I had been tearing up the kitchen floor to prep for this. The night before Jerry came over and he and I stripped down the walls and KILZ-primed them. That stuff smells nasty! Good thing we had the fan in the window! The kitchen already started to look better with that ugly wood paneling off the walls and the Red and Blue getting covered up. There were lots of divots in the plaster, which was unfortunate. I tried spackling some of them, but I didn’t have enough spackle so I settled for spackling the ones that would be visible above the countertop. The parquet-floor in the hallway had suffered a similar fate, but was on hold for the time being until we could get the kitchen to the point it needed to be.
Melissa and I woke up bright and unfortunately early at about quarter after 7am. We hadn’t slept very well the night before because Bowie and Frank kept antagonizing one another. Frank was making this weird “mooing” sound at Bowie, to express his discontent, and Bowie was compulsively pacing back and forth between both bedrooms.
At about 7:30 to 8am, two younger guys show up. I had been expecting Steve, but they said Steve would be by shortly. I had remembered Steve mentioning something about bringing in some younger guys that worked for Whitewater construction. I found out later that they were cousins of my friend Lee! Small world!
They started out by tearing out the existing window in the Kitchen. I watched for a little while — not to supervise, but rather out of both curiosity and desire to learn what it is they’re doing. I think part of the roadblocks for DIY is the fear of “messing things up.” But if you get in there and get your hands dirty, there are a lot of things that you can do simply by trying. So I was trying to debunk my fear, I suppose.
They knocked out the window, measured, then put supports in for the new window. Then they installed the newer, smaller, higher-raised, more heat-efficient, non-matching white window. The window is nice — it doesn’t match the other windows on the inside, but then again, Kitchen windows usually look a bit different anyways.
The next part just flew by! They started hauling in cabinets, measuring, hanging, clamping, and affixing them to the walls. It amazed me how quickly they were all put up. It took all of 1 to 2 hours to get all the cabinets hung up and set. They look really nice and they work well. Steve arrived mid-way through the cabinet installation. There were already two guys working this job so he didn’t need to do a whole lot aside from clean and look at what they’ve done so far. When they were done setting the cabinets, they all left and Steve said he’d be back tomorrow to get the stove set up.
So you can see the finished work, here’s a Kitchen Walkthrough Video!.
Once we finish the kitchen, I’ll finish tearing up the hallway, then its on to the bathroom!