Sunday, August 10, 2014


Quote for the Day:

"I want a house that has got over all its troubles; 
I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house."
Jerome K. Jerome

Over three years ago we started renovating the kitchen in our 1927 Victorian home.  We are novices and did what we could, but every time we came to a "bump" (meaning anything that stymied Andy), work came to a standstill...sometimes for months and years at a time!!!

We have been down to removing the sink and metal cabinet for a while now.  We are replacing it with an "L" shaped cabinet, new sink, and a built-in dishwasher...all of which is new do-it-yourself stuff for us, even though Andy is GREAT at plumbing.  Cabinetry and countertops??  Not so much.  

But, as luck would have it, a friend that has worked construction posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that he was looking for some jobs to do.  Well....I jumped right on that puppy!!!  He came by and saw what we needed done and agreed to do the job!!  

This past Wednesday when I left for work, the section of kitchen in question looked like this...

Why, yes...that IS a hole in the wall behind the dishwasher where the pipes and electrical run!  

For three days our friend, Jeff, worked on the kitchen installing the cabinets, countertops and sink and this weekend it looked like this...

Why the pillow??? 

Andy spent all of Saturday installing the faucets, drains, and plumbing!!!  By Saturday night, I once again had a sink and running water in the kitchen!!!

Such a beautiful site!!!  And do you see that little faucet over to the far right???  After 15 1/2 years I now have filtered drinking water directly into the kitchen!!  We used to have a spigot with filtered drinking water in the basement and had to go down and fill up plastic 1 gallon jugs to get it to the kitchen!  *heavy sigh*  Oh the inhumanity of it all!  

I'm so happy that we are finally on the "home stretch" of the renovations with this last major hurdle.  Next is finishing up the beadboard and then onto the flooring.

In the meantime, the less glamorous part of remodeling...everything that is normally put away is now all over the kitchen table, the dining room table, and the dining room floor!!!

I will be a very happy gal when I can finally get my house put back together!!!



  1. This post brings back memories -- and makes me cringe at what should be coming up for our kitchen. Your new cupboards and sink look beautiful. Having it in front of that beautiful large window must surely help the tasks done while standing there go more pleasantly.

  2. I love it! The pix are great, esp the one of Ginger 'supervising' from the dining room!? LOL!
    And I got're not 'guest ready' ...........