November 18, 2013

Kitchen Remodel take 456

I knew when we bought our house that I'd want to re-do the kitchen.  The tile, while cute, was NASTY.  It was cracked, the grout was creepy, and tile on a countertop just didn't make sense to me.  Plus, it was really shallow.  The owners had done a crappy, quick, and thoughtless "update" before we moved in and laid sheet linoleum, sprayed the cabinets (in and out - with the contact paper still in and with shitty paint).


When we had the wall of tile removed, a giant two inch gap was left between the wall and the linoleum.  That was in 2011.  Two years later, I decided to do something about it.  We knew that there was a plywood subfloor under the linoleum since we could see this:


I was going CRAZY with the ugly linoleum.  I thought  painting the floor a cool color might be a great solution...

So one Saturday afternoon when the baby was asleep, I started ripping.  And steaming.  And ripping.


Only to find...ASPESTOS TILE!!

Ah, what luck.  So now we have an aspestos, paper, linoleum tile.  The greatest thing was when we ripped up the lino and was steaming the aspestos tile, the smell of 50 year old cigarette smoke and burned food wafted through the entire house - it was dreamy.

Now, my $60 project has just gotten much more expensive.  We could have had the aspestos removed for approx $500 (we just had it done at the riverhouse, so I knew approx. pricing) OR we could just put something on top of it so as not to disturb it.

I had ordered some samples from ifloor for the river house and liked an imitation slate vinyl plank.  I placed the order and waiting for the shipping confirmation...

Meanwhile, my kids were dropping food - a lot of food on this nasty paper/aspestos floor.  The black beans were getting smushed into the paper, broken glasses were getting lost in the layers, etc.

Growing up, my parents removed the carpet in our house looking for hardwood underneath.  What they found was full of nails, holes, and paint.  But, since they didn't have the money to replace it, we lived with it like that for what seemed like years (though it could have been weeks, really).  It was not cute.

Anyway, TWO FRICKEN WEEKS LATER, my flooring arrived.

And, while the children were asleep...this happened.


It took a whole 4 hour period to figure out what we were doing.  But on day two during naptime, we finished.

This was our kitchen after our mini remodel two years ago...after running out of money for the floors and table...

Here it is today (well, bad in the dark picture with all the dusty stuff piled next to the sink).

And our stove...

Today!  I think it looks particularly awesome next to the chalkboard!

Bubbs cut our table a few weeks ago when I had just had it with the nasty original tabletop.  I painted the base last week, but I have to put a coat of voc free poly on it when the kids are out soon.  The poster above the bench is getting repaired b/c our ikea frame just fell off the wall and broke the other day.


Bubbs also created this genius pot/pan closet a few years ago and I always meant to paint the shelves and clean it up. 

Two years later I finally got around to it :)

We're going to have to finish the trim next weekend, but for now, I'm so happy with the results.

November 14, 2013

12 days till completion!

Folks, we're 12 days out. 

Floors are being refinished, kitchen cabinets are NOT delivered (OMG Ikea delivery company, Dynamix, SUCKS!  I should have yelped them before using them, since our experience is EXACTLY what everyone else yelps.  They are going to be a week late on delivery - and our stuff is in the truck!).

Paint in on , trim being put in. 

I have to put the final poly finish on our dresser turned bathroom vanity today then get it up there for finishes.

This is exciting stuff.

Meanwhile, both my kids are sick, I'm covering for a colleague at work, and Bubbs and I are tag team parenting b/c our work schedules are so ridiculous right now.

November 6, 2013

VacationHouse/Disaster Updates!

We're supposed to finish the house is 20 days - giving us two days to move in before thanksgiving!! My sister has offered to cook thanksgiving at her house and just bring it to us :) A couple before and "during" pics...

What were we thinking?!

What a Difference!
There were three layers of aspestos tile/carpet here.  Plus, a nasty ceiling and that awkward pole

Open ceiling, no pole, passthrough to living room
70's paneling, ceiling fan touched heads when walking by, amazing green countertop...
Tall ceilings and hidden windows!  Staircase joining top and bottom floors!


We're pushing on to get in there by Thanksgiving...I'm still holding out hope.

November 4, 2013

Meal Planning

Seriously, I have so much going on right now.

We're in the final month of our riverhouse being complete - which means scrambling to get things lined up and purchased and delivered and finding all that money to actually pay for it :)

I'm doing a lot of personal growth work.  I feel like it is really important and is helping with that general overall "I'm totally overwhelmed with life, two kids, working, keeping the house up" feeling - that I'm sure a lot of people have, but was killing me.

I tore up the kitchen floor thinking it would be a nice, cheap, groovy redo (I wanted to paint it a fun color), only to find aspestos tile underneath.  We just paid insane amounts of money to remove the aspestos from the river house so I knew my project was no longer cheap.  So now we have no kitchen floor and are waiting for our delivery of pretty, but responsible vinyl tile floating floor (in a slatey look - which I'm sure I'll regret b/c it is so dark it will show everything - but I think I have that thinking of people who get dogs because it will "make" them walk everyday - will a dirty floor make me sweep everyday?).

Our dishwasher is broken and come to find out even though it says Kenmore, it is actually made by frigidaire.  Yup - same as our CRAPPY fridge.  Oh yeah, that new fridge we got a year ago.  Crapped out.  This is our second frigidaire that has completely crapped out on us.  Not happy.

Oh, and I'm starting a school.  I think.

But, since I'm so crazy busy with my job too - we've been eating out WAY too much.  So much that I'm not even enjoying it anymore.  Plus, we are going to be on a VERY tight budget so last minute eating out just won't cut it.  I need to stop carrying my credit card around (I have the number memorized though).  So I decided to go back to basics.

Here's my plan for this week.  You'll notice there isn't much that is "mixed" and that we have rice (a mixed brown rice) every meal. This is making this accessible for the three year old - he's a bit picky.  We also know our two boys have dairy allergies, so this is all dairy free.

Monday: Kale, White Bean, Kielbasa Soup - separate parts for TT and the Baby, Rice.

Tuesday: Rice, Beans, Cornbread, Salad, Broccoli
Wednesday: Pumpkin Whole Grain Waffles, Turkey Bacon, Melon

Thursday: Broccoli with Cashews, Marinated Chicken Breast, Rice

Friday: Roasted Chicken, Roasted Squash, Broccoli, Roasted Potatoes or Rice

The boys leave for a trip on Friday - so I'll use the weekend to make a stock for next week's soup!