In my last post about our major renovation I shared all about the demo of our living/dining/kitchen. We have been busy rebuilding, but as any DIYer knows, a lot of rebuilding involves ripping things apart even more then putting things together.
For example, we were ready to add electric wiring and lighting into our new layout. But to add wiring into walls/ceilings/not-yet existent kitchen islands…you have to tear out the walls (Again), part of the ceiling, a chunk out of the floor etc.
We also got to cut a pretty sizable hole into our kitchen floor to access the crawl space below so Scott could wedge a few more wooden support beams in. Anything that will help our house not falling down on our heads is a good precaution for us to take 🙂 After he and his dad cut the hole Scott spent several hours on multiple occasions fishing electric wires and doing the support beam thing. What a brave, strong man! (I of course had the very important job of documenting, photographing and supervising. :))
Our house is a literal construction zone. There is debris, nails, dirt and dust everywhere- as you can see! It looks very pretty in a way- very magical and shimmery and swirly and sort of like glitter except you do not want this stuff on your face…trust.
Scott’s dad also built us a small wall to mark where the kitchen island will go. This wall will be the outside wall of the island and we had it drywalled so it can be painted, or we can do wood work or stone or brick or something really super fun on it (I’ve got a ton of ideas of course!) The kitchen looks SO much better with all the canned lights we had installed throughout the living room and kitchen. We will also have pendants over our island and we are debating between 2 and 3….hmmm.
Hiring out the drywall was awesome. The company came in, patched all the holes in the walls and ceilings and textured everything, including the ceiling. We went with a very light orange peel texture. They were legit drywall men and even did the majority of the work on stilts. I sat in the sunroom and watched them work, sort of like a circus but not at all really. I awkwardly peeked into the hallway to get this shot- success!
So here’s how our house looks right now. Things are coming together great! Woot! It’s crazy remembering what it looked like before. I think our neighbors approve- they are all very curious and one of them admitted to peeking in our front windows every few days out of curiosity, haha! We hope to be done enough to have it all in functioning order within a month! 🙂
(In these pictures they had just finished patching- the texture wasn’t done yet)
Next up on the agenda?
*jackhammer out all our kitchen tile- oh, wait CHECK! I did that one all by myself one day while Scott was at work. Pretty awesome, I know!
*Peel up all the old linoleum flooring stuck onto the sub floor….this one is going to be really tough. It’s been there at least 40 years and it seems impossible to get up. Boo.
*Sand cabinets down so we can paint them. Surprise, the green cabinets are not really what we are going for…!
*Build molds for our concrete countertops. HOORAY. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE!!
*Paint cabinets (white!)
*build shelving/cabinetry for island and butler’s pantry…no idea what or how but we’ll figure it out
*paint walls and ceiling
*pick fixtures for lights and pendants
*build banquette seating and find a table
*take a nap
*install wood flooring
SO….just a few hours worth of work left 😉