Prepping for the Kitchen Remodel

When I wrote a couple weeks ago about our pending kitchen remodel, I described the domino effect that accompanies so many remodels. In this case, our decision to replace three old windows in our kitchen launched the entire project.

I also mentioned a second domino effect. This occurred because we decided to move our current refrigerator to the basement pantry area. A second fridge always comes in handy, and we will be grateful for the extra freezer space when the garden produce comes on like gangbusters in late summer.

When we installed new cabinetry in the kitchen during the last remodel, most of the old cabinets were moved downstairs to the pantry, replacing steel shelving that got moved to the wall behind the furnace. That shelving became the repository for boxes and boxes of . . . stuff, mostly belonging to the Dear Husband. As a history professor with research interests that have continued since his retirement, Charlie has managed to fill dozens of boxes over several decades with newspaper clippings, travel brochures, road maps, magazines, pamphlets, and documents from his university years that may be of interest to the archivist.

The DH is in the process of going through those boxes and recycling a good portion of the contents. He’s doing so to make room for the goods I am taking out of the pantry so that the cupboards and cabinets can be removed to make room for the fridge. I’m also bringing a lot of items downstairs from the kitchen for the duration of the remodel.

Here’s a look at the pantry in the basement:

Those cabinets (except for one set that I’m saving) and all of the cabinets currently in the kitchen will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. That means I need to finish emptying them right now.

Tomorrow is Demolition Day!




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6 Responses to Prepping for the Kitchen Remodel

  1. Vickie Rooks says:

    Good luck on the progress. Do you and your dear husband have matching hard hats?

  2. Jeanne says:

    Oh boy!

  3. Reigh says:

    Very exciting!

  4. Mary says:

    We just finished replacing and painting our doors and drawer fronts. Everything had been stained brown (oak) so we chose antique white for the final remodel and new hardware. Can’t say enough about how pleased we are with the results. The color matches our granite tops and tile backsplash, along with our black appliances. Looks like a new kitchen after 33 years. It is a ton of work; took us four days to unload the cabinets (22+) and one week to unpack (with 3 of us working to unpack). Can’t tell you how many trips I made to Goodwill and Second Edition. Good Luck!

  5. Diane says:

    Getting ready for demolition is the most painful part of a renovation, but you have a fabulous kitchen awaiting you and the DH in your near future. Enjoy the process!!

  6. Auntie Em says:

    Good luck with the remodel. The process is tedious to get through, but as you know, the end result is worth it. We went through this about 2 years ago. I found that a crockpot was a great help to be able to still do some home cooking. They make liners for the crockpot so that after you are done, you just toss the liner, and nothing to wash!

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