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April 22-28, 2016, Snapshot Summary: The Kitchen Remodel Begins

Kitchen Remodel: Before

When we bought our 100+ year old house 15 years ago, the kitchen was in desperate need of remodeling, but we never seemed to have the money to do it, and busy life just got in the way. Last year we decided that we couldn't put it off any longer. The linoleum's surface was long gone and there was even patches in which the surface was off completely. The lemon yellow counters and ugly wallpaper was in long need of being replaced. The cabinets were so old that the doors had been re-screwed in place so many times, that they couldn't be screwed up again and had to be taken off. The refrigerator, which we hastily replaced when the one before died suddenly, was way too small for our large family and the ceiling, which had been a drop ceiling needed to be replaced. We took it down in preparation to replace it, but we never got around to it, so the beams, along with the pipes and electrical work has been exposed all these years. Basically, the entire kitchen needed to be re-done from the walls, floor and ceiling, in. 
I set up the microwave, the crockpot, coffeepot and paper products in the dining room to use during these next few weeks.

Kitchen Remodel
Week One
The first week they ripped out the old cabinets and counters. They moved out the stove, refrigerator and freezer. The fridge and freezer will stay on our laundry room porch even after the remodel is completed. They moved the stove, so that it inconveniently, blocked the doorway into the dining room, which meant we struggled to get into the room. All my plans for surviving this week went down the drain and so we ended up eating out a lot.
They put down the linoleum, but the foreman was not here that day and so it ended up with a ton of bubbles. This means it has to be entirely redone. Hopefully this coming week will be a little easier.

How was your week?


  1. Awesome! I am so excited for you. I can't wait to see waht the next weeks bring.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. How wow!!! How exciting to see! I know it's off setting to be without the main room in the house, hang in there. So excited to see the after pictures. :)

  3. Oh, good luck with your kitchen remodel. We are planning to redo our garden and finding it very stressful. I hope life settles for you soon.

  4. Oh my that is a lot of work going into that.

  5. I am so looking forward to seeing next week's installment :)
    Phyllis, thank you for your prayers they were much appreciated.

  6. I am so happy for you all. I can't wait to see it.

  7. Oh, total chaos! I don't envy you the process, but I'm sure the end result will make it all worthwhile...hopefully :) In the meantime maybe the weather will be beautiful, and you can enjoy outdoor barbecues.


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