Kitchen Renovations

Starting....

Starting….

Doors come down. Dylan and Stephen helped with this lot.

Doors come down. Dylan and Stephen helped with this lot.

One of the dead leg supports we built.

One of the dead leg supports we built.

Top cabinets and one bottom cabinet.

Top cabinets and one bottom cabinet.

One cabinet down on the opposite side too.

One cabinet down on the opposite side too.

All the cabinets out on one side.

All the cabinets out on one side.

Abbey supervising, as always.

Abbey supervising, as always.



So, we did end up needing to bash some plaster with hammers after all…. It was as fun as you would imagine, too. We joked about thinking of “President Trump” as motivation when pulling out nails or breaking tough sections of plaster. Rudy Giuliani came up at one point, and channeling the anger helped me pry out a particularly stubborn nail. 🙂


Joe and Vicky working on the tedious task of removing flat head screws.

Joe and Vicky working on the tedious task of removing flat head screws.

Progress on west side of kitchen.

Progress on west side of kitchen.

More progress  on west side of kitchen.

More progress on west side of kitchen.

More progress on west side of kitchen.

More progress on west side of kitchen.

Ah the old "Coppertone" GE oven.  I will actually miss you...  And the radiant heat.

Ah the old “Coppertone” GE oven. I will actually miss you… And the radiant heat.

Hammering to remove the plaster to expose the wooden frame of the soffit so that Vicky gets to use her sawzall.

Hammering to remove the plaster to expose the wooden frame of the soffit so that Vicky gets to use her sawzall.

There is a special place in hell for the person who put about 200 flat head screws in these cabinets.

There is a special place in hell for the person who put about 200 flat head screws in these cabinets.

This is the electric box for the oven. More. Flat. Head. Screws. AAAAA!

This is the electric box for the oven. More. Flat. Head. Screws. AAAAA!

This is the wall side of the tall oven cabinet. Love that it has the builder name and our address hand written on it.

This is the wall side of the tall oven cabinet. Love that it has the builder name and our address hand written on it.

Progress near the end of day two.

Progress near the end of day two.

Again Progress at the end of day two.

Again Progress at the end of day two.


Soffits are out and that leaves us with a lot of drywall to replace….

You can see the wall studs and the ceiling trusses here.  Unfortunately, you can also see the supporting wall where I want to put our window, so that meant a call to Elyse and a future visit from contractor Mark.

You can see the wall studs and the ceiling trusses here. Unfortunately, you can also see the supporting wall where I want to put our window, so that meant a call to Elyse and a future visit from contractor Mark.

You can see the award-winning drop cloth taping job I did behind Vicky and I looking menacing.

You can see the award-winning drop cloth taping job I did behind Vicky and I looking menacing.

A little surprise....

Like a bunch of wiring that was in the way, this vent stack was an unpleasant surprise hiding in the soffit. So we’re going to just work around it. No biggie. We lived in NYC long enough to not care about a visible pipe. Caleb the cabinet builder might try to cover it up. If not, we’ll paint it and leave it NYC style.

…. but first…. pulling out the cabinets by the kitchen sink left some serious ugly. It was anticipated but still frustrating. Fortunately, nothing was wet or moldy, just not clean and fresh. So, Jose to the rescue.

First I needed to brave the crawl space to check out the subfloor.

First I needed to brave the crawl space to check out the subfloor.

Nothing claustrophobic at all about this... It was like doing a plank pilates pose for an hour.

Nothing claustrophobic at all about this… It was like doing a plank pilates pose for an hour.

More of the award-winning taping job, and you can see some of the ugly behind the sink.

More of the award-winning taping job, and you can see some of the ugly behind the sink through the plastic.

UG---LY.... This all needed to go bye-bye.

UG—LY…. This all needed to go bye-bye.

More UG---LY.... Bye-bye.

More UG—LY…. Bye-bye.

More bye-bye. This was apparently only superficial damage, but still not something you want hanging around. It's completely gone.

Only superficial damage, but still not something you want hanging around! It’s now completely gone.

Jose pulling out some of the joists to make way for new ones.

Jose pulling out some of the joists to make way for new ones.

Phase 1 of Jose's Repairs

Phase 1 of Jose’s Repairs

The new joist Jose put in.  Isn't it clean and pretty?

The new joist Jose put in. Isn’t it clean and pretty?

After a lot of pulling out and cleaning up, we have a  new subfloor.

After a lot of pulling out and cleaning up, we have a new subfloor.


Cleaning and repairing done, now we’re doing lots and lots prepping for the cabinets.

Robbie cutting the concrete board subfloor to go under the tile.

Robbie cutting the concrete board subfloor to go under the tile.

Concrete wall cleaned, scrubbed, and sealed.

Concrete wall cleaned, scrubbed, and sealed.

Concrete wall cleaned, scrubbed, and sealed.

Concrete wall cleaned, scrubbed, and sealed.

Robbie learned to cut tile for the first time!

Robbie learned to cut tile for the first time!

And we set the tile down together.

And we set the tile down together.

William helped of course.

William helped of course.

He helped a lot!  My little love.

He helped a lot! My little love.

Since our tile work will be under the cabinets forever, just needed it to be seen once.

Since our tile work will be under the cabinets forever, just needed it to be seen once.


Tile is done…. now drywall, drywall and more drywall! Vicky to the rescue.

Me cutting drywall late at night.

Cutting drywall.

Daniel Sturridge, I mean Robbie and Vicky on Team Drywall.

Daniel Sturredge, I mean Robbie and Vicky on Team Drywall.

Vicky and Robbie on the drywall team.

Vicky and Robbie of Team Drywall.

The drywall over the window to the backyard.

The drywall over the window to the backyard.


Demo done. Cleaning done. Rewiring done. Plumbing readied. Repairs done. Sealing done. Tile done. Grout done. Drywall done. Plaster done. Primer done (thanks to Joe!). … READY. FOR. CABINETS.

Drywall done and ready for plaster and primer.

Drywall done and ready for plaster and primer.

Primer done.

Primer Done.

Cabinets starting to be assembled by Caleb the Cabinet Carpenter / Philosopher.

Cabinets starting to be assembled by Caleb the Cabinet Carpenter / Philosopher.

We're helping American manufacturing! YAY!

We’re helping American manufacturing! YAY!


Lining up for cabinets

Lining up for cabinets

More getting ready for cabinets

More getting ready for cabinets

Abbey Reviewing Caleb's preparations.

Abbey Reviewing Caleb’s preparations.

THE FIRST CABINETS! And Jesus-- I mean, Caleb doing prep work.

THE FIRST CABINETS! And Jesus– I mean, Caleb doing prep work.

OMG CABINETS!

OMG CABINETS!


Some upper cabinets are in now. Plus the fridge cabinet.

Some upper cabinets are in now. Plus the fridge cabinet.

We even have doors on some!!! OMG!!!!

We even have doors on some!!! OMG!!!!

Upper cabinets on the opposite side are started.

Upper cabinets on the opposite side are started.

And the oven tower coming along nicely....

And the oven tower coming along nicely….

You can see additional progress in the fridge cabinet here.

You can see additional progress in the fridge cabinet here.


Drawer Building

Drawer Building

Handles, Drawers and Doors are almost all on now...

Handles, Drawers and Doors are almost all on now…

Handles, Drawers and Doors are almost all on now...

Handles, Drawers and Doors are almost all on now…