional kitchen! The back splash will come next then the cabinet lighting, trim details, painting, etc…

As you can see, lots of work still but we’re making progress – slowly but surely! At some point we’ll need to take a break and work on the nursery for the baby but I’m hoping that maybe my brother and I can handle that while Mark works on the kitchen – who knows. Best and worst part of home renovations without a contractor – you’re at your own mercy!

Oct 062009
 

Well, here we go – progress – kind of! We got the fridge moved and the old crusty linoleum up and even figure out that we don’t have to move the light switch like we thought we did (that’s what happens when you do like 10 designs with 3 designers..you forget who has what – which prompted an hour of spastic remeasuring and double checking to be sure we indeed had the right cabinets!)

So, the hole where the fridge belongs. The goal is to get that tiled, grouted and get the fridge back in next weekend as well as get the surrounding cabinets hung. The bucket is catching the drips from the ice maker hose that we can’t quite fully cap. Mark needs to install a valve – maybe tonight.

The rest of my kitchen, notice the stove in the middle of the room. It had to be move to get the tile out from under it and to allow us to put new tile under it so it matches the countertop height! The dishwasher was a different problem that will likely have to be tackled by a pro!

And my fridge, on the opposite side of the kitchen – talk about weird. You dont realize how automatic your movements are until you go to reach for the fridge where it used to be only to fall into the void. We only broke one tile getting that sucker over there. Now we have to chisle that tile out and replace it…fun fun…
And lastly, my dining room table. We’re resorting to eating in the sun room on our old kitchen table (with lots of layers since it’s quite chilly in the AM now). This is only the bottom of one closet and one small cabinet. We’re in real trouble with we have to fully empty the pantry to demo it!
If anyone is close and has boxes, please consider donating them to our cause:) We have to empty the rest of the closets soon and I have no idea what I’m going to do with all the cans – I’m trying hard to eat them all before we get there….time to get creative with the recipes!

Sep 162009
 

So, our kitchen is a mess! Not only have I not done dishes in a few days (ick…i’m lazy!) but we have construction material everywhere! It’s an obstacle course to get in there however, there has been progress!

We have 1/2 of the tile floor down and grouted (save for 2 or three pieces that were just cut the other day). Plus we got the underfloor heating in and the electrical run up the wall. Next steps (for our next free weekend or random weeknight):

-move the light switch on the other side of the room to make room for cabinets
-move the fridge
-tile and grout under fridge
-build and install fridge cabinets

Once we have that done we can demo the old pantry (because now we’ll have the new pantry to put the food in), patch the wall, tile what we can without removing the cabinets and then finally removing the cabinets, finish tiling and hanging the new ones.

At this point that wont happen until Nov at some point but we’re making progress! Now, if both of our jobs would slow down a bit so we can do work in the evenings we might get all the tile down before I can’t crawl around on the floor (it’s getting tricky that’s for sure!)

Sep 022009
 

Nothing like a baking baby to get the ball rolling on a full kitchen gut job and reno!

Backstory: So, we’ve been wanting to reno the kitchen since we bought this place. It has white laminate counter tops that are broken, warped and cracked in many places, old oak cabinets that have defintiely seen better days, three layers of flooring including a top layer of peel and stick tiles that have started to unstick in inconvienent places, and a wicked draft coming out of the cabinets that we’re only assuming is coming from a poorly insulated wall or hole somehwere behind the cabinets (not to mention a plumbing junction that according to the last plumber that was in here, is upside down and causing our clogging problems…). Anyways, it was the last on our list due to the complexity of it all. Now that there’s a baby baking, there’s a ticking time clock on getting this done. It has to be done before the baby is delivered. This gives DH (and whatever helpers we can pull off the street with the promise of beer) 7 months – think we can do it?

Here’s that needs to be done:

– old vinyl tile flooring (all three layers) needs removed (25% done)
– new travertine flooring needs installed (task for this weekend – at least part of the floor)
– possible new under floor heating to be installed with the floor (that is if we dont need a new circut run for it)
– temporary kitchen needs assembled outside so we can do dishes and eat
– need to fill the propane tank so we can actually eat once the stove is disconnected
– cabinets need emptied
– cabinets need removed
– old built in pantry needs demoed
– light switch needs moved
– new cabinets need installed
– new countertop needs ordered (and then installed)
– new backsplash needs installed
– whole kitchen needs painted
– and i’m certain there’s a million little odds and ends that need to happen

You’d figure that with all my project management experience I’d have a project plan drawn up, with milestones, deliverables, and what not but no, I’m too tired after a full day of work to even think like that. I do have to put some sort of timeline together to keep us on track – otherwise it will be May and we’ll still have a torn up kitchen – yikes!

Wish us luck! I’ll take pics as we make progress..

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