I am so glad this portion of our kitchen renovation is finished! If you haven’t tackled new flooring in your home yet, lemme warn you…it’s very disruptive. We had to gut the base cabinets and appliances to remove 3 layers of linoleum and one layer of sheathing. It was a mess! Here are some pics to show you the before, the during, and the after (all taken at different times of day over several days so excuse the lighting):
And here’s a pic of what our family room looked like during…ha ha!
And here’s one more after:
So here are 5 things I learned throughout this process:
- Move things once. If you have to empty your cabinets, put things you need front and center (like cleaners, paper towels, and silverware). I initially buried several key items, and then had to pick my way through the mess to find stuff.
- Set up a food station, especially for breakfast items, on a card table out of the way somewhere. Our Keurig and microwave were plugged in on our console table in the family room.
- Buy tons of plastic silverware, cups, and paper plates! Seems like a no-brainer, but boy, did we really need this stuff while the sink was out of commission.
- Make plans to get the kids out of the house. We don’t have parents nearby, so it wasn’t possible for the kiddos to visit grandma and/or grandpa for the weekend. So, I planned some fun stuff to keep us occupied and out of the way. Luckily, the weather cooperated.
- Lastly, try to bake some muffins or something quick and easy for breakfast (that doesn’t require milk or bowls), and stock up on finger foods for lunch and dinner. We ate a lot of cold meat sandwiches and fried chicken. We saved money this way, and my husband didn’t have to stop working to go out for something to eat.
Clearly we have a long way to go; but, I feel like a huge step was taken, thanks to my husband! He did a beautiful job. It’s amazing how one kind of flooring instead of two makes the space feel so unified and larger now. Next up, my husband is going to build a peninsula for barstools (to cover the back of the stove); I need to fix up the base cabinets (which we’re keeping); and we’ll pick out a countertop (and sink, and faucet). Here are some hints as to how I plan on sprucing up our existing cabinetry:
The Idea Room
Until next time…thanks for visiting and have a great day!