Let us write about: the first.
Since the kitchen was the first room we moved into.
Today's the final day of the before and after renovation pictures. We'll do Four Line Prose Friday tomorrow, Four Line Poem Saturday after that, and then I'll try to cobble together my 2010 year in review post for Sunday.
I finally got the smoke alarm attached to the ceiling today, after finding the drill bit I needed. Then I got the bedroom curtain put up. Then I went out and chopped a whole lot of wood, which felt good. Tomorrow I'm hoping to at last finish the baseboards.
I think this is my favorite before picture. Both because it really shows how terrible the kitchen was when we first saw it and because it perfectly captures Kat's disgust with the place:
On the floor on the left is the old bathroom sink. The hot water tank got tossed and we installed a full-sized one in the basement, where it's nicely out of the way. The cupboard doors were... around somewhere, desperately needing painting. Here's the view from the living room:
Oh, there are the cupboard doors - leaning on the old stove. Here's a proper look at the decrepit windows we replaced:
No, the one on the right didn't close properly, thanks for asking though. Here's the updated kitchen counter:
We bought an eight foot countertop because we wanted to extend it to the wall. We needed nine feet, but that would have required a custom countertop and that was well out of our budget. As it turned out, the bit we had to cut out for the sink fit perfectly in that last foot of space.
That's the stove we bought at the thrift shop, and beside it is the fridge one of Kat's relatives donated to the cause. The red garbage can was our first purchase for the new home, made shortly after seeing the inside for the first time. It was probably more symbolic than we realized.
Here's the updated view from the living room:
What's new: the countertop, the sink, the paint on the walls and cupboards and ceiling and door, the trim around the door, the baseboards on the ceiling, the light fixture, the window, the stove (sorta), the fridge (sorta), and the linoleum.
What's old: just the structure.
What's left to do: all the baseboards. We're thinking of getting an under the counter dishwasher at some point as well.
I shall leave you with one last picture - the sunset on our first night in the cabin: