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The longest kitchen renovation

It has been forever since I’ve updated the status of my house. It’s actually complete (for the most part). I’m actually knee deep (well not quite knee deep anymore) in my kitchen renovation. I’ve replaced all of my cabinetry (which I built myself), added an island, removed old and laid new tile, put in a new range hood, replaced my sink, faucet, and garbage disposal, put in walnut butcher block counters on the perimeter cabinets and poured concrete for my island counter. In addition to that, I removed a wall that was not allowing for the open concept I wanted for my kitchen/den space. I’m almost at the finish line with it all.

The kitchen renovation idea began in April. I was actually in the middle of  transitioning between jobs. I gave myself one week off to work on 3 kitchen cabinets that I had started to construct a few weeks prior. The cabinets were for an island that I wanted to put in our kitchen. It wasn’t until May where I actually started demoing things out of my kitchen. I had a goal of finishing before the end of summer but that mark has come and gone so now my new completion goal is the end of the year. But, in all honesty, I don’t even think I’ll make that goal with Christmas around the corner. The kitchen has come such a long way since I started on it and I am so proud of what I have done and what I can now say that I am now able to do.

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Progress on the entry wall

After work today, as much as I just wanted to sit on my couch, I made some progress on the other wall of my entryway. My walls are textured with what I believe is an orange peel texture. I wanted to just put up the stiles and rails of my wainscoting without having to put up a piece of plywood on the wall to create the flat wall (non-textured) effect. So, in order to do that, I had to actually skim coat the lower part of my wall to give it a flat surface. Last night I skim coated it by applying joint compound with a trowel on my wall. Today, I sanded it and placed the rails and stiles of what will be the wainscoting of the remaining wall in my entryway. As you can see from the photo below, the wall to the left of the door has no wall treatment.

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This is that same wall with the lower half of it, skim coated. You can kind of see the change in texture. I am thinking about skim coating the walls of my entire house..And that is our dog June. She is part German Shepherd and part Border Collie (in case you are wondering).

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We need to build a wall! (Or maybe just a half wall)

After many, many months of perusing through countless DIY and recipe blogs all of which have been extremely helpful in my ongoing efforts to remodel my own house, I thought to myself, “Why don’t contribute my real time experiences in DIY home remodel, while occasionally sharing my meal, dessert, and snack recipes to the interwebs.” I hope to be just as resourceful as the blogs I frequent have been and are for me. With that said, I am currently working on a project in my house that involves wainscoting.

The layout of my house is a bit awkward so I have been trying to make it as functional as it can be. Currently, my husbands office is in a section of what would probably be the “formal living room” of a house. You know, the place where no one ever really sits in or uses, it’s just a really fancy living room with no television. This room will eventually be an office/media room that we would like to have also function as a guest bedroom, if need be.

The room used to have two openings leading into it, as you can see from the below photo. This is a view of the room as you are looking into it.

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We have two dogs and one of the dogs always went in the room and peed on the carpet. Also, we bought a white couch to put in the room and our other dog was starting to get it a little dirty, so we thought enough was enough and we needed to somehow enclose the room or make it inaccessible for the dogs. My solution was to create and half wall/pony wall in one opening and eventually have barn doors in the other opening.

First, I wanted to open up the doorway of this area, so I knocked down the header on the right of this pic below.

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and the top of this pic below

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This was the mess it was to knock it down.

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This is what it looked like with the header finally out. I think this is a load bearing wall but it had a double top plate, so I just removed the lower plate….and my house is still standing so I think I’m good.

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I had initially framed up a wall to cover the whole opening but then it darkened the room way too much so, I decided a half wall would be good to put in here. This is the have wall framed up and drywalled.

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Then, I started placing the wainscoting on the wall. I decided to go with a recessed panel wainscoting. I put 1/4 in piece of plywood on the wall first since my walls are textured.

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The rest are my progress pictures of the half wall

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For the past 3-4 weeks (mainly weekends, or when my schedule permits) I have been trying to finish the wainscoting and casing of the openings. Hopefully I can post the final product here soon. I will post details on how I did my wainscoting and door casings soon.

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First Post

Does anyone else sit at work and look at blogs all day? Well, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past couple of years. I should be working but I’m obsessing over all the things I could be doing at home. And so here I am, starting my own blog since I have many, many projects to tackle in my house and wanted to document the process. It helps that this will keep me busy at work during the times I’d otherwise be blog surfing through the interwebs. Cheers to whomever stumbles upon this.