Today I want to share with you some of the progress we’ve made in our Kitchen Makeover for the One Room Challenge. This challenge is hosted by Calling It Home, and over 200 guest participant bloggers makeover one room in their homes in 6 weeks. Each week participants share their progress on their blogs and with a link up party, so be sure to check out all the others progress too.
This week in our kitchen we got things under way.
Our first big job was removing the old backsplash tile. My brother-in-law is a contractor and I’ve already been leaning heavily on his expertise and advice. We talked about removing the tile, I realized it was going to go one of two ways -it was going to come off easy, or we were going to be doing it hard. We’re doing it hard. She did not come off easy. In fact almost everywhere we had to remove the tile we now need to replace the drywall. On the bright side, he said it had been installed well originally, haha.
My husband and I did manage to get all the tile removed over our long weekend, and now I’m working away at cutting out the old damaged drywall to leave nice square holes that connect with the studs so that we can add large patches of dry wall. We decided that it would be best to remove the existing hood over the stove and replace all the dry wall around it, and then tile the whole area underneath and reinstall. That job is a little out of my league so I have a date with my brother-in-law on Saturday. Hopefully we can get all the drywall replaced, and he can give me my tiling 101 lesson.
We also came up with a plan for the floating shelves. I had trouble finding brackets for a wide enough shelf to hold our dinner plates. We contemplated going with something smaller and relocating the plates, but for all this hard work I really want it to be what I want it to be in the end. You know? So my brother-in-law Shaun is going to custom make some brackets for us. Since we’re re-drywalling anyway, he’s going to go ahead and reinforce the wall while we’re at it and so there’s absolutely no worries of the shelves falling down with all the dishes on them -pretty much my nightmare. So, all this behind the walls/scenes work is planned for Saturday, and then on to finally starting to make it look better with tiling.
We’re living in the middle of the mess right now, but I have to say it’s not bothering me too much since I’m so excited about the direction we’re headed in. There’s already a light at the end of the tunnel.
One thing that’s already progressing is the cupboard painting. You can see that all the doors have been removed from the cupboards already. We’re working with Smith Sprayers to have the cupboards painted white. They’ve taken the doors back to their workshop to work on them, and already painted the rest of the cupboards with primer. The cupboards are already looking pretty and white! It’s so exciting to see glimpses of what the new space will look like already.
Goals For This Week
My goals for the coming week are:
- for Shaun to get the supports for the shelves in
- to get the walls patched up and ready for tiling
- to get started on the tile
- the painters will return for another few coats on the cupboards (and then one more visit later for another few coats, and to reinstall the doors and add the new hardware).
I’ve also been shopping for some pretty new accessories and finishing touches for the kitchen.
I’m pretty excited about my white kitchen, with a few black accents. We already have black granite counters, so we’ll be doing white subway tile with a dark grout to tie in the black counters with the newly painted white cupboards. I want to add a few black pieces to the finished kitchen to tie it all together, so we’ll be displaying these black matte plates on our new open shelving. I’ve had fun looking for a few little pieces in black and with some pattern to add in.
One of my favourite little details is the new brass hardware -and it’s inspired the addition of little touches of brass, gold, and even copper throughout and mixed in with the stainless steel.
Things really are a mess, but we managed to pull off a full Thanksgiving dinner in the midst of the makeover chaos on Sunday. Despite the mess, I already feel like we’re getting there, and I’m so, so excited about what it will all look like when we’re done.
With a new kitchen on the horizon, life really is a party!