Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #15: Summer 07 --- Kitchen and Den Weeks 3 -5

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 07-29-2007 05:11 PM 9472 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Summer 07 --- Kitchen Weeks 1 and 2.. Stripping and Repairs.. Part 15 of Craftsman Bungalow Restoration series Part 16: Summer 07 --- Kitchen and Den Weeks 6 - 8 »

Slow Down
Things actually slowed down a lot during these weeks from our perspective, as the amount of work in the kitchen apperaed to be moving slowly. Plaster work and sanding are not exactly exciting. Lots of sanding. We spent time running around buying tile and so on.

We went shopping….Our new (old) stove. It is tiny.

One of the guys that they sent did a terrible job preparing the wood in the porch so when they stained there were evil sanding marks from the palm sander in many spots. So they are going to refund me some time, took some days off so that they had someone available, and they sent a much better guy.

Here we go….

The kitchen with plaster.

Screen porch walls with paint stripped from wood and walls

Doors Hung

We picked a swinging door for the kitchen/dining room opening. Let the Three’s Company Style Mayhem begin.

The door to the kitchen/porch. will bring in light to the kitchen. It awaits glass.

French door on the back porch. We moved the header afterwards. New threshold coming too.

Millwork repairs

The cabinets received the bottom shelf that I repaired. Now there is a 3/4” reveal or sill.

Juan patched the beadboard. This is just rough since it will be covered by a cabinet.

I built spindle slats for the built in bench. The old ones were inadequate and made of thin pine. I am rather proud of this.



I also shot a little video of repairing the window:

Stairway to hell-o!

The plaster was completely ruined on the stairwell. When we excavated (by we I mean they dug I watched) we found a rotting sill, inadequate studs and that the plaster was just adhered to the dirt.

After new pressure treated wood, and concrete pour.

I have to take another shot where they textured this. It looks great now.

In the shop
We had to continue work on our remaining base cabinets.

Glue up of the big cabinet. I used gravity assist!

The cabinets unclamped and ready for face frame.

Working on the cabinet doors.

The Den and Guest room

Finished stain and shellac of the doors in the guest room.

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling.

Painted it. √

We love it. Very nice and clean.

This is the before… Ugh!

Over to the den for two days of sanding, two days of staining, two days of shellac, two days of paint…

Ceiling painted √.

Walls painted √

Re-installing the window hardware..

Still a few touch ups in here.

The plan

Here is a quick sketchup I did of the kitchen this week. The pantry will be where the fridge once was. The stove is being moved to the left side where you see it. The little counter area is just an idea of how to not hit my head on the cabinets above. We are not sure how to build this area. Any advice?

So I guess it doesn’t seem that slow when I look at it like this. Up to date now.

But I will be starting a new blog series on the built-in cabinet I am making for the porch.

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

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-29-2007 08:03 PM

a lot of work.. but boy oh boy is it beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-30-2007 12:36 AM

Still enjoying the journey!

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

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#3 posted 07-30-2007 02:08 AM

We are in the middle of this in our 2001 home… I have done many that were more your vintage as well.. this will make ours more useable but I just want my new shop back. It is now full of fiberglass from the torn apart house and I have a bunch of nice maple cabnets sitting in the driveway getting rained on as we cant use em…

I like you… cant wait to be done… looks great though.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#4 posted 07-30-2007 02:57 PM

It is looking better all the time Giz! Outstanding work.

What year might you get done with this most time consuming project??

I am getting ready for a roof job mid-August…I can hardly wait…NOT!

By the way I like the new/old stove. I sell appliances, but nothing like this. Very, very cool.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 07-30-2007 09:34 PM

Thanks for the comments…

Panama we are going to finish this year with the inside. Most work will be done this month. Then a couple cabinet building projects….

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

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#6 posted 07-31-2007 03:22 PM

Another great transformation from what was to what is. You have a lot of sweat equity in your home. The “This Old House” crew would be proud of you.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 05:13 PM

I want to do a renovation project on my kitchen and am browsing around to do some research. I have hardwood on my floors and wondering whether or not to get it replaced with tile? I ran across this ad that says new kitchen in a box which only costs $25 and I am wondering if I should give it a try because of the price. This would save me hundreds. My fellow DIY-ERS advice plz?

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#8 posted 06-16-2009 01:10 AM

Great renovation. Nice job on the contuination.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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