This has turned in to a very chatty post.
I retired after 35 years as a teacher in 2007.
I picked a project - replace the dining room sliding doors with a door and a window.
The project turned into a reno of the dining/kitchen rooms in to one larger room.
DGS was 4 and was my constant little helper.
I had NO idea what I had started.
Found a lot of wood damage from the air conditioner.
Replaced a lot of wood, walls, floor, ceiling.
I am very happy that the work was finished as the open spaced kitchen made a huge improvement in the use of our home.
Kitchen as it was being deconsturcted. (read 1,4,2,3 for sequence). After the deconstruction and rebuilding came the drywall, then then the cork flooring.
You can see DGS was thrilled with the open space.
September to December 2007
Fast forward to March 2012.
A bit of tweaking.
DH finished off the last small kitchen reno jobs over the Spring Break - (a dear friend helped us repaint all the walls and ceiling in the kitchen, hallway and entry area to the basement). DH built, painted and installed shelving over the fridge, did very fancy cuts and fitting and installed the threshold from the cork floor to the hardwood floor, redid the trim on the counter and rebuilt the hutch base and caulked the tile/wall joins.
I painted and was the go-fer/helper.
First photo early September 2007 dining room wall gone, second photo March 28, 2012.
I wrote posts on Tea Cabinet, Hutch Top, Hutch Base, Tag organization, painting blue chair, painting green chair, painting hutch, painting free desk, painting bulletin board (organization post), removing cabinet over ridge, repairing hole in ceiling, building shelves over fridge, pie safe post, and numerous mantel and flower posts all came from this reformed room. This room has been a gold mine for post writing as we worked on the projects.
This kitchen cupboard with the leaded glass door and the chiming wall clock has been part of many flower post photos.
My favourite wall - a painting by my brother-in-law from the 1970's, the welsh dresser (a year ago on the 30th), which has been the base for many 'mantel vignettes' over time, the free desk project and the organization project (bulletin board/calendar)