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Let’s skip the good and the bad for now… the ugly is always what we seem to encounter first.
We are subjecting ourselves to a giant mess while our kitchen gets the makeover it deserves.
We can’t really cook anything in here for a while, so we got a little creative with the canned foods. They are being used to weigh down the underlayment.
We are making headway with the flooring installation, but not before moving around some heavy machinery. The fridge was fairly easy and I continued caulking around the perimeter to help with any potential moisture problems.
The oven, however, is just plain grody. We did our best to sweep and thoroughly clean the area when we swapped out the old stove, but removing the linoleum from underneath the appliance requires that I (ahem) actually touch the floor here.
Brace yourself for the worst pic I have ever shared on this blog… seriously. Remember the fingernail story? That was back before my first blog post, but I’ve decided to document even the worst of the nasty for all to see. I won’t pretend that it doesn’t scare me a little bit to share it, but if all I showed you were pretty pictures, I would only be telling you about ten percent of the whole story!
Clearly, the woman who lived in my house had some serious issues with using anything that contained bleach (or ammonia, or even vinegar…). BLECH. You’d better believe the removal of the stained linoleum (and then a thorough scrubbing… again… and a coat of Kilz) is allowing me to sleep a heck of a lot better.
The linoleum removal means we’re one step closer to a kitchen worth cooking in. Good thing too, because we’ve got some unwanted souvenirs around our midsections from our vacation and being forced to eat takeout isn’t exactly helping.
The dusty mess is forcing us to keep the doors open, but now that it’s October, the weather has cooled down a little and allowed us to go without A/C for a little while. The only one not enjoying the goings-on in the kitchen was Colby, who was only permitted to supervise our progress from the safety of the patio.
After six hours of diligent work, the kitchen isn’t complete, but we’re getting there. Barring any serious issues with the fridge or gas connection, we anticipate completing the kitchen floor in the next week. Cue me, happy dance, and an overwhelming sense of relief.
Oh yeah, we’re not done yet. Darn.