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Kitchen Progress

February 21st, 2013

Here is what the kitchen looked like when we moved in except that there used to be a large pantry where that wall area has been torn out.

Our contractor built a new pantry right next to where the old pantry was located.  This allowed for enough wall space to let us relocate a ten foot stretch of upper cabinets from the north wall to the west wall.

And then we cut a big hole in the north wall to connect a once formal living room with the kitchen.

This is my kitchen with no cabinets.  It was a bit “gray gardens” around here for a while.

While the contractor was busy tearing out walls in my kitchen, I painted the kitchen cabinets in the basement with Annie Sloan chalk paint.

These are the doors after two coats of her “old white”.  I gave the doors a distressed look by sanding off the paint around the edges.  There were times that I felt like an insane person – putting paint on the cabinets and then taking it back off, putting it back on and then taking it back off.  One has to wonder sometimes at the things we modern women do for the sake of a pretty kitchen.

One night, after a day spent partying in Lawrence with some old friends, I came home to find the CD and the boys had put the cabinets back in place.

You can see a gap beside the stove.  A small cabinet that is still a part of the current island will fill that hole, but we can’t take it out until we are ready to dismantle the island and I am unwilling to go without a sink and dishwasher for a single moment longer than I must.

While I put my kitchen back together by filling up the cabinets, the CD cut some new shelves for the pantry.

Originally the walls of the pantry were painted the same blue as the walls behind the cabinets, but we decided that maybe it was too much blue, so we painted the pantry a nice neutral tannish, color by Sherwin Williams called “Outerbanks”.  But I decided to leave the interior of the pantry blue because I was tired and couldn’t find the strength to go on.  Besides!  It’s a nice blue and Annie Sloan the “chalk paint guru of the internet” calls these types of interior color surprises a “quiet riot”.

And then we went about hanging the doors.

I spray painted the old hinges bronze.

It is so nice to have some cabinets in my kitchen!!!!

In the meantime… On the other side of the kitchen, Larry cut another hole!

Will the madness ever end????

The New Digs

December 30th, 2012

Here’s the only decent photo I currently have of the kitchen. Please note the purple wall, which is only the first of many in the new house.   In this photo, the CD is taking a post-Christmas nap having just gotten home from working 64 hours in a row. Yeah… you don’t even want to know. Let’s just say that no man should ever try to be two doctors at the same time.

I know the room is a wreck. It’s a post Christmas wreck on top of a just moved in wreck on top of a renovation wreck! I am just glad the roof and the wall are keeping the cold out at this point.

This room appears to have been a nursery for the former owners.  It does not qualify as an official bedroom because there is not closet.  We used it briefly as an office, but we have already removed a wall in this room to make it into a true bedroom complete with a closet.  Note the lilac paint.  I am not kidding when I say the former owners were a wee bit fixated on purple.

Master bath.  Purple walls of course.  Purple roses and lilac swirls on the curtains and the border paper.  My mom told me that she liked the curtains.  I told her that she could have them.

Evidently whoever painted the bathroom purple decided not to ante up to replace the turquoise counter top.

The former owners had three daughters.

Drew got the butterfly bedroom.

He promptly removed the butterfly curtains.

Well… half butterflies and half dragonflies.

What more can a boy ask for?

Jack’s room is pink, green and yellow.

He was actually very excited about his pink shelves and has filled them with his favorite books, The Warrior series by Erin Hunter.  They are books about cat clans.  Jack LOVES them.

The master bedroom has the same purple roses and the same purple paint as the master bath.  I do love it when a house coordinates!

The hall bathroom that serves Jack and Drew’s bedrooms is super tiny.  I aim to fix that.

But the downstairs bathroom is HUGE!  And thankfully covered in purple butterflies!

I do love that hand painted butterfly situated slightly off center of the lilac colored toilet!  It will be hard to let it go!

So I took a picture of it for posterity!  Perhaps I will frame and hang this photo slightly off center above the new toilet.

But then where would I put my painting of the Oracle?

Anyone in the market for purple butterfly curtains?

Because I have some if you need them.

I already rented a belt sander and sanded down all the basement walls and ceiling.  The texture in the basement was clearly done by someone who preferred to down a six pack before starting any type of DIY project.  I’ve almost got the entire thing painted too!

This is Calder’s room.

You can’t tell from the photo, but the texture in this room was especially horrible.

My husband hired a contractor to finish out the closet.

While the contractor was finishing the closet, I asked him what could be done about the terrible texture on the walls and ceiling.  He said he could skim coat it which means applying a thin layer of plaster over the entire surface.

I told him to go ahead.  It looks much better now.  In fact, Calder’s room is the nicest room in the entire basement.  I wish I could have done the entire basement, but I decided to put my funds toward a few other projects instead.

The contractor also walled up that hole.

This is the living area in the basement.  Ooooh!  Purple walls!  Who would have ever guessed!

The previous owners had an aquarium built into that open space.  They took it with them which is fine by me!  But it did leave us with another hole to fill in.

There also used to be a wood burning stove on the brick wall in this photo.  The owners told us that if we did not want it, they would take it.  We told them that we did want it because what else were we going to do with a brick wall in the basement?  Unfortunately, our loan did not close on the new house on the same day as our loan closed on our old house.  This left us homeless for several days.  We asked the previous owners if we could possibly rent the home from them for a few days so that we could have a place to put our furniture and lay down our weary heads at night.  The previous owners had already moved out.  In fact, the house had sat vacant for two years.  They agreed to let us move in and didn’t charge us rent, but their cost was one wood burning stove.

We are not sure if we are going to replace it or just tear it all out.

That’s all the photos I’ve got for now.  As you can see, we’ve got ourselves a project!  Its’ kind of fun though.  I do love working on a house.

The CD and I indulged in an overnight get-away to KC to celebrate my birthday this year.  We had a fabulous time watching my nephew in a play, eating breakfast on the Plaza and lunch in the west-side neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas. There are some great little eateries in this neighborhood and one amazing bakery called “Fervere”. If you are even in this neck of the woods, you must promise me you will stop and buy a loaf of orchard bread. SO GOOD!

It was very hard to pick a restaurant, but ultimately we went with Los Alamos Market and Cocina where we filled our bellies with tamales, rice, beans, and carnitas!  Yummy!  Afterwards we went for a stroll around this charming little neighborhood to check out the modern architecture interspersed with the lovely older homes.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Here’s an example of what most of the homes in this neighborhood look like.

But every once in a while a terrifically modern home pops up.  There seems to be a bit of a modern meme going on.

Please to note the goat.

Love the use of color on this one.

Love that egg. Don’t know what it means… but I love it.

Boxwood gone bananas!

Come to think of it… all tree houses sort of lean towards the modern side of architecture.