15 February 2011

girl power in the kitchen, part 2

Yesterday I showed you how I painted and installed all the cabinet doors all by myself, just like a big girl. Well want an even better visual on how much a girl (okay, with a little hired help) can accomplish in one weekend?

Here's how our eat-in area looked on Thursday:

And here's how the whole place looked Saturday night:

You already know about Friday night, with lots of painting, drilling (sorry, downstairs neighbor!), and screwdrivering. As of 2 a.m. Saturday (that is, late Friday night), the kitchen looked like this:

As a surprise for Mark (call it an early Valentine's present), I decided to bring back Isidro, who had installed our lovely espresso bamboo floors right before we moved in. I'm sure our neighbors weren't loving me for having him work on a Saturday, but there was no other option.

All along in this kitchen remodel, our goal has been to reuse as much as possible, both to save money, and to prevent a whole lot of perfectly workable materials from ending up in the landfill. As much as I love home renovations, I'm definitely not a fan of how much perfectly good stuff people end up throwing out because it doesn't suit their style.

In our case, that tile and pink grout HAD to go. But where they did not have to go was into the trash. Instead, the old tile could serve as a perfectly nice subfloor for our new floating cork.

Here's a better look, showing the usefulness of having an old floor down while painting loads of cabinet doors.

And an even better (worse?) one:

That photo doesn't even show how yellow the tiles are and how pink the grout is. Icky.

So here's how Saturday goes:

6 a.m. -- Wake up and sweep the kitchen floor, and clear a path for work to happen in the courtyard.

7 a.m. -- One more trip to Home Depot to exchange the few chrome hinges that snuck into our pile for satin nickel, and to buy trim and quarter-round.

8 a.m. -- To the gym to teach spinning.

9 a.m. -- Race home to install the last few cabinet doors before Isidro arrives.

9:30 a.m. -- Isidro arrives, and he and Angel start laying the floor.

12:00 -- Break for lunch

2:00 -- Floors finished, time for trim and transitions

And you can scroll all the way up to the top to see how it looked by 4 p.m. And then my friend Edward came over to help me tile the backsplash. Whew! A whirlwind to say the least. It was almost like an HGTV Designed to Sell timeline!

I seriously can't WAIT to show you all the rest of our progress. Check back tomorrow to see how the tile is coming along!

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  1. Wow, your kitchen looks awesome! And you make it all look and sound so easy! Can you come and do mine too?


  2. whooohoooo! This is going to be a great reveal at the end! I can feel it =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. cool!! is the cork moisture friendly? it looks great! no shame in calling a professional either. i did for my shower stall...

  4. I don't know how cork would do if you kept standing water on it constantly, but it's great for the usual moisture. And it feels so nice underfoot. And it's way easy to install since it comes in huge, wide planks (fewer planks, fewer cuts). So far we love it.

  5. Wow, I am floored!!!! (hehe) Totally impressive! Looks amazing!!! I can't imagine Mark's face when he saw it! Kudos!


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