• Tips gratefully accepted here. Thanks!:

  • Recent Comments

    Sweet Sue on Does anyone believe…
    ipotter on Does anyone believe…
    peep9 on Does anyone believe…
    bellecat on Does anyone believe…
    bellecat on Does anyone believe…
    peep9 on Does anyone believe…
    ipotter on Does anyone believe…
    Lady V on Does anyone believe…
    ipotter on Does anyone believe…
    ipotter on Does anyone believe…
    bcc on Does anyone believe…
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on Does anyone believe…
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on Does anyone believe…
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on Does anyone believe…
    bellecat on Does anyone believe…
  • Categories


  • Tags

    abortion Add new tag Afghanistan Al Franken Anglachel Atrios bankers Barack Obama Bernie Sanders big pharma Bill Clinton cocktails Conflucians Say Dailykos Democratic Party Democrats Digby DNC Donald Trump Donna Brazile Economy Elizabeth Warren feminism Florida Fox News General Glenn Beck Glenn Greenwald Goldman Sachs health care Health Care Reform Hillary Clinton Howard Dean John Edwards John McCain Jon Corzine Karl Rove Matt Taibbi Media medicare Michelle Obama Michigan misogyny Mitt Romney Morning Edition Morning News Links Nancy Pelosi New Jersey news NO WE WON'T Obama Obamacare OccupyWallStreet occupy wall street Open thread Paul Krugman Politics Presidential Election 2008 PUMA racism Republicans research Sarah Palin sexism Single Payer snark Social Security Supreme Court Terry Gross Texas Tim Geithner unemployment Wall Street WikiLeaks women
  • Archives

  • History

    March 2014
    S M T W T F S
    « Feb   Apr »
     1
    2345678
    9101112131415
    16171819202122
    23242526272829
    3031  
  • RSS Paul Krugman: Conscience of a Liberal

  • The Confluence

    The Confluence

  • RSS Suburban Guerrilla

    • My first band
      I loved the Ben Vaughn Combo, I used to see them at the old City Lights all the time:
  • RSS Ian Welsh

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • Top Posts

Good-Bye Ugly Kitchen

70's Glam Kitchen

70’s Glam Kitchen

I’ve lived with the kitchen for a year.  It was hideous.  The cabinets were dark brown laminate and when we took them down, we discovered that they had been installed on May 16, 1973.  The date was scrawled on the back of them in black wax crayon.  They didn’t even have Sharpies back then.  I couldn’t wait to remove those horrible traffic orange countertops.  The sink was beyond disgusting.  No, you don’t even want to know.  Initially, I was only going to do a paint job and replace the countertop and sink but the insides of the cabinets started to fall apart and it became clear that the whole kitchen had to be replaced.

I had a $5000 budget for this job and not a lot of options. So, I designed and ordered an Ikea kitchen last July but there was so much craziness going on last year (you have no idea) that I couldn’t get it installed.  I didn’t think I could do it myself and contractors take F-O-R-E-V-E-R to come to your house, assess the situation and write up a quote.  The quotes were all over the place.  One turned out to be twice as much as the cabinets and countertops (butcher block, in case you’re wondering what I went with).  I don’t know what contractors base their numbers on but they didn’t make much sense.

Then my cousin Steve moved back from Texas.  He did some contracting work down there and I hired him.  We’re learning all about installing Ikea on the job.  It’s not as hard as I thought.  The microwave cabinet has been the trickiest installation so far.  The design looks good, if I do say so myself, but we’re only half way through the process. (Have a professional measure your kitchen for the best fit.) Today, we’re doing the base cabinets and with a little luck, I’ll have a working faucet and garbage disposal on the brand new sink by the end of the day.

 

 

IMG_2231

Ms. Triggs, the Supervisor

Post Demo

Post Demo

IMG_2233

And Microwave is UP!

 

More to come…

5 Responses

  1. Nice one, excellent!

  2. Good to see your post. I have put in several kitchens so far. A little tip that I did to hang top cabinets was to screw in a 2×4 on (just under) the line that they would be. You can level the 2×4 and mark on it the position of the studs. Then you put the upper cabinet and rest them on the 2×4 and prop it there. Takes all the weight off holding it in place and it is level. After all the cabinets are up, take down the 2×4 and repair holes if needed. Usually then, you are dealing with backsplash area and the holes are irrelevant. Sounds like a fun project. And you will enjoy the kitchen for a long time. A great sense of accomplishment!

  3. Girrrl, cannot wait to see the final results!

  4. Not quite the same, but the energy savings from old houses (50 years plus) can be phenomenal. Tear down the walls, replace the insulation with the modern stuff and install solar panels on the roof. And we need to drill in ANWAR because … we’re either too stupid or the powers that Be have so much control of the media that we don’t realize the folly of ANWAR, Iraq, etc.

    The only good thing about Irene is we had to replace some of the insulation and we now have warm rooms. Well, some warn rooms.

    Unless it was changed, your house in Pittsburgh probably used either newspaper or material that has crumbled into newspaper. We have the crumbled variety in a 50 year old house in Jersey.

  5. Looks like fun for the resourceful!

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: