Demo, Lighting, and Cabinets

What a weekend!  I’m pretty excited about the amount of progress we made on the kitchen in the last couple of days.  Having the kids at my parents was an ENORMOUS help.  They had a really fun weekend and we were able to focus on getting stuff done.  So, starting Friday, Lawrence got all the recessed lighting installed while I was at work.

From this:

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To this:

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I’m in love!  Such a huge improvement.

With the lighting done, we were able to focus on finishing the demo.

This is how it looked on Wednesday:

before

And here’s how it looked at the end of the day Saturday:

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Lawrence had a good time taking out the counters.

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Men and power tools, a match made in heaven.

In addition to nearly finishing the demo in the kitchen on Saturday, we sold our big entertainment center in the living room, thank you craigslist.

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This was key because we needed the space to put the massive stack of cabinets we were picking up on Sunday.  We also went to Brendan’s soccer game (he stayed home this weekend) and checked out granite at a stone place.  Productive day!

Sunday started bright and early with finishing up the last of the demo and then heading off to Ikea to order the cabinets.  This is how things were looking when we left.

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This is where we hit our first little snag.  We ordered the cabinets which took about an hour.  The woman who helped us was great and we were happy with how smoothly everything went.  We ate lunch while we waited for them to get our order together.  After lunch, the order still wasn’t ready, so we waited…. and waited…. and waited.  They told us it would take about an hour to an hour and a half to get it together.  It was over 3 hours when we finally got it, putting us a couple hours behind schedule.  Lawrence’s dad met us at Ikea to help us get the boxes home.  This is our kitchen packed in the cars:

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And here’s how they look in my living room:

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That’s a whole lot of boxes! We will be hosting a cabinet building party in a couple of weeks.  Pizza and beer will be served.

  We had been hoping to get to the dump today to get rid of this mountain of old kitchen in our backyard:

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Unfortunately, by the time we got everything home and unloaded, the dump was closed.  Bummer.  We’ll have to live with that eye sore in the backyard until next weekend when Lawrence’s dad is going to help us take everything over in his pick up truck.  Lawrence also didn’t get as much of the electric done as he had hoped.  One of the negatives of townhouse living is not being able to work very late (at least when power tools are involved.)   But overall, I’m incredibly happy with the amount of work we got done.  The cut out between the kitchen and dining room is done.

View from the kitchen:

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View from the living room:

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I absolutely love it and think it opens up the entire first floor.  We debated for a long time whether we should keep the layout the way it was or change it and I’m so glad we decided to change it.

So that’s about it for the weekend.  I’m so grateful for the help from our parents this weekend, we were able to get so much more done than we would’ve been able to without them.  This week, Lawrence is hoping to finish up the electric so that he can drywall next weekend.  He has to add switches for the new in and under cabinet lights.  Add outlets to the cutout wall.  And add circuits for the new fridge and microwave.
Moving right along!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Looks awesome! Sorry I wasn’t available to help you guys unload the truck last night.

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