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I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and businesswoman with a passion for life. I try to keep my priorities in life straight - Faith, Family, Friends. I love to try new and challenging things, spend time with friends and family, sew, embroider and laugh. I run a custom apparel decorating business from my home. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Kitchen Remodel:If you are gonna make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  On that premise, I will let these photos of the deconstruction process tell the story. Yes, it was loud, it was noisy, it was dirty  and it was filled with laughter.
Notice the photo of my husband, Rick.  The t-shirt below his green chambray shirt states, "I WANNE BE LIKE JOHN."  John is one of my eight brothers, actually he is a year or so younger than me.  John is our main carpenter when it comes to any building project around our house.  He built the addition for my business, along with the cabinets,  deck and wheelchair ramp.  The gorgeous built in unit in my front room is his handy work, along with the garage interior.  Rick and John are more like friends than brothers-in-law.  They call each other just because and working together for them is pleasure.  John has always said, "I Wanna be like Rick."  The t-shirt I made for Rick makes John laugh every time he sees it.  And yes, John has one that states, "I wanna be like Rick."
Anyway, back to the remodel project.  Rick and I have discussed this for years.  Ten days ago the dream morphed into reality.  As the menfolk removed trim work, I had the thrill of putting a hammer through the plaster.  Because my doctor, also my son, instructed me to be careful, my weapon of choice was a sixteen ounce tool instead of the sledge hammer I used in my imagination.  I have it on video, but not a photo.  Sorry.

Coat Closet that never shut properly
Hours before deconstruction
Better a foot in a wall than a foot in the mouth.

Rick is putting his foot down, I mean through.

 A happy worker is a good worker.

Rick's cousins, Paul and Tom Rottinghaus.  

My nephew, Josh.  John is his dad.

Back Entrance from garage
   Still trying to figure out why I put those headers there in the narrow walkway.  Oh, well,  'YOU'RE OUTTA HERE!"

Plumbing 101:  Scorching MAY occur.
Plumbing 101:  Improper installation of stove vent.
 I guess our plumbers in 1979 forgot to read the manual, PLUMBING 101.   I'm sure it must have stated: 
 Never, never, never direct a stove vent into the wall.    SO GLAD we never had a fire!  Rick discovered this and fixed the mistake.  Thank God! for a husband who is brilliant.
Plumbing 101 -Moisture barrier will melt.

Pennisula - gone!
No more closet.

 Things are really changing.  And fast.  The room echoes as we walk on the rosin paper, speak or even whisper.  No soffets, minimal counters and nothing on the walls.
No more swinging on the spindles boys.
The laminate floor we installed ten years ago is gone and will be replaced with hardwood, bamboo, to be exact.  John is building the cabinets in his shop and will install them when finished.  The counter top is ordered.  I decided to go with a solid surface.  The backsplash, once lovely wall paper will be three inch by six inch subway tile. We have hired a small, local business to purchase and install this for us. We are working on paint color.  Again, we will order through a small business.  The fluorescent above my counters was replaced with can lighting.
Lighting is installed.
The ceiling fan in the kitchen will not be replaced, photos later will reveal the reason. :)
Laminate flooring is in the garage.
What WAS I thinking?

Stay tuned for further updates as they occur.


Mindy Ganze said...

I'm so excited for you Mona!!! It's going to be beautiful!

Mona said...

You will have to come for a visit so I can show you in person. :)