Well for those who I have met through this concept of renovations, I have one thing to ask/say; How do you possibly do all the work and still have time to blog about it. Wow… I am so impress with you all!
So here’s my current deal: I am working on the kitchen while we also prepare the floors for refinishing. We are basically camping at the house due to the fact that we are not moving in until the floors are completed. That means an air mattress, and a hot plate and limited clothing and all the other useful things you have in your own home….like drawers and hangers, and something other than lawn chairs to cozy up on after a huge day of work.
To make a long story short about the kitchen: this is our semi redo, with major work to be done later down the road. We plan to move all the appliances and the outside door at some point in time. But for now I am changing it enough to satisfy our need to make it our own.
I stripped the floors down to the wood. Maple covered with a black tar-like substance that I think has asbestos in it. Anyway I will be covering that this time around, and next time they will be restored to the maple. I had to remove two layer of floor coverings, some people have found much worse. One woman I know found tile and linoleum, three layers of it on top of carpet…..that is just too gross for me to think about.
For now we are going to tile with Armstrong peel and stick black and white vinyl tiles. Apartment Therapy followers will recognize the strip pattern, I think this will work well in the space and I also think it’s cute and fresh. One thing you all should know – you can only get this tile from Menards on-line. I used to be able to go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get it any day of the week.
We are replacing the tiny counter with a wood, and keeping the original cupboards be leaving the top doors off. Our appliances are black, and rather large. Everything will just fit, but I have to solve the problem of no work area, prep area. We are thinking of making/buying a piece that would extend out from the wall between the outside door and the doorway to the small room off the kitchen where the frig will be. I will let you see what we come up with once we are finished.
I have been working for the last year and a half to become somewhat of a minimalist. The open cabinets will help to keep me in check, because I cant hide clutter this way, everything will be in the open. We will have a pantry, (the old coat closet) and I plan to have that super organized. I can dream, can’t I?
Forgot to mention, the back splash was a crooked nightmare without any grout. This is a small area and I am planning on subway tiles. Simple and somewhat predicable, but I like the era of the tiles and I believe they will be perfect for this 1923 house.
There’s one wall I don’t have a photo of (atm) and it has a two double hung windows next to each other. The wood work will remain white, and currently I am thinking of a red-orange accent wall to make the window pop. This may change at any moment – as with a black and white kitchen your options are endless. My inspiration, a lily, had wilted in the process of matching….but it’s close.
I have a few photo additions to my garden as well check it out if you like….. Cheers!