Kitchen Renovation + House Full of Sickies

Hi. Long time no see.

I expected a lot to go wrong when we started the kitchen renovation. Electricity issues, things not coming in on time, us not knowing how to actually renovate a kitchen…

What I did not expect was a week and a half delay for all of us to get flat on our asses sick with one of the worst colds we’ve had in awhile.

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset

And with six people in a house, everyone falls like dominoes until you’ve all become a pathetic puddle of feverish snot, with possible pink eye, shuffling around the house drinking soup and wincing every time you swallow. We’re still not over it.

So we did not, as I had hoped, work on the kitchen this past weekend.  Still, the beginnings of the kitchen is starting to take shape.

Getting rid of the old kitchen, while it was simple, it wasn’t exactly easy.   Since the old kitchen cabinets were actually built into the wall (as opposed to being built and then hung on the wall) coaxing the house to let go of the cabinets took a little longer than we expected. And by coaxing, we mean, with a crowbar and a hammer.


goodbye kitchen

Another daunting task was getting rid of the oven and the range and converting to an all-in-one oven/range, this frees up a little bit of space when you open the door and hopefully will make the kitchen feel a little roomier.

kitchen demo

I had adjusted to washing the dishes in the bathroom sink, but I wasn’t interested in getting rid of the ability to cook anything so timing out the rewiring of the kitchen was important so we could put the new stove in right after we took the old one out.  Instead of waiting for an oven to be delivered we went and picked one up straight from the store on a Friday night so everything would be ready to go on Saturday. Saturday afternoon, the electrician set up the new wiring while we did the demo and then he hooked up the oven for us.

I’m not quite sure how we pulled it off but we did.

Kitchen ren

We’ve still got a little way to go before the sink can be put in and the dishwasher hooked up, but things are FINALLY moving forward.

Next week is spring break and we plan to be out of town which is frustrating on a kitchen standpoint but sorely needed after busy weeks and sickness. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this is going to be a Saturday project and it’s just going to take a while (saving $17,000 has helped ease the pain).

if you squint real hard, you can see what the kitchen will look like someday… Hopefully we’ll have a big reveal before summer.


Kitchen Makeover III – Keep it Cheap (under $125)!

I was going to wait until I had really great pictures of the kitchen to show… but as it turns out we get perfect picture light in our kitchen at 4:00…. Aaaaaand I’m not home. In fact, I won’t even be home in the daylight until Saturday and I didn’t want to wait to show you what we did… so, basically I owe you optimal daylight pics.


When we last left my kitchen, there was a mushroom cloud of dirt:

Not so pretty.

With Jeff’s spring break, we were sure we were going to be able to put up the new shelves in a jiffy.

And then we had a few things to take care of…

And then a few more…

A trip to Ikea…

And before we knew it it was Saturday and Jeff was in the attic nailing plywood and our kitchen looked abandoned and disgusting… kinda like this:

So we realized we better not let Monday come around without finishing or we’d be eating fast food for another week– and bathing suit season is upon us.

So we stayed up until 1 AM working on it, finished up and went to bed barely taking time to survey our work… here’s what I woke up to the next morning:


I think bowls and cups are pretty

As for the other side of the kitchen… well we ran into a snag. Remember the yellowish vinyl backing behind the stove? Well, apparently they had glued it on. So we were left with a gluey mess that no amount of scraping and sanding could smooth, so right now, it’s exposed until we find a weekend to tile a new backsplash– probably the most expensive part about this process. So it currently sits unfinished like this:

Since I’m not happy with the wall color I haven’t settled on a tile color but I am definitely thinking subway tile. It might be that we don’t do anything until we replace the counter tops… besides, there’s lots of things to do in the meantime.

But this is the first time we could really see the direction the kitchen is going… and aside from the paint, I’m really happy with it. The kitchen suddenly feels quite large and my big counter space complaint is no longer an issue!

Here’s our cost breakdown so far:

Grundtal Ikea shelf (used as pot rack): 14.99

Gruntal s-hook pack: 2.99 x4 (I like extras) = 11.96

Asker container (two large) 7.99 x 2 = 15.98

Asker small container 3 = 17.97

Grundtal rail = 6.99

Brackets .50 each x 4 = $2.00

Pine shelf (Lowes) = $22.45 (after 10% discount coupon)

Primer 11.67 (after 10% discount coupon)

Valspar paint 20.98

So total our kitchen cost: $124.99

I feel like we’ve added so much space in our kitchen this way. I’m really pleased with where it’s going!

So what’s your cheapest home makeover/renovation story?

Just joining us? check our or cheap kitchen renovation from the demolition begins and Kitchen Makeover part Deux- The Demolition Continues