MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

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MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby PixelPixie » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:44 am

Our irrigator guy came over the other afternoon for a look at our kitchen renovation progress. He chuffed at the salvaged St. Charles cabinets, halfway installed. "You're installing those things?!?! Most people are busy ripping them out! Nice shiny feet, though!"

We're about halfway through the kitchen renovation which has held its share of surprises, including that St. Charles cabinets work great perched on IKEA feet. I thought instead of glossy coverage of the before-and-afters I'd give you a long look so you, like us, can rejoice when this journey is over!

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Here is the 1946 era kitchen in the earliest known photos in the 90s. It has green tile with sputnik style accent tiles and backsplash, undermounted porcelain (?) sink, wall-mounted faucet, and white painted wood built-in cabinets. Looks like the butler pantry area at the back has already been ripped up to accommodate the soffit for the A/C.

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At some point, Home Depot salvaged order cabinets were installed with Formica countertops that were never really attached to the cabinets. Matthew delights in the fact then whenever he gets a utensil jammed in the drawer, all he has to do is lift the Formica. To previous owner's credit, they wanted to redo the counters before we bought the place but we insisted that it would be time and resources wasted, we wanted to do it ourselves.

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The calm before the storm. The galley waits silently for the prybar. We had been procrastinating on this job for years, but the catalyst came when our 80's era SubZero fridge punked out on a hot spring night.


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We found a new fridge pronto and then ripped out the butler pantry area. And found a HOLE! In the brick WALL!!!


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A HOLE! IN THE BRICK WALL! At the corner of the home. Theories abound, but no answers yet.


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OK first problem solved. Mason worked for 10 hours and patched up the hole.


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A fresh coat of paint at the butler pantry area, repositioning of our huger-than-realized new fridge, and installation of the first St. Charles cabinet at the end of our new huge 2-person prep area.

At this point, we begin to realize how beautiful the uninterrupted brick wall texture is, and consider LIFE WITHOUT UPPER CABINETS. I live with it for a day or two and agree, we should scrape down and patch up the divots in the wall as if it may never see upper cabinets ever again. IKEA birch butcherblock serves as temporary and possibly permanent work surface. Matthew has all the new kitchen measurements and breaks marked up on blue tape along the edge of the Formica. The original sputnik tile, framed in black on the left, may be incorporated into a counter surface of some sort.


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Matthew puts some elbow grease into taking off the high points with a chisel.


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Much Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty patching and grinding later, and you can see the original kitchen paint color was tan.


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A fresh coat of paint later, and the wall is delicious enough to eat off. Space where there was once only clutter. The dishwasher and more old undercabinets are removed. Naturally the new sink, faucet and dishwasher deliveries are delayed and don't arrive in time for installation over the long holiday weekend, so we're stuck without a garbage disposal or dishwasher.


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The IKEA cabinet legs are relatively easy to install and cake to level. Sparks fly as Matthew grinds a little to make things right on the vented sink cabinet.

This week: appliance and plumbing deliveries! Can we have supper in our eat-in-kitchen without shouting over the din of the new dishwasher?!? Stay tuned!

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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby michaelv » Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:28 pm

Any man that can make sparks fly like that...

Matthew is bringing sexy back to the DIY board!
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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby PixelPixie » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:06 pm

Notice, he is not even wearing construction flip-flops. That is SO last year. ;-)

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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby nichefindyours » Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:48 am

This is awesome. Congrats Alison & Matthew. Cant wait to see the finished product. 8)

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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby PixelPixie » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:28 pm

PROGRESS!

Phase I of III is 90% complete!

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The photos makes it look short, but in reality that countertop just goes on forever. The two of us can actually stand side by side now and prep.

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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby michaelv » Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:59 pm

i have faucet envy...and counter envy...and...
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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby PixelPixie » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:35 pm

You should see the faucet photos Matthew took. Gives all new meaning to the phrase "house porn".

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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby Mama_Tee » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:51 pm

This kitchen is going to work so much better for you guys. Congrats!

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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby nichefindyours » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:38 pm

It looks great guys. Cant wait to see it in person.

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Postby JC » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:07 am

Looks great!!
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Re: MCM Kitchen Renovation at the Kings

Postby PixelPixie » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:05 am

If anyone wonders why we haven't entertained anyone all summer, it probably has something to do with the re-enactment of the beaches of Normandy in our front entryway.

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