November 19, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 17

Not much to tell or show. I spent tonight after work sanding the joint compound. I filled in some small “pocks” in the otherwise smooth wall. Then I redid the corners. There are two corners that will be highly visible and neither of them turned out as I’d like, so I sanded it all down and then added more joint compound to the corners. They look OK now, so tomorrow I should be able to sand them and then paint the wall with a first coat of primer (I’m going to use ceiling paint for my primer as I’ve got a lot of it). Friday night will be a coat of either Zinsser or Kilz primer to seal the wall and make it completely waterproof and mildew-proof. Then probably two coats of “Warm White” from True Value, which matches the rest of the wall paint in the kitchen and dining room. I should have two coats on and dry by the time the counter top gets here Monday!

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November 18, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 16

Mud, glorious mud. Well, at least joint compound. That was tonight’s mission. To put joint compound on all of the new sheet rock. You see, when I put in that sheet rock I was under the impression that KC wanted to put some sort of laminated product over it. Well, after looking at a number of laminated products she proclaimed that we needed to paint the splash walls. So, I had to “mud” the walls. Tomorrow will be sanding those walls and if it’s smooth enough I’ll prime paint them. If it isn’t smooth enough, there will be another coat of joint compound. Here’s the closeups of the areas I’ve done:
Above the end of the counter near the peninsula Left of the sink - two GFCI duplexes and two switches Around the corner, above the dishwasher

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November 17, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 15

Nothing much to report today. I finished grouting the floor. It will have to dry until Wednesday, so nothing more can be done there. I replaced part of the sheet rock around the outlets. KC now wants to paint the walls. It’s a lot more work now that the cabinets are in place – if I had known before, I would have finished the walls then; now it will make a big mess but it can still be done. Oh well… Also, the guy came in and measured for the counter top. It is to be delivered on Monday next week. I hope that before then I can get the rest of the stuff in place so that we can just drop in the counter top, drop in the sink, hook up the dispose-all and the P-traps for the waste water, and install the new faucet and then… have … a… usable… kitchen!!!

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November 16, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 14

I didn’t post for a while, sorry about that. I’ve just been exhausted lately. Here’s why. Put up the rest of the base cabinets, including the peninsula – that one was a bit difficult to figure out but I did manage with a HUGE help from my brother Al. We had to shim the cabinet from the floor as I guess the floor isn’t level. Put down the rest of the tile floor in the dining room and grouted it. I did run out of grout during that process and had to go get another 9 pound bucket, but KC wants me to re-grout some of the floor. I returned the diamond blade ceramic tile saw to Kevin and immediately borrowed his table saw and miter saw. The table saw will let me rip wood to width, the miter saw will allow me to cut wood to length including angles for the trim. I’ve already used the table saw to cut some blocking to put the final cabinets in place.

Friday, I met KC and Breezomatic and we picked out a counter top. My brother’s wife Sue helped us out as she works for a company that supplies Menards with counter tops and does custom counter tops as well. After deciding color, edge style, backspash style and such, we set up an appoointment for them to come in and measure for Monday. It should be about a week after that when it is installed.

Saturday KC and I went to Menards and checked out all the range hood / microwave combos there. They do have a nice selection. We decided on a Whirlpool model. I’ve got that now, but can’t put it up until the weekend – the microwave is on the same circuit as our kitchen light and I can’t do the wiring in the dark! We also picked up our sink and faucet and new kitchen light. Things are really coming together now! Here’s the latest photos:
The peninsula The dining room floor - you can see where I ran out of grout The peninsula from the dining room The wall cabinets from the dining room The pantry and above the fridge from the dining room New light

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November 13, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 11

Today, for the first time, it started to look like a kitchen again. Put up the remaining wall cabinets and the end angled shelf. Put up the HUGE pantry. I’ll have pictures later with the doors open and show the drawers. We had to take all the drawers out and the doors off of the pantry just to get it to a manageable weight – that sucker is HEAVY! After using muscle to get it into place, we got it plumb and square. The only thing left is the spacer – it’s not quite right, mainly because I’m off about 1/8″ on my end and the wall is off about 1/8″ the other way. That leaves a gap of 1/4″ after the spacer is in place. I’ll have to special cut a spacer for it, I guess. Oh well. With a little luck tomorrow we’ll get the rest of the baseboard cabinets in and then it will be time to get the countertop ordered!! Here’s the progress today:
Cabinet and end shelf Upper part of the pantry Lower part of the pantry and the garbage can drawer Above the window - can you see the spacer?

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November 12, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 10

Looks like we got a lot done, but we really didn’t. Got the cabinet above the refrigerator hung; still have to trim it out, but I’ve got to trim all the cabinets along the ceiling out. Then we moved the refrigerator into its final place and hooked up the water line so it can make ice and give us fresh water. Got the base cabinet Lazy Susan in the corner installed – if I got it any more perfectly level and plumb I’d probably have to set cabinets for my living! The toughest part was we had to remove the exterior door to gain the 3/4″ to get the cabinet through the door. Then got the dishwasher, spacer and range in place. We may have to move the range tomorrow in order to get the pantry in place, but we’ll deal with that tomorrow. Here’s the progress:
Over the fridge cabinet Lazy Susan base cabinet Range, dishwasher and the spacer

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November 11, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 9

Really not a whole lot to tell again. I got some pre-treated oak shoe mold for around the edges of the floor that will show and put some down where the refridgerator will go tomorrow. I urethaned the second and third coats on the transition boards that will go between the new floor and the carpet. I sanded the area that I was going to texturize. I mixed some joint compound, water, ceiling paint and silica sand and practiced texturizing on a scrap piece of sheet rock. Then I took my mixture and roller-painted it on to the ceiling in the spot I’ve been working on and then took a wallpaper paste brush and made the sandy swirl pattern on the ceiling – it doesn’t look bad at all. Since I’m working during the day, I can only put in about 3 hours or so at night. Here’s the ceiling:
Texturized and done Texturized and done

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November 10, 2008
Kitchen Remodel – End of Day 8

Not much to report today. I have to let the grout cure for 72 hours before putting a lot of weight on it, so I really can’t do a whole lot yet. Wednesday, though, watch out! Tonight (after work) I stained and urethaned the carpet bar (it’s oak) tonight. I’ve got two more coats of urethane to put on them before I can put them down. I also cut a few small (1 3/8″ strips) tile pieces to fit into the doorway. And I sanded and re-mudded the ceiling that will be showing. I’ll be sanding and texturizing tomorrow, I hope. No pictures today because there really isn’t anything new to see.

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