It’s already week 3 of the One Room Challenge and it’s going by pretty fast. We’re making good progress, but I have to say I’m certainly looking forward to having things back to normal around here. We’re not doing a major remodel, it’s more a makeover, but it has been a lot of work already, and we did run into a few surprises.
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I’m really fortunate and my brother-in-law Shaun is a contractor and came last Saturday to help…and by help I been do all the things, and try to teach me how to help, haha.
Here’s a reminder of where we started, this is the before picture.
And here is the direction we are headed.
Last week we had the tile off and needed to remove the drywall and do a little work behind the main wall in preparation for hanging our floating shelves. We also have a painter working on painting the cupboards, with the doors in her shop right now.
Shaun came over on Saturday and the first job we did was remove the damaged drywall. It was a dirty job, but not too difficult. Shaun used a special tool to cut the drywall nice and level.
Shaun and I made a quick trip to Home Depot to pick up the supplies for the shelves. We had been having trouble finding any floating shelf brackets that could accommodate a 12 inch deep shelf. In the end, Shaun came up with a way to do it fairly inexpensively by using plumping supplies. We’ll have a full tutorial in the next couple weeks. This week though, since we had the dry wall off, Shaun reinforced the wall where we’re going to hang the shelves.
The wall previously had cupboards which we removed, and a range hood. We’re going to replace the cupboards with the floating shelves, and tile behind them right up to the ceiling. The old tiles went to the ceiling -or the bulkhead actually, and had been tiled around the range hood. Shaun thought it would look much better to remove the hood and tile the whole wall to avoid all the messy cuts along the angled section of the hood. Since he’s the pro, and knew how to remove the hood we went with that. We’ll do the tile and then put the shelves and hood on over it for a nice clean look.
When we had the hood removed we saw that we had a mouse problem. There was a hole beside the vent, so we had to plug it up and remove some of the damaged insulation. Then we added the reinforcement for the new shelves, fixed up the vapour barrier, and finally added new drywall.
I learned again that I’m not so great at measuring. I seriously had to cut one little patch piece of drywall three times before I had it right. But I give myself permission to not be great at stuff the first time I try it. Shaun’s a great teacher and I was able to work away beside him and at least help a little -doing most of the dry wall for the backsplash behind the sink and under the cupboards.
After the dry wall was up, I sealed the seams with some tape and tile adhesive, and then added a tile primer.
On this coming Saturday my brother-in-law is coming again -bless him, to teach me how to tile and work on the floating shelves. I can’t wait to make some more great progress this weekend.
Next week hopefully the cupboard painting and reinstall will be happening too. I’m hoping we make great progress on the tile on Saturday, and then I’ll finish it up and do the grout early next week. The end is in sight!
The To-Do List:
We’ve still got to
-have the cupboards finished and doors reinstalled
-tile the backsplash, and grout it
-touch up the paint on the ceiling where the old cupboards were removed and around the tile
-make and install the floating shelves
-replace the old light
-install the new facuet
-replace the fridge and stove
-clean and declutter the kitchen cupboards, clean the kitchen windows
-try and clean the grout in the kitchen floor
-style the new kitchen
And after all the messy stuff, here’s a little pretty. These are some of the beautiful pieces for the kitchen that I’ve been picking up the last few weeks.
I want to thank all my amazing sponsors -I truly couldn’t do it without them. I’m so happy to be partnering with Home Depot, Wayfair Canada, General Electric, Lagostina, Smith Sprayers, Lee Valley Tools, Delta Faucet, Kyrlon, and Minwax. I received products or discounts from these partners, but all opinions, as always, are my own. I’ll be sharing more about these amazing partnerships soon -keep your eye on my Instagram Stories to see the deliveries. 😉
Want to see more? Have a look at my Kitchen board on Pinterest to see more of my inspiration.
I am working with some amazing brands on my One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover, and I’m so grateful. I’ve received products or discounts, but as always, all opinions are my own. I’m so happy to be partnering with Home Depot, Wayfair Canada, GE Canada, Benjamin Woodworks, Lagostina, Smith Sprayers, Lee Valley Tools, Delta Faucet, Krylon, Minwax, and Hamilton Beach.
With progress being made on the One Room Challenge, life really is a party!