House Projects That Will Not Die Part 1 – the Kitchen

It always starts with a good idea. The endless projects. Our kitchen was a disaster and the cabinets were painted with lead paint, but we had neither the time or money to completely gut it and start all over again. And so came about the idea of a light DIY kitchen redo, heavy on the reused materials.

That was in May 2009. Sometimes life gets in the way of construction. We’ve done a lot. Carefully removed the old cabinets. Demoed the bulkhead, the better part of a wall separating the kitchen and sunroom and an incredibly disgusting exhaust fan. Installed new (to us) cabinets from Craigslist and painted some of them, Oak counter tops, new (to us) sink from Construction Junction, relocated the dishwasher, laid a new floor, put up a new ceiling (luan), and light fixtures. Cleaned and reinstalled the cabinet hardware. Skim-coated the plaster. Build a radiator cover-microwave stand (the first of it’s kind!)

And yet…there is Two weekends. Two SOLID weekend is what it would take to finish. To pull up the part of the floor our poor old dog ruined, install the rest of the trim, caulk EVERYTHING. Pull down the rest of the !@#$%^ Sanitest wallpaper, skim coat the pantry walls. And paint paint paint paint. I need two weekends. Maybe in 2012.


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