Kitchen Renovation ~ Part 2

Earlier this week, I shared our ideas and progress on the kitchen renovation. kitchen and dining top view

Today, I want to take you through the steps we've done so far.

Here is a reminder of the ‘before’:

dining room wall to be removed

And where we are in the process, as of this morning:

kitchen renovation progress

(I was out of town for much of the demolition process, so I asked Andrew to take pictures me!)

Andrew and I had done as much as possible to prep for the arrival of the contractor.  We emptied the cabinets that were attached to the wall that was being removed, he took down the crown molding, he was also able to remove some of the cabinets himself.

Once the contractor arrived on Saturday morning, they put up plastic sheeting to protect the rest of the house from as much dust as possible.  They also set up a ventilation system to push air out one of the windows.  In order to protect our hardwood floors in the dining room, they laid down Ram Board.

protective plastic for renovation

With the plastic up and the floors protected, they were ready to start.  They removed the oven and the dishwasher:

dishwasher and stove removed

They cut the countertop, and removed that and the cabinets that were adjacent to the wall.

countertop removal

Next, they ripped out all of the old flooring.  Andrew said there were three layers of linoleum, then hardwood, and then the subfloor.

kitchen floor removal

With everything out of the way, they were ready to remove the wall.

wall removal

Andrew said this was his favorite part!  Isn’t using a sledge hammer and a reciprocating saw every man’s idea of a good time? ;)

wall removal

wall removed

We decided to pull down the ceiling and redo that as well while we were in the renovation process.  The ceiling had a popcorn finish to it, which we did not like and wanted to change.  Ripping it out and replacing it with drywall would also allow us to reposition the lighting in the ceiling more easily.  This step is also where Andrew and our contractor found the ‘surprise’!

cracked beam

Our upstairs bathroom is located above the kitchen.  At some point in the history of the house (it was built in 1941), the radiator in the bathroom had leaked, leaving cracked and damaged beams.  The ceiling had begun to sag and was two inches lower than it should have been. We were lucky to find this ‘surprise’, because at some point, the radiator probably would have come crashing through the ceiling!

cracked beam

two cracked beams

In any renovation project, it is always good to budget for and expect surprises.  We were thankful that this was fairly minor and not too difficult to repair.  So, how did they fix it?  First, they jacked up the ceiling to get it level.

jacking up the ceiling

Next, they sistered-up the beams with new 2”x8” beams and lag bolts.  Due to sistering-up the beams, they also had to reroute some of the plumbing.

new ceiling beams

Then, they added new studs under the old cracked beams, in order to even out the ceiling level.

ceiling beams

With the support beams in place and the ceiling level, they could install the drywall.

drywalled ceilingSince I was out of town through all of this part of the project, Andrew wanted me to know how things were going.  He sent me periodic updates, and one morning, I received this picture with the caption: “Don’t worry, I was still able to make coffee!”

construction coffee

With the ceiling fixed, they turned their attention to the floor.  We chose a gray tile (from Mosaic Tile, Folio Artistica Meteor, color: Silver).

laying tile floor

Over the past few days, they’ve worked to:

-grout the tile -finish the drywall behind the sink -spackle the new drywall and ceiling -fix some of the electrical and re-hook up the disposal and dishwasher (yay!)

What we still have left to do:

-finish the spackling and sanding of the drywall -paint the walls and ceiling -install the new cabinets -paint the cabinets -choose and install new cabinet hardware -have the new granite countertops installed -Miscellaneous & accessories -Clean up!

We are excited for the progress and are happy to have the hardest parts of the project behind us!

One last look at where we are now:

kitchen renovation progress

º Have you found any ‘surprises’ during a renovation?

Cathy Green Interiors monogram

New Year, New Tile

I’ve been helping a client pick out new tile to surround their fireplace, so I headed to Mosaic Tile Company to search for options.  I loved being in the tile showroom and seeing all of their samples and displays.  There are so many things to do with tile and I left the showroom filled with ideas and inspiration. The tile we picked for their fireplace is a beautiful glass tile that picks up the colors and tones of their existing décor.  I can’t wait to see it installed!

Hirsch glass tile

One new product in tile is ‘Wood-Look’ tile.  Yes, tile that looks like wood!  Wood-look tile provides the look of hardwood, but the durability of tile.

I love how it was used in this kitchen, both on the floor and as part of the backsplash.

(All room photos from Mosaic Tile Company’s website.)

Wood-look tile kitchen

Wood-look tile, kitchen backsplash

Another unique option is Metal tile.  Metal tile adds shimmer to the space, while also creating a contemporary feel.

metal tile in a kitchen

The navy accent tile along the top of this backsplash adds a touch of warmth and interest to the design.

metal tile kitchen backsplash

Tile is also commonly used in bathrooms.  Have you ever thought of using a medallion to create a ‘rug’ out of tile?

bathroom tile medallion rug

I love glass tile in a bathroom!  There are so many beautiful colors choices, with the option of an iridescent shimmer.

glass tile stripes in a bathroom

If you prefer something more earthy, how about river rock tile to add texture to the space?

River Rock tile in a bathroom

Aside from kitchens and baths, tile can also be used in entryways to create a beautiful welcome into the home.  (Tuscan clay tile)

Tuscan Clay Tile Entry

Don’t forget about the exterior of the home.  Patios and exterior entryways can also be locations to showcase design and creativity with tile. (Efesus Travertine tile)

Travertine Stone Exterior patio

These examples only scratch the surface of tile options and ideas.  If you need more inspiration, visit a local showroom, like Mosaic Tile, or call me :)!

º Are you planning any tile projects for 2012?

(Disclaimer: I was not paid or perked by Mosaic Tile Company to write this post.  I was simply inspired by their showroom, and have enjoyed my experiences with their friendly and helpful staff.)