Monday, May 28, 2007

Major Project

I think the most significant thing we are doing is dealing with the kitchen. Nanner, our real estate agent goddess, said we had to deal with the kitchen.

Why, you ask?

When we moved in, we painted the walls a lovely blue, and the upper cupboards a white with very light purple doors. I think it looks great, and I have really enjoyed being in my kitchen these last four years. But, bottom line, it was not the most professional job; it turns out to be really hard to go a good job painting cabinets. Now the cabinets don't look that great, the counter tops - which have always looked crappy, look evencrappier, and then there are the funny wall pantry cupboard type things, which we started to paint but never finished, and which we took the doors off of. There's also the fact that we never finished painting the lower cupboards.
So, to get to the point, we have thrown a bunch of money at the problem, and are having the cupboards/cabinets/countertops totally replaced. And, the wacky, now doorless cupboards? we are ripping them out - really, that is the cheapest and easiest way to deal with that problem. But, alas, that leads to all sorts of other issues, as you'll soon see.
Here's one of the cupboards I speak of:

Here is Ray taking the shelves out of the cupboard.

We knew we would find wallpaper behind the cupboard, and that renting a steamer and getting rid of the wallpaper was part of the job.

What we did not know, but were worried about, was the floors underneath the two cupboards. The good news was there was a proper wood floor underneath the first cupboard. The bad news was there was a big nasty hole under the other cupboard.

We'll talk about that more later.

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