Friday, May 10, 2013

No Fridge

We've been camping out in the dining room for a week now. Tonight, it is even more camping since we have no fridge. A big cooler on the porch will do until we get the new fridge tomorrow, especially with 42ยบ F (mid May, it's hard to believe).
The old fridge is not only too small, but also sounds like a jet engine most of the time and I'm sure it is a real gas guzzler.
Camping setup in the dining room. Not so bad except for all the running back and forth to the mudroom sink in the other end of the house.
Today our old fridge was picked up for recycling. ComEd does it for free for their customers and if you are lucky to have a coupon, you might even get paid! The $50 won't buy a new fridge, but is a nice contribution to two buckets of paint or so. Call 1-888-806-2273 for more info.
Off to recycling. Fridge is marked with a number and the cord cut off.

Free pickup of old refrigerators and freezers:)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Alluring Blue, Robin's Egg or Pool Party?

Painting the kitchen ceiling today while pondering what wall color to choose. The floor will be bluish with hits of green, orange, purple and pink, so almost any blue shade will work. I'm leaning towards turquoise to create a fresh look. Cabinets will be white, counter top and handles black. Now is the question which shade of turquoise?

Alluring Blue, Robin's Egg or Pool Party?

This is the linoleum for the floor.
Pure white for the ceiling makes the kitchen as bright as possible. I didn't realize how yellowish the old paint was. And it was even more brownish before I washed it...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wall paper removal

Scraped off old wall paper today. Luckily the glue was water soluble, so a spray bottle with water, this nifty tool to perforate the wallpaper and a scraper did the job. See here how to use the perforator.

The spiky wheels make holes in the wallpaper so the water can go through and dissolve the glue.
Shortly after we moved in, I painted over the wallpaper with sunny yellow as a quick fix. I was surprised today, to find almost the same yellow under the wallpaper!

No more wallpaper around the door way!
Time to get out the Spackle and sandpaper...

Friday, May 3, 2013

Everything and the Kitchen Sink

Here it goes, after 63 years.

This was our kitchen.

Everything and the kitchen sink. Not sure what the metal drawer was for.

This was the exhaust fan, located at the gable wall. No wonder it didn't do much any more.

Multiple layers of old floor torn up. Vinyl from the 70's or 80's, two layers of plywood sub-floor and finally the original floor of red and yellow linoleum tiles.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kitchen remodeling - finally!

The stove top broke down a couple of weeks ago and that was the last straw for a kitchen that has seen 4 generations of our family. Kitchen cabinets from 1949 and appliances from the 60's had done theirs and a bit more. Here are a few before pictures.
Resurfaced in the 80's helped the look (if you like this fake wood style), but the cabinets were still extremely inefficient in using our precious square feet and drawers were hard to open and close. A dishwasher and a few more cabinets were added after we moved in.

Tape marks the new cabinet layout

Typical and pretty design from the 60's. Other than that, there is no magic any more with this oven that burns most everything.

Not much work space around the stove and no real exhaust fan (just a hole in the wall, yikes!).