Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #13: Summer 07 --- Kitchen Demolition

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 07-27-2007 05:40 PM 4127 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Back 40 Part 13 of Craftsman Bungalow Restoration series Part 14: Summer 07 --- Kitchen Weeks 1 and 2.. Stripping and Repairs.. »

The Plan
Save the plaster, the upper cabinets, all millwork, and the windows (is that millwork). The douglas fir cabinets had been refaced in the long past. Could it be removed?


The kitchen before… Upper cabinets are original with refacing and paint..

The evil laundry porch.

Close up on laundry sink. Nice huh?

Under the sink. That is my poor man’s possum proofin.

My first homemade shelf. Good times.

If I had a hammer… Demolition Time!!!!

I demo gently. Actually Habitat for Humanity took all the doors and hardware. They recycle them into new homes. Cool.

Off comes the veneer. Friends should not let friends reface their nice fir cabinets!

We took a sample of the flooring to a lab. No abestos. Douglas fir floors underneath!

The orignal floor found under the cabinets. We recycled the beadboard into a patch for another part of the wall.

The laundry gets a new home.

The top cabinets are stripped!

Lots more to come soon…..

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 07-27-2007 07:11 PM

1. please tell me that the beautiful porch is a porch again … with all those beautiful windows.
2. the cabinets remind me of my kitchen… I’ve attempted to remove the paint (I’m not very good at that.. gave up, kinda.. and then my Mom painted it all again…. argh… )

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 07-27-2007 07:49 PM

My wife and I are preparing for a similar project. We plan to expand the kitchen and beautify the curb appeal of the house in general, extending light into the kitchen area with additional windows and a window wall exiting out to a deck to replace a swinging door. We have to start the project by relocating the laundry service area, too. How long are you expecting your project to take?

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Bob Babcock

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#3 posted 07-27-2007 07:56 PM

Where have you been John? I’ve been looking forward to more of these. Looks like progress…2 steps back, one step forward…..:)

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-27-2007 09:38 PM

Well the porch is going to get windows.

Lar: Most of the work will be done by summer.

Bob… I’ve been working on this pretty much full time. But I will post more. This set represents only about a week of the first 5.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 07-28-2007 12:35 AM

John, your hard work amazes me. Thanks for sharing your passion.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 07-28-2007 07:48 AM

So, this is just the beginning, huh? Week one of five! And you’ve been at it full time! Will we ever get caught up with you in pseudo “real time?” Can you post a quick “spoiler” shot? (“Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it’s a joke.”)

You’re pretty dedicated! I can’t seem to muster what it takes to stay focused on the house projects this summer (I work in the schools too – have the summer), and have found myself trying to balance out the house, shop, woodwork, garden projects to maintain my sanity! I’m impressed by your sticktoitiveness.

Keep it up! Cheers.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 07-28-2007 03:05 PM

Thanks for the comments and encouragement.

Dorje… I will try to post some more soon. There are lots of current pictures at my flickr site not a narrative though.

We have had the house decimated since November 06, so we just have to go for it. It helps that my wife likes to do this. Plus 1/2 of it hired out.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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