Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's Curtains

Last year at this time we came home from Portland to find that the kitchen cabinets that we had ordered and were to be done toward the end of May were done and the craftsman was ready to put them in. We had not even torn out the old. I figured we had at least two weeks from when we got home to get that done. Would have been nice to have taken them out before we left and have come home to it all done. Oh well. You roll with the punches.

So me and my boys went to work ripping out cabinets. I was so thankful for sons that were strong, willing to help, and had great tools for the job. My oldest has worked in construction the last two summers. The boys did a great job. There was only one major hole in the wall were a screw was stripped so A just grabbed the cabinet and yanked, twisted and pulled until he got it down. We patched it, didn't even have to do a good job since cabinets were going over it. Here is a picture of one of the cabinets we took out.We wanted tile in the kitchen and I also wanted it in the living room and down the hall. I had a strip of tile right in front of the door but my boys and their friend would notice they were tracking in dirt on the tile and promptly step on the carpet. My carpet was terrible right at the edge of the tile. So since we were doing the kitchen the living room and hall got done to. Anyone that has done a remodel knows how quickly the domino effect can take place. We had some men come and lay tile. Being a quilter I knew how much I liked things on point and it eliminated the problem of how to get things to lay and look right down the hall and in the opening to the kitchen. But I didn't want to do that with no tile experience. That and my knee does not like me to kneel on it. So a week later we were ready for the cabinets in the kitchen. Didn't they turn out nice?Another domino that feel was the fact that I got rid of the ugly blinds that were probably original to my 1970's house. I've been meaning to get to them for about a year now. Well the stars aligned. Jo Ann's had the fabric and hardware on sale for 50% off. So while I sewed A got out his handy tools and hung the hardware for me. And wa-la we are no longer living like goldfish in a bowl. We have curtains.




10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful feeling to have it all done. I'm glad, too, that you have strong and helpful sons.

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  2. Em, it looks so nice. I wish I was there to see it in person. Maybe this summer.

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  3. It looks great! My parents are in the process of remodeling their kitchen. I think now they wish they had sons. I am far away from home to be able to help them and my sister is busy with her kids. Well at least they have a handy son in law.

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  4. Renovating is always a big job but so worth it in the end!The advantage of doing things in stages is that you truly appreciate each new item. Your curtains look great!

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  5. So nice to get it done! Tiles are certainly better than carpet generally. And we spend too much time in the kitchen to not have it perfect for us!

    Cheers!

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  6. Nice new cupboards! I know all about the domino effect of a reno but in the end it's nice to have everything looking new and spiffy!

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  7. I'm sure your changes make everything feel like new! Looks great!

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  8. Well done Em that is so wonderful! I like tiled floors as they are easy to keep clean with 3 hounds. I haven't told hubby about my master plan to remove the carpet in the hallway and stain the wooden boards. He isn't quite over the craft room floor yet. :-) Your kitchen cupboards look fab. I bet it makes a huge difference having curtains instead of dated blinds.

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  9. What a neat post. I love how you shared all this with us. I can pick up how proud you are of your boys! As you should be. And I'm thrilled you have the comfort in your home you were looking for.

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  10. wow, how fun for you...a new kitchen and new curtains...

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