Saturday, January 8, 2011

Be Green. We support that. Just not on our kitchen walls...

The day finally came to paint over the green walls!

Here's an after photo of the final painted walls. We used the same dark blue color that we painted the pantry (check it out here).

And while we didn't cut corners on appliances and countertops, we just didn't have it in the budget for new cabinets. Luckily, the existing cabinets were in great shape and the plan was to paint them white. So while we were priming over the green walls we primed over the cabinets as well. What a difference already...

In every demolition an ax must swing

After we removed the top portion of the kitchen's partition wall earlier this year, the base of the wall was left. Here's what it looked like:

And (of course) the wall was built to withstand a tornado and was not coming out without a flight. Here's David preparing to wage war against it.

After the partition base came down, David dismantled the island and prepared it to be reconfigured and rebuilt.

A Ghost of Kitchen's Past

The kitchen has been remodeled. It's done. Finito! But I am getting ahead of myself, let me start at the beginning...

They say the kitchen is what sells a house. Whoever 'they' are, 'they' do not speak for us because we bought this home despite the kitchen. From day one we couldn't wait to tear it down and build it back up. Here is what we started with:


As you can see, everything MUST go! Earlier this year we'd had enough of the partition (complete with cabinetry) that cut the kitchen in half. So we got out the power tools and took it down! The kitchen instantly felt twice as big. It was a good start, but we had a looooong way to go. Here's a few play-by-play photos of the partition coming down  (you can click here for the full post).

A Pregnant Pause

Yes, there have been a serious lack of posts lately. No, the house projects have not slowed down (in fact they sped up!). This recent blog neglect was for a very good reason. On November 24th we welcomed our son, Aiden James, into the world! We're certain he'll be a natural at home improvement when he gets a little older. Until then, Aiden gets VERY sad when we tell him he's too little to run the power tools...
For those who are interested, I started another blog for posting photos of Aiden and our family. Click here to check it out. I plan to keep this blog strictly about the house and to resume posting very soon! In fact, I have so many updates, upgrades and transformations to post I don't know where to start. Happy New Year to all you in blog world!