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Quick ? Simple ? Not in Our Mid Century Remodel

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Oh how I wish our kitchen reno was going as fast as they do on HGTV or DIY. You know, 24 hours and you’re done. The paint is even dry.

Instead our reno is crawling at a snails pace. My DH works a crazy shift schedule of 12 days straight while trying to help our contractor to save us money. Added to the mix were a tornado, torrential rains and flooding in my area which left most homeowners with flooded basements and crawlspaces, leaking roofs or other storm damage. In addition to their own home issues, our contractor and our plumber were called off of their “non-emergency” jobs to help those in need. We were very fortunate that our basement remains high and dry.

Even with the set backs we have still managed to get some things done.

Here is the new bathroom door, moved around the corner into the old mudroom. But that was not without a hitch. Seems there is a nice big cast iron pipe running up that wall. Within an inch of the doorway. A few re-adjustments later, we have a door.

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The support post is down and the new header is installed above the old mud room entrance:

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Another header was also installed into the opening for the bar in the living room. We can now see the fireplace!

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The drywall men are scheduled to be here soon so we have a few things to finish up before they arrive.

I am still mulling over paint samples for the kitchen. I am undecided on which way to go: orange, aqua or gray. I would like to tie in the colors of the counter top and flooring. Here is the Wilsonart laminate we are using for counters AND backsplash. The pattern is called “Betty”.

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The VCT floor tile is Armstrong Standard Excelon Imperial. We have picked 3 colors: gray, aqua and charcoal. Here is the aqua which is called Colorado Stone:

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The gray called Field Gray:

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and the Charcoal:

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My usually orderly home is upside down with the mess. We have cabinet boxes in the living room and basement family room, ceiling tiles and light fixtures in the guest room and new appliances in the garage. And most of my kitchen is packed up in boxes strewn all over the house. We are still eating on throw away dishes.

Really my only escape is going to bed. And then I have to straddle our living room area rug, which is rolled up next to the bed.

Stay tuned!

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Renovation Updates on My Mid-Century Kitchen and Bath

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Things are moving along here at the ranch, albeit a little slowly. Hubby is trying to do much of the work himself, while our easy going contractor juggles multiple jobs and stops in to direct Hubby and save us money.

The plumber has nearly finished his work. While we had the mess he installed another air conditioning vent in my large kitchen area and added another air return. In our hot and humid Midwest summers my kitchen was just not as cool as the rest of our home. He also had to update the old cast iron plumbing in our main bath, where our washer and dryer will be located.

As you know, we have tried to re-use “original” as much as possible and in the hall bath we kept the cabinet doors that were taken off of the wall of built-ins, had them cut down and used them for the vanity. We kept the old kitchen cabinet hardware and reused it in the bath. I think it looks pretty good!

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We also used that same hardware on the cabinets that we kept for the laundry area:

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Hubby added shelving and made doors for the top area (which was non functional). I now have more storage!

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The kitchen is still in the demo stage. This is a little unnerving, as my crock pot sits in the bedroom and the disposable dishes are sitting by the fireplace in the living room.

This doorway to the 3/4 bath is being closed up and moved around the corner into the knotty pine mudroom. This change will give me a better working area for the kitchen. Besides I don’t really think you should see into the bathroom while sitting at the kitchen table.

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We found the original copper wall tiles still hidden behind the built in micro/ hood. How sad that someone covered them with beige ceramic tile 😦

This center post is also being taken down to help with the flow of the room. There will be shallow base cabinets and uppers where the washer/ dryer are now.

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This wall will be partially opened up for a bar/ serving area in the living room. We will have a great view of the fireplace from the kitchen!

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We will be installing IKEA cabinets and appliances. We have purchased Armstrong VCT flooring in retro aqua, gray and charcoal.  Wilsonart laminate counter tops are being made in a few new throwback patterns so we have picked “Betty”.  We will also be adding retro sputnik lighting. A great seller on Etsy supplied me with 20 yards of vintage atomic bark cloth fabric for window coverings.

Stay tuned!