Tuesday, July 22, 2014


We finally got the wall sconces installed abover the window seat.

We originally bought these to use outside on the back of the house, but it turned out they were really indoor lights.  I think they've been repurposed perfectly!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bead by Bead

Keeping with our tradition of putting wood ceilings in porches, we put a beadboard ceiling into the old porch we converted into a breakfast nook.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Top of the Morning to Ya

The tabletop has been installed in the breakfast nook.  It's made out of maple, the only thing in the kitchen that is.  I'm not entirely sure if I love the blonde wood against the yellow walls, but we'll see how I feel once we get the benches stained.

The leg is cast iron and reminds me of the cafe table legs in France.  We are definitely mixing in different styles and periods in this part of the kitchen, but no need to make the house an Arts and Crafts museum!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bare Essentials

Here you can see the new hardwood floors before they were stained.

In the back, you can also see where the dining room is being prepped to install wainscoting on the one wall that didn't have it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Getting in on the Ground Floor

After removing the old floor, the next step was laying down plywood over the existing sub floor.

The existing sub floor was very thin, and ran on a diagonal.  Because we plan to eventually put room in the attic, we really needed this new sub floor to give the house diaphragm strength.

The existing sub floor was wavy and laying the plywood took longer than expected.  It reminded me when we did the shear walls.

I really never expected to have this much plywood in my house.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Off the Wall

The walls in the kitchen had to be taken down to the studs.

Here you can see some of the original lathe.  Rob wanted to plaster the kitchen, like we did with the walls in the basement, but the contractor convinced him we would be getter off going with drywall.

The metal tube you are looking at is the temp placement for the exhaust fan. We haven't had one the whole time we've lived here, so I'm hoping this well keep me from setting off the smoke detectors.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Every Nook and Cranny

This picture was taken before we started doing any work on the house. It's in the part of the kitchen that used to be a porch, but was closed in by a previous owner.  If you look closely by the electric meter (yes, the electric meter was INSIDE when we first moved in), you can see some of the original siding.

To the left of where I am standing to take this photo is the main part of the kitchen.  The door you are looking at leads to the world's tiniest bathroom -- just big enough for a toilet.  

And that is one of the greatest mysteries of our house.  As you can see in this picture I took while we were replacing the windows a few years ago, the window casings in that bathroom match the original casings elsewhere.  So back in the day, did the inhabitants have to access this toilet from outside?!?!?

As part of the kitchen remodel, we ripped out the wall to the bathroom and built a breakfast nook.  Here it is in process.  The square in the bench is actually a drawer the runs length of the bench, but the front panel hasn't been put on it yet.  Since the original house was built without closets, I am determined to add as much storage as humanly possible.