The Kitchen - Part 1: Wainscoting

It's About Time!

It's been awhile since the last post, but with school and work, projects generally have to take  back seat. However, one project did get started in the midst of my last class - the kitchen.  I still recall the day we had the first viewing of 173 way back in 1997, and the first thing noticed was that the kitchen needed to be redone.  Well, here we are 20 years later, and it's finally getting a refresh.  I'm still looking forward to one day having a complete remodel, but at least for now it's looking better.  The kitchen was so bad, I used to take pictures in black and white: 

very old and cluttered kitchen in black and white

Here's an old grainy pic looking toward the front hallway.  Dear lord, when you are living in it, you don't realize how bad it looks...soooo much stuff!

grainy photo of old and cluttered kitchen

Same end, looking at the other side:

A good home must be made, not bought. In the end, it's not track lighting or a sun room that brings light into a kitchen. - Joyce Maynard

Then looking toward the back yard:

old and cluttered kitchen

As I go through this post, I'll point out a few key

kitchen wall with peeling paint

This is in the breakfast nook.  The paint on the walls was peeling badly...I wanted to tear the walls out, but this was intended to be a quick refresh, so I just went with wainscoting.  Just like the basement stairwell, I milled my own chair rail, and the rest easy peasy!

old kitchen with unfinished beadboard and chair rail

Good start.  But then there was the ceiling.  It looked like they butted sheetrock up against plaster-and-lathe, and over the years the joint loosened and of course there was the ever-present loose paint:

kitchen ceiling with cracked plaster

Then there was this hole, that I created when there was a leak from the bathroom. I'm not going to tell you when that occurred, but here's the post about that.

kitchen ceiling with cracked plaster and a hole

So, what to do? I know! Go over it!  Stay tuned!
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