Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kitchen Remodel Days 8&9

Friday afternoon my husband finished putting the mud on the ceiling and Saturday we took out the island and  he spent the rest of the day sanding the ceiling to get it smooth. He was covered from head to toe in sheetrock dust.

On Sunday he let me sleep in while he finished floating out the ceiling. It's a one person job and I was needing the extra sleep. Then after lunch we put down the Hardy backer board. This took us about 5 hours to do. You have to mix up mortar and spread it on then lay the backer board down then secure it with screws.
Tomorrow my cabinets are to be delivered! I can't wait!

Soon this will be filled with cabinets. Yea!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Kitchen remodel days 6&7

Day 6 we put the first layer of mud over the tape and screws and in the corners. It doesn't look like a lot of work but the arms and shoulders really start to ache doing this part.  As you can see from the pictures it takes a while for the mud to dry. We put plastic up on the doorway to keep the dust out of the rest of the house.

Day 7  One wall still had the original sheetrock and texture on it and since we would never be able to make it match and we didn't like the way it was textured anyway we sanded it and put more mud on it to make it flat. I tried to take a picture but it is not cooperating with me. You can't really tell what I am talking about. Maybe after it's painted. We are doing the same thing to the ceiling.

We removed the rest of the peel and stick tiles, some of them came up easy and some of them put up a fight.
Then my husband screwed the sub floor down to the floor joints because after 40 years some of the nails have started backing out and some have rusted. This makes the floor feel more solid when you walk on it.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Remodel Day 5

It's Valentine's Day and my Sweetheart and I went to IHOP for breakfast. It was very nice, you always need a good hearty breakfast when you have as much work ahead of  you as we do.
Then we came back home and got after the kitchen again. We finished up all the sheetrocking. Yea!
Spell checker says sheetrocking is not a word, spell checker must not be a DIYer.

I know it doesn't look like much work but it takes awhile when you have to do all the cutting and piecing together. Then we cleaned and cleaned and cleaned sheetrock dust from every corner of the kitchen and dining room. I still have to dust the rest of the house but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Fourth day of remodeling.
Sheetrock is up! Not all of it but most of it!
This is the side wall and part of the back wall.

The rest of the back wall. If you click on the picture you can see where I drew the pipes for the water lines and the drain. I did that so we would not try to put any screws in them. We still have one small piece to put up behind that ladder.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kitchen remodel day 2 & 3

Second day of remodeling.
Cabinets on the wall...
Third day of remodeling. No cabinets anywhere!
When we took the sink out and removed the cabinets we found trouble. Rot!
The drain pipe had a split in it, we think it may have happened when we had the house leveled last year. Some of the floor had to be replaced and a bit of the bottom plate for the wall.

                                  Thank goodness my sweetie is good at patching things.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Kitchen remodel

We started on our kitchen remodel on Sunday. We got quite a bit done tho it doesn't really look like it. Both half walls came down and we rebuilt the beam that spans the opening to the dining room. We also took down our pantry but I didn't get a picture of that. We are trying to take everything apart without being too destructive. You never know when you will need that 6" long 2x4.
I don't know when or where we will use some of the wood that is coming out of this remodel but the beam we built is from recovered wood from the porch we took down 5 years ago.




Later this week we will start taking down cabinets and sheetrock and whatever tickles our fancy. Then we will be eating a lot of microwave dinners!  I am really dreading not being able to create feasts for my honey. I will just have to get creative with the microwave and toaster oven. 


Meatball Pizza

My husband said I should blog about this recipe I whipped up tonight. He even took the pictures for me.
It's super quick and super easy.

I used one package of Pillsbury Crescent rolls. A little bit of pizza sauce, meatballs, black olives and mozzarella cheese.
Each little pizza uses 4 crescent rolls just pinch the perforations closed and roll up the edges a little to hold everything on the pizza. I like a lot of sauce and cheese but my hubby doesn't, he wanted more meatballs and olives.
Bake at 375 for about 13 minutes.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Kitchen remodel

This weekend we ordered the cabinets for my new kitchen. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I have been dreaming about this for five years and can hardly believe it is actually going to happen! We ordered beautiful new hickory cabinets. I have so many decisions to make. What kind of sink, lighting, faucet, paint...
This is possibly the biggest, most expensive remodel we have ever done. But it will be worth it.
This is what I have.


excuse the mess
It's not much, but its mine!
I will be posting pictures along our remodel journey. So keep looking in on us while we work our fingers to the bone. I think I already need a back massage just thinking about all the hard work we have waiting for us.

Bathroom remodel

We started this remodel of my Daddy's bathroom a year ago. Then he got sick and passed away.
We still have towel racks to hang and some trim work to do but it is quite a transformation.
It was nice 40 years ago.

Sorry about the yellow tint.
I wish he could have seen it completed but he did get to see it in the works.