Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Living Room

We stopped the kitchen work for a little while because I wanted to have the living room painted before I put up the Christmas decorations. So, while Jason was off work during the Thanksgiving holiday, we primed & painted the living room.

First, we took down the clunky wooden "valances":

I washed the windows, see the black grime left on the paper towels? ICK!


The first coat of primer:

Taping the windows and trim:

Beginning to paint:

Covering up the last bit of bare primer:

The finished room (I still need to make curtains) all decorated for Christmas:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Range Hood

We got, and installed, a [ductless] range hood since there wasn't one. I like having the fan & a light above my stove. There will be a little shelf for my spices next to the microwave cupboard, above the hood, in the little part that "sticks out". In these pictures, you can also see the microwave in its spot:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kitchen Countertop

We had originally thought we would just re-use the counter top that was in the kitchen, piecing it where needed. However, we realized that piecing it would cut down on the amount of cupboard space under the counter because we would need more supports to hold all the ends. We decided that we would shop around and see what we could find. We found some solid black counter top at Discount Home Improvement so we bought it. It counterbalances the white of the walls and cupboards beautifully (my kitchen has a black & white cow theme). We also got a new faucet, since we didn't really like the style that was there, and it leaked.

Taking out the sink to remove the old counter top:

The sink is out, ready to remove the old counter top:

The new counter top:

The new faucet:

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Kitchen Work

The beginning of November we were finally able to make the cupboards for above the kitchen sink and get them installed. Jason even made an attached book shelf for my cookbooks.

The walls before the cupboards were installed:

Making the cupboards:

Installing the cupboards:

Making the corner unit:

Installing the corner unit:

Cupboards up:

Installing the bookshelf:

Bookshelf up:

The cupboards with trim:

Trim on the corner unit clamped and drying:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Priming & Painting in the Kitchen

We decided it would be wise to prime and paint the kitchen wall before putting the cupboards up.