Saturday, June 11, 2011

Renovate Brooklyn! Light At the End of the #%&$!-ing Tunnel!

Whoop For Joy! 

At long last, we have finished the primary renovation of the kitchen! Holy sh--, did that take forever! I don't know what it was about this project that somehow felt even more disruptive than the renovation of the living room, but let me just say: It did.

There are still many more details to come-- the repainting of the kitchen cabinets, replacing the existing cabinet hardware (and possibly down the pike: Replacing the kitchen counter altogether?) but I'm trying to keep my eye on the prize, one accomplishment at a time here, or I might as well just throw in the towel now, the to-do list is still so long!

To recap, for those who don't remember: 
John & I had a hole in our kitchen ceiling that revealed a pressed tin-ceiling preserved above our existing dropped dry-wall ceiling. We hemmed, hawed (literally talked about doing it for 3 years) and then pulled the whole dry-walled dropped ceiling down. Pulling it down exposed a fantastic "Delicate Daisies" tin-ceiling, in surprisingly good shape, with the exception of a couple of chasm-sized holes where the ceiling met the walls. (In particular, there was one area where we could actually see inside the building. I mean INSIDE THE BUILDING.) It also revealed A LOT of plaster work to repair the walls where the old ceiling met the walls, which sent John into a plastering, spackling, sanding tail-spin that felt like it might never end... Until it finally did!

And because I'm OCD/ridiculous, I decided this would be the perfect moment to repaint the entire room, which is what we've spent the last two days doing. Trans-form-ative! 

For those of you were are especially observant, you may have noticed that I haven't really included any "overall view" photos yet. That's because I'm holding out hope that we're going to get the cabinets finished in the next couple of days, and don't want to kill the BIG REVEAL by doing a LITTLE REVEAL two days prior....

So-- please channel your inner patient person-- and check back in the next couple of days to see what the BIG PICTURE looks like over in Brooklyn! 

Have a terrific weekend folks! 


  1. Looking fwd to the BIG reveal! I'll get my popcorn ready to sit back and relax as I wooow over the "i am sure' great photos :)

  2. Thanks again for the encouraging words! It's great to get positive feedback at the end of the grueling project... Now if only we could get those cabinets finished! Then we'd really be in business!