A Very Detailed Kitchen Renovation Progress Report


So the last time, we mentioned anything about the kitchen were in these two posts referencing the wood tile floor and where the hell we've been for almost the last Read more

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A Very Detailed Kitchen Renovation Progress Report

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So the last time, we mentioned anything about the kitchen were in these two posts referencing the wood tile floor and where the hell we’ve been for almost the last two years.

So you guys are definitely due an update with more details. Let’s do a quick recap, shall we? And by quick recap, I mean pictures because I’m too lazy to type. However, that could change by the end of this post.

ugly kitchen before ugly kitchen before

The above pictures are what the kitchen looked like when we moved in. Hideous right? And yes that is fake brick with fake wood paneling. The countertops were also the lowest grade of laminate ever known to man. The particle board cabinets were just icing on the cake. Nothing in this kitchen was salvageable. We gave it a complete gut job and knocked down most of the walls. In the picture on the left that “mudroom” was just taking up wasted space and in the picture on the right the “pantry” was also useless.

kitchen before demo pantry wall ugly kitchen before demo
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Wood you believe It: Wood Tile Installation and QEP Spacer review

Posted on by Milla Posted in DIY, Kitchen, New House | 8 Comments

It’s me again. Milla’s in the building for the third time in a week! That alone earns a Tina Fey Self High Five gif.

We deserve it Tina

We deserve it Tina!

found via Tumblr

So remember a couple days ago, I revealed a photo of  our self-leveling floor process in the kitchen…see below.

Self-leveling concrete in Kitchen

Self-leveling concrete in Kitchen

And remember some examples of wood tile installations?

Wood Tile before and after

Wood Tile before and after found via Pinterest

credit: still searching for original owner

Well we have since finished the installation process. It took a couple days and a few hiccups, but as of now we are just waiting for the grout to dry. Yay!

Speaking of hiccups…we used these tile leveling spacers and wedges that my fiance, let’s call him Ty (his real name) for descriptive purposes, found at Home Depot.

QEP Tile Leveling Spacer Clips

QEP Tile Leveling Spacer Clips and Wedge

Home Depot Tile Leveling

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Why So Serious: Home Renovation Struggles and Inspiration

Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, blog, Breeze, DIY, Inspiration, Kitchen, New House | Leave a comment

Oh Lovelies, has it already been 3 weeks since my last post??? What is happening? I can’t grasp it. I’m on the computer pretty often. And we’re working on so many projects that I can’t feel my legs by the time we are finished. I have all of these post ideas and not enough time, we just can’t keep up. Maybe because we are always saying screw it to taking progress pictures which negates the need for a post. Sigh…dilemmas.

Why is this Happening

Why is this Happening?

But I can’t complain too much. I’ve seen some horror home renovation stories around the blogosphere  and we have yet to experience that. Since June we opened nearly every wall on the main floor (curse you plaster walls) and encountered nothing but a sound structure. There weren’t any sinking beams or mold. No rotted floor joists. Most of our problems consisted of an awkwardly shaped kitchen, outdated family room, lack of closets (as expected in an old house), and an unleveled floor in some areas.

Speaking of an unleveled floor, the kitchen was greatly affected. Our plan is to install flooring over the existing dated tile. So we began, well my honey did all the work here. He applied self-leveling concrete over the tile and it worked perfectly! No more earthquake feeling beneath your feet whenever you walk.

Self-leveling concrete in Kitchen

Self-leveling concrete in Kitchen

Now that the concrete has fully dried, we hope to extend the look of wood flooring that exists in the rest of the house into the kitchen. So we purchased wood tile from The Tile Shop here in Maryland.

If you are unfamiliar with wood tile…get ready for picture galore via Pinterest.

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