Friday, March 28, 2008

Let the demo begin!!!

We started ripping out our ugly ceramic tile kitchen floor on Wednesday! I am so glad to see that eye sore go!! The guy who lived here before us seemed to thing fake marbly looking white tile with black grout was the greatest! He did the same thing to the kids bathroom!! Yuck!!! I much prefer how it looks now with the tile out and the white adhesive covering the subfloor!! I am SO glad to get rid of the white kitchen!! It really is not nice especially when you have 4 little hands living in the house!! White cabinets, white floor, white countertop = YUCK!!!!

I've gotten really bad the last few months about caring for the cabinets and countertops! I've been cutting right on the formica (which did I tell you how much I hate white formica - it soaks up everything spilled on it and many times doesn't even come clean with a magic eraser!), not wiping down the cabinets, even tried to not mop the floor, but I had to stop rebelling against that!

So, we got the tile layer off except for under the fridge and stove, we'll do that tomorrow. Next up is the subfloor, then the circa 1950's lovely green and red floor. After that is up, we should find our hardwood floors. I won't say it was easy, I think we have the hardest part ahead of us yet, but it is a good stress reliever and thankfully our kitchen is only 11x11 square! Here are some visuals.





How I long for my lovely quartz counters, deep maple with a cocoa glaze cabinets and lovely beige glazed porcelain tile (which will not show a chip if it does somehow get chipped!). Ahhhhhh . . .

We bought all new appliances yesterday!! We got mar-proof stainless steel so they don't show the fingerprints! I'm amazed at the cost of appliances these days! Did you know it costs an extra $200 to get stainless steel sides (rather than black) on a refrigerator? Yep, it does, and we did it, it'll look SO much nicer!

We got all Professional Series appliances except for the stove as it had a warming drawer on the bottom (which I never use) and didn't have the warming burner.


We hope to have the floor all done by Sunday evening, then our part of demo is done!! The rest is for the professionals!! Kinda wish we would've had them do the floor too! LOL

Monday we'll go shopping for lighting, new faucet and a new garbage disposal!! Fun stuff!

25 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh my gosh....looks like tons of work but it will be SO worth it in the end! I can't wait to see the finished product so I can drool over it!!!!!!

:)

Andrea C.

Trish said...

I should send Matt up he is great at demoing floors, walls anything you need. He had done 2 of our bathrooms and is about to start on the third next weekend.

I hope your remodel goes as smooth as ours has!(knock wood)

scrappermimi said...

All this labor will have you needing a cosmo soon! LOL! Can't wait to see the final project! I am just loving all the new appliances, gorgeous!

Scrapbook Princess said...

Wow, I can't wait to see the finished project!! I love how you took your pictures, what a great mini album this would make!!!

Melonie said...

Looks like the end result will be beautiful. Can't wait to see the end result!

Lea L. said...

I so can't wait to see the end result...it is going to be beautiful! Good luck on the rest of the project!

~Lea

jadadog said...

So next GNO at your house? I bet the appliances will be a dream!! They are gorgeous!

Marlene said...

It's going to be just beautiful when it's all done!! Go you!!!

Anonymous said...

i'll bring some wine to the reveal . . .or coffee and danish. can't wait to see it when it is all finished.

Laura Davis said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I love your work:)
Good luck with the home improvements!
Laura

psucolleen said...

wow! you should be so proud of yourselves! that's a ton of work tearing out that flooring but you'll have such a gorgeous kitchen to enjoy very soon! nice going!

Patrice~ said...

Good for you Rachael!
Everything sounds just lovely.
wait.
do I see a kitchen before/after LO in your near future ? ? ?

merrymstamper said...

wow!!! you guys must be busy! Love the appliances and the cabinets sound like a dream!

cannot wait to see it all!

Sarah C. said...

Wow! Looking forward to seeing the new kitchen. I'm with you on hating white laminate counters. Both of our bathrooms have white and it never looks clean. Those stainless steel appliances look great! They'll be worth the few extra bucks. Hope the floor demo is nearly complete and you two aren't too sore.

Sarah C. said...

I'm back. LOL Forgot I wanted to answer your question posted on my blog - the eye pillow is for the end of the yoga session during a relaxation pose. I posted an explanation tonight. :)

Melanie said...

How exciting!!! We'll redo our kitchen one of these days, but the change won't be as dramatic as with yours. :)

micayla said...

I seriously cannot wait to see it finished. I bet you cant too!

Lorrie said...

wow... that will be so awesome when it's finished! I SOOOO wish I could get my kitchen redone too. It's HUGE, but old..

Anonymous said...

Wow! I have faux marble white tile with gray grout...I don't think it's so bad!!! I also have an all white kitchen with granite counters...and THREE children...no issues here.

I had to crack up though, reading your blog, interior design is SO cyclical. When we built our first house everyone was rebelling against beige and pickled oak and going with white. Now it looks like we're back to beige and wood instead of white.

Honestly, I would LOVE wooden floors and cherry cabinets but hubby thinks we're "fine" and doesn't want to deal with all the demolition (personally I think it's the cash outflow that really holds him back).

Good for you!! I'm sure you'll be thrilled with the results.

Mary

vtpuggirl said...

Good luck on the Reno, looks like it will be amazing!

Kimberly said...

your kitchen is going to be beautiful when you are done. just hold on....it's a long messy unorganized process. can't wait to see the finished product. we were just at lowe's and almost bought a double oven (it's like a two in one)....it's two ovens but fits in the space of one. kind of cool. but we thought we had already spent enough! lol.. washers and dryers (front loading) are not cheap!

we also have a stainless sink and refrigerator in the kitchen. i wish we would have spent the extra money when the house was being built and gotten the stainless oven too. oh well!

really can't wait to see your kitchen when it's all done. i love every pic i've ever seen of your house you know.

Aline said...

This is so exciting, can't wait to see the final result!

Edleen said...

Wow wow! love your kitchen layout and the appliances! Super Cool :)

have a wonderful week :)

Marieke Vermeulen said...

Good luck with your kitchen!!

xxxMarieke

Aimeslee said...

I think you went the right way with stainless. We have a stainless sink and built-in stovetop. And just got a stainless dishwasher with ss tub. when we replace the wall oven, ss again.

Hey are you gonna remember how to cook? (just kidding) Say no! lol