I never took any before photos of the kitchen in the 1930’s house we have now, except for this one corner It’s a small, dark kitchen that, according to my mom, feels like a dead end. It’s 1960’s pine cabinetry with one small window. It’s a tile floor that reminds me of an auto parts store and don’t get me started on the tile countertop.
I’m going to tell you a home renovating, DIY tale that has a lesson at the end.
The title: This is the Loose Thread on the Sweater.
Here we go.
I’ve been planning a small renovation of our main floor bathroom this summer. “Planning” is what smart people do. I had no plans for tackling our kitchen…until I started thinking and daydreaming about taking this one wall down to get some light in.
Here’s the timeline of the sweater unraveling:
Thursday: We rented a dumpster for yard debris. Filled it halfway up with no problem. Still have half a dumpster sitting there!
Thursday Night: Dave and I thought that we might as well take that pesky wall out now while we have the dumpster. Why not? We can live with it torn up a little for a while and it would be nice to have the light in the summer time.
Already better, right? There was nothing in the soffit at the back wall. Even though no more space was added – the kitchen felt bigger immediately. We congratulated ourselves on the project. Not bad! Of course, once we saw the nice light coming in, we didn’t want to put the refrigerator back in its spot. This leads to another thought – we’ll put the refrigerator where the microwave is (you can see it in the above photo at the right)! No problem!
Saturday: We also took a look at the tiny window here and decided to spend a little bit on the project now and add more windows. Why not!? We’re going to enlarge this little window (if you crane your head, and I tell you where to look, you can see the mountains!) and add two windows to the right that will look out on the backyard and the deck. While I was purchasing the windows, Dave cut down lower cabinets, took off the upper cabinets and moved the refrigerator. Until this point, we hadn’t lost any counter or storage space. Now, we lost a good chunk of both. But, hey, that refrigerator isn’t blocking our tiny view anymore!
I picked up this little steel industrial cart at the Littleton Antique Mart (which is way too close to where I live) to help with the loss of the counter and storage.
Sunday: We have an Easter brunch to attend and an early Nuggets game. So, of course we have time to take out the rest of the soffit, right? And we really should – I mean, the dumpster is there.
The remaining cabinets that we had, the stove hood and the cabinet over the stove accidentally came out in the process of the other soffit removal. Whoops. The other soffit had metal in it and was an absolute nightmare to take out and an hour before we had to leave for the game we were googling “Asbestos boards around stove”. That’s right.
Monday morning: I have a slightly brighter kitchen but half the storage is gone. The kitchen is still an absolute mess. Dishes are being kept in our bedroom and everything is coated in dust.
Do not touch the loose thread on the sweater – it will affect the fabric of your universe.