Friday, October 19, 2012


Well our farmhouse kitchen remodel has been going pretty amazing so far.  It has been a lot of designing, re-designing and customizing plans due to the kitchen being 100+ years old.  Lots of laborious work going into it but it will be totally worth every bit of effort.  My husband and my Uncle have been helping tremendously with every aspect of this remodel!  I definitely could not be doing this without their help! The husband jokes around and always adds the disclaimer:  “But I’m not a carpenter, electrician, plumber, or a masonry guy, etc. etc.”   But somehow he always manages to get the job done perfectly!   

We have ordered and/or purchased most of the items that we need to update the functionality of this old kitchen.  It was necessary to purchase a new stove, dishwasher, garbage disposer, and over the stove microwave.  The new farmhouse kitchen sink and faucet, vinyl plank hand scraped flooring, microwave, garbage disposal, and cabinets are all on the premises and ready for installation!  This weekend, the plan is for my husband to pick up the butcher block countertops from Ikea.  I have never purchased anything from Ikea before so I’m hopeful that we will not be disappointed.  Hopefully having everything on site will help streamline the process of remodeling; especially since we are out of the area and only able to work on this project on weekends.

 Notice the back wall where the chimney is located.  This is the before shot. I should have tidied up!  LOL - There used to be an old kitchen stove by this chimney 100 years ago! (above)



Anyway, I began this process by removing the old border that was up around the top of the walls near the ceiling.  I sprayed and soaked the wallpaper with watered down fabric softener and then proceeded to try and easily remove thewallpaper.  Needless to say, the wallpaper was coming off but it was taking a lot of scraping, scraping and morescraping.  So next my Uncle had the best idea ever, and I attempted to use my handheld steamer machine – and boy what a difference that made.  It pretty much blasted the border of the wall with very little scraping.  Too bad I hadn’ttried that from the beginning LOL. Better late than never I guess. 


Once that was done – my husband moved on to the old chimney demolition.  Now this is where it got interesting… It was kind of a gamble because we had no idea how it would look behind the boards.  We thought it would give the kitchen tons of charm and character.  The chimney in the basement looks beautiful so we were keeping our fingers crossed that the kitchen chimney was ok underneath too. So little bit little – hepeeled and chiseled away layer after layer. Dust was flying everywhere!  The chimney was covered with layer upon layer of materials.  One layer of drywall, I think there was two layers of paneling, 5 layers of wallpaper, and plaster walls on top of a wire mesh fabric.  All dating back about 100+years.  My husband started with the sidewall on the bottom so we could kind of peel away and peek at what might be underneath and see if it was going to be worthwhile to take all that material off the chimney.  He gave it a thumbs up and started chiseling away – little by little. Here’s the process of what it looked like.  Notice the paint can lid that was used to cover the chimney stack…they used what they had to repurpose back then!!  It got the job done.

Here’s some photos of the process and how the chimney turned out.  We still have to do some finishing work obviously but this will give you the gist of how it is going:

Stripped off the drywall layer (above).

Approximately 100 year old wallpaper (above).
 Wire mesh underneath the old plaster (right)

 Close up of the Sears Roebuck & Company paint can lid
that was used to cap off the chimney stack (above).

 Crazy husband photo - he's getting there - chiseling away.  He's a hard worker!


 One corner of the kitchen is getting done at a time.

 Stay tuned for more (sorry this was SO long) - I hope you like the progress as much as I do!


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