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Now we’re rolling…

13 Aug

It’s amazing how as soon as the drywall goes up…your room begins to  look like something. There’s no exception with our galley kitchen. Unfortunately my camera battery has run out and I can’t find it. No real suprise while there’s a reno going on. I am making toast in the living room after-all!

The good news is I was quick enough with my iPhone to get a shot of the hardwood being laid. Currently it’s all covered up to protect it while the work continues. The kitchen already appears bigger.

Gorgeous harwood and a non-existant archway. Love it!

Similar angle - before

As a small side project yesterday, my husband had a great idea.  He suggested we remove the old molding from around doorways at the entrance to the kitchen from the hallway.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to snap a before picture. But the after is a huge change. We gain about four inches – and as I’ve said before, in a small house size does matter.

It's a dark shot, but this is the entrance to kitchen from the front hallway...moldings gone, inches gained!

From the kitchen to the front hallway. The entrance to the basement is on the left.

Now we’ll have a smooth uniform wall from the hallway to the kitchen. I’m already planning a great photo gallery!

Today the work continues with  moldings and priming…already, yay!!!

Thanks Peter!!!

6 Aug

Timing really is everything isn’t it?

Just watching Peter Falico on season two of Home To Flip, and I’m thrilled to see that he has elected not to knock down the wall between his kitchen and dining room.

Brave move Peter…and timely for me! Notice the shaker cabinets – love em’!

Home To Flip Kitchen Reno - Season 2

Bang Bang Bang goes the hammer!!! It’s demo day!

3 Aug

Didn’t Judy Garland sing that? Slight digression.

There is nothing better in the world than when your contractor calls you the night before your renovation is about to begin and say’s: I’ll be there at 8 a.m. tomorrow. And guess what? At 8:00 a.m. his truck pulls up! This truly is the happiest way to start a reno. So without further ado…I’d like to introduce you to our contractor Sasha from Tipeq Renovations. We were lucky to be introduced to Sasha by our kitchen designer. They had worked (successfully) together before. This is a good thing! TIPEQ is actually an acronym for Trust, Integrity, Passion, Efficiency and Quality. Showing up on time is efficient. So…efficiency, check!

Lawn sign

Next my kitchen was sealed off from the rest of the house in an attempt to limit the amount of wandering dust. And then the games began with the roll up of the dumpster…yay, I love this part!

Once the dumpster was comfortably situated in the driveway…the tear up began. Thankfully I’m not participating in a home make-over show and didn’t have to help out. No goggles and sledge hammer for me. Incidentally, home make-over shows generally never shoot galley kitchens. They are too small and narrow for their equipment. Good thing there are blogs!

By four o’clock most the work was done and we were left with a clean slate to begin tomorrow with.

We only removed the original lathe and plaster from the outside wall. The wall below will be completely covered with new pantry, counter and cupboards. It’s still in good shape, so no need to replace it.  Oh, and did I mention my 16 bottle wine rack a la Sarah Richardson?

Bye bye old 1940's archway

No insulation on the outside wall caused me to have many a cup of coffee poured in to a chilly cup during the winter. You can see the outside brick!

Behind one of the pantries a little spot of wallpaper was uncovered. It's cute actually!

The Official “Before” Shots

3 Aug

Lucky for you I took these shots “after” I cleaned out the kitchen last night.  I think somewhere in my vast files of photographs, I have what the kitchen really looked liked on a daily basis.

For the record – this kitchen is 17′ x  7’7.5″ – a true galley if ever there was one. To make it an even larger challenge it has two windows and three entrance/exits. One leads to the dining room, one to the hallway/basement and one outside to the deck. It also has a funky 1940’s archway, which we are removing.

About eight years ago, before we moved in – a quick and dirty, suitable for flipping renovation was done on this kitchen.

And yes – that really is the fridge we used for the last seven years! You can read more about it here and here.

The skinny fridge!

Without the rad cover!

The door leads out to the deck!

Stone floor - horrible on the legs!