I left off with Jeremy doing the demo in our kitchen and I am back today to bring you up to speed…..BECAUSE next week is gonna be the recap of our biggest house transformation yet! So first let me walk you through all the things.
Jeremy demoed the existing pantry. It was too small, didn’t function well, and we were gonna replace it with a wall of cabinetry to act as our new pantry.
The goal was to get to this point.
The hiccup was that while we were demoing (see how I just slip the “we” in there like I did something?!), we saw a pipe. We can’t get rid of said pipe….it’s the vent for the basement toilet. SOoooo we modified our plans….now the cabinetry would have to go floor to ceiling and the pipe would need to stay put and we would just simple build around it.
We hired an electrician to move all the wires, install an outlet that would live in the alcove behind the pantry (don’t worry – it would be accessible) and allow us to put our microwave in the pantry!!!!
We also had him run a new line for our dream – the double fridge 🙂 And get us some more beef for our new double ovens. Not literal beef. Although that would make sense too. More power – since the double ovens required more than the old zombie fridge.
Jeremy and our friend Shawn (who is doing the cabinetry for us) switched the cabinets. By flip flopping the fridge surround and the oven cabinet, we were able to reuse the oven cabinet for the new double ovens! Can’t wait to show those beauties to you!!!
And as always – there are always little tweaks like drywall and such that happen.
When the fridges arrived, I may have lost bowel control I was so excited. It literally felt like the BEST DAY EVER. Euphoric. Indoor fridges in the kitchen….who would have thought?! But after years of going up and down stairs or into the garage, it really was super exciting.
I can’t wait to tell you all about these and how they are transforming our life. I have lived with them for a few months now and it.is.glorious.
The kids were equally excited. To think that the last time the boys had a working fridge in their kitchen, LJ was too little to remember and Max wasn’t even born yet!!! Who lives that way!? We did….but now that we are on the other side….I’m so glad we waited and got what we really really loved and needed. Two fridges side-by-side!!!!
Okay – so all that being said, back to the point. We demoed the pantry (see I said “we” again!) and it left some pretty big drywall holes. I was hiring Carlos (my favorite painter ever) to do our basement trim and so I asked him if he would throw in the pantry fix too. Its my way of haggling and as someone that HATES doing drywall, it works out better for us both!
There is his cutie wife. She is so quiet. Sometimes I don’t know she is even there and then her smile is like a lightbulb. Seriously the BEST.
We were laughing because he had to hammer a piece of board back a bit and it knocked through the other side. WHOOPS!
Such is life with home improvements!
He was able to patch the ceiling really well (much better than I could have ever done) and since this part would extend beyond the front of the future cabinetry, it was gonna be visible.
He also mudded around the “new” oven (see that on the far left?) and fixed all the holes in the drywall.
BUT the electrician had to take the wires from the basement down back through the subfloor and it was painfully evident that we needed the floors patched before installing the pantry cabinets.
There were two spots with missing hardwoods.
Enter Diego! We actually met Diego through Carlos and he gave us a quote on patching the floors that was too good to pass up.
Our floors are red oak and they took him about four hours to do. It involved removing all the old pieces and feathering in the new pieces and securing them. He charged us $140 and that included materials!!! Guys what an awesome deal!
Meanwhile, our giant cabinet was being built by our friend Shawn for our pantry!
SOooo….while we had Diego in our house, we also got a quote on refinishing all the hardwoods. WHAT?! I mean….I told you guys about this pipe dream of having the floors refinished but it was out of our budget completely. But Diego was really able to work with us (plus, I think Carlos loves us and he was pulling some strings) so we decided that we better do this NOW because moving EVERY single thing out of our first floor would be so crazy and doing it right before a big vacation (for dry time) is key….we pulled the trigger y’all!
Say bye-bye to the orange floors! We can’t wait to share with you the process and experience and basically everything from how we picked the new custom color to how we clean them to how it really is living with the refinishing process! That is all happening next week! Oh and did I mention the before & afters?! YASSSS. That is all. YASSSS.
We have the same fridge! Only one of them, though. ☺️ And seeing it in your house helps me realize just how tall your ceilings really are. Wow!!
Oooh!! I can’t wait to see the new floors and the full kitchen redo!!!! We had our old house floors refinished (the ENTIRE first floor) after a frig leak cause a giant patch that had to be fixed and replaced… and you can just fix and refinish one section. So the whole first floor had to be redone. It was a long drawn out process (insurance quotes and many crews in to fix the water damage, and then refinish) and we stayed with our in-laws during the process – bless them! We have 2 little girls and 3 dogs and they have 2 dogs as well! It was an adventure. But the floors turned out great. I am soooo jealous of your double frigs! We have an old frig that was given to us by my parents in our garage as our second frig. Having both inside would be amazing!
Girl why do you have two mustards going?
The suspense is killing me. Can’t wait to see what you did the with floors and how the kitchen turned out. Two fridges is actually brilliant
Can’t wait to see the finished product! Looks great!
Cannot wait to hear about the refinish process! Looking to do so myself but so dreading the process itself. Would you also share tge square footage cost?
Envious of your fridges! I always wanted to do that. I see a whole lot of cookie dough. Enjoy all that space.
We had a bunch of condiments downstairs and we must have opened a new one 🙂
xo – kb
I have orange oak floors that I would love to refinish, but it would be about 5k for 1200 sq feet. (I live in California.) Plus…moving all the furniture.
I don’t know the going rate for labor in Georgia, but the $140 for 4 hours of skilled labor and materials seems pretty low. How does that compare to other quotes you may get for the same job? I think I would feel bad underpaying like that, knowing that it is so much below the going rate. But then again I know every state’s labor situation is different.
Ashley-At Home with Ashley says
Wow this is so exciting! How long did it take? The double fridges are awesome. It’s always “fun” when you find cords and pipes and have to work around them or change your plans, right?
I think it must be the extra high ceilings that make the fridges look so short to me in these pics!
LJ’s pose just made my Monday! What a cutie!
I’m sooooo excited about this!! I can’t wait for more updates, and btw I am now convinced that my family of 6 needs two fridges 🙂
WOW!! Can’t wait to see it. 🙂
I’d love to hear how you stay organized with two fridges. In other words, do you often go through both fridges when looking for something specific? Or do you store certain things in each fridge so that it’s easier to find? It’s not an issue, I’m really just curious. I know that when my fridge or pantry get unorganized, I often buy stuff at the grocery store that I didn’t need simply b/c I couldn’t find it, so just curious if you have organized the fridges a certain way to make it more efficient.
Yes in general, we sort it and keep things in the same spot. That helps tremendously!
xo – kb