May 25, 2011

Sprout on The Way - Kitchen Remodel Time!

I have mentioned both of my fabulous sets of neighbors in a few posts over the past 5 months of blogging but we are about to get real close and personal with one couple and their Sprout to be.  You may remember Mandy from her GREEN baby shower or the full size bed she recently handed down to us which in turn made our guest room couple friendly.  Her husband, Kevin, is one handy dude who is taking their little brick ranch and making it shine.

Our houses started as the exact same layout 50 years ago with the kitchens being galley style and extremely limited on cabinet space.  Of course, ours has since had an addition put on but the kitchen had never been messed with until last year.  Here is ours before the rehab...

I still curl up into fetal position at the sight of red trim...

And here is theirs...


Overall not to shabby with the creme painted cabinets but the kitchen still lacks some luster with barely any cabinets or counter top space not to mention that weird angled sink that makes it near impossible for shorties like us to reach the windows and anything else we store back there.  Time to upgrade!!

 I recently visited with them on demo day number one...



Oh, yes.  I remember those days...  We had quite a bit of help from the professionals when doing our gut rehab but, in Kevin and Mandy's case, Kevin is doing the entire project with a tiny bit of help from relatives here and there.  This man hasn't seen sunlight in months!  OK - not true but you would think with a full time gig plus all this extra work he would be exhausted by now but no...he shall not stop until the wifey is happy!

While there I had noticed he had just ripped out the carpeting in the living room so Mandy and I pushed him to go a bit further and take the paneling down as well...


The "Oh Shit" look when he realized the panels were glued on and the walls would need a major skim coat!  To late to stop now!



That's where the fun ended and I was immediately kicked out for being a bad influence!

It has been about a month since then and I am happy to say things have progressed...with Sprout AND the kitchen.  Ill be back later this week for more of the big reveal.  In the meantime, if you are planning a big kitchen overhaul which would leave you kitchen-less for awhile make sure to pop back in tomorrow so I can share a few sanity saving tips on how to live without a kitchen during construction!!  Trust me - you will not want to miss this!!

Any tips and/or tricks to share?  Make sure to leave a comment and/or link to your blog so I can include them in tomorrows post.  For those of you who have been through it you know how hard it is to live without a kitchen...even for a day!

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