Well . . . . where do I start?! In my last post I mentioned that we’d begun making our kitchen cupboards. Well, that project snowballed into a much larger renovation!! Things have been moving so fast and we have been working so hard to get things done before Chuck has to go back to work that I haven’t had time to make any posts, much less, even be on the computer!!
It all started after we removed a brick wall in the kitchen. After tearing down all of the brick and drywall, my hubby decided to remove all of the drywall in the stairway leading downstairs. There was an ugly swirl patterned stucco on it and we had talked about one day redrywalling the whole thing. His thinking on the matter was, since we already have a mess, what’s a little more? So, all of that drywall came down, too.
About a month before we started all of this, as we were sitting downstairs in our dark, dreary family room, we talked about one day possibly removing the walls from the lower half of the stairs and opening up the family room and the utility room. Between the light from the door at the top of the stairs and the window in the utility room, we thought it would brighten up the family room a lot.
So. . . . . since we already had a big mess. . . . .guess what we did? lol
Besides removing the lower part of the walls, we also removed the wall at the bottom of the stairs on the right that leads into the utility room.
With the removal of the walls, some of the electrical wires and light switches had to be moved. So. . . .since Chuck had to do that, he decided to run wiring over into the family room to places we had planned on putting recess lighting (some day in the future – along with a new drop-ceiling). All of that wiring would be going to the light switch panel that he was installing, so that portion of the project would be done - all he would have to do was connect the wiring to the recessed lighting when we decided to install them.
After he removed a few of the old ceiling tiles to run the wiring, he got annoyed with all of the cable wires and phone lines that were dangling down in his way. So. . . . he decided to take down all of the old tile and untangle and then coil up and tack all of the wires in place.
“You know, instead of putting all of that old ceiling tile back up, why don’t we just go ahead and tear down all of the old framework and put up a new ceiling with the recessed lighting?!” . . . . Okay, honey!! . . . .
So many things were going on at one time and we have been so busy that I forgot to take pictures of the progress as it was happening.
Here is what we have done so far . . .
We framed out and drywalled an area for our washer, dryer and laundry tub. We removed the old cabinets above our washer and dryer and built shelves. I painted the entire interior white. We had a big double-door armoire standing where the red bench sits that held all of my power tools, sand paper, nails, bug sprays, cleaning supplies, etc. It was a total disaster area!! I went through everything and got it all organized and then put it on the new shelves.
This view is from standing on the stairs. As I mentioned before, we removed the wall/doorway at the bottom of the stairs the led into the utility room. We extended the back wall – starting from about where the dresser ends – which still gives us a little area to come in and take off our shoes and hang up our coats.
I was lucky to have almost a whole roll of wallpaper left from when we had refinished our family room a few years ago! I had just enough to finish the extended wall, plus the wall in the new section that can be seen from the family room. I wasn’t fortunate enough to have any of the border left, so I had to remove all of the existing border and then I repainted all of the walls. The color that I used before is no longer made, so I chose “Mesa Tan” from Sherwin Williams.
My Mom and Dad are installing hardwood floors in their Great room and since their carpet was still like new, Chuck brought it home with him after he helped my Dad and brother remove it. We had enough to do all of the family room plus the little area in the new section. We ran a little short to cover all of the stairs, so we had to get creative. We had enough to cover the stair treads, but not the fronts, so we cut 1/4” thick boards and will nail those to the fronts (pictured above). It’ll work for now and then in a year or two, we’ll have new carpet installed. The cap pieces to the stairs and the front pieces aren’t nailed on yet – they need to be stained first.
This is the little area as you come in the back door. We replaced our solid steel door with this 9-lite door. What a big difference!!
Today, since the weather is suppose to be nice, I’m staining the bi-fold doors for the laundry area, the chair rail moulding, the window and door frame moulding, and all of the pieces for the stairs. Then tomorrow, while Chuck is nailing all of the trim pieces on, I’m going to paint the back door and then install vinyl tile in the coat area and the laundry area.
The only thing we’ll have left to do downstairs is the base board trim, but that’s going to wait until after my kitchen gets finished, which somehow got put on the back burner!!
Speaking of my kitchen. . . . . we have the wall cabinets installed, along with a new stainless steel over-the-range microwave, under-cabinet lights and my new punched tinware light that hangs over my sink. We still have to put the trim moulding on top, but that should be done by this weekend. The pictures I took and were going to post didn’t turn out. . . some were blurry and the others were so dark, you couldn’t even see my cupboards!! I didn’t have time to take new ones and I wanted to get this post in since it’s been so long since my last one.
I sure can’t wait until everything’s done!!! We have been living in total chaos for the last few weeks. Most of my kitchen stuff was sitting in my dining room and even though I tried to leave out things that we used every day, I still found myself digging through boxes looking for things. We had very simple meals like sloppy joes and french fries and spaghetti and meatballs. . . .things that were quick and easy!! lol
My downstairs was all torn up and my rec room was a disaster area!! All of the materials we used got stored in there! And the drywall dust!!!!. . . . As much as we tried to cover things up, it still seemed to find every nook and cranny in my house! lol I have been doing a lot of cleaning!! . . . . I think I have finally conquered it! (I hope!!)
On Monday, Chuck and I are taking a well deserved day off and heading to Amish country. We’re starting with breakfast at Rebecca’s Bistro and then stopping at my favorite antique mall along with a few of my favorite prim shops. I have a loooong list of things I’m in search of to decorate my family room and kitchen!
I’ll be back sometime next week with more pictures of my family room completed and with some new decor!! Also, better pictures of my kitchen!!
Until Next Time . . . . Kris