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There's a light at the end of the tunnel

MadMom's picture

There's a light at the end of the tunnel (post #55273)

...of course, it may be a speeding train!  At any rate, the floor guy should be finished tomorrow, and the countertops and sink have been installed, and we ripped out one wall of the sun room, framed it in, and replaced two sliding glass doors with one set of French doors.  Tomorrow, the contractor should come in to rip out the rest of the "pickled oak' paneling and replace it all with dry wall.  We ran into a minor problem when installing the faucet...it was so high that it bumped into the window sill, so my cabinet guy came by and took that out.  He will cut it down and replace it tomorrow.  Another slight problem...when the countertop guy made the countertops, he put in about 1/8" to 1/4" overhang where the stove goes.  Of course, I just had room for the stove, so now I have to get them cut down so the stove will fit.  Supposedly the cabinet guy can do that.  I love the sink.  Love the faucet.  Love the countertops.  They even make my old cabinets look good.  Now I have to figure out what kind of tile to put up for a backsplash (the tile guy is coming by tomorrow evening) and what color I'm going to paint the walls.  Also have to pick out new hardware to replace what is on the cabinets now.  So, it's far from finished, but we've accomplished a lot.


Oh yes, I gave in to Willie Ray, who was insisting he wanted a dishwasher installed NOW!  We got the KA from our appliance guy, who knocked $200 off it, which I thought was reasonable, considering all the aggravation they've caused us.  He also called today, Sunday, to tell me he woiuld send someone over tomorrow morning to rip out the disposal (which is evidently a bad unit) and replace it with a new one.  Never a dull moment.  At least I've moved all the crystal back into the dining room, so we can actually eat in the breakfast room.  I'll attach some pictures.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!


Edited 7/30/2006 8:46 pm by MadMom

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #78 of 185)

I like the ss backsplash behind my stove, but only because I discovered WD-40 to clean it. I think I mentioned when my kitchen was new, I thought I had made a terrible mistake with my selection. I had fingerprints all over my ss appliances. Not only does WD-40 clean them off, it definitely keeps them off as well. Also, it's the only thing I use on the top of my hood, which does get grimy, even though I have the most powerful fan Dacor provides.

Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #79 of 185)

My hood is lined with stainless but the exterior matches my cabinets. Any great ideas for degreasing wood without ruining the finish?

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #82 of 185)

I'd try the WD-40 in a inconspicuous place. It's possible (likely) your wood is treated with a finish that would not allow the WD-40 to penetrate into the wood. It's certainly worth a try.

I simply spray a little on a paper towel or a cleaning cloth. You'll be impressed how the grime disappears. It is important to turn your exhaust fan on and open some windows to get some air circulating. If I'm doing a large area, I even wear a dust mask.

TracyK's picture

(post #55273, reply #84 of 185)

Murphy's Oil Soap. An oldie but goodie. :-)

Salt early, salt often.

Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #87 of 185)

I second the Murphy's Oil Soap - and the GooGone.



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Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #88 of 185)

I'll get some Murphy's--and then I guess I'll have to actually apply it for it to work, right?
Thanks all!

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #89 of 185)

Sounds like me...I have lots of wonderful products in the cabinets, but the darn things expect to be used before they work.  Ridiculous!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Gretchen's picture

(post #55273, reply #116 of 185)

Is it painted? You can try some paint thinner. I would not try WD-40. I think 409 is as good as anything.

Gretchen

 

Actually the very best is Spic 'n Span.


Edited 8/6/2006 2:26 pm ET by Gretchen

Gretchen
Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #117 of 185)

These aren't painted cabinets--they have some type of urethane coat that isn't shiny. I've tried 409 and it seems harsh, maybe it needs to be diluted. I wasn't planning to use WD40 but I am going to get some Murphy's Soap.
I didn't know they still made Spic 'n Span.

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #118 of 185)

We can actually see daylight!  Still have to get the walls painted (and get rid of the yellow gingham wallpaper) and get new pulls and handles, but I'm thrilled with everything else.  I thought the backsplash turned out great, and I love my range!


Pulled down the gosh-awful curtain behind the sink, and ripped some more of the wallpaper off, but decided I'd leave the rest for the painter.  Put up a magnetic rack and a Rosle rack on the side of the tall cabinet, so everything will be handy.  Still no word on when the island is arriving, but it should be soon.  I'm attaching a picture of the kitchen as it looked when we bought the house for comparison.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
Sondra's picture

(post #55273, reply #119 of 185)

Smashing!  Love it!  LOVE the stove, yummy.  LOVE the tile too.

dicus's picture

(post #55273, reply #120 of 185)

That backsplash looks great. I really like the random color patterns. Good choice. This is now definitely a cook's kitchen.


Edited 8/6/2006 6:33 pm ET by dicus

chiquiNO's picture

(post #55273, reply #121 of 185)

Just FABULOUS!!!  Where did you get the spice rack...I love it!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #124 of 185)

The spice racks came from the Crate and Barrel Outlet.  Unfortunately, they no longer have them, although I have seen them at other stores...just a bit more expensive.   The Container Store had them also.  Each of them holds twelve bottles, which allows me to have 36 spices at the ready, which is most of what I use. 


Next project is to rearrange all the cabinets and hang the pot rack, which is the same one I had in Texas (ordered a new one.)  We got rid of all the hanging lights, fan, etc., and put in can lights in the ceiling, which I love.  It's really coming together.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
chiquiNO's picture

(post #55273, reply #131 of 185)

They really look great on your counter...the perfect spot to have them at a moment's notice!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #132 of 185)

Your kitchen is fabulous! I love the spiceholders too. I waaaaant t hem, I neeeeeed them, I'm ordering them! But I only need 2.



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Wolvie's picture

(post #55273, reply #141 of 185)

where are you ordering them from? I'm thinking I could put some on a under cabinet shelf I found.  I'm getting ready to organize (ugh) my cabinets - much less space than in WV.

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 

 

Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #142 of 185)

From the container store. http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?CATID=70879&PRODID=62927


My spices are in dire need of sorting, rearranging, etc. This will get them attractively at eye level and I can put my oils and vinegars that are on the counter now in the cupboard space the spices will be vacating. They will look much nicer and still be readily at hand.




My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #143 of 185)

Thanks for the link.  I found several things I might need to order to help get the garage organized...next project!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

unbaked's picture

(post #55273, reply #153 of 185)

Oh, Sharon, it's just GORGEOUS!!! Wonderful, I can't even tell they're the same cabinets, everything else is just so fantastic!


I'm so sad that I had to miss most of this thread, we had another week from hades but didn't come in here to rain on your parade!


Congratulations, you made wonderful choices and it's going to be heavenly to cook in..the range, oh my my my my.


Oh and I ADORE that tile it's just the perfect touch.


I have to go, but wanted to give you a virtual high-five..and in such a short time, I can't wait to see it when you get the island and pot rack in!


Have fun with it!


'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

Wolvie's picture

(post #55273, reply #144 of 185)

hmm - those are 3 oz bottles, aren't they. I may get some of the stacker type instead - thanks for the link!

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.


THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY,  September 23, 1860.


 

 

Ricks503's picture

(post #55273, reply #146 of 185)

I am recycling my glass spice jars, from the spices I have bought at the store.  - clean the labels off and then print up one of my own if I will be filling it with a differant spice.


And then on either the back or the bottom, I put a piece of masking tape ( usually the low tack blue ) and then use a sharpie to put the date I bought/filled it.  My rule of thumb is ground/crumpled is good for 6 months and whole spices/herbs are good for 1 year.


1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1

 

 

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fitzcindy's picture

(post #55273, reply #145 of 185)

I love that spice rack.  Unfortunately, that website will only ship within the US.  Any Canadians know where I might find something like this up here?

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #147 of 185)

You'll find them in a well stocked cookware shop. We actually have one at Miele as an accessory in one of the kitchens. I'll see if I can find the source for you.

Tuck's picture

(post #55273, reply #148 of 185)

Hmmm, since I keep mine in a small shoebox under the counter, I guess I probably should get organized too. 



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fitzcindy's picture

(post #55273, reply #149 of 185)

Thanks Glenys...I'd appreciate it.

fitzcindy's picture

(post #55273, reply #122 of 185)

Your kitchen is absolutely lovely!  How did you manage to get done so quickly?

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #123 of 185)

Quickly???  Actually, it has been pretty quick, considering.  The floors, which we put into four rooms plus the front hallway (not counting bathroom and pantry) took the longest.  Then, once we started on the floor in the sun room (now our breakfast room) we found termite damage, which was totally covered by our termite contract.  That gave us an excuse to get rid of the two glass sliding doors, which we didn't like, and replace them with one double French door.  Once we did that, we decided to rip out the rest of the plastic panelling and put up drywall.  That room is still a work in progress.  The guy should come over tomorrow to tape and bed it, then we get the painter in for that room plus the kitchen.


I actually spent about two months trying to decide what to do, but once the decision was made, it did go fairly quickly.  I've been so happy with all the decisions to date, even the one to leave the old cabinets in place.  I think once the new handles and pulls arrive and I put them on, they'll really look great.  And I love my sink, faucet, and range!  Love the granite, love the backsplash, am happy with the dishwasher...basically I'm a happy camper.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
fitzcindy's picture

(post #55273, reply #125 of 185)

How old are the cabinets?  I'm mulling over re-doing my kitchen as well and am thinking of either painting my existing cupboards or having them refaced.  Someone told me that once cupboards get to a certain age you should have them replaced.  Does anyone know anything about that.  Mine are about 19 years old so I think they should be okay to keep.  I would just hate to go to the expense of refacing and putting in new counters only to have the cupboards give way at some point.  Your kitchen is an inspiration to me.  Absolutely lovely!!

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #127 of 185)

Our home was built in 1986, so I would guess the cabinets are 20 years old.  I thought of having them refaced, but turns out I like them as they are, just want to redo the hardware.  They seem to be in good condition, and after replacing everything else, they look good to me.  Of course, we were lucky that the stove fit in with just one cabinet removed, and we removed three to put in the hood.  Otherwise, things stayed the same.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!