As I was working on a "honey-do" list for the homeowner, she
asked if I could do something to "pretty-up" her ugly gray
the result: it hinges from the top to make it easy to throw
things away (and the cover keeps offensive smells hidden as
well). It also hinges from the front to make it easy to take
out the trash.
I used left over scraps of
the laminate flooring used on the kitchen floor.
Replace Drywall Breakfast Bar Back with Flooring to Match
She also wanted to know if I had any idea what to do about a
problem with the breakfast bar. The builder had finished it
with painted drywall. When people sat at the stools the
drywall would get scuffed up and dirty.
My solution: mount left over
kitchen flooring on the drywall. It matches everything else,
and what better material to take scuffing than a floor?
Tile Has to Go.
The homeowner decided it was time for a change. The floor
tile shown here is in good shape with no cracking and had
good grout too.
The homeowner decided to
replace it with hard wood flooring. This became one of the
big parts of remodeling this kitchen.
Traditional 1980s Kitchen.
This picture shows the counter and backsplash used in a 1980
remodel of this kitchen.
I did not do the 1980
remodeling of this kitchen. I remodeled it in March and
April of 2008.
This wall had a great deal of change.
I made a new replacement
cabinet for the tall cabinet you see here. I removed all the
rest of the cabinets. I moved those cabinets to another
position in the kitchen.
I moved the refrigerator
to where the cabinets were. The cabinets I moved had to be
altered to fit the new position.
The waterline for the
refrigerator had to be moved to the new position as well.
Needs to Be Stripped.
The old wallpaper was a watermelon seed print. Wow... I
didnít even know they used to make that.
It all had to go and it was
Small drywall repairs
where made after removal of the paper.
Up the Old Floor Was Harder Than Expected.
The old floor was in good shape for a reason: there was
nails every five to six inches apart. Thatís pretty normal
for nailing pattern, however the nails where driven into 1
inch thick layer of plywood which really grabbed well.
The result was very small
chunks of removed floor. The guy who put in the tile floor
gets an A+ for his work. Another surprise was a layer of
vinyl flooring underneath the tile. This became an extra in
labor cost to homeowner. I hate when that happens but
construction is filled with surprises and you need to be
flexible to the job needs.
This picture shows the floor is now removed. Three days of
hard work later it is finally gone.
The tile cut right through
my leather gloves twice on this floor removal.
I had to control the dust
by covering the door to the room.
Floors Need to Be Patched Level.
I tried to be very careful with the sub floor--for the most
part I was successful. The glue underneath the tile floor
held better in the high traffic area of the doorway.
I did damage the top ply of
the plywood here so patching was needed.
All remaining glue was
scraped and sanded off the sub floor.
for New Backsplash.
The drywall here was damaged so it was removed.
The cabinets have not been
removed yet as you can see.
I removed them before I
replaced the sheetrock.
the Floor to Run Plumbing.
I had to cut the floor for my plumber to get the waterline
run to the new refrigerator position.
After the plumbing was
done extra framing was installed to support these cut areas.
I cut the floor because it
was already under construction. The other option was to cut
into the drywall ceiling below the floor. The homeowner and
I decided that would be really stupid.
Guards Protect Plumbing.
Stud guards keep this pipe extra safe from nails that might
come its way.
The same holds true for
electrical wires. If you're not sure then stud guard it.