Sunday, November 7, 2010

Death to the old Kitchen by Adam

Day 1...2 weeks ago...we moved everything into our front room. We had to barricade everything from the kids to keep them from getting into everything. The 3 pictures below was our kitchen for about 2 weeks.

We did most of the work ourselves to save money. Sometimes it was fun...other times it sucked. We started by taking down the old cabinets. It really wasn't that hard. The part that was hard was the soffit(the part above the cabinets). We had 3 soffit's and we could only take out 2 of them. The other soffit had about 10 different wires in it.

In 1970 when our house was built we had these nasty decorative brick pillars in the middle of our house. They just took up space and our kids would run into them all the time. We decided to take them out. It was actually pretty easy and now our front room looks much bigger with these gone.

We found a phone wire in the wall. It had to be moved and since I work for the phone company it was really easy for me to splice into it and hide it behind the wall.

This is after the pillars were taken out. You can see the 2 holes in the ceiling and the 2 holes in the floor...that's where the pillars were.

Then we started to patch all the holes we made. This is one of the worst parts. We probably should of paid to have someone do it but we wanted to save money doing it ourselves...however we will never do dry wall again...we hated it.

After the drywall was put up and patched we needed to sand it so that is looked smooth. Samantha did all the patching and all of the sanding. Dry wall dust was everywhere. It got on everything. It was nasty.

She is sanding where the pillars must of been nasty in there...but I don't really know...I was just taking the pictures.

Here she is...queen of the of the many things I love about Samantha is she works just as hard as I do. We have completely remodeled our house and she does everything that I do. She isn't afraid to give things a shot and isn't afraid of getting dirty. If she wasn't like that we would never get anything done because it would be hard for me to stay motivated. What is funny about this picture was awhile I was taking pictures of her as she worked...I was also watching the world series!

Our almost complete new kitchen. We don't have counter tops on yet and the detailing of the kitchen isn't done yet but we were able to put our stuff back in our kitchen.

Against this wall is where we will have more cabinets, they are not in yet but will be soon.

We have worked non stop for about 2 weeks. We would work before I would leave to work, then Samantha would work all day when I was gone and then when I got home we would work till we went to bed. We usually crawled into bed about 10 or 11 each night. Just about 1 more week and a little bit of tile work and then we will be done. We are both really excited.


Chase and Kortney Crowley said...

It look amazing!!!! I can't believe you guys know how to do that! Sam should deserve a metal for remodeling your kitchen, taking care of three children, and nursing Ava. I painted the baseboards in my house the other day and felt so proud.....that is nothing in comparision to what you did! Wow!

Heather (wife to Dave, mom to Jenna and Adam) said...

I'm very impressed! I also have no clue how you did that with a nursing baby and 2 crazy kids runny around- that deserves a medal for sure :) Can't wait to see the finished project. You should have us over ;)

Jill said...

me and john like to do things like that together, too. that picture of sam is classic! oh..and case i forgot to tell you, back when i had really bad poison ivy rash all over, your advise for the hot water was the best advise i got!

Mom said...

This is so beautiful and unbelieveable. I wish I had the talent to do remodel. I have a hard tme cleaning the house and I only have 3 adults! Can't wait to see the beautiful kitchen! See you at Christmas! Love, Mom

Anabelle said...

WOW! That is impressive. I would have wanted to moved into a hotel and paid someone. Nice work!

BossyMommy said...

Hold on to him, Samantha. He's a handy one to have around. Kitchen looks great! Kids are getting so big...and so cute!

LucyH said...

You both are troopers! I think the kitchen would be the worst to remodel because it's hard to live without it! It looks awesome though so great job! My husband would never let me do that stuff. Either he is being sweet or he doesn't trust my work.

Leann said...

Wow , I'm impressed!

Kenningtons said...

Very impressive. I had no idea you were so handy!!! Even more impressive is this was all done with three kids around. That could not have been easy!

Darin and Elaina said...

It really is amazing and the new kitchen looks so beautiful!!