Saturday, November 7, 2009

In The Kitchen

Since last Saturday, I've been under a self-imposed ban from cycling so I can renovate our kitchen. We live in an old farmhouse (124 yrs old), and the kitchen hasn't been updated since the mid-50's. We thought it was time to do something, so we ordered some cabinets. It was then I realized how much work was ahead of me.

Progress has been really slow until recently. Ripping all of the old plaster and lath from the ceiling and walls was the dirtiest, dustiest thing I have ever done, and it took a lot longer than I thought (4 days in all).

I'm doing the electrical and plumbing myself, and have that completed now. No leaks so far.

I have a couple of friends who are good at drywall, and they are helping me with that. Once we started drywall, progress has been good. Above are the two walls left to do, and below are the two walls and the ceiling we have already hung.

The weather has been perfect for cycling all week, but I wanted to stay focused on the kitchen. The new cabinets come early this next week, so we should have the drywall all taped and mudded by then, if all goes well. Unfortunately, I return to work, so I will only have evenings to hang the cabinets.

It is amazing how life revolves around the kitchen, especially the kitchen sink. I didn't realize that until I started this project. How we miss that old kitchen sink. But in the end, life will be much easier and cleaner, since we will have cabinets for all of our pots and pans, plastic food containers, cycling maps, ride flyers, pegs to hang my cycling clothes, etc. You get the idea.

Well it is morning and daylight is burning, so back to the drywall with memories of the road to spur me on.

Happy riding!


Oldfool said...

I wish I hadn't read this because now I feel guilty about not redoing our ceilings since they were ruined by the hurricane 14 months ago. 14 months should be enough time to think about it but I just can't bring myself to start. I'm still thinking about it. Maybe I'll think about it when I'm out riding around.

Steve A said...

Y'all are getting a little too serious about this renovation stuff!

Mike J said...

That is pretty darn impressive. I thought I was doing good by occasionally fixing our dryer. This blows me out of the water.

Chandra said...

looks like you are handy! bravo!!

Apertome said...

Very impressive that you have the skills to undertake a project like this. Great job!