3 Things I'm Learning from Remodeling the Kitchen

As you may have noticed, I've been a little absent from my blog posts lately.  My husband, Matt, and I recently purchased our first home - a cute little house with a HUGE backyard - and are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. 

When I say we are remodeling, I mean we are completely remodeling, See the top right photo. We definitely aren't just repainting or updating the cabinet hardware. Our spoiled cat Lilly is fascinated with the remodel and spends most of her time snooping through the tools. She's claimed the tool bag as her backrest.

When I say we are remodeling, I mean we are completely remodeling, See the top right photo. We definitely aren't just repainting or updating the cabinet hardware. Our spoiled cat Lilly is fascinated with the remodel and spends most of her time snooping through the tools. She's claimed the tool bag as her backrest.

We opted to do the work ourselves and save some $$$. Luckily, Matt is great with this type of stuff, so we have been able to do it without any major issues. It is taking us a little longer, but it has also given us the chance to learn new skills. For example, we are converting old knob and tube wiring, to new, safe, up-to-date wiring capable of carrying the heavier load of modern appliances. If you'd asked me a year ago if I would be fixing the wiring in my house myself, I would've laughed at you. But it turns out getting the required permits and adding outlets isn't an impossibly hard task. (Of course, thanks to Matt's knowledge and time spent researching) I've also learned some none construction related things. 

Lesson #1: The bedroom is a much, much better place for the coffee maker than the kitchen.  Since the kitchen is pretty, well, non-functional at the moment, we had to find temporary homes for our appliances. Most of them live in the living room or office right now, but we ran out of outlets (and space) for the coffee maker. So we put it in the bedroom, and I have to admit, having a coffee maker less then 10 feet away from the bed is awesome. As an avid early morning hater, I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner. Now, instead of waking up to an annoying alarm clock, (because there is no such thing as a non-annoying alarm clock) I set the automatic coffee maker, and wake up to the sound of a fresh pot of coffee being brewed. Its pretty much the best way to start a morning. And, bonus points, getting my cup of coffee earlier in the morning means I'm a functional person slightly earlier. Anyone who has had the misfortune of spending time with me early in the morning knows this is a significant bonus.

Lesson #2: You might find weird things in your house. When Matt took the ceiling down, a couple pairs of children's jeans, and a bunch of antique birth announcement cards fell out. We've also found a hammer and a pry bar in the wall. What's the weirdest thing you've found during a remodel? One of our friends found $40 in silver certificates in her wall. I think that beats antique birth announcements.....

These little vintage birth announcements fell out of the insulation when we took the ceiling out of the kitchen. I can't help but wonder who lived in this house before us. 

These little vintage birth announcements fell out of the insulation when we took the ceiling out of the kitchen. I can't help but wonder who lived in this house before us. 

Lesson #3: Doing dishes in the bathroom isn't just something you see on TV.  When we first started our remodel, one of our friends was telling us stories about their kitchen remodel. When they mentioned they did their dishes in the bathroom, Matt and I silently agreed we wouldn't be doing that. That is, until we took the sink out of the kitchen. Actually, doing dishes in the bathroom isn't as bad as I thought it would be. (To all our friends who come over for dinner occasionally, I swear we won't have you over until we are back to the more sanitary practice of washing dishes in the kitchen........)

All in all we are very much looking forward to having a new kitchen. The fridge came in this weekend, it was like Christmas. Please bear with me as I will not be taking as many photos in the next month or so while we finish this project up.

Erin