Friday, August 23, 2013

Another kitchen update

The end of  July more finishing work was completed in the kitchen. For one, Lee put up baseboards in our kitchen.  Our walls aren't straight, so in most places there was a gap between the baseboards and the walls. Some of my top favorite "help" items while redoing the kitchen have been a putty knife, white painters caulk and wood filler.  The putty knife was great for random things here and there, including applying the painters caulk and the wood filler.  The painters caulk was awesome for filling in gaps, like you see below.  I used it all over the kitchen to fill in holes and small seams, along with the wood filler.

Here I filled in gaps with the caulk.
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On the "window" opening Lee had to take off the white trim so the bar counter could be installed. When he put the trim back in place he had to cut it. It wasn't completely straight so I filled it in with good ol' wood filler.  And see under the bar?  Lee added a piece of trim above the white trim already there, but a gap was left.  I used the caulk to fill that in too. (The white angled streak is light reflecting off.)
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Here it is finished. Guess I should have taken a picture before I even did the wood filler. The trim had gaps and was crooked; but the wood filler, along with two coats of paint, did the trick!
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And here is the gap filled in. There is a slight gap between the counter and the trim but the dark line you see underneath is a shadow.  And after I took the pictures I realized the counter was dirty! And another weird light streak is showing up....
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I started painting the kitchen doors that our friend made for us.  If you ever paint a kitchen, it takes a lot of time!  I thought it would be pretty fast, mainly because my kitchen is so small.  But sanding, priming, and painting (two coats!) just the cabinets (not even including the doors), took several hours.  And painting the doors took several hours (which also included priming, sanding, and two coats of paint).
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So, here is the "old" kitchen.  So hard to remember now which I don't mind at all!  See the curved, open end shelves?  Lee ripped them out too (except left the bottom base as a temporary support till something else was built in....see below). Also right next to the end shelves are some cupboards that Lee also removed.  Our dishwasher is now there.  Well above the cupboards (to the right of the green shelves) were two drawers.  I am glad we saved them.  You'll see why--keep reading!  Okay, one more thing to note in the picture below. See the stove?  Well, it was HUGE.  Okay, not monstrous, but "normal" stove/ovens are 30 inches wide.  This one was 40 inches wide.  So when we removed it and put in our 30 inch stove/oven, there were some gaps left. Above the oven was a big hood too. When that was removed and the microwave installed, a gap was also left there too. Okay...let's move on.
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So in a round about way, I found this guy, Kelly, who works at a cabinet shop. I told him what I needed in my kitchen-a garbage drawer, a slotted pan holder, a wood piece to fill in a small gap, and some sort of box thing next to the microwave.  Anyway he said he would do it as a side job and gave me a good deal on it--I think. He came out once to measure and then again the next time to install the items. It was so exciting when he came and installed these items.  Our kitchen definitely felt like it was lacking and not quite right till these gaps and spaces were filled. Check out what he put in!

Here is our new garbage drawer!  The door front will soon be made by our friend.  The green shelves used to be here. And I am really glad we saved those drawers that used to be where the dishwasher is now.  He was able to incorporate a drawer above the garbage drawer, as you can see.  The garbage can isn't that big, but I am still excited to use it nonetheless.  
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See my container of wood filler by the pink water bottle?  Love that stuff.
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So, like I said, gaps were on either side of the oven.  To fill in the right gap next to the oven, I asked him to make a slotted area to put pans.  Well, for my cookie sheets and cooling racks, mainly.  And look what he did?  He took the second drawer that we had leftover, cut it in half, glued it back together, and made a cute small drawer!
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And to fill in the gap on the left side of the oven, he put in a piece of wood.  So much better! (The cabinets you see that are white, were primed at that point.)
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And last of all, there was that gap next to the microwave.  I thought it would be a great place to have a little storage nook for my binder full of recipes.  It's great to have my binder off the counter, plus there is room for one or two more cookbooks! I do wipe off the outside of my microwave sometimes....  We had to wait to completely finish the backsplash after this box was put in next to the microwave. I wasn't sure how the box would fit up against the wall.  I cut two different shapes of tiles thinking one of them would work.  Well, I got the general shape right, but had to cut the tile again. (Lee actually made the second cut).  We had given the tile saw back to my friends and it was already put away in their attic.  They graciously got it back down again...so we could cut one tile...  Oh, and installing back splash tiles around outlets was a pain.  Well, for Lee it was.  He did get it figured out.  If he hadn't been there, I would have put the tiles in the wrong place and would have made a big mess for the outlets along the kitchen wall! 
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There were quite a few big and little projects involved in this "small" kitchen.  I still have to do a little painting, make curtains, paint and attach three doors (thankfully Lee will attach them), make a Bosch covering (just for fun) add accessories (I am kind of clueless in this area...) and we're done! So, if we finish by the end of August, that will be amazing! It's so funny because back in April, I thought we could finish the kitchen by the end of May. Yeah right. Plus the big projects Lee and I did together had to wait till the evening, for the most part.  It's just interesting looking back and realizing again how many things went into this kitchen (I had kind of forgotten!).  It is lovely being on the home stretch with all the big projects out of the way. Towards the end of July we finally moved our fridge back into the kitchen too.  All of the sanding was done in the kitchen, so we decided it was time.  It had been in our dining area since Memorial Day!  I must say, it took me a few days to get the hang of the fridge being in the kitchen.  I often found myself walking into the dining room to go to the fridge, purely out of habit. We also took off the plastic that was on our appliances too (after having them in our house since the end of April, ha ha). Surprisingly, our stainless steel fridge stays pretty clean!  Our dishwasher gets the most finger prints and smudges. Anyway, hopefully the big reveal will happen this month! 

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Ruth it looks SOO good! I can't wait to see the whole thing. It's funny how all these projects that seem so fast and easy balloon into something huge that takes forever, huh? :)

Cardiganwearer said...

I'm so tired.

MattandDeb Bunker said...

I Love it! Especially the space next to the stove. I can't wait to see the big reveal!!!

MattandDeb Bunker said...

I love it! My favorite thing is what you did on either side of the stove. It looks amazing! I can't wait until the big reveal!