Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Kitchen: Part One

Finishing the laundry room/mudroom last month was only the beginning of what we wanted to accomplish before we move in to our house (we are still shooting for the weekend of New Year's).  We immediately moved into the kitchen and began work on it. About the time we finished the laundry room, Steven happened to notice that there was a large hole under our kitchen sink, the result of a bad water leak.  We knew that had to be one of our first fixes in this room.  While our long-term plans involve moving the kitchen completely, we've decided the best thing to do right now is to work with what we've got, so our plans for this room now are to:
  1. Fix the hole under the kitchen sink.
  2. THOROUGHLY CLEAN the cabinets and appliances.
  3. Replace the cabinet doors.
  4. Tear out part of the wall leading into the living room to open the space up a little more.
  5. Move the door to the guest room from the kitchen to the living room.
  6. Paint the cabinets, walls, and ceiling.
  7. Install a new sink and countertop.
Steven started working on the hole under the sink right away, and I took down all the old cabinet doors.  Both jobs were pretty gross; Steven had to deal with rat nests and a rat skeleton, while I had to deal with years of grease buildup on the cabinets and little presents left by the visitors that had been in the cabinets in the year that the house has been empty.  The grease buildup was so bad that on one cabinet door I took the screws out of the hinge attached to the cabinet and opened the cabinet door, and it just hung there (kind of like gross magic).

We finished getting rid of the cabinet doors and fixing the hole under the sink, then we moved on to tearing out the wall between the kitchen and the living room and moving the door to the guest room from the kitchen to the living room.  Here is what it looked like before:

I don't have a shot of the door to the guest room, but it's to the left of the refrigerator on the other wall.  Here's what it looks like now:

This is where the guest room door used to be.  We've moved the refrigerator to that spot since the wall it was on is gone now.

The guest room door now opens into the living room...

So far we've accomplished 3 things on our list (#s 1, 4, and 5). Stayed tuned for the rest (hopefully coming soon)!

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