Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gurgling, Ceilings and Floors.

We started the cabinet end of the kitchen remodel on July 6th.  And on one weekend installed the 
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BUT,  what is that Gurgling?

Once the plumbing was installed in the kitchen we had gurgling---and for some reason---water backed up, sometimes violently into the sink on the porch. 
Icky, stinky, garbage disposal water everywhere. 


It was determined that not enough air was behind the porch sink system...my husband installed a new 4" stack pipe!going through the roof and walls, 



The stack pipe is to the right--where the refrigerator was. Eventually we will put a narrow cabinet there that can be pulled out for access to the pipe. That will be great for bottles. 


The plan had been to use the porch to cook, eat meals and entertain while the rest of the kitchen was gutted.



Running water is definitely necessary for living and eating. 


This side of the kitchen is functional...but....the next stage of demolition, involves, dirt, dust, and saw dust.




Up go the plastic barriers and down with the soffits. All that wasted space. Also huge areas of no insulation and builder electrical shortcuts. You can see the new bead-board ceiling to the right of the old soffit frame

Husband and Buddy work well, both used masks as 42 years worth of bugs and dust were up there.



The metal scaffolding makes easy access to all the ceiling work. The boys, are taking small pieces down one at a time.


This is crazy---the kitchen plumbing vent goes somewhere other than straight up? Turns out it went west 54 feet to vent with the bathrooms? ? ? Why? This will kinda present a problem with our to the ceiling cabinets. DANG!


Above the refrigerator---another surprise. Conduit sticking out and not run in the walls. 
Good grief...a few feet of conduit, builder was that really a savings???


Here is the area where the pantry will be- hopefully the switches won't have to be moved far. 


At this point, I'm so excited, the space carved from our old pantry and a bit from the front closet, will give me a 30" built-in pantry. Plans are pasted on the old cabinets for measurements. We have about 6" play on this wall. 


Wallboard is placed over the new holes for behind the built-in pantry cabinet that goes floor to ceiling.After removing all the soffits and carving the new pantry hole, Hubby and Buddy begin finishing the bead-board ceiling. The panels have been primed and painted one coat. 


Each slotted panel is glued and nail gunned in place. Here is the stack of panel boards ready to go.
Here is the stack of panel boards ready to go.


Our poor island has become a work station, but it has to disappear soon for the floors to be finished.
 A Box frame for the pendant lights laid out for over the island. We really don't have this figured out yet, but are working the exact measurements and finishing as we go along.


Once they get going the ceiling goes up without a hitch





Every piece is glued and nail-gunned up.

Hubby shooting the very last pieces in, around my roaster collection. That shelf on the right will be gone. We will be keeping the pegboard wall by the stairs and a shelf above it. Old roasters are too big and too cool to hide.


It looks great! Finishing trims will be put up later.

Here is the pendant light box for over the island, temporary fixtures are up as this is the main source of lighting for the kitchen during construction, and pendant lights would never survive all the moving, boards, heads, etc.

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We decided on Beadboard behind the Refrigerators, we are still waffling (I am) on the treatment on the backsplashes of the cupboards. I'm wary of all the white? 


Temporary cover up for the ducting for the stove. The existing ducting simply went into the attic. Another builder short-cut causing hot and cold condensation in our poor attic. Hubby will do it properly with a vent.


Okay new ceiling, soffits gone, and new floor. The island has been removed. This was week 6-7 from our start on July 6th.





Keeping my eye on there prize. Cabinets, hardware, and countertops are all ordered! We are attempting to live in this kitchen, but other than coffee very little is prepared. The weather is in the 90's everyday, so the porch isn't an option either. At this point we are eating out, or carrying food in, and giving away all our garden produce. But, I am freezing tomatoes and shredded zucchini for baking. 

Next coming soon, the IKEA cabinets ARE due to arrive the 19th of August. 

Thanks always for visiting. 
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All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions or posts. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Kitchen Remodel:Plumbing, Holes, and Gurgles?



Hello, people, wondering where I have been?

For those new to this blog, we began a whole house remodel in February---We are in our late 60's and with help of friends and family, are slowly (methodically---LOL) reaching our final mess, the kitchen.

July 6th  We began plumbing and the cabinetry remodel. (My job is to fetch and clean up, hold flashlights, pipes, or wires, and ooh and ahh over progress.)

With tarps on floor to cover the new bits of sub-floor already installed Hubby began demolition.

We placed our first order for this run of NEW base cabinets at IKEA.

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We decided to start with the plumbing run wall. Plans for moving the dishwasher and replacing all the OLD plumbing runs in the basement (2 sump pumps, exterior pump outlets, back porch sink finally hooked up and the new kitchen layout).


First the cabinetry. Notice the mismatch we have been living with for at least 10 years.

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Our sewer outlet is very high in our basement, pretty much just before floor level, one of the reasons we moved the washer/dryer on to the first floor a few years back.

Because of all the different things getting a REDO, Hubby cut out the floor to give easier access. We have to put down new subfloor anyway, so this wasn't a big issue.  The black pipe is the air/vent stack which had several bends to it and went to where? (PS, this is a gun on the wall--for those familiar with the term---don't mention anything unless it is important later on?)

Side note: Now was the the time to add and improve the insulation and make electrical to code. This house was built in 1974--so some upgrades are needed all the way along.

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When the new cabinetry goes in--this white sewer outlet will have to be cut---exactly where not sure--so Hubby was holding off.

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Also electrical issues for the garbage disposal taken care of here also.

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Here was my attempt to still have a functioning kitchen, ha, ha, ha, ha!
And the new cabinet bases are in the garage for this wall.
Order-in, anyone?



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July 10- Sunday our grown kids came and we had a cabinet party---everyone had screw drivers/drills-picture directions, levels, and assembly went---Bing! Bang! Boom! The pieces fell into place.


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Planning out the butcher block counters. Notice the levels---Long levels are necessary to hang the  wall hardware for the cabinetry and the countertops. 

One comment I will make--IKEA cabinets are solid when installed and easy to square and level. I am no way being paid for my opinions on IKEA products.

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Long lengths of butcher block counter were installed. Now--planning the hole cut for the sink. 
We chose a drainboard sink-even on sale! 
Discussion then ensued on the original layout. It's an off-center sink and placement of faucet was an issue with the centered window and the crank handles. 


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No matter how much you plan things on paper, in the flesh/wood/metal so to speak, 
everything can look different.
More discussion on the sink, exactly which way to put the drainboard---but the dishwasher is installed, YAY!



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Meanwhile, on the porch were the gals, with the drawers. LOTS OF Drawers. It was HOT!

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Nine drawers in total. The hardware for these is heavier than anything I have seen before for drawers. 

Awesome! Drawers wereconsistently easy to put together.
The process works well with two people.

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Drawers and more drawers.


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And more DRAWERS!



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Hubby's stash of plumbing parts for REDO's.

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Okay NEW cabinet in---water hooked up...now the dishwasher and drains? 

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Drawer hardware installation all the holes are predrilled. Just lots of screws.



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Adding the hardware for drawers.

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Faucet installed and the garbage disposal on the counter. 

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New plumbing, Yay!


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Love the NEW faucet, simple and brushed finish. We have really hard water so the cold water here leaves spots.



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Okay we finished this project with five people working we built and installed 4 base cabinets, all the drawers and mechanisms in place, countertops installed,  and the faucet installed and hooked up in about 5-6 hours, with breaks and dinner.

The edges of the NEW butcher block were heavily oiled and a silicone seal was applied along with the manufacturer's seal.

We continued oiling the countertops with mineral oil, multiple times, maybe 5-6 times until the wood would absorb nothing more. We have had the island with butcher block going on 4 years now and I love it.

The next few days hubby and I installed the sink and then the garbage disposal. YAY! Now we can at least put some things back in the drawers and maybe function for the rest of the remodel.

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The base cabinets on right now complete.

Next removing OLD soffits, adding NEW bead-board ceilings, centered electrical over island, followed by new subfloors and vinyl plank.

Week of July 15th, Picking produce, HOT, rain, two days, cool, porch door open.

What is that gurgling sound?


Thanks always for visiting. 
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All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions or posts. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Junkin' Finds: July/August 2016

In the middle of a very hot summer and a major remodeling, I haven't had that much time for perusing thrift stores or garage sales. The last couple of weeks I have found what I call interesting bits and pieces.

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I have been on the lookout for OLD picnic baskets in great condition for storage in my craft room REDO. Ha, the before pictures will be humiliating, but I promise to post them. The top basket is vintage Baskerville, from Putney, Vermont. Split Oak, these baskets usually go for $25.00-$40.00 in great condition and are no longer made in the USA. Many different styles are on the secondary market now. I snagged this one for $3.99 at GoodWill.

The bottom basket I got at a thrift store and is a Redmon picnic basket made in Peru, Indiana. These were popular in the 1930's to the 70's I believe. Very good quality and stable, they go for $12-$50 now depending on size, condition and the style woven pattern on the side. I think I have picked up maybe 5 of them over the last year, for $6.99 and under to use for craft storage.

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The next item in the vignette here is the sheer drape at the bottom---which is a netting of some sort/poly probably from the 90's...it's a scarf very long maybe 20 feet long and 60" wide with the most adorable embroidered rosebuds sprinkled across. 

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I think this will end up in my grand's bedroom at sometime--and was only $3.00 at a thrift store. This scarf washed beautifully. 

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Here's an unusual cutwork on sheer organdy in blue (hard to find) and a white chainstitch decorations. It has the look of the late 1940's or early 50's. This was in very good condition and washed out nicely. I have to press it though before I can display this. Cost-$.50.

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This is my favorite find. A wonderful very OLD ironstone pitcher. Crazed or not, I snagged this so fast before I even looked to see what the condition was. Cost---$6.99. Can you believe that, no chips or cracks--crazed but who cares, only adds to the gorgeousness of this piece.


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I could have taken a hundred pictures of this-from every angle it was just superb. It has what I call raised flourishes and curly-cues under the clear glaze. I just love it, the size is about the size of a medium washbowl set.


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Marked WARRANTEED 
over  a crowned Lion and a crowned Unicorn with shield in the middle 
Princess (pattern)
So many pottery marks are similar, best guess, attributed to Empire Pottery of Trenton NJ. This company was in business from 1863 - 1884. IThe bottom has a "Lion and Unicorn" mark and reads Princess (which I assume is the name of the pattern line), 
White graniteware or ironstone was produced by many Trenton, New Jersey potteries. The lion and unicorn was a common mark, and several companies used variations of this. Anyway I love it and it was a steal at $6.99.

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Not so old is this spatterware cheese crock, maybe as old as the 1980s. Which I love and it was $1.99. The NEW ladybug clothespins for holding a banner or whatever were $.50 and in their original packaging.

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On top of the baskets is a gorgeous old square tin. I soo love the colors in this.



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The embossed patterns are quite intricate, the tin box is in good shape and has a domed embossed double thick lid.

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I can't even guess how OLD it is, but it is marked "Container Made in England".
In excellent condition, I can't even hazard a guess at the date or who made this with no further markings. I did find one other on the Internet, but also with no information.

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This was only $1.99. I think the sticky spot to the right held a label of some sort. No doubt it was a candy box.

The weather has been too hot to do garage sales for an old lady, lol. Air-conditioned thrift store are the only way to go---or your side table in your bedroom.


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I found these seven in my sewing table of my grandmother's. And they are very Old, very fine mending threads with their original labels and an old wooden spool of purple thread.


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Not very many items for a whole month, but they are all going to be perfect 
for my bedroom, grand's room, or craftshop REDO.

Thanks always for visiting. 
I will try and respond to every comment and answer every question.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions or posts. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle






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