Sunday, January 29, 2012

Goodbye Kitchen!

So on our fifth day of owning the house (well 4.5 we didn't sign until midway through on the 23) we decided that it was time to say goodbye to the kitchen cabinets.  We have friends who are helping with the dry wall and they suggested to take it out because it would be a lot easier to drywall.  Not too much arm twisting was needed because that means this girl gets a new kitchen! Luckily we also have another friend who volunteered their time to help take out the cabinets, little did he know that it was going to be an all day event.

Below is the Kitchen at 9:00 am

Above: This is the Kitchen at about 2:00pm.  The cabinets were custom made and drilled/nailed into the walls.  They screwed the plywood counter top into the cabinets then did the custom Coca-Cola finish with the epoxy over the top.  The counter top was saved which meant the bottom cabinet pieces were broken instead. 

Kitchen at 9:00pm.  Goodbye flooring, goodbye cabinets, goodbye Coca-Cola stuff.

The flooring is all pulled up (minus the tar paper).  Yes folks there is hardwood flooring under there! There were 5 different floor coverings, 6 layers total, 7 if you include the tar paper. The plus side of all the layers of flooring  is that the wood floor hadn't been walked on for about 50 years.

What are we doing with all the Coca-Cola stuff you ask... well we are going to be selling it.  They are really cool looking when it comes to it, it really is just not for us especially since Hubby likes Pepsi.

Our other find today was another layer of wallpaper, 50's? 60's?  The reflective wallpaper we are most certain its from the 70's, just not sure about this one.

Since Hubby and his friend were being manly in the kitchen I was not allowed to join in any of the fun. Well, having to go to work took up a large chunk of my day.  Although, I started cleaning the walls and taping out the new closet that is going in the master bedroom.

In 4.5 days we have torn out the kitchen, all the trim in the living/dining room and the entry way.  Taken out the cabinets in the downstairs bathroom, torn off all the paneling, besides the pieces that are stuck behind window treatments of have lights attached, and tore out all the drywall in the basement.  We are tired!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Under the Layers

In our kitchen we were wondering what to do with the floor.  Many ideas have been tossed around, and none that we had settled on.  The one thing we knew we wanted to do was get rid of the two layers of linoleum.  However we discovered that there were more to what met the eye.  So under two layers of linoleum, plywood, ceramic tile, and tar paper is.... wait for it, wait for it MAPLE HARDWOOD FLOORING! it matches the rest of the floor on the downstairs.

 Its hard to see but under all those layers it is there!

More to do...

The electrician will hopefully be in next week, which means we have to tear down more stuff before he gets in.  Beautiful baseboards will be down by the end of this weekend!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

And The Work Begins

So we started construction shortly after signing the papers. I hope the steam stays with us. Here are the first demolition pictures.


Whoever decided that gluing down paneling should have to come and take all of this down...

Yes, that is shiny wallpaper... I thought I could reuse it as wrapping paper :) This wallpaper came down super easy, I only hope that all the wallpaper will be this easy to take down. Too bad the paneling in the kitchen was difficult to take down.

One wall of fake wood paneling is gone!

Tour of Our House

Middle bedroom, this is going to be the craft room/ music room/office/second guest bedroom
guest bedroom
Master bedroom, yes that is the "closet" with the pink. We are building a closet
Master bedroom please note the moose wallpaper on the back wall...
standing in the hallway upstairs looking into the master bedroom and the soon to be craft room/music room/ second guest bedroom
entry way looking into the inclosed front porch. Original solid oak door with original door knobs!
Master bathroom, the paneling WILL be coming off the wall.

Entry way, original maple flooring, this will be refinished. Same with the oak staircase. The paneling will be coming off the walls

Living/dining room. Original wood floors will be refinished. And dry wall is going to be put up.
Looking up the staircase to the second floor, goodbye paneling!

Kitchen... They really like Coca-Cola. The ceiling is red, and all the handles are Coca-Cola products, the light fixture are Coca-Cola.

Today was the Day

Today Hubby and I closed on our first house. When we started searching for houses we were "just looking." I say it like that because I had been looking for almost a year, Hubby said we needed to wait, well I do not do the best on waiting. When he gave me the green light to start to "look" I sent requests out for more information to see some houses. A month later we were shown our now house. Hubby had originally wanted to wait until next year :)

The house we bought was built in 1890, a mere 40 years after the city was founded. That is super cool, there is just so much history in our house. Unfortunately the history has been covered up by carpet, tiles, wallpaper and paneling. The carpeting, paneling, wallpaper, and tile is not at all something we want to keep.