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Mrs. K’s Project

This job started off as just a kitchen gut and remodel but we ended up doing several other projects:

Like this Entertainment center,

A Fireplace mantle,

A nice Cherry hutch,

New stair railings, crown and trim, new 4 panel doors, new 3/4” oak floors, new paint, laundry cabinets

and a remodeled powder room.

.... Pretty much the whole first floor.


I really enjoyed working with Mrs. K while helping design her new kitchen.

She had good ideas and a sweet personality which can really make a difference.

In fact, we worked so well together, she kept adding more projects,


.... like she didn’t want me to leave.

Originally, there was a C shaped white Formica counter top instead of an island.

There were drywall soffits, no lighting and ugly white floor tile.

The appliances, sink and faucet were white.

Typical 1990s all white kitchen.

There was a 6 ft. wide cased opening from the kitchen to the living room.

We removed most of the wall so now, the ceiling is continuous.

It made the space feel a lot bigger.

We bumped the wall back 2 ft. and added a double wall oven, a 25” deep fridge and a tall storage cabinet.

... Huge difference.


The entertainment center was a fun project.

There are pocket doors to hide the equipment and pull out drawers for CDs and DVDs.


I always like to install the backsplash tile myself, .... It’s actually kinda fun.



At this point, we had worked together on her house for over 6 months.

Funny thing, her husband was never there.

He always left early before I arrived and stopped at the “Gym” on the way home. I hardly ever saw him,
even when we worked late so, .... she was the one in charge.

We looked forward to our 9 am daily coffee break to discuss the project or whatever she wanted to talk about.

We were great together, she had a real passion inside and I was a good listener.

On the last day, we chatted like old friends while I finished installing the kitchen door pulls and she put the last few things away.

My guys had moved on to work on other jobsites so, .... she had my undivided attention.

She went over to the new stereo cabinet and found a CD she liked, turned it up and, ... next thing I know,

She started dancing.

Dressed in her usual attire, a sleeveless cotton house dress that looked very comfortable and airy … No bra,

I watched as she danced, bathed in sunlight from the sliding door, leaving little to the imagination.

She had to know, ... all the girls know, but she didn’t care, she was dancing, it was innocent and beautiful.

She wanted me to watch as she spun around, dancing on air, barefoot, happy and free.

She came over, grabbed my hands and pulled me back into the sun lit floor as the next song started … why not?

But, I wasn’t expecting a slow song and before I knew it, she was dancing with me, teasing me playfully while holding on to my hands, ...... refusing to let go.

I was nervous at first …. but then, I slowly took her by the waist like a gentleman and softly nudged her closer, and we slow danced in a smooth flowing rhythm, ...... just like I did with my wife on our wedding day.

The song seemed to last forever.

She laid her head lightly on my shoulder as we floated through the flickering sun rays, .... lost in the melody.
Her hand was warm and soft on the back of my neck and I could feel her heart beating against my chest.

The song slowly faded to an end but we stood there for just a second longer. And then, .......

She closed her eyes and kissed me on the cheek and said,

..... Thank you.


Our passing friendship was quite special …. She needed a trusting friend and I’m glad it was me.

It’s always a little sad when the job ends.

On to the next one.

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 08:12 PM

Nice project, Mark.

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 09:11 PM

Wow that’s one big and great looking job. it lookslike top quality top to bottom.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 11:08 PM

Great work. awesome project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 08:45 PM

Wow! Breath taking and mind blowing..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 06-06-2013 04:34 AM

I agree with surfside – WOW!! that is indeed breath taking. A true crafts man. I look at the quality of what you and many other LJ’s do and see how my stuff pails in comparison. Heck I was excited last week hanging a door and installing a dead bolt, I was happy the hardware lined up and the door closed!!!

How long did this project take you??

-- Harold

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 12:58 PM

hjt – Thank you.
It took 6 months to finish everything.
The job started out to be just the kitchen but tripled in size and time. They didn’t want me to leave.

This happens all the time which is great except it’s tough to maintain a schedule. That’s why I never guarantee or quote a finish or start time.

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 01:31 PM

You’ve got to love customers like that. Did you end up doing the gardening too? ;-)

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 06:51 PM

Reedwood – At this time I’m only doing stuff for me and “da little women” around our two homes. But like you I never quote a price or finish time – but unlike you… it’s simply cuz I haven’t a clue of what I’m doing.

BBf – funny!

-- Harold

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