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Eat-In Kitchen Floor

I’m super excited about the potential of the eat-in kitchen since discovering that under the old floors (laminate wood, padding, linoleum, plywood, linoleum layer #2, and more plywood) there was real wood floors!

The final eat-in area will include built-in bench seating with table and a rebuilt wall with full-lite door (maybe another sliding glass door? or simple pocket door?) into sun porch.

Eat-In Kitchen Mockup - WRKDesigns

I won’t know for sure exactly what to do with the floor until after I get it patched up and sanded, but here are some ideas:

Eat-In Painted Floor Ideas - WRKDesigns

  1. Painted design over raw wood in similar color scheme. Source
  2. Fully painted floor with design in reverse color scheme (yellow on white). Source
  3. Stain on stain checkerboard in more subtle stain shades. Source
  4. White washed fully painted floor with hand painted simple design in similar color scheme. Source
  5. White painted design with full stain finish – This is my ideal direction, but if the floor looks too choppy after being patched up I’ll have to go another route. Source
  6. Simple white and grey (or similar color to final cabinet choice) checkerboard full painted floor. Source

So, I’ve got lots of options and I won’t actually make any progress on it for at least a few months (everything else needs to be finished/framed/drywalled before I can start on the floors). But I like to plan and play with ideas. =)


Kitchen Demo

Even though I haven’t been keeping up on posts, we have been making a lot of progress around the house.

We’ve started our kitchen / living room / sunporch remodel project. Here’s the demo stages!

Kitchen Demo - WRKDesigns

Guest Spot: DIY Chalkboard Backsplash

I certainly get my crafty, creative nature from my mother. Check out what she did for her kitchen backsplash!

DIY Chalkboard Backsplash - WRKDesigns

Step 1 of her kitchen makeover: A perfect idea for people who can’t decide on one design. Creating a chalkboard backsplash allows you to change your kitchen whenever the moment strikes you.

Here is an example of classic black, but chalkboard paint now comes in a variety of colors, plus the many color options of chalk, the combinations are endless. Stencil or hand draw on designs and you’re good to go.

More Little Progress Projects

more little project progress

A few more little projects that we’ve made progress on:

1) Putting the stove in place. I picked this beauty up from Restore for about $175. Yes, it’s a used stove and I had to scrub the crap out of the inside, but buying a new stove for the inlaw suite was not in the budget, so it worked out perfectly. And once I give it a few more rounds of wipe downs it will be like new!

2) Started the knob swap. The existing knobs in the inlaw suite kitchen where gold (I hate gold) and white and covered in dirt and grime from the previous owners. I knew I had to change them. I gave myself a budget of $2 or less per knob and started my search. Not finding anything that really “fit” and was in my price range, I suddenly realized what I wanted. Vintage Glass Knobs! I’ve been on the hunt ever since and managed to get 12 of the 24 needed knobs paying $1 or less each! We might have to keep a few of the gold ones to start off with until I find all the glass ones I need, but I just love how they look and am very glad I went this route.

If you have any glass knobs you’d like to donate to my cause I’d be more than happy to take them off your hands!

3) Put in the framework for the built-in linen closet (first step of progress here). Unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where we need a table saw…which we don’t currently have. So, this project is on hold until we figure out how to move forward in a cost effective way. But, basically we need to put in the support bars that the shelves will sit on; cut/install the shelves and trim from 1/2″ board; paint everything white; then install the refinished cabinet doors (with new glass knobs here too).

More exciting updates coming soon!

Everything and the Kitchen Sink

kitchen sink

We replaced the kitchen sink in the in-law suite!

The original sink was rusty, dirty, leaking, and in desperate need of replacement. At first, Neil wanted to pay someone to do it. I kept telling him we could do it ourselves, but plumbing makes him a little nervous, so he kept saying he was gonna call “so and so” or “what’s his face” to come and give him a quote. After throwing a mini hissy-fit about how ‘we bought this house to work on it ourselves’ and ‘we shouldn’t be constantly hiring people for everything’, he finally came around to reason and we began our sink makeover.

The first task was to remove all the old parts and plumbing. There was an old garbage disposal, so Neil had to snip out and remove the old wiring hooked up to it before it could be removed. Luckily the wire was already dead (which he double checked with a wire tester tool he bought for about $10).

Once the wires were cut out, we removed the sink and plumbing (the water was already turned off at this point). Then, it was time to clean everything and prep the replacement parts.

The “new” sink ($20) and faucet ($20) we purchased at Restore, which is a Habitat for Humanity run shop that sells new and used building materials…and has become our favorite place in the world.

We picked up new drains ($10 each) from Home Depot. We used the easy install model, so we wouldn’t need to buy a special plumbing wrench just to tighten the pieces. I actually installed the drains myself and put everything together, with no leaks, on the first try.

kitchen sink 2

Next, we installed the faucet and sprayer ($20 from Home Depot). We hooked up the hot/cold water hoses, which took us 2 Home Depot trips to get the right lengths, and turned on the water to test our progress…

Drip…drip…drip…The cold water valve was dripping, not from the hose connection, but from the valve itself. So back to Home Depot we went to pick up new valves (about $15/valve). Neil found easy connect versions that did not require the use of soldering, which in turn should have made for an easier install. He cut off the old valve and installed the new parts. The first attempt dripped between the valve and easy connect copper piece. He unscrewed everything and added plumbers tape. The second attempt still dripped, but a lot less. He unscrewed everything again and added oodles of plumbers tape…No drip! He then successfully replaced the hot water valve on the first try (which dripped when bring turned off/on, and we figured it were going to replace the cold, we should replace the hot too).

Now, with no more valve drips we were able to install the pipes. We had to cut down 2 pipe lengths to fit and I assembled everything under the sink. Then we tested the drain…everything seemed to finally be working properly!

I came back later and noticed that water was leaking from the pipe connections…grrrrrrrr…So, I unscrewed all the pipes, wrapped all the treads with the plumbers tape and put everything back together.

Project Costs:

  • used sink: $20
  • used faucet: $20
  • drains: $20
  • sprayer: $20
  • new valves: $30
  • plumbers putty: $2
  • plumbers tape: $0, we already had a few rolls
  • plastic pipes: $20
  • hot/cold hoses: $11
  • TOTAL: $143

I estimate that we saved about $300 by using some used parts and doing everything ourselves. A new sink could have set us back $150 alone, plus all the other new parts we bought, plus hiring a plumber for at least another $150. So, I think we did well.

Our “little” project turned into a big to-do that took us 4 days to finish, but we did it ourselves and are very proud of our achievement!

The used faucet handles leak a little bit if you turn the water on too high and we still can’t figure out why the sprayer isn’t working. They are probably just little faucet parts that we can replace at a later date or just replace the entire faucet when we have some extra cash…since we now know how to do it. At least we have a functional sink and are 1 step closer to finally moving in.