We are on mission of rescuing the house we’ve moved in. The kitchen is our focus.
When we first arrived Don opened the fridge to have a peek. He immediately closed the door and exclaimed: It is so filthy, we do not use this fridge for our food. I was horrified as if there was a monster inside. After months of eating outside I was sick of it. I was a very good cook so I missed home cook meals. The fridge and the range are the only appliances. I got down with my elbow grease, stripped them clean. They are not pretty but functioning. That is good for now. We had good food to eat.
To begin remodeling we needed to address the floor, it was sagging. The house is 150 years old after all. I went through a lot of magazines and learned to value the old things. We decided to refinish the floor instead of putting new one. Please meet the men who contribute to the restoration process:
Don Joseph, aka, my husband, was on his knees for more than a week to strip off three layers of vinyl, wood sub floor and sticky papper. Over the course of those long years people had different taste on fashion. As a result the kitchen pine floor bears 3 layers of different vinyl with all the sub floor, nails and glue.
Eric Mathews, an exceptional carpenter, got right to raise it up. He was like a soldier, carrying the task with no complaining. After he finished we loved what we saw. The floor is now a lot better. Of course it cannot be as flat as a stadium. Eric came back to raise it up the second time after a month of letting the wood get used to with its new position.
The floor has two portions joining in the middle where the old sink room and pantry walls were that we (Don) removed to make one spacious kitchen. That was when Robert Croisser and his man Kevin came in. They cut away the rough edges and replace the piece, taken from a place where the base cabinet will cover (my idea). The board sits snugly to show their workmanship. We were happy.
Now is the deciding part: refinishing. We got some planks up and we liked the red body of wood and decided to bring back its glory. We called some sanding guys. We talked to expensive and cheap ones. Some even refused the job and suggested new floor. Finally we went with Shaw Shipperd, his Irish hard working attitude is just fit for the job. After many days of sanding and polyurethane we were thrilled how our floor looks. We were not able to come back the kitchen after a week but it was worth it. We had a big decision to make after Shawn and his helper finished was to stain the floor or keep it original. We wanted it perfect so we thought the stain would do it. Thanks to Shawn’s experience he suggested keep it the way it is. It shows some flaws here and there but it looks gorgeous that we overlook the defects.
Don and I love the floor but what people might think. Don’s sister Joyce came by one day. She liked the floor. We feel we accomplished something. We feel we did justice for this period house one thing at a time.
We were able to move forward with building custom cabinets. The excitements are still ahead.
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