My wife and I recently bought a 100 year old house. It is in really good shape, but needs some updating to suit our needs. I wanted to start a blog on our work we are doing, but got a late start. So this first post will be “catching up” on everything we’ve done so far! Enjoy!
Warning: I am a DIYer. So (most of the time) I’m just winging it. Feel free to criticize and/or give me some advice. But just remember…..i’m not a Pro. :) :) :)
So the first thing I did was build some steps off of the deck in the back of our house. This is the easiest way out to the backyard, and owning a dog….steps were a must. The grading of the land around this area was a little tricky. So I had to work with what was there. I also added a nice brick landing. These (clay-like) bricks are very old. I found them stored in a shed out in the backyard….
The next project was moving the laundry room from the kitchen pantry to downstairs…..
In this pic, the appliances are moved out. I also already removed the horribly ugly bifold doors and trim…
removing all the layers of crap on the floor…..
Drywall patched and painted. Flooring installed, and shelves being installed. Still some work to be done. We are adding some drawers and baskets in the center of the shelves….
I found some solid mission style doors (same style we will be doing our cabinets) at Menards for $30 each. They were regularly priced at $167. They were in the bargain area because a few of the glue joints were coming apart. Easy enough fix. First time installing doors. Had to install new jambs, cut all the mortises, etc, etc. For my first door install, I think it turned out very well. We will be painting these doors white (to match are future cabinets)....
Staying in the kitchen, we decided to tackle the island. There was no cabinet under the island – it was just an open area, and looked horrible. The previous owners just covered the 2×4 frame with some really “awesome” paneling….
My wife wanted a shelf on the end of the island. I said “sure, no problem.” First time building a cabinet…Still a work in progress….
The other side matches the mission style we are going with in our kitchen….(again, still a work in progress)....
Another first for me – replaced a few windows! Only progress shots – no pics of the finished window yet….
A few windows were still in good shape…..but they were brown, and we wanted white. So we sanded them, primed, and painted them….
still have to find some white hardware for them…. (maybe we’ll just paint them too)
And last but certainly not least….I started replacing some of the other doors off the kitchen to match the pantry doors I installed. Found some more doors in the bargain area, that matched the pantry ones. Unfortunately I did not realize the rest of the doors in the kitchen (bathroom, and basement door) were 84” tall instead of 80”. What to do? – well I got lucky and found ANOTHER solid mission style door for $10. It was damaged pretty badly, but I only needed the two rails so I could addd some length to my other doors….
So 80” doors become 84” doors…..(used dowels to join)
Used some glue and sawdust to fill in the seam left from the glue up. Still a little clean up left to do, but they are turning out great. These doors will also be painted white…
Here is the entry way to the bathroom after I took out the trim and old jambs….
Had to add a 1×4 to the space above the “head jamb” (?). The old one I took out had no support above it. I added our names and date to it for the next guy!....
So this is where I ended this weekend. Hopefully the rest of this door installation will go smoothly. Sorry this blog was kind of long, but wanted to get caught up! Thanks for stopping by
-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!