Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kitchen Nook / Breakfast Room

Unfortunately, one day Hank bent over and his "back side" almost went through one of the walls in our kitchen nook. The wall seems to have had some water damage at one time and were soft. Another wall was bowing out and the ceiling was pretty bad too. So, we decided to just take all the wall board down and replace it. This was unexpected, but if we just get it replaced now and make the mess now... then we will not have to do it later down the road. When we got ready to put it all back up, we saw where some boards are bowed and the walls were crooked. Now Hank has to do some re-framing, rip the other side of the wall out (which is in the dining room), get it all right and back together. This also means we had to remove the original, never removed, crown molding in the dining room. As Hank removed some of it... the thick paint literally peeled off the molding in sheets... and also started coming off the walls in sheets. There is no way I can paint over all of that... so we'll "peel" the old paint and start over in the dining room. Hopefully the pictures can do some of this story justice.... maybe you just have to be there. :) It does seem like projects "grow" sometimes.... it will be worth it in the end. Right?... ?...


In the original blueprints of the house, there was a built in china cabinet in the breakfast room. At some point it had been removed and sheetrock put over the opening. We will leave this space open and have a china cabinet rebuilt with the original plans.

The other side of the breakfast room... the Dining Room
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Kitchen Cabinets

We are so excited about our soon-t0-be new kitchen! We are having our cabinets custom made... for a couple of reasons. First, our kitchen layout was really hard to work around because of it being an older home. They originally had a archway coming in from the back door and a walk in pantry. The kitchen was much smaller back then. At some point, owners cleared out any walls and opened the whole kitchen up... therefore... some things HAD to be left in their places (the sink, stove, ect). We also have three windows in the kitchen... each are a different size. So, it was beneficial to us to have someone come in, see the kitchen and work with what we had. Second, after pricing cabinets in town and elsewhere, we realized we could take that money and put it towards handmade, custom cabinets.... and get much more bang for our buck. The quality is excellent.... really worth the price! Here are our cabinets so far. We will have some traditional raised panel front doors and some glass front doors. Also, we are having a work desk made and that will go on one side of the kitchen... with a built-in book shelf above it... with glass front doors. :)

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