Kitchen Renovation – Progress Summary

The kitchen is so close to meeting some kind of milestone. It won’t be done until the counters are installed which happens in the second week of October, but it is important to reflect on all that has been accomplished rather than only think about what still needs to be done. At least, I need to do that so I don’t get overwhelmed or discouraged.

Looking at what we’ve knocked off the ToDo list:

Kitchen 

  • Clean and organize garage to store things from rooms
  • Clean out upper cabinets
  • Remove upper cabinets
  • Donate old cabinets
  • Build cabinets boxes
  • Install new cabinets
  • Remove curtain hardware
  • Remove baseboard 
  • Install new baseboard
  • Paint trim
  • Patch nail holes
  • Paint walls
  • Install cabinet pull outs
  • Install cabinet doors
  • Install microwave

The kitchen a year ago

The kitchen this evening. New cabinets, new floors, new color on walls.

The kitchen this evening. New cabinets, new floors, new color on walls.

The kitchen when I bought the house. That tile was dangerously slippery when it got wet!

The kitchen as it is right now. The big changes are the removal of the soffit, replace the floor, replace the cabinets, wall color changed.

Family Room:

  • Clean out family room
  • Remove carpet and pad
  • Remove baseboard
  • Paint trim and backdoor
  • Patch nail holes
  • Paint walls
  • Replace weather stripping on back door
  • Paint fireplace

The family room during Halloween one year. It is a rare moment when the dog beds aren’t down which is why the dogs are all standing around looking at me. The chairs from the living room are also in here because I needed seating for house guests.

Carpet gone, new flooring, new base trim.

Carpet gone, new flooring, new base trim.

Dining Room:

  • Clear out completely
  • Remove baseboard and paint
  • Paint trim and front door entry
  • Paint closet door
  • Replace louvres with wooden blinds
  • Paint front door
  • Patch holes
  • Paint walls

The dining room around Halloween again.

New flooring and new base trim

New flooring and new base trim

Living Room:

  • Move stuff out of living room
  • Remove carpet and pad
  • Remove blinds
  • Remove shelves from wall
  • Patch holes
  • Remove baseboard and paint
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim
  • Install wood blinds

The living room a couple of years ago.

Nasty, old carpet gone, new flooring, and new trim.

Nasty, old carpet gone, new flooring, and new trim.

Just for fun, I thought I would compare the room that started it all:

Flooding

Flooding

All cleaned up.

All cleaned up.

I haven’t included any little design items on the list (such as artwork) just to keep the phases of the renovations separate. Big stuff first and then I can list the little stuff. Although, I have a ton of ideas I can’t wait to try out! The top priority right now is getting the walls and trim painted in these rooms, then I can start doing some of the fun stuff.

I think I’m in kind of a sprint to have this all done by the holidays!

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5 Responses to Kitchen Renovation – Progress Summary

  1. Sue says:

    I love the floor. I like how using the same flooring in open and adjoining spaces opens up all the areas.

  2. Amy says:

    What a dramatic, gorgeous change! I love the lists: it’s so easy to focus on what isn’t accomplished. Lists keep you honest: I DID get something done!

    • LoveThisSpace says:

      I really depend on these lists to keep my head on straight. I just lose steam if I only see what I need to do. When I look back and see what I accomplished, it gives me more energy!

  3. What an ideal change..I love that floor color and organized shelves. These ideas will really help to make spacious home.. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

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