Update on Kitchen #2

So here we are, cabinets torn out, ginormous (is that even a word?) island removed. Now that leaves us with a floor that is uneven. It seems when they updated the kitchen the last time in the 1990’s they added plywood to cover the original floor around the new island
The house is a 1978 Ranch. We have found archeological evidence of some updating about every 10 years. So it looks like we are going to peel a few decades away from our girl, and give her a brand new kitchen. This will be her first completely new kitchen, since the disco era! Here are some flashbacks for you of some kitchens from that time period.

Check this one out, harvest gold, dark cabinets. They look so cheap.

Check this one out, harvest gold, dark cabinets. They look so cheap.

Again dark cabinets, harvest gold, and lots of harvest gold vinyl floors!

Again dark cabinets, harvest gold, and lots of harvest gold vinyl floors!

Diggin' this one. It has wallpaper, and Tupperware, bonus a matching washer and dryer. Plus that lovely light fixture.

Diggin’ this one. It has wallpaper, and Tupperware, bonus a matching washer and dryer. Plus that lovely light fixture.

Three Harvest Gold Disco kitchens, circa 1978. Just to give you an idea of what her original look might have been.
She had some small cosmetic work done, such as paint, floors, and track lighting installed when I got her.

I know I want to do a lot of this remodel myself, but I cannot do this alone. The kitchen is odd and small and requires custom made cabinets to pull it off. I have collected magazine clipping for 30 years of kitchens that I liked. I one day a few years back sat down with a pile of magazine pages and finally cut out the inspirations that I loved and pasted them to a vision board. (I might note this was before Pinterest) Boy hasn’t that made that rather old fashioned!

I knew just who to call. My dear friend Frank. I’ve seen his work before and we get along great, plus I can describe most things to him and he gets it. So he looks and measures and asks and sketches. Then goes home on his computer and does some magic and returns with some graphics of what the 2 walls will look like. We fine tune it and both go to work doing our parts. Mine being some demo, and finding a new sink, and islan.
I first start by tearing out the uneven plywood floor, and pantry.

Ripping out 3 layers to the original 1978 vinyl.

Ripping out 3 layers to the original 1978 vinyl.

Wow, so many different layers! But I got them all up.

Here is the pantry. Door is removed inside is already started. Marks and plans underway!

Here is the pantry. Door is removed inside is already started. Marks and plans underway!

If you look real close you can see where the cut in on the drywall for the new opening. But all work comes to a halt! We found 220 wiring above there. This means that this part cannot come out without a lot of added expense. So plans will change.
However we have the floor all leveled off now and back to 1978. I posted this photo on Facebook, some how it made me want to put on a pair on hip huggin bell bottoms!

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And the wires from the old island take up temporary residence on the toaster island!

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This is post sure has a lot of Harvest Gold in it! Stay tuned we have more exciting things to come….

Hugs

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