Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #14: Summer 07 --- Kitchen Weeks 1 and 2.. Stripping and Repairs..

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 07-28-2007 04:03 PM 3615 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Summer 07 --- Kitchen Demolition Part 14 of Craftsman Bungalow Restoration series Part 15: Summer 07 --- Kitchen and Den Weeks 3 -5 »

There was a lot going on in the days after the demolition. I worked on staining the guest room and millwork repairs to the kitchen. I oversaw the coordination of the electrical after the plumber left. The guys worked on stripping and sanding and more stripping. Here we go….

In the kitchen

A shot of the area where the fridge had been. The vent indicates that this was a California Cooler. Predating fridges the were used to keep food cool. A hole in the floor let cool air from the basement rise towards the attic cooling the food. We are going to use it for a pantry.

Another shot of the floor with all of the vinyl gone. The floor guys will take care of the rest.

We discovered that the bottom shelf had been cut to accomadate overlay doors.

Out came the bottom shelves for repair

The plan.. Rip apart the broken shelves and repair with old growth fir.

Glue up of shelves

On the porch

The Wainscotting on the porch is stripped.

A view back to the door. The bench is stripped.

We removed the bars in the windows. Yeah!

No bars as seen from the inside.

Lots of door work

4 Replacement doors arrive from the salvage yard. 3 for the kitchen and one for the dining room

The original cabinet doors from the uppers stripped and ready for finishing. I found all of these in a closet. They were being used as shelves. I have some repairs to make to these.

A door we salvaged from Kristin’s school. I am building a bar cabinet in the laundry porch and will use these for the doors.

Here is a five paneled door after being stripped and sanded. Pretty huh?

Shop shots

Not really kitchen related, but I finally unloaded the basement to accomodate the laundry. I brought up the sander to the shop. I bought this at a garage sale a few years ago for $50. It is a 1950’s era Craftsman. Works great. Needs dust shroud.

More reclaimed fir beams arrive for who knows what…

More kitchen

Back in the kitchen the walls are being closed. I put in insulation and what a difference that makes.

Back in the house
I continued to stain and shellac the guest room.

Staining the doors


We went to Coronado, Ca that week for our anniversary. So we got a little time out of the house.

I think that gets us up to date with week 2 of 5. Things slow down a little in the next posts. I think.

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

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#1 posted 07-28-2007 04:39 PM

amazing wood.
pretty cool re: finding the doors as shelves.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-28-2007 06:58 PM

This is a really fun process to be a part of!

The contrasting tones (dark frame, light panels) you’ve done on the doors are pretty…

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

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#3 posted 07-29-2007 12:13 AM

This is awesome John. I love the dedication to detail. You are going to have one amazing home when done.
So we are back in close to real time now. What’s after this?

Happy Anniversary!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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