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Kitchen Reno

Our first big project is the kitchen – which is a complete renovation. According to the mass collection of HGTV shows, redoing a kitchen is easy! We thought that all we needed to do was paint the walls, tear down the cabinets and and ta-da! Everything else magically comes together.

But like our home-buying process, this kitchen renovation is a mess. First, we discovered the lovely off-white paint started to peel off the walls. Google confirmed my suspicions, the previous owners used latex paint over oil paint – without even attempting to prime it. The entire kitchen, trim and ceiling have to get a thorough peeling. But before we did any sanding, I did a lead paint test and it came back negative.

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This is setback. We have to remove all of the latex paint, sand and prime. It’s a lot of prep work, and we had to buy more supplies to get this done right.

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Even though I liked this open shelving, it would have looked awkward with pantry cabinets. So, we built a wall. This is how we’d like this spot to look. Hopefully, it’ll look like a custom-built area for the fridge, pantry and cabinets.

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Let the demo begin!

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It didn’t take long for Derek to rip down these shelves. Google, our savior provided us with all of the answers we needed on how to put up drywall. It’s a relatively easy process. The only problem was getting the supplies.

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Derek surprised me with this love note written on the studs of our wall.

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Here’s our work-in-progress before and after.

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1 Comment

  1. mom O'Leary

    August 14, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Wow!!!!! You guys are doing sooooo much , looking real good,
    So proud of you two!
    Love Mom XXxxOOoo

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