Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Unplanned Route to Perfection......"

As I mentioned yesterday, neighbor Rob, owner of Spruce Painting (, along with sidekick, Franklin, were coming over to take the old dark paneling down from one wall in the kitchen.  In preparation for that to happen, I moved our antique freestanding kitchen cabinet and our liquor cabinet from the room, plus took apart our tall metal shelving unit and stored that in the basement.  The 2 wooden cabinets were moved to the front fiber room.  Yes, the footprint of my fiber room is getting a bit smaller all the time, since its become our choice for storage, too.  I was able to move the pieces easily with a small 2 wheel cart and place them front to back to save floor space.  We had previously moved from along the wall next to the sunroom, a tall metal filing cabinet (to the basement), but my desk and short, wooden filing cabinet got moved into the front room, too.  You've heard of "organized chaos", right?   ;)

Here is another view of the front fiber room.  As you can see, I still have my weaving area.

Here is the wall that had to be accessible.  Prior to this updating process, it had along it the metal shelving, our kitchen table, and the liquor cabinet against the far wall with the TV on it.  The TV was moved to a rolling TV stand so it could be easily moved as needed for the remodeling process.

Here is what the lower "L" section of the kitchen looks like.  Not only did the paneled wall need to be accessible, but the other walls needed to have their baseboards removed, too, in preparation for the flooring to be installed.  The antique kitchen cabinet stood against the blank wall on the right.  After the baseboard was removed, the countertop in the doorway was brought in and stored against the sink countertop on the left.  By the way, this area was also added onto the original house......prior to Don buying it.  Don added the sunroom a number of years ago.  Before the doorway, it was just a blank wall.  Neither of us understand what the point of this small addition was.  All we can figure out was that it was a very dark, dead end space.  Evidentially, our vision is not "creative" enough.   ;)  

Rob and Franklin pose for me in front of the last piece of paneling that needs to be taken down.  Notice the black glue squiggles, etc?  As the paneling came down, it uncovered the signs of previous remodeling.  We'd known that a door to the outside was across from the basement door and that was made evident when the paneling was removed.  We also saw that the original kitchen window had been larger, too, as you can see in this photo.  Quite a few changes throughout the life of this house......

Remember when wallpaper was very popular?  Through the years, our kitchen had at least 4 different wall coverings.  This one showed up surrounding the basement door and on the back wall around the sliding door.

These were behind the paneled wall and were revealed by its removal.

All the paneling has been removed and now came the discussion of the best way to go forward.

This photo, and the title of today's post, may give you a clue as to what decision was made.......

More tomorrow with the "adventures of remodeling".   ;)

1 comment:

Angela said...

That is some FANCY wallpapper :) miss you guys, Angela