Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

January 2, 2009

Let the demolition commence…

Filed under: Family,This and that... — by lindyborer @ 5:22 pm

It’s the calm before the storm.  We are preparing to get down to the nitty gritty of Phase II Kitchen remodel:  Operation Orange Annihilation.  I just took the “before” pictures.  Last winter, we completed Phase I Kitchen remodel:  Operation Faux-Rock Paneling Eradication.  It was a marked improvement, but I have a feeling that this is going to be only slightly more involved.

New tile backsplash.  Different countertops.  A complete rearrangement of appliances.  The dishwasher will actually be next to the sink, and not all the way across the room.  A built-in desk and pantry.  Several coats of paint on the cabinetry.  New hardware. 

We are toying around with the idea of keeping track, down to the penny, of what we’re spending and documenting everything with photos and perhaps entering it into This Old House magazine in the “cheap remodel” category of their June issue.   David and I always laugh at the usual articles of the couples who add a (beautiful) miniscule half-bath under the stairs for “only $20,000”.  What?!?   Twenty grand?  That’s IT? 

Of course, I have to remember that I married a farmer.  If something’s to be done, there’s no way in hades a farmer is going to pay someone else to do what may be done himself, and that significantly cuts down the costs. 

Here are some before pictures:










Yes, I love the color red.  But I seem to recall that red and orange clash.  So it’s just as well the orange is soon to be a fond memory of the way things were…

I’ve tried to give you a 360 degree view.  Note the many doorways. (One is not shown; it’s a door to the back stairway.) Not exactly conducive to the ideal floor plan, and before you ask, no we’re not doing an island.  And yes, I realize that’s probably what any kitchen expert would recommend.  But I like my table.  I fold laundry there, the kids play with playdough there, and we even occasionally eat a meal there.  I cannot do without it.   

Take careful note of the “oopsy” with the range and the window sill.  Someone forgot to take into account the back of the stove’s height, apparently.  I look forward to never having to clean behind that again.   


I found my scouring pad frog at an antiques store.  And yes, it’s snowy, and yes, I realize it’s a photographic mistake to take a picture with all the backlighting from the window.  But you get the idea.

The first things people usually notice about the cabinets (beyond their orangeness) is their number.  There are 23 28 cabinets,just on top.  A lot of storage, yes, but also a lot priming and painting and hardware switching to undertake.  And the “easy” stuff like that will be my job…

I’ll keep updating, and I foresee many frustrations that accompany any remodel, of which I’m sure I’ll write.



  1. Here are ideas for tile mural installations , tips on framing the tiles and using field tiles to coordinate with the mural.. Considering the use of found vintage labels and a great way to showcase retro art.

    Comment by alicia — January 3, 2009 @ 12:11 am |Reply

  2. Having done this recently I know what you’re in for but it’s all worth it. Treat yourself to a gas range!

    Comment by Fr. Andrews — January 3, 2009 @ 11:39 am |Reply

  3. Yes, the rectory kitchen turned out quite well. As for a gas stove—I’d love one, but I’m afraid that will be something like Phase 15! I have convinced David that I want a pot rack…I think it will go above the sink. Yippee!!!

    Comment by lindyborer — January 4, 2009 @ 1:29 pm |Reply

  4. It doesn’t look orange from here…it looks like wood grain. I love those cabinets, a lot of work, but very cool. Everyone wants the look-alike kitchen these days. I’m glad to hear you’re not getting rid of them!

    Comment by Erin — January 5, 2009 @ 12:34 pm |Reply

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