Yawn. Busy weekend for me- drinks with Courtney and Ashley on Friday and then my good friend, Jenny came down from for a couple of nights. Having her here got me SO anxious to move into the house and be a proper hostess. I get excited thinking about guest bedding, pretty soaps for the bathroom, and my bar cart restocked for entertaining. But I’m getting ahead of myself- first we need to complete the construction phase.
Last week, my carpenter, Angelo made major progress in my kitchen in three days. As a reminder, this is how my kitchen looked when I bought it.
Angelo went to town carefully removing the cabinets (I plan to re-use them.) The backsplash tile didn’t come off the wall too easily and the drywall ended up coming down too. We are going to take the opportunity with the exposed walls to add proper insulation and re-work faulty wiring.
Next we took down the plaster wall between the kitchen and dining room. As you can see there are two ducts in the wall that will need to be relocated. I won’t be able to have a completely open space, but we are trying to work out a way to get it as wide as possible.
Between the wall coming down and the drop ceiling being removed, there was a ton of debris! It was a little overwhelming to see the mess.
But when I returned to the house a few hours later, Angelo had neatly piled up the firring strips and piled the debris into bucket loads. Notice my kitchen cabinets? They are living in my dining room for now.
Next we removed the tile floor.
Like the rest of the first floor, the sub-floor is antique pine. I was really pleased with its condition! I’m hoping it will be able to be patched and refinished. My flooring guy will be coming by this week and I’ll know more after that.
Here is the kitchen right now. I’m anxious to get the drywall up and have the floors finished! We have to go back to real work though, so it may be a little while.