belliesvsbedsheets

A DIY mommy with kids who love to get dirty.

Kitchen Part 1

on January 2, 2012

So I should just warn you that given my children’s age, and the type of person I am, and the fact that we are attempting to do all this with cash only, there will probably be at least 50 ‘parts’ to the kitchen series.  We are taking it slow and steady now that the cabinets are up.

Here, however is part 1.

Remember this?  

The bare empty shell we moved into?

Then it became this  we had a fridge, a stove, a microwave.  Folding tables were counter/prep areas, and the sink was in the laundry room around the corner.  We live out of boxes and used the kitchen table for everything.  

It worked, but then these two showed up and everything changed.

  They measured and drew the first day, well, Matt did.  Phil and my hubby went to the big city to pick up the lumber.  Turns out the trailer wasn’t strong enough for all of it so they got all the poplar (strips for the frames) and some of the plywood (enough for the lower cabinets).   Plans were made for my brother-in-law to pick up the rest at the end of the week when he was up there with his truck on business.   My brother brought his little girl so the kids did a lot of this…

I realized that painting the kitchen would be easier without cabinets (probably should have done it before moving in). So with some wonderful help from my Sister-in-law who watched the kids for me I started on the walls.       We decided to be cheap and only paint what wouldn’t be covered by cabinets.  So it looked MUCH worse before it started to look better.   I questioned my color choices evey few seconds and when my sisters showed up to help they had to listen to mutter after mutter about my decisions.

Then suddenly I had cabinet lowers to paint!  Monday they were drawing and planning, and Wednesday they were sitting on my back slab needing priming…it was unbelievable.

   

  So we started priming, and yes, that is me in all my paint speckled glory.  I hadn’t really thought about the fact that my daughter would want to paint.  I decided she might enjoy the change more if she was part of it so I let her help.  She did a great job and since we were going to power wash the slab anyway I wasn’t too worried about spills.  We did two coats of primer because they were raw wood and I view primer and paint as the cabinets uniform -it protects and defends and in my kitchen with my cooking skills and my dirty kiddos-the stronger the defense the better!

Thursday night I had a girls night scheduled.   My hubby had to run back to the city to exchange on of our counters (becuase when we opened it, it was the wrong color).   I should point out that our ‘big city’ is 3 hours away so this was no quick trip.  Opening the box to a beech instead of birch counter was very stressful.   That is what happens when you don’t have IKEA in your own home town.  My sisters watched the kids so the guys could keep working, hubby could drive, and I could still have my girls night.  Looking back that was quite a gift and I probably should have just skipped it but oh, was it fun.   And the Thai Pizza from Mellow Mushroom is so Yummy! When I got home this is what greeted me.

The girls had cleaned up too so that it didn’t look like a construction site and having the lowers in made it feel oh so real!

Ok, Kitchen Part 2 soon…until then-Happy New Year!

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3 responses to “Kitchen Part 1

  1. Matt Franzen says:

    Loved seeing the pictures on facebook! I will be stealing some of them for my own Christmas 2011 album haha! So glad you got what you wanted for Christmas and the fact that Phil and I could be a part of it. I feeling like I’ve been running for the last 3 1/2 weeks… because I have!

    I’m finally home and spent the first night in my own bed since coming to Georgia to bless the Pitts! It felt great but now we have a big retreat weekend coming up on January 13-15 that I have to get so much ready for! AHHHHHHH! It never ends! But I will muscle through it. Pray for my sanity and strength to get all that I need done for that weekend and really throughout my time in this ministry I’m in.

    Again, thank you so much for the opportunity to come and do this for you. I hope your Christmas was incredible and I hope you had a wonderful New Year! You can take a step back and just enjoy everything now. The work is done… for the most part. haha May God continue to pour out His blessings on your family and may He give you peace, patience, and strength, to continue to be the mom and wife that you are. You are truly an amazing individual!

    -Matt (Macgyver of cabinetry)

  2. Ah, Thanks Matt! It was great having you here and your work is amazing!

  3. […] only what we were willing to part with in the big section.   When my brother and Matt came to build the kitchen they also threw up some lights so that they could build late into the […]

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