The Kitchen Before and After

I’ve put off writing this for a while, but finally, here’s some side-by-sides of the multiple months of work in our kitchen.

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A New Year’s Update

After being out of the country for a couple of weeks, we were anxious to get back and see what progress had been made at the house. I’m happy to say a lot was done at the house and we are so, so close to wrapping up the full project… but not quite there yet.

Walking in the front door brought a huge surprise, of new paint, new floors and all of the dust and clutter gone. Oh and look at that kitchen!img_3285 Continue reading

Wait, you need a bathroom in a house?

Ok, we fell into the blog trap. That is, the thing where you have a blog but neglect it and don’t update for a super long time. Well I’m back… at least for now.

Remember at the beginning of the year when we started renovating our bathroom? Then when we did a little bit more work on the bathroom?

Well we’re FINALLY nearing the finish line.

One big concession we had to make was that we can’t do it all. With work schedules coupled with laziness, we knew if it were just up to us, it’d be a bit more time until our upstairs bathroom was done. So we bit the bullet and hired a drywaller to help us get the bathroom going and to do a few more project – stay tuned for those!

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Bathroom Renovation 3: Snow Day Edition

So as I’ve said, we’re taking our sweet old time on the bathroom. We’re lucky to have a functioning bathroom in our basement, which makes things a bit easier. Over the last few days, we’ve ramped back up and are making some great progress, though. Including some big transformations happening with the floor! First things first, we had to get that damn pink bath tub out of the house. It being cast iron, we’re talking about a 320 pound, 5 x 2.5 foot tub, so not exactly easy to maneuver down our winding staircase. So we did this:¬†Smashing the tub Continue reading

Bathroom Renovation 2: A Surprise!

After demolishing the walls, we next set our eyes on the floor. Now, here’s the thing. Weeks ago, one of the square ceramic tiles that were part of the previous owner’s 1994 renovation, came loose. And under it, there was a flicker of hope. I saw something, but didn’t want to get too excited.

So what I’m really trying to say is that of everything in the bathroom, all I really wanted to do was tear up the floor. Repeatedly, Gabe had to stop me from tearing up the tile before the walls were done. But I just couldn’t wait!

After we removed the wall behind the bathtub, though, it was apparent that my hopes may become realization after all.Original hexagon tile under bathtub Continue reading