While this past week again felt slow, it’s about to pick up this coming week! I can hardly wait for our kitchen cabinets to arrive on Tuesday. I’m hoping I’ll love them. It’s been 6 weeks since I picked them out and I haven’t had a second thought. That is, a second thought for the way I think they’ll look. Picking out a design on paper is quite different than seeing it in real life, but having the kitchen ceiling vaulted has given me the confidence that I’m going to love, love, love them. And if I don’t, well they were too expensive to ever re-do. I’m stuck with them so I am going to love them no matter what!
To prep for the kitchen cabinets, we wanted to make sure the room was completely painted. We also needed to patch the paneling. The bottom layer was taken out to put the floor in. It was also removed around the door so we could install a fiberglass door. It was pricey to put in the new door, but it will be the most used door in the house, so I wanted it to be solid.
And here’s the paneling painted. I love it. What I remember most about this space is my grandma sitting right below center of the room in her chair. She would be reading a book or watching 60 minutes. I wanted to keep some of the paneling to remember her by. I think it also adds some character to the room. Where the paneling meeting the drywall with the vaulted ceiling, we’ll be putting a shelf made with wood from the barn. It’s kind of nice to step out your back door and pick out barn wood to use in your home. At least one part of this project will be free! 🙂
Sorry, this picture is a bit blurred. But I wanted to show off some of the work that is being done. When I decided to keep the back laundry room wall siding, I’m pretty sure everyone thought I was crazy. However, I saw it as a way to preserve the original and have it be a part of our home. The only problem with the back wall, is that when they had built the laundry room, they cut into the siding to put in an electric panel. I wasn’t deterred and decided I would cover it with a picture. A very large picture.
Do you see it now? Our sub-contractor who is very talented, took some of the siding from another area of the house and pieced it into the hole. Once it’s sanded and painted, you won’t even see it! They also sealed in the gaps between the siding and the drywalled toilet room in the laundry. I really didn’t mind the gaps, but I’m pretty sure they couldn’t live with themselves if they left them. So, fill in the gaps they did.
We moved in our first items this week. We had the attic, under the living room and the basement insulated. And now that the attic is finally finished we moved some items in. Yay!
My mom and I worked hard this last week to strip the varnish and stain off of two doors I had purchased to match the house. The doors will be the basement door and laundry door. Before they were a 50’s pine and didn’t match the rest of the house. Our painter said he would stain them if we would strip off the varnish. Sold!
This coming week will be a big week, the cabinets are arriving, the countertops will be measured and there will be more skimming, skimming and skimming of the plaster. Oh! And a long time family friend has agreed to tuck point our chimney in the dining room and upstairs.
Until next week… 🙂
P.S. For those who have been checking up on the progress on Sunday, I think I’m going to start sharing on Mondays so that I can have the weekend to work on other items around the house. Thanks for following along!