This is week two of the gut-and-rebuild of my little kitchen. I have disliked this kitchen ever since I first saw the house. For years I lived with farm kitchens where the kitchen table becomes the gathering place, and getting used to a teeny 1970s galley kitchen/laundry room took some doing.
And while I have lived without a dishwasher for the past 7 years, I confess that my hatred of dirty dishes piled on the counter (and of washing them by hand) was a huge motivating factor in deciding to go for a reno. While I may have some handywoman skills at building fences and fixing barns, they do not extend to kitchen renos so I hired people.
Week one was very slow. V e r y S l o w . V e r y V e r y S l o w.
|Day One: They removed the cabinets. |
Two and one half hours.
And yes, that is mold on the back wall (yuck!)
|Day Two: They removed two pieces of drywall|
|Day Three: They removed another piece of drywall|
and cut the pass-through.
|Day Four: Electrician came to do some rewiring....|
and discovered my electrical system is archaic.
Five hours, and I've added another project
('Have all electrical fixtures replaced') to my 'to do' list.
Home ownership doesn't come cheap.
|Day Five: Electrician came again and cut hole for new potlight|
as well as replacing some (archaic) boxes etc.
Meanwhile, during the same week, I finished making my boxes for my Square Foot Gardening; painted an old ladder red to make something pretty to attach the squashes and cukes to (for vertical growth); painted a bunch of old tires red and yellow, ready for growing lots and lots of potatoes (when the tops get a few inches above the tire, you pile on another tire, fill it with dirt until the tops just show, and repeat and repeat.).
|Square Foot Gardening,|
with a splash of colour!
I fertilized the flowers, mowed the very-fast-growing new back yard lawn, built the sides and end pieces for the 10' long planter that will go at the end of the new patio (I had ordered two five-foot ones from the nursery, until half the order came in and the price was more than double what I'd been quoted - now over $500!- for about $50 of material and a few hours of labour - so I'm making it myself.).
|Spruce side and end pieces ready for staining|
Ten feet x two feet x two feet
I hiked with Eddie, picked up the new-to-me dishwasher, did home visits for two rescues, and finished the front garden, changing it from this:
|BEFORE (last year)|
|AFTER: A few plants salvaged, some new plants added,|
and river rock and stones over landscape fabric to keep
the weeds away
I made some more of my photo notecards and matted photos for a couple of fundraisers, prepped some display materials for a Hearts on Noses information booth, and delivered them to a farm where two Hearts on Noses piggies are being fostered (and thanks, Kimberly, for taking care of the booth in Victoria this weekend!).
|Kimberly chats with fosters Piggy Sue and Sophie Lyn|
|Two sweet farm dogs|
|The ducks discuss the stranger with the camera|
|I get my Piggy Fix!|
|Hmmmm.....What Eddie would look like with a red mask?|
|Eddie: How about wiv a red meaty bone?|
Oh, and I played around with the new camera, practising with the macro setting and various lenses.
And now we are on week two of kitchen renos - a four day week due to the Canada Day holiday Monday.
Stay tuned.....the reno is supposed to be finished July
Meanwhile, we survive with a microwave, a coffee pot, and paper plates in the mudroom.......
And I'm finding out that's all I really need! Sooooooo.......
I'm doing a $15,000 kitchen reno WHY?