The house really came along in week 43. Lots of progress made, which means this is a long and picture-heavy post. Forgive me?
Look who rolled into town this week – Papa Bear and Arizona Lainey. Two of our favorite renovation partners-in-crime.
We’re so happy to have them back from Arizona. And not only because they help with the renovation and mow the lawn and make us supper and buy us dinner and spot me a few dollars (or more) when I don’t have my wallet and keep us company and walk our dogs. Mostly we are happy they are back because they are just plain awesome and we love them. Everything else is just really yummy icing on the cake.
Papa Bear got straight to work on those IKEA cabinets I may have mentioned. I don’t think he truly understood the work that was ahead of him, but I knew he could handle it.
He and Ryan began by organizing the boxes. Unfortunately, they were reading the wrong numbers, so the organizing didn’t really work.
Reason #16,548 that I love my father. He smiles for every picture I take, even when my husband will not.
Warning: IKEA cabinetry instructions are about as clear as mud. Unless you read hieroglyphics, in which case YOU ARE GOLDEN.
Oh… and as an aside. We got this huge downpour on Saturday morning and when we went out to the garage, the back door had been cracked open and everything was wet. EVERYTHING.
Including all the IKEA cabinets.
We got to work quickly, getting the wet boxes off, getting everything up on boards… Luckily, we caught it pretty quickly. I would have been livid if something would have been destroyed because we were careless about getting the door closed.
Also last weekend, we got the call that the last two cabinets were in (they were not in stock before), so mom and I made the trip to Chicago again to pick them up. I’m really glad we did because one cabinet we were waiting on was the first one that needed to be hung.
Ryan and Papa Bear got to work.
In addition to assembling the cabinets, there’s also a challenge in that our house is old and 100 percent UNlevel. So, they are working on getting everything as level as possible.
Within a few days, the kitchen was beginning to resemble, well, a kitchen.
As long as you close one eye and squint a little bit.
And drink a glass of wine. I’ve found that it can help the visualization process.
I’m really, really obsessed with the cabinets. Love them. We decided on the off-white Adel doors. They look really nice in person and everything seems really sturdy. I’ll try to remember to do a more in-depth post about the cabinetry when we are done and I have more time to think. So, plan on the year 2020. 😉
In addition to kitchen work – there was more floor work for Ryan this week. He’s working on stripping the floors in the living room and dining room.
These are narrower boards and they are really thin, so he didn’t want to do major sanding on them.
So, he’s stripping them by hand. He’ll lightly sand them this weekend (if all goes as planned).
The original oak boards are seriously pretty.
There are some areas with water damage (we believe the radiator leaked at some point and made its way under the ceramic floors that were here), but overall the floors look good.
In addition to the dining room, Ryan also set his signs on the stairs. Including finishing stripping, scraping, staining and poly-ing the stair treads.
I’m really digging the stairway now. Really.
Finally, this week I worked on painting the ceiling in the living room.
It was finished with a board and batten treatment, which I really like. I think it blends super well with the original crown moulding. That was a pleasant surprise.
The wood soaked up several coats of paint (but I was thrilled to discover that Behr Ultra Premium Plus now has a ceiling paint). It was definitely more labor-intensive than a normal ceiling (a lot of it couldn’t be covered by a simple roller), and my shoulders still hurt from painting the 9+ foot ceilings. But it’s all worth it in the end.
I really like the look.
And Ryan also installed the new ceiling fan. (Gasp!? A ceiling fan!)
I like the room better without the overhead light on, but that’s okay because we normally use the lamps in the living room anyhow. But, the fan works really well and keeps the room cool, so I’m a fan of the fan.
And, that’s the week in a small novel.
What do you think?