There are a ton of photos today, so brace yourself!!
With that question in mind, let's get started, shall we?
Why did you undertake this project?
What did you learn during the remodel?
- Having a tent up outside your garage is a good thing, especially during the rainiest September since 1914!!
- Use the best paint you can afford.
- Use Kilz 2 primer. Although I'd read somewhere Zinsser is the best, my experience tells me otherwise. After going through a quart of the Zinsser, I went back to Kilz which did not drip as readily and covered beautifully, albeit both took two coats.
- Don't believe everything you read on the internet!
- There is a reason hospitals used to be all white--it feels clean and fresh.
- I knew it beforehand and having witnessed it first hand, having an amazing carpenter on your team makes everything better.
- Good grief, yes! I could not wait to get back to normal! I wanted so badly for the living room not to have two sets of dining chairs.
- When we first began, way back on September 5, Bruce told Bill he thought it might take a month. Now, that seemed like a long time, yet, it is hard to argue with Bruce because he's spent his working career estimating work time. It did not take a month, however, it did take about 19 days, some of which were very long, or at least to a 60+ year old couple.
- Maybe four or five, but that does not count one night of cheese and crackers, and one popcorn night! For most of the time we had a semi-working kitchen along with a willing cook.
What took so long?
- If you've been following along you already know what took so long! If not, each and every door had to be re-worked with a technique B called "banding" meaning strips of wood had to be glued and stapled around the door's inside perimeter. Multiply that by 27, and you can understand why it took so long. Not to mention he built seven new drawers! And a wine rack!
Then too, you have to attach everything and sometimes, what with the new configuration, that takes some expert carpentry skills. You can see from the above that in spite of all my efforts, paint tends to run from one side to the other, although, once up, it seems to be less noticeable.Bruce is working in the above photo on the last bit of hardware installation. Once he completed that he set to putting them on the frames.
Are you done with the kitchen yet? What do you think?
By the numbers:
27 doors painted, and primed, both sides twice=216 coats to both paint and wait to dry.
94 pieces of hardware removed.
94 pieces of hardware re-installed with all new holes drilled.
1 quart of spackle
1 gallon of primer
1 gallon of cabinet and trim paint
1 gallon of paint+primer for the insides which are equally as wonderful.
4 moving boxes used along with two giant plastic tubs
2 saw blades need sharpening!
2 trips to the doctor
Hard to know just how many hours we worked--plenty
Are we done with the kitchen yet? Why, yes we are!
- Not any time soon!