Archives for 2013

Usable Kitchen Once Again!

So, after 2 and a half months, we have a usable kitchen once again and Lenora has already started moving thing back in. This week we finished the tile work, grout and sealing, got the sink installed and the hardware on the cabinets. At least now, she can cook when she wants too. Lenora also wallpapered the one and only wall in the living room that will have wallpaper. We ordered a new leather couch for the living room from Big Sandy, but when it was delivered on Wednesday, it had a couple of damaged areas on it, so it sits in pieces in the living room until they deliver a new one today (hopefully). We still have a lot of trim to paint and install, window treatments, etc., but it won’t be long now and we can call this project complete.!

Side by side comparison from 9/19/2013 to 12/14/2013:


Grouting Complete On New Countertop

This evening, we got the grout applied to the new countertop. It’s a messy process (first two photos), but the end result is worth the hassle. (last two photos)… Tomorrow, we hope to get it sealed so we can get the oven back in place and get the sink installed. I have to give props to Lenora, she did this pretty much by herself!

Sneak Peek

Just a sneak peek of the tile installation. We spent yesterday evening and tonight finishing the install of the tile. Overall, not to complicated. Only real problem we had was the wet saw freezing up in between cuts because it was so cold outside. We may be able to grout tomorrow, if not, then Monday. Gave the single sink a test fit, it fits nicely, so hopefully, this time next week, we’ll be back to having a working kitchen again. Then it’s just a matter of finishing up trim, getting some wallpaper up, curtains hung and we can call this project complete! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Kitchen/Living Room Remodel Update

Haven’t posted any updates for the past few days, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been busy. We took advantage of the long Thanksgiving weekend and got all of the cabinets in place. The past few days have been spent prepping the counter tops for tile. Three quarter inch plywood and half inch backer board. Hole is cut for the sink, so now it’s time to tile. Hopefully, we’ll start with the tile Saturday evening. Lenora also picked out the wallpaper for the one and only wall that will have wallpaper instead of paint. Once the counter tops are finished and wallpaper up, it’s just a matter of finishing the trim (baseboards and crown molding…..the end is near!

Remodel Coming Together

Another busy weekend, trying to get as much done as possible. Crown molding is going up, all of the lights are up now, we began assembly of Lenora’s custom shelves, dry fitting the cabinets and plotting our next plan of attack. Unfortunately, the sink cabinet had to be returned to Lowes, once we unboxed it, we noticed that it had been damaged. It’s been exchanged, so hopefully we’ll be starting on the tile counter top and backsplash very soon. The new stove/oven is in place, so things are finally starting to come together….still have a lot to do…

Kitchen and Living Room Remodel Update

We made a lot of progress Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Lenora got the final coat of paint on the walls, we finished “stomping” the ceiling, installed the new floor in the kitchen and got the new fan installed in the kitchen. Next up is the crown molding, baseboards and cabinets. We’re finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

New Media Center Setup

mcupdatedI’m testing some new equipment for work and what better way than to put it through it’s paces as a new media center pc. Out with the old server, in with the a new nano pc. I’ve also had to try out a new wireless router because the Asus routers, installed with DD-WRT, were intermittently dropping their connection. Therefore I’m trying a new Buffalo N450 gigabit wireless router that has better range and comes pre-installed with DD-WRT. I’ve spent the past few days (in between the kitchen and living room remodel) to get the nana pc configured and so far, I’m pretty impressed. It’s now in place and driving our media center, so we’ll see how it does over the next month or so….You can see my previous configuration here!